Dr Mulder teaches several courses since 1996, such as practical theology, spirituality, psychology of religion and liturgy. He is closely involved in curriculum design within the Bachelor and Master Programmes of Theology at Windesheim. In 2008 he joined the research group of the Professorship of Theology and Philosophy as a researcher and per October 1, 2009 as a professor. Besides empirical research on the role and meaning of funerals, he also carried out research activities into experiences of pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela.
The focus of Dr Mulder’s research activities lays on contemporary constructions of religious identity and the ideological communication in human-oriented professional practice (care and education). He examines the value of a phenomenological research perspective in the analysis of meaning dimensions in professional interaction. His research interests are in the areas of mourning, death and commemorating, which resulted in investigating ritual accompanying practices. Recently he published about angel experiences: My grandfather’s Angel (2010).
Dr Mulder studied theology in Zeist, Driebergen and at Tilburg University’s Theological Faculty. He finished his studies with a master’s thesis in 1992, which he wrote after completing a practical-theological research on the use and impact of therapeutic rituals as means of communication within pastoral care. His PhD research focused on the relationship between the faith of surviving dependants and beliefs expressed during the cremation liturgy. His research resulted in 2000 in a dissertation, which he defended at Radboud University of Nijmegen.
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