Session1126
TitleMysticism and Otherness, I: Others and Otherness in Mystical Texts
Date/TimeWednesday 5 July 2017: 11.15-12.45
 
SponsorInstitute for the Study of Spirituality, KU Leuven / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
 
OrganiserRob Faesen, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
 
Moderator/ChairLouise Nelstrop, St Benet's Hall, University of Oxford / Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, University of Cambridge / Onderzoekscentrum Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
 
Paper 1126-a The 'Strangers' (vreemden) in the Work of Hadewijch
(Language: English)
Sander Vloebergs, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Dutch; Lay Piety; Theology; Women's Studies
Paper 1126-b The Mystic as an 'Other' in the Vitae
(Language: English)
Lydia Shahan, Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Dutch; Lay Piety; Theology
Paper 1126-c 'Difference' and 'Otherness' in Ruusbroec
(Language: English)
Rob Faesen, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Dutch; Theology
 
AbstractThis session investigates 'otherness' as it appears in mystical texts, especially from the Low Countries. Not only do these mystics experience vividly the otherness of those who do not share their spiritual life - as it is expressed by Hadewijch (13th century) - the mystics themselves also are perceived by their family and friends as 'other' - a theme that appears clearly in the vitae of the mulieres religiosae from the Diocese of Liège. On a theological level, John of Ruusbroec argues that precisely the otherness of God (who is the Other in the most radical sense of the word) is constitutive for the genuine union with Him.