Frederique Demeijer MSc.

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Frederique Demeijer
faculteit religie en theologie ( beliefs & practices )
PhD Candidate

Frederique Demeijer currently works as a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Theology at the VU University Amsterdam. She studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and at the University of Cape Town and graduated cum laude from the Master Culture, Organization and Management at the VU University Amsterdam.

Research project
Six generations of (former) members of The Apostolic Society in the changing social and religious context of the Netherlands in the twentieth century
Zes generaties (ex) leden van Het Apostolisch Genootschap in de veranderende sociale en religieuze context van Nederland in de twintigste eeuw

Supervisors: Prof. dr. H.C. Stoffels & Prof. dr. H.F.J. Horstmanshoff (Emeritus)

Frederique’s PhD research deals with religious identity, religious experience, the role of religion and belonging, and the implications of change processes within religious communities and the (possible) consequences for its members. The focus will be on six generations of (former) members of The Apostolic Society – a contemporary religious community consisting of approximately 16,000 members. The purpose of this study is firstly to acquire more knowledge on the historical developments of The Apostolic Society in the twentieth century, particularly on individual religious experiences and religious identity, and secondly to gain more understanding of change processes within a religious community.

Key words

The Apostolic Society, Oral history, Religious identity, Lived religion, Generational theory

Other publications
Magazine De Stroom, nr. 2, 2015, pp. 22-24. 

In English:
Magazine The Current, no. 2, 2015, pp. 18-20.

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