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Marco Derks a PhD Candidate (promovendus) at Utrecht University in the NWO-funded project “Contested Privates: The Oppositional Pairing of Religion and Homosexuality in Contemporary Public Discourse in the Netherlands”. From September 2013 until February 2017, he was employed by Utrecht University.

Derks (1980) studied theology at the Theological University in Kampen, where he wrote his MA thesis on the theological anthropology of the Anglo-Catholic theologian Graham Ward, under whose supervision he then wrote an MPhil thesis at the University of Manchester on friendship in St. Augustine. He has worked as project manager on Christian LGBT emancipation and as secondary school teacher in Philosophy and Religious Education. He has also worked as a freelancer on a wide range of areas (translator, text editor, discussion leader, process manager, etc.).

Strategic themes / Focus areas
Scientific expertise
Augustinian Studies
systematic theology
discourse analysis
Christian ethics
religion in the public domain
Skills
teaching
Chairing conferences and discussions
translating

Special issue of Religie & Samenleving on God, sex and politics (2016)

Presentation in ScienceBattle show (2016)

Participation in a roundtable on LGBT emancipation in religious and bi-cultural environments with members of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Education, Culture and Science, House of Parliament (2015)
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Curriculum vitae Download PDF

Education

  • 2009 MPhil (Religions & Theology), The University of Manchester, UK.
  • 2006 MA (Theology), Theological University Kampen, NL.
  • 1998 Diploma (University Preparatory Education, Gymnasium Alpha), Reformed Comprehensive School Randstad, Rotterdam, NL.

Employment

  • 2017-present Executive Secretary, Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and en Religion (NOSTER).
  • 2013-2017 PhD Candidate, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University (September 2013 - February 2017).
  • 2009-present Owner of Bureau Derks: editor, translator, discussion leader, course co-ordinator, project/event manager etc. for several organisations.
  • 2009-2012 Project manager Christian LGBT emancipation, LKP, Amsterdam.
  • 2009 Teacher in Religious Education, Veluws College Walterbosch, Apeldoorn.
  • 2007 Teacher in Philosophy, Greijdanus College, Zwolle.
  • 2006 Guest lecturer in Pastoral Care, Reformed College of Higher Education, Zwolle.
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Key publications

Ganzevoort, R.R. & Derks, M. (2017). Unnatural Ties - How Adoption Queers the Family. In John Swinton & Brian Brock (Eds.), A Graceful Embrace - Theological Reflections on Adopting Children Leiden/Boston: Brill.

Derks, M. (2015). ‘If I Be Shaven Then My Strength Will Go from Me’ - A Queer Reading of the Samson Narrative. Biblical Interpretation, 23 (4-5), (pp. 553-573) (21 p.).

van den Berg, C.A.M., Bos, D.J., Derks, M., Ganzevoort, R.R., Jovanović, M., Korte, A.J.A.C.M. & Sremac, S. (2014). Religion, Homosexuality, and Contested Social Orders in the Netherlands, the Western Balkans, and Sweden. In G. Ganiel, H. Winkel & C. Monnot (Eds.), Religion in Times of Crisis (pp. 116-134) (19 p.). Leiden/Boston: Brill.

Derks, Marco, Vos, P.H. & Tromp, T. (2014). Under the Spell of the Ring - The Role of Marriage in Moral Debates among Orthodox Reformed Christians in the Netherlands. Theology & Sexuality, 20 (1), (pp. 37-55) (19 p.).

All publications
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Derks, M. (2017). Keeping up Appearances - The Impossibility of Samson’s Heterosexual Performance. Scholar and Feminist Online, 14 (2).
Ganzevoort, R.R. & Derks, M. (2017). Unnatural Ties - How Adoption Queers the Family. In John Swinton & Brian Brock (Eds.), A Graceful Embrace - Theological Reflections on Adopting Children Leiden/Boston: Brill.
  2016 -
Derks, M. (18.11.2016) Chair American Academy of Religion (External organisation) Co-chair of the Gay Men and Religion Group
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Derks, M. (2016). Een smet op de mooiste dag van je leven - de controverse van de weigerambtenaar. Religie & Samenleving, 11 (2), (pp. 101-121).
Derks, M., Bos, D.J., Jansma, Lammert Gosse & Sengers, Erik (2016). God, seks en politiek. Religie & Samenleving, 11 (2) (196 p.).
Bos, D.J. & Derks, M. (2016). God, seks en politiek - themanummer over een spannende driehoeksverhouding. Religie & Samenleving, 11 (2), (pp. 97-100).
  2016 - Popularising publications
Derks, M. (19.06.2016). Aanslag Orlando uiting van giftige mannelijkheid. Nieuwwij
Derks, M. (05.05.2016). Hart voor homo's - door wie en voor wie?. Nieuwwij
  2016 - Other output
  2015 -
Derks, M. (01.01.2015) Member American Academy of Religion (External organisation) Gay Men and Religion Group
Derks, M. (18.05.2015) Member PvdA Tweede-Kamerfractie (External organisation) Participation in an expert meeting on social acceptance of homosexuality in religious communities, Parliamentary Caucus of the Labour Party (PvdA), House of Parliament, The Hague
Derks, M. (12.02.2015) Member Tweede Kamer der Staten Generaal (External organisation) Participation in a roundtable on LGBT emancipation in religious and bi-cultural environments with members of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Education, Culture and Science, House of Parliament
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Derks, M. (2015). ‘If I Be Shaven Then My Strength Will Go from Me’ - A Queer Reading of the Samson Narrative. Biblical Interpretation, 23 (4-5), (pp. 553-573) (21 p.).
Derks, M. (06.10.2015). Review of: Adrian Thatcher (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender. Religion and Gender, 5 (1), (pp. 114-117) (4 p.).
Derks, M. (2015). Review of: Erik Eynikel & Tobias Nicklas (eds.), Samson: Hero or Fool? The Many Faces of Samson. Nederlands theologisch tijdschrift, 69 (1), (pp. 71-72) (2 p.).
  2015 - Popularising publications
Derks, M. (01.09.2015). De macht van de peer reviewers. DUB
  2014 -
Derks, M. (01.03.2014 01.12.2015) Member NOSTER (External organisation) Member of the PhD Council
Derks, M. (01.03.2014 01.10.2015) Member NOSTER (External organisation) Junior member of the Executive Board
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Derks, Marco (2014). Recensie van: Palmyre Oomen (ed.), Vrije wil – een hersenkronkel?. Nederlands theologisch tijdschrift, 68 (3), (pp. 236-237) (2 p.).
van den Berg, C.A.M., Bos, D.J., Derks, M., Ganzevoort, R.R., Jovanović, M., Korte, A.J.A.C.M. & Sremac, S. (2014). Religion, Homosexuality, and Contested Social Orders in the Netherlands, the Western Balkans, and Sweden. In G. Ganiel, H. Winkel & C. Monnot (Eds.), Religion in Times of Crisis (pp. 116-134) (19 p.). Leiden/Boston: Brill.
Derks, Marco, Vos, P.H. & Tromp, T. (2014). Under the Spell of the Ring - The Role of Marriage in Moral Debates among Orthodox Reformed Christians in the Netherlands. Theology & Sexuality, 20 (1), (pp. 37-55) (19 p.).
  2014 - Popularising publications
de Groot, Kees & Derks, Marco (03.11.2014). Lachen met je moeder. gOdschrift.nl
Derks, Marco (21.02.2014). Morele paniek rond ‘onze kinderen’. gOdschrift.nl
Derks, Marco (24.03.2014). Van Aartsen schendt scheiding van kerk en staat. gOdschrift.nl
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Derks, M. (2013). Belonging to the family - LHBT’s in de kerk. In M. Kalsky (Eds.), Alsof ik thuis ben - Leven in een land vol verschillen (pp. 255-269) (15 p.). Almere: Parthenon.
  2013 - Popularising publications
Derks, M. (2013). Dwaze theologen - Ganzevoorts pleidooi voor publieke theologie. De Oud-Katholiek, 129 (2871), (pp. 16-17) (2 p.).
Derks, M. (2013). Geloven anno 2014 - Staan religie en (homo)seksualiteit werkelijk haaks op elkaar?. Gay Krant (681), (pp. 15-20) (6 p.).
Derks, M. (2013). Van de familie - over mannen en vrouwen en alles wat zich ‘daartussenin’ bevindt. De Oud-Katholiek, 129 (2874), (pp. 16-18) (3 p.).

For a complete overview see my personal website.

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Completed projects

Project:
Contested privates: The oppositional pairing of religion and homosexuality in contemporary public discourse in the Netherlands 01.09.2013 to 31.08.2017
General project description

This project starts from the observation that in recent decades the public perception of both religion and sexual diversity has changed fundamentally. While religion is increasingly considered to be a private matter, sexual diversity has gained public importance. And whereas religious identity, long accepted as a matter of course, steadily has become contested in its public and most characteristic manifestations, acceptance of sexual diversity is now often presented as a prerequisite for modern citizenship. Conflicts about religion and homosexuality are, therefore, an important source for studying the connecting and dividing functions of religion in contemporary society. This project, then, focuses on the strategic and ideological assumptions, interests, and effects of present-day constructions of (homo)sexuality and religion in public discourse. Its aim is to map out the social, political, and cultural dimensions of framing religion and homosexuality as polarized constructs. The central question is: how are religion and homosexuality construed as oppositional pairings in contemporary Dutch society? The central (PhD) project will uncover and analyze oppositional pairings of religion and homosexuality in political debates, public counseling and information, and popular culture. Two postdoctoral projects put the research in a comparative perspective by looking into recent history (1946 to 2005) and three other European countries (Sweden, Serbia, and Spain). The critical analysis, bearing on feminism and queer studies, will unmask stereotypes and uncover subtexts with alternative constructions of both homosexuality and religion, contributing to ways of overcoming the polarized state of affairs.

 
Role PhD Candidate & Researcher Funding
NWO grant: Program "Religion in Modern Society"
Project members UU
External project members:
  • prof. dr. Ruard Ganzevoort (VU)
  • dr. David Bos (VU)
  • dr. Mariecke van den Berg (VU)
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Full name
M. Derks MPhil Contact details

For additional contact information see my personal website.

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Last updated 08.09.2017