dr. Srdjan Sremac

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Dr. Srdjan Sremac is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Religion and Theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and co-director of the Amsterdam Center for the Study of Lived Religion at the same university. He is a research fellow and management member of the PACS (Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). Srdjan is widely published with 16 (co-) authored or edited books and over 60 journal articles and book chapters. Furthermore, he serves as the managing editor of Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan). His primary research focus is on lived religion from both theoretical and ethnographic perspectives. He also research and write on theory and method in the study of religion. His interdisciplinary research interests encompass a wide range of topics, including religion and sexuality, war-related trauma, religion and extreme violence, lived religion of marginalized groups, material culture/religion, religion and heritage, 'non-western' art and culture, visual lived religion, and post-conflict reconciliation studies. He also teaches at Amsterdam University College. 

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Trauma and Lived Religion

Conflict and Peace-Building: Global and Intersectional Perpectives (Minor Peace and Conflict)

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Woord Wordt Materie

Practical/Empirical Theology

Cultural Restitutions and Colonial Collections: What is at Stake? (Honours)

Religion, Secularism and Violence (Amsterdam University College)


VU Honours Programma Coordinator (FRT) 2020 - present. 

VU Honours Programma Coordinator vak Cultural Restitutions and Collonial Collections - 2021 - present. 

Chairman committee Faculty Thesis Prize 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
  • Trauma, Psychology of Religion, Religion and Sexuality, Reconciliation and Peace-Building, Substance Dependence and Recovery, Lived Religion of Marginalised Groups, Non-Western Material Culture
  • Lived Religion
  • Material Culture
  • Material Religion
  • Restitution
  • Practical Theology
  • Religious heritage
  • Reconciliation


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