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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 553: It's Personal: The Impact of Lived Experience on the Conceptualization of the Sacred, I

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Einat Klafter, Cohn Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science & Ideas, Tel Aviv University
Moderator/Chair:Amanda Langley, School of History, Queen Mary University of London
Paper 553-a'Making your bed and having Christ lie in it': Suffering, Bibliotherapy, and Christus Medicus in Devotio Moderna Sister-Books and Julian of Norwich's A Revelation of Love
(Language: English)
Godelinde Gertrude Perk, Avdelningen för Humaniora, Mittuniversitets, Sundsvall
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Medicine, Theology, Women's Studies
Paper 553-b'Is any payne like this?': Julian of Norwich and a Phenomenology of Illness
(Language: English)
Hannah Lucas, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Medicine, Theology, Women's Studies
Paper 553-cExperiencing the Trauma of the Cross: Divine Passibility in the Mystical Experience of Angela of Foligno
(Language: English)
Christina Llanes, Divinity School, University of Chicago
Index terms: Language and Literature - Italian, Medicine, Theology, Women's Studies

Scholarship on the lived experiences of female mystics generally focuses on how these experiences contributed to the construction of holy women's selfhood and their wider social roles. Less attention has been paid to how such personal histories influenced the conceptualization of the divine within late-medieval female affective piety. The papers will examine the different articulations of the unio mystica in light of the individual experiences of holy women, particularly issues of trauma and pain, and explore how such an approach allows us to look at the work of late-medieval female mystics no longer as a homogenous corpus but as an ensemble of unique and idiosyncratic texts.