The Dominican Research Centre for Theology and Society is an institute for theological studies. It was founded in 1988 by the Dutch Dominicans. The DSTS aims at contributing to a contemporary theology in the European context. It addresses people who are interested in religion and questions of the meaning of life.
A new research project starts every four years. The results are published in annuals presented on symposia, and in other publications and public talks.
The DSTS is a foundation with its own board. It is founded by the Dutch Dominican Order.
Director: Prof. dr. Manuela Kalsky
Dr. André Lascaris
Researcher: Prof. dr. André van der Braak
Webmaster: Ms Tanja van Hummel, MA
Office Manager: Dr. Heleen Ransijn
Members of the Board
President: Prof. dr. Sophie van Bijsterveld
Secretary: Ms Pia Wolthuis
Treasurer: Mr Frans Peperzak, MSc
Mr Hendrik Vis, LLM
Ms Hannie van Dijk, MA
Mr Herman Kaiser, MA
In the period of 2013-2017, Manuela Kalsky’s research focuses on questions concerning mulitple religious belonging (MRB). For this research a grant was awarded by NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research).
In Dutch society, as in all of western Europe, cultural and religious diversity is leading more and more to forms of hybrid religiosity. A group of ‘religious creatives’ is coming up, who fulfil their needs in this field by drawing from more than one religious source. The research into MRB follows an international trend by interpreting hybrid religiosity as multiple religious belonging (or multiple religious identity). Seen from this perspective, hybrid religiosity does not refer to trivialising or decline of religious belonging, but rather to its transformation. A transformation which might well become the standard for the future of religion and is therefore of great importance for the societal significance and shape of religion.
The research programme ‘In search of a new we in the Netherlands’ was connected to the still running Project WE of the of the Dominican Research Centre for Theology and Society (DSTS). As is the case with the multimedia website www.nieuwwij.nl, this research programme focused on bridging the ‘us/them’ oppositions in Dutch society: secular people versus believers; natives versus immigrants; et cetera. What is needed to find a ‘new we’ which is not founded on exclusion but rather succeeds in giving al Dutch citizens a feeling of being at home?