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Welcome to my website. I am a Dutch scholar in the area of theology, religion and gender with working experience as project manager, teacher, editor, and translator. Having completed an MA and an MPhil in Theology, I am currently working as a Trainee Research Assistant (PhD Candidate) at Utrecht University, where I work on a doctoral dissertation in the NWO-funded project “Contested Privates: The Oppositional Pairing of Religion and Homosexuality in Contemporary Public Discourse in the Netherlands” (2013-2017).
I have published in several journals, edited volumes, magazines, and newspapers, and have co-edited two special issues of a journal. Whereas until 2013 I have written all my publications in Dutch, as from 2014 I hope to publish also – or primarily – in English. I am particularly interested in the fields of Augustinian Studies, Christian Ethics, Christology, Cultural Studies, Pastoral Theology, Queer Theory/Theology, and Radical Theologies (esp. Radical Orthodoxy).
I am the chair of the Dutch Society of Queer Theologians, managing editor of gOdschrift, member of PrOUt (PhD Network Utrecht) and member of the PhD Council of NOSTER. I am also a reader of the Old Catholic Archdioscese of Utrecht.
This website is mainly devoted to my academic work. Besides, the ‘Bureau Derks’ page (and subpages) provides information in Dutch about the professional services (editing, lecturing, translating, organising etc.) that I have offered over the years. As I am currently fully employed by Utrecht University, I do not have time to do freelance work anymore.
If you have questions of any kind, feel free to contact me.