Bio

My name is Caroline Vander Stichele. I studied Theology at the KU Leuven (Belgium), where I obtained a PhD and STD in Biblical Studies. In the course of my academic career, I have been teaching at the University of Utrecht (1988-92), the University of Tilburg (1991-93), and the University of Amsterdam (1993-2018). The chair I currently hold at Tilburg University is devoted to the Impact of the Bible in Western Culture.

Expertise

My main field of expertise is Early Christianity. My research and publications focus on gender issues in early christian literature and on visual artefacts in both art and popular media. I am working on a book about Herodias, the 'evil mother' of Salome, who asked for the head of John the Baptist. My second field of interest and expertise is Yoga Studies. To that end I obtained a Master's degree (MSc) in Contemporary Asian Studies at the University of Amsterdam in 2016. I am co-editor of a volume on Contemporary Yoga and Sacred Texts (to appear with Routledge in 2020).

Courses

Recent publications

  1. Contemporary Yoga and Sacred Texts

    Scholz, S., & Vander Stichele, C. (Eds.) (Accepted/In press). Contemporary Yoga and Sacred Texts. Routledge.
  2. Introduction - Why Thinking about Texts Matters in Contemporary Yoga …

    Scholz, S., & Vander Stichele, C. (Accepted/In press). Introduction: Why Thinking about Texts Matters in Contemporary Yoga Studies. In S. Scholz, & C. Vander Stichele (Eds.), Contemporary Yoga and Sacred Texts Routledge.
  3. Apocalypse en klimaatverandering - Een angstaanjagend of hoopvol disc…

    Vander Stichele, C. (2024). Apocalypse en klimaatverandering: Een angstaanjagend of hoopvol discours?. Manuscript submitted for publication In P. Kevers (Ed.), De Bijbel als bron van hoop en vertrouwen in donkere tijden
  4. 'Are we to turn and all listen to her?’ - Mary Magdalene as Contested…

    Vander Stichele, C. (Accepted/In press). 'Are we to turn and all listen to her?’: Mary Magdalene as Contested Teacher. In B. Koet, & A. van Wieringen (Eds.), Models of Teacherhood CBQ Imprints.
  5. Test or Testimony? - Mary's Virginity in the Infancy Gospel of James …

    Vander Stichele, C. (Accepted/In press). Test or Testimony? Mary's Virginity in the Infancy Gospel of James (Protevangelium Jacobi) and in Godard's Film 'Je vous salue, Marie' (Hail Mary, 1984). In M. Sarot, & A. van Wieringen (Eds.), The Apostles' Creed: Born from the Virgin Mary (Studies in Theology and Religion). Brill.

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