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dr. Annewieke Vroom is associate professor Comparative Philosophy of Religion specialised in the philosophy and practice of (religious) diversity in a pluriform society. 

Building on a sound knowledge of the religions and at home in many philosophical traditions, she works with students to develop high-level and empathy based dialogues that deepen their knowledge about matters such as images of God, the meaning of life and death, good and evil, religion, social justice and dialogue itself.

She won several teaching awards (Good Practice prize 2008, Best Teacher award 2007 & 2014) for this as well as an award for innovative research (Fulbright Scholarship 2010).

She wrote her thesis God or Emptiness (2014) on Zenbuddhist-Christian dialogue in the 20th century. Related to this project, she widely participated in the academic world (Muenster 2013; Boston 2010, 2012; Nagoya Japan 2008, 2009; Claremont 2015). During her studies she lived in India and Nepal, studying Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism respectively.


June: Keynote at European Network for Buddhist-Christian Studies conference, on Christ and Buddha

February: Launch of A Broader Mind course 'Viewpoints and Worldview'

February: check out an interview (in Dutch) with Annewieke Vroom about dialogue, diversity and religion in Het Vermoeden, broadcasted on national television.

January: check out the educational movie made for In Vrijheid Verbonden.

January: interactive lecture and workshop on dialogue for Christians, based on Seneca's view on the three graces

November: interactive lecture for primary schools: Are all religions equal?


current courses: Comparative Philosophy of Religion; Art of Life & Self-Help; Diversity & Conflictmediation (incl. nonviolent communication practical); Core debates in Eastern Thought; Comparative Mythology; Building Interreligious Relation.

past courses: Hermeneutics; Philosophy of Science and Theories of Religion; History of Western Philosophy; Philosophical Anthropology

Other functions

She coordinates the BA-program in Comparative Religious Studies and works as a supervisor in the MA-program Spiritual Care she works as supervisor.


Special past projects


1) Annewieke worked for three years in the liturgical team in the Dominicus, a Christian congregation in Amsterdam with 400 weekly visitors, to bring about Christian learning from Asian religious traditions and European philosophy (2014-2017).


2) To enhance the religious diversity within the Faculty at VU, she organised a five-year lecture program with Buddhist speakers, published several articles for a wider audiences, held a monthly radiocolumn for the Buddhist Broadcasters and collaborated in a multimedia education program (2008-2014).


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office phone : 020-5984153


  • B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
  • Diversity
  • Dialogue
  • Interreligious Relations
  • Spiritual Care
  • Buddhist Thought
  • Process Theology

Research Output 2005 2018

Diversiteitsleren in Religieonderwijs. Meerdimensionaal onderzoek in dialoog.

Vroom, A. L., 2018, In : Handelingen. 4, p. 51-59 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleProfessional

Een religiewetenschappelijk perspectief op de plaats van de dieptedimensie binnen de mindfulness

Vroom, A. L., Sep 2016, In : Psyche en Geloof. 27, 3, p. 177-185 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Comparatieve wijsbegeerte en de reality-check van dialoog

Vroom, A. L., 2015, In : Filosofie (Antwerpen). 3, p. 36-40

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademic

Taal, toegangspoort tot het leven. Leren van zen-boeddhistisch denken over Leegte

Vroom, A. L., 2015, In : Tijdschrift geestelijke verzorging. Juni 2015, p. 48-56

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleProfessional

God of Leegte? Zenboeddhist Masao Abe in dialoog met christelijke denkers

Vroom, A. L., 2014

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

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Activities 2007 2018

Modern Japanese Thought - Dialogues on Emptiness

Annewieke Vroom (Keynote speaker)
16 Sep 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Zijn alle religies gelijk?

Annewieke Vroom (Invited speaker)
5 Oct 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Embracing Chaos. A Post-feminist reading of Genesis 1

A.L. Vroom (Keynote speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Faculty of Theology VU (External organisation)

A.L. Vroom (Member)
2016 → …

Activity: MembershipAcademic

In Vrijheid Verbonden lezing

Annewieke Vroom (Keynote speaker)
25 Jan 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Press / Media

Religion, worldview, society: is there a gap?

A.L. Vroom


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Boeddhisme en christendom

A.L. Vroom


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other

De Nachtgast: Godsdienstfilosoof Annewieke Vroom

A.L. Vroom


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other

Dialoog tussen Christendom en Boeddhisme (interview)

A.L. Vroom


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other