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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 853: It's Personal: The Impact of Lived Experience on the Conceptualization of the Sacred, III

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Einat Klafter, Cohn Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science & Ideas, Tel Aviv University
Moderator/Chair:John Arblaster, Institute for the Study of Spirituality, KU Leuven / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Paper 853-aVisio, hic et nunc: Time and Space as Personal Indicators of Sacred Experiences in the Medieval Female Mystics of Southern France, 13th-14th Centuries
(Language: English)
Sergi Sancho Fibla, Temps, Espaces, Langages, Europe Méridionale - Méditerranée, Aix-Marseille Université
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Theology, Women's Studies
Paper 853-bSanctity in Progress: Gregory of Tours's Self-Perception of His Own Sanctity
(Language: English)
Tamar Rotman, Department of General History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Latin, Liturgy, Theology
Paper 853-cSisters of the Risen: The Difficult Holiness of Christina the Astonishing, 1150-2017
(Language: English)
Ellis Light, Department of English, Fordham University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, 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 and men, focusing in particular on how they were harnessed in the construction of sanctity. The session as a whole will explore how such an approach allows us to look at the work of late-medieval mystics and religious authors no longer as a homogenous corpus but as an ensemble of unique and idiosyncratic texts.