Two-day Workshop on Religious Deviance

(by Thomas Sojer)

Religious deviance is a term for which everybody might list up various examples. Yet, looking at the history of religious deviance, especially in the 19th and 20th century, a complex genealogy of upspring, control mechanisms, denial, and conviction become apparent. To explore and deepen the understanding of religious deviance scholars from all over Europa and the USA met at the Ruusbroec Institute on April 12th and 13th.


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Vacancy: PhD Fellowship

Doctoral Grant (FWO) in the area of religious history.

The international stigmatics team at the Ruusbroec Institute studies the popular response to stigmatics in seven European countries (Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Ireland and the United Kingdom) and is currently looking for a doctoral student to work on Catholic views on pain in nineteenth-century Austria with a specific focus on Austrian stigmatics.

More information here.

New Team Member

We are happy to welcome a new PhD student to our team. Kristof Smeyers graduated in Cultural History at the University of Leuven (2010) and worked as a researcher in the library collections of the University of Oxford and the National Bank of Belgium. His thesis will explore British stigmatics in the Victorian age: their rise to fame (or infamy), their appropriation by figures and groups from all sides of the social, religious and political spectrum, and their legacies as popular saintly celebrities.

Expert Meeting

In 29 March 2016, our team will meet in Antwerp with two experts in the field of the History and Anthropology of Religion, Mysticism and Popular devotion: Gábor Klaniczay and William A. Christian.

We will discuss the overall STIGMATICS project, introduce the database we are creating (with pictures and information from Belgian, French, German, Italian and Spanish stigmatics), and present our work-in-progress papers.