IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1126: Mysticism and Otherness, I: Others and Otherness in Mystical Texts

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Institute for the Study of Spirituality, KU Leuven / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Organiser:Rob Faesen, Institute for the Study of Spirituality, KU Leuven / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Moderator/Chair:Louise Nelstrop, St Benet's Hall, University of Oxford / School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Paper 1126-aThe '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-bThe Mystic as an 'Other' in the Vitae
(Language: English)
Lydia Shahan, Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, KU Leuven
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Lay Piety, Theology
Paper 1126-c'Difference' and 'Otherness' in Ruusbroec
(Language: English)
Rob Faesen, Institute for the Study of Spirituality, KU Leuven / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Theology
Abstract

This 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 Li├Ęge. 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.