Support Page: Training


Studying the doctrinal features of religious beliefs or examining the relation between a religious community and a social, economic, cultural and political framework at a specific historical moment in fact requires an acquaintance with a plural and highly diversified set of sources. The study of these sources requires the use of cross-disciplinary methodologies that make it possible to account for the specific features of each individual historical document. Through its access policy, ReIReS provides young scholars with a programme of training activities that enables them to become acquainted with the skills required by historical-religious studies in terms of methodological, historical and linguistic knowledge, as well as scholarly contributions coming from other disciplines.

ReIReS makes it possible to train a new generation of scholars and to prepare them to develop groundbreaking research.


ReIReS initiates, improves and professionalizes the training of scholars that make use of ReIReS’ services, and trains them to train others to the same approach. The trainings also aims to collect the user’s feedback and to share them among the partners of the consortium.

Teaching activites include:

  • the development and support of new e-learning tools.
  • the training to store, analyse and share digital data.
  • make scholars familiar with special, unknown or remote collections.
  • support for students and young post-doctoral researchers to take part in the training activities by offering grants for training and travel.
  • the organisation and promotion of the exchange of existing skills and knowledge in order to use this for training purposes.

ReIReS will offer six week-long schools on various topics and six three-day courses on digital humanities and historical religious studies.


The ReIReS Training Programme is innovative in its approach as it

  • combines the newest techniques of digitization with the preservation and restauration of old manuscripts;
  • not only trains scholars and librarians themselves, but also trains them to train others;
  • connects the academic world with the wider society;
  • uniquely unites the resources of institutions from various countries and various disciplines;
  • creates a multidiscplinary and international community of senior and junior researchers.

Specific Information

The online teaching materials produced for each week-long workshop are available on this project website according to the general policy of open access of ReIReS in order to allow their re-use by other scholars. Go here to the overview.

In this stage of the project and since ReIReS is a starting community, therefore scholars from the consortium will be invited to the schools and training. However, and since ReIReS is working on sustainability, each school and course is open to max. five scholars from outside the consortium. They will pay a participation fee of € 395.00.

All schools and courses will meet the common objectives and standards, and will also work on specific goals.


Six week-long schools

The six one-week schools on the use and study of special documents are coordinated by the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and will take place:

  • Johannes Gutenberg University: 23-28 September 2018
  • EPHE Paris: 17-22 February 2019
  • University Sofia: 22-27 September 2019
  • KU Leuven:  16-21 February 2020 
  • Fscire Bologna: 22-26 March 2021
  • University of Hamburg: June 14-18, 2021

Six three-days courses

The six three-day courses on digital humanities and historical religious studies are coordinated by the Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte (IEG) in Mainz and will take place:

  • Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte: 21-23 January, 2019
  • Fscire Bologna: 3-5 July, 2019
  • University Sofia: 19-21 November, 2019
  • KU Leuven: 7-9 December, 2020
  • Brepols Publishers: 9-11 December, 2020
  • University of Hamburg: 19-21 April, 2021

Read here the complete training programme


WP5 is working on the ReIReS training program, lead by the Theological University of Apeldoorn. Other partners involved are FSCIRE, Uni Sofia, KU Leuven, CNR, UNIWARSAW, JGU Mainz, IEG, Brepols , Refo500, EPHE and Uni Hamburg.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Herman J. Selderhuis, Theological University of Apeldoorn.