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  • Interd. Zentrum fur Pietismusforschung | Halle/Saale | Redacteur | 2014-01-02 - present
  • Stichting Het Reveil Archief | Amsterdam | Bestuurder | 2014-01-02 - present

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Fred van Lieburg is Professor of Religious History in the Faculty of Humanities, Director of History Studies, and co-ordinator of the Amsterdam Centre for Religious History, which is affiliated with the CLUE+ Research Institute for Culture, History and Heritage.

In essence or method, religious history is the same as history of religion(s). In German and Dutch, you can speak of Religionsgeschichte or religiegeschiedenis/godsdienstgeschiedenis. In English and French, different terms are in use, reflecting the different traditions in the disciplines of theology and history. History of religion(s)/histoire des religions is commonly associated with comparative studies of (non-Christian) religions, while religious history/histoire religieuse developed as a specialisation within general history (mostly concerned with Christianity and therefore close to what is known as church history or ecclesiastical history).

From education and research experience, Van Lieburg represents the field of general history with a focus on the religious factor in cultural, social and political realities. However, he is keen on the convergence and integration of various research traditions by means of conceptual exchange, cross-disciplinary approaches and linked scholarly networks. Given the interest of global dimensions and long-term developments, computer-assisted research of digitised sources is recommandable for doing religious history today.


Van Lieburg’s current projects involve the late Medieval and early modern Protestant clergies in the Netherlands, the local and international context of the Synod of Dordrecht (1618-1619), international Pietism and Revivalism in the 18th and 19th centuries, religious mobilisation and popular petitions in the Netherlands between 1850 and 1930, and strong religion in European (e.g. Dutch) Bible Belts in the 20th and 21st centuries.


BA/MA History, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, 1985-1990

PhD History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 1991-1996


See the university guide at www.studiegids.vu.nl.

Prizes and Awards

Casimir-Ziegler Award for the Humanities (2006)


Several grants from NWO, KNAW, and special funds (e.g. Kuyperfonds).

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Research Output 1997 2019

Buildings and Bibles Between Profanization and Sacralization: Semiotic Ambivalence in the Protestant Dutch Bible Belt

Pons-de Wit, A., Houtman, D., Exalto, J., Van Lieburg, F., Roeland, J. & Wisse, M., 1 Jan 2019, In : Material Religion. 15, 1, p. 1-26 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Spiritual Experiences
Bible Belt

Buildings and Bibles Between Profanization and Sacralization: The Ambivalence of the Semiotic Ideology in the Protestant Dutch Bible Belt

Pons-de Wit, A. S., Houtman, D., Exalto, J., van Lieburg, F. A., Roeland, J. H. & Wisse, M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Material Religion.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

In saecula saeculorum Long-Term Perspectives on Religious History

Van Lieburg, F., Dec 2018, In : Church History and Religious Culture. 98, 3-4, p. 319-343 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Religious History
History of Religion
General History

Medische opleiding gaf geen overlevingsvoordeel

Van Poppel, F. W. A., Bijwaard, G. E., Van Lieburg, M. J., Van Lieburg, F. A., Hoekstra, R. & Verkade, F., 21 Jul 2018, In : Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde. 162, 29, D2653.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Visser 't Hooft 1900-1985: Een leven voor de oecumene

Zeilstra, J. A., 2018, 585 p.

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

Open Access

Activities 2000 2018

  • 81 Lecture / Presentation
  • 7 Conference
  • 5 Editorial work
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Netwerkdag Dutch Biblebelt Network, ‘Reformatorisch populisme’

Koos-jan de Jager (Organiser), Fred van Lieburg (Chair)
2 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceSocietal

100 jaar onderwijsvrijheid: hoe vrij is vrij?

J. Exalto (Organiser), Jacques Dane (Organiser), F.A. van Lieburg (Participant), B.P. Vermeulen (Participant), Koos-jan de Jager (Participant), S. Karsten (Participant), P. van Rooy (Participant)
9 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

De einden der aarde

Fred van Lieburg (Organiser)
1 Apr 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Launching Amsterdam Centre for Religious History

Fred van Lieburg (Organiser)
27 Oct 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

City branding in Reformation Europe: The Case of Dordrecht

Fred van Lieburg (Speaker)
19 Aug 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic