IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 653: It's Personal: The Impact of Lived Experience on the Conceptualization of the Sacred, II

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Amanda Langley, School of History, Queen Mary University of London
Moderator/Chair:Lydia Shahan, Institute for the Study of Spirituality, KU Leuven / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Paper 653-aMaterial Culture in Mysticism?: Gertrude of Helfta Says 'Yes'
(Language: English)
Racha Kirakosian, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Harvard University
Racha Kirakosian, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Harvard University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism, Theology, Women's Studies
Paper 653-bBeing Present with the Lord: Ecstasies, Auditions, and Agnes Blannbekin's Interactions with the Divine
(Language: English)
Amanda Langley, School of History, Queen Mary University of London
Amanda Langley, School of History, Queen Mary University of London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism, Theology, Women's Studies
Paper 653-cSometimes a Hug Is Just a Hug: Sex and Chastity in Margery Kempe and Other Late Medieval Female Mystics
(Language: English)
Einat Klafter, Cohn Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science & Ideas, Tel Aviv University
Einat Klafter, Cohn Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science & Ideas, Tel Aviv University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Sexuality, Theology, Women's Studies
Abstract

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 panel will examine the different articulations of the unio mystica in light of the individual experiences of holy women 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.