Session129
TitleLove Know No Bounds: Mysticism and Borders, I - Gender, Rhetoric, and Spiritual Anthropology
Date/TimeMonday 4 July 2022: 11.15-12.45
 
SponsorOnderzoekscentrum Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
 
OrganiserLouise Nelstrop, Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology / St Benet's Hall, University of Oxford / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
 
Moderator/ChairLouise Nelstrop, Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology / St Benet's Hall, University of Oxford / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
 
Paper 129-a Of Woman Born?: Boundaries of Gender and the Body in Later Medieval Gottesgeburt Imagery
(Language: English)
Lydia Shahan, Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Religious Life; Sexuality; Women's Studies
Paper 129-b Burnt to Nothing in the Unity of Love: Deification in Ruusbroec's Sparking Stone
(Language: English)
Michiel Vandenbroucke, Faculty of Theology & Religious Studies, KU Leuven / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Dutch; Mentalities; Religious Life; Theology
 
AbstractThese sessions collectively explore ways in which mystical understandings of love naturally resist attempts to confine them, crossing theological, philosophical, literary, linguistic, temporal and geographical borders, as well as flowing out into the borders of manuscripts. Session I explores how mystical texts and writers engage with boundaries of gender, the body, linguistics, and spiritual anthropology in the Low Countries and Rhineland tradition, particularly in the thought of Jan van Ruusbroec. Session II explores the transmissions and constructions of authors, texts, and mystical motifs across confessional and geographical borders. It will focus particularly on the writings of Angelo of Foligno, Johannes Tauler, Henry Suso, and Nicholas Love. Session III explores the 19th to 21st-century reception of medieval mystical authors, texts and ideas. It will focus particularly on the reception of Meister Eckhart and Jan van Ruusbroec in the thought of Friedrich Schelling, Martin Heidegger, David Graeber, Joseph Henrich, and pivotal Jesuit scholars.