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Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Ruard Ganzevoort, and I am dean of the Faculty of Theology and professor of practical theology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My main areas of interest in the field of religion are trauma, sexuality, conflict, identity, and popular culture. I have published or edited 27 books and more than 210 scientific or professional publications. I was president of the International Academy of Practical Theology from 2007-2009 and president of the International Society for Empirical Research in Theology from 2014-2018. Together with prof. Nancy Ammerman and dr. Srdjan Sremac, I am the series editor of Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges.

Since June 2011, I am also a member of the Senate in the Dutch national parliament for the Green party GroenLinks. I am spokesperson for primary and secondary education, Defense, Home Affairs, and Kingdom Affairs

For recent contributions (in Dutch) to public debates on religion, politics, and society, you can find my blog

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Work shows my CV and publications (mostly with full text or summaries)

Life brings some personal and career information.



In 2006 I published a book (in Dutch), partly based on my inaugural address, De hand van God en andere verhalen. Over veelkleurige vroomheid en botsende beelden ('The hand of God and other stories. On multicolour piety and conflicting images'). 
Zoetermeer: Meinema 2006, 170 pages, paperback.

2007 brought Zorg voor het verhaal. Achtergrond, methode en inhoud van pastorale begeleiding ('Care for the story. Background, method and content of pastoral care'). This narratively oriented book is an introduction to the field for students and an enrichment for experienced pastors. Written together with my teacher Jan Visser.
Zoetermeer: Meinema 2007/2009, 420 pages, hardcover.
In june 2010 we published Adam en Evert, about the tensions between religion and homosexuality. I wrote it together with two former students, Mark van der Laan and Erik Olsman. 
Kampen: Ten Have 2010/2011, 160 pages, paperback.

In 2013 I wrote the the invited essay for the "Nacht van de Theologie", Spelen met heilig vuur. Waarom de theologie haar claim op de waarheid moet opgeven. This pamphlet argues for a pluralist, dialogical, fragmentary public theology with a deep interest in (popular) cultural expressions of religious meanings.
Utrecht: Ten Have 2013, 64 pages, hardcover.


My locations


At the university
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculty of Religion and Theology
De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam
frt.vu.nl
r.r.ganzevoort[at]vu.nl
Tel +31-20-598 9417
To contact my secretary click here or call +31-20-598 6545





In the senate
Binnenhof 22
2513 AA Den Haag
r.ganzevoort[at]eerstekamer.nl







At home
info[at]ruardganzevoort.nl
Mobile +31-6-230 80 850


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