Institute for the Science of Religion and Central Asian Studies

Team

2019-present: PhD candidate at the Institute for the Science of Religion and Central Asian Studies, University of Bern. SNF-research project: Experiments with Experience: Experimenting with Religions and Spiritual Practice as Experimentation.

2013-2017: BA and MA, Religious Studies, Leiden University. MA thesis: The Mind Behind the Cards: Searching for the Source of Tarot Divination's Popularity through a Cognitive Analysis.

Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Religionswissenschaft (SGR)

Nederlands Genootschap voor Godsdienstwetenschap (NGG)

European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR)

International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR)

Academic Publications:

Davidsen, M. A., & Van Rijn, B. (2020). “Studying Religions as Narrative Cultures: Angel Experience Narratives in the Netherlands and Some Ideas for a Narrative Research Program for the Study of Religion” In D. Johannsen, A. Kirsch, & J. Kreinath (Eds.), Narrative Cultures and the Aesthetics of Religion. Leiden: Brill.

Van Rijn, B. B. (2017). The Mind Behind the Cards. MA Thesis.
Award: Awarded the Cornelis Tiele MA Thesis Award 2018 (NGG).

 

Book Reviews:
Van Rijn, B. (2019). [Review of the book Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism, by E. Ogden]. Correspondences 7(2), 505-510.

 

Presentations:

Van Rijn, B. (October 25, 2019). “The Experimental Culture of Animal Magnetism”, Research Seminar of the Institute for the Science of Religion, University of Bern. 

Schlieter, J., Rimbach-Sator, F., & Van Rijn, B. (July 3, 2019). “Experiments with Experience: Spiritual Practice as Scientific Experimentation”, Western Esotericism and Consciousness: Visions, Voices, Altered States, ESSWE, University of Amsterdam. 

Schlieter, J., Rimbach-Sator, F., & Van Rijn, B. (June 26, 2019). “Experiments with Experience: Spiritual Practice as Scientific Experimentation”, Religion – Continuations and Disruptions, EASR, University of Tartu. 

Van Rijn, B. (May 9, 2019). “Seks, Drugs en Geesten: Mesmerisme, Spiritualisme en Occultisme in de 19e eeuw”, T.F.L.S. [student association] lecture, Leiden University. 

Van Rijn, B. (April 30, 2018). “Divine Help From Above: Narratives of Angelic Signs and Interventions”, Stories of the Supernatural: Encounters with the Other Side in Literary and Everyday Narratives, Leiden Symposium on New Religiosity, Leiden University.

Van de Bunt, M., & Van Rijn, B. (November 24, 2017). “Religious Narratives as Plausibility Structures”, Research Traineeship Conference, Leiden University.

Davidsen, M. A., Van de Bunt, M., & Van Rijn, B.(May 19, 2017). “Religious Narratives as Plausibility Structures”, Tri-University Research Colloquium Religious Studies, University of Amsterdam.

Research Interests

  • Animal Magnetism / Mesmerism
  • Science and Religion
  • Contemporary spirituality with a focus on divination
  • Integration of Science Studies and Religious Studies

 

Research Project

Experiments with Experience: Experimenting with Religions and Spiritual Practice as Experimentation (SNF-Project)