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dr. Annewieke Vroom is tenured assistant professor Comparative Philosophy of Religion in the Religious Studies program.

She brings students sound knowledge of the religions, arts of life and philosophical traditions. On this basis students compare and explore views on existential topics such as life and death or good and evil, on God-or-not, and also on the phenomenon of religion itself. Several of her courses focus on the theory and practice of (religious) diversity and inclusion in a pluriform society. 

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

She wrote her thesis God or Emptiness (2014) on Zenbuddhist-Christian dialogue in the 20th century, assessing it's outcomes. 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 Bhakti & Dalit thought and Tibetan Buddhism respectively.


November: Keynote World Congress of Faiths London

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:

(BA) Comparative Philosophy of Religion; Art of Life & Self-Help; Diversity & Conflictmediation (incl. nonviolent communication practical); Core debates in Eastern Thought; Comparative Mythology;

(MA) Theory and Practice of Diversity;

(Bildung Program VU) Worldviews and Viewpoints

past courses: Philosophical Hermeneutics; Philosophy of the Science of Religion; Theories and Critiques of Religion; History of Western Philosophy; Philosophical Anthropology; Research Skills: Comparison

Other functions

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




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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., Oct 2018, In : Handelingen. 2018, 4, p. 51-59 9 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, 292 p.

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

Open Access

Activities 2007 2019

Religieus Privilege in intersectioneel perspectief

Annewieke Vroom (Speaker)
17 May 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

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

Faculty of Theology VU (External organisation)

A.L. Vroom (Member)
2016 → …

Activity: MembershipAcademic

Embracing Chaos. A Post-feminist reading of Genesis 1

A.L. Vroom (Keynote speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Press / Media

Religion, worldview, society: is there a gap?

Annewieke Vroom


1 media contribution

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Boeddhisme en christendom

Annewieke Vroom


1 media contribution

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De Nachtgast: Godsdienstfilosoof Annewieke Vroom

Annewieke Vroom


1 media contribution

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Dialoog tussen Christendom en Boeddhisme (interview)

Annewieke Vroom


1 media contribution

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