Presentations

PAST PRESENTATIONS

2020

Kristof Smeyers, “Wishful thinking for historians: truth, lies, and mythology in auto-historical narratives”, Historical Fictions Research Network, Universität Salzburg, 22 February 2020.

2019

Tine Van Osselaer, “Between saints and celebrities. The devotion and promotion of stigmatics in Europe, c.1800-1950”, research seminar, University of Lund, Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, 19 December 2019.

Kristof Smeyers, “Moderne magie: over stigmatici, visioenen en betoverde tijden”, Erfgoedcafé, Erfgoed Zuidwest, Deerlijk, 14 November 2019.

Kristof Smeyers, “Seraphs over Belgium. Local legacies of a living saint”, The Franciscan Legacy from the 13th Century to the 21st, Ushaw College, Durham, 5-7 November 2019.

Leonardo Rossi, “Celebrating the founder, hunting stigmatics. Franciscan strategies in the early twentieth century”, The Franciscan Legacy from the 13th Century to the 21st, Ushaw College, Durham, 5-7 November 2019.

Tine Van Osselaer, “‘To save a nation…’: Catholic patriotism in the letters of the Franciscan tertiary Berthe Petit”, The Franciscan Legacy from the 13th Century to the 21st, Ushaw College, Durham, 5-7 November 2019.

Tine Van Osselaer, “Between saints and celebrities. The devotion and promotion of Stigmatics in Europe, c.1800-1950”, Kadoc Seminar, Leuven, 19 September 2019.

Kristof Smeyers, “Contagious raptures and irrational ecstasies”, Religion as Emotion Knowledge, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, 21 June 2019.

Kristof Smeyers, “Blood under the tracks. Stigmata and the supernatural of  London”, Magical Cities, University of Portsmouth, 15 June 2019.

Leonardo Rossi, “Embodied, feigned, canonized holiness. Stigmatics in late modern Italy (c. 1800-1950)”, Ruusbroec Lecture, 14 June 2019.

Kristof Smeyers, “Blood ties. Marginalising the mystic in modern Britain”, Social History Society annual conference, University of Lincoln, 12 June 2019.

Kristof Smeyers, “Contagious beliefs. Colonial attitudes toward supernatural religion in nineteenth-century Southern India”, Ailing Empires, University of Edinburgh, 31 May 2019.

Kristof Smeyers, “Vessels:  Victorian mystics and their bodies”, Breaking Bounds, University of Portsmouth, 11 May 2019.

Kristof Smeyers, “Supernatural blood, popish plot”, Representing Popery in Britain and Ireland, 1520-1900, Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 10-11 April 2019.

Leonardo Rossi, “Sangue profetico. Vaticini, visioni apocalittiche e profezie politiche di mistiche stigmatizzate nell’Italia contemporanea (XIX-prima metà del XX secolo)”, Bologna, European Academy of Religion, 4-7 March 2019.

Merlijn Gabel and Kristof Smeyers, “Patients and passions; Blood ties”, poster at Faculty Research Day, University of Antwerp, 29 January 2019.

Leonardo Rossi, “Santità vivente, autorità carismatica, censura. Donne stigmatizzate nell’Italia contemporanea, AISSCA, I cantieri dell’agiografia, Rome, 17-18 January 2019.

2018

Tine Van Osselaer and Kristof Smeyers, “Divine hysteria: early-nineteenth-century Christian conceptions of the ‘sacred disease'”, Gutachten/Begutachtete, 18 December 2018, Universität Innsbruck (via Skype).

Kristof Smeyers, “Blood ties. Stigmata and society in Britain and Ireland, c.1829-1945″, Modern religious history seminar, Institute for Historical Research, London, 5 December 2018.

Andrea Graus, “Visita a les místiques estigmatitzades de la Tercera República Francesa,” 6enes Jornades GREMHER: La realitat esquerdada. Experiències més enllà del “normal,” Universitat de Barcelona, 3 December 2018.

Tine Van Osselaer, “Het kussen van Anne Catherine Emmerick. Materiële cultuur en de geschiedenis van emoties: een verkenning”, Gender & emoties: historische perspectieven, UGent, 9 November 2018.

Kristof Smeyers, “Stigmatised: supernatural wounds in the nineteenth century”, Living in a magical world: inner lives, University of Oxford, 17 September 2018.

Kristof Smeyers, “Supernatural blood: fearing, fighting, fantasising about stigmata in Victorian Britain”, Anxious forms: blood, sweat, and tears, Aston University, Birmingham, 27 July 2018.

Tine Van Osselaer, “Spectacular suffering and powerful blood”, Anxious forms: blood, sweat, and tears, Aston University, Birmingham, 27 July 2018.

Kristof Smeyers, “Miraculous Magdalenes. Stigmata and ecstasy in a Magdalene Asylum, 1841-1847”, Catholic Record Society Annual Conference, 24 July 2018.

Kristof Smeyers, “Stigmata: fearing women, blood and Rome”, Victorian Fears, Newman University, Birmingham, 18 June 2018.

Kristof Smeyers, “Misc 2.0. Building on the stigmatic’s archive”, History of Women Religious in Britain and Ireland Annual Conference, University of Galway, 7-8 June 2018.

Leonardo Rossi and Kristof Smeyers, “Into the land of the living saints: travelling to see stigmata in Tyrol, 1830s-40s“, Walking with saints: protection devotion and civic identity, Ronse, 24-26 May 2018.

Tine Van Osselaer, “From Bethlehem to Golgotha. Visiting the Hometown of a nineteenth-century Stigmatic“, Walking with saints: protection devotion and civic identity, Ronse, 24-26 May 2018.

Andrea Graus, “Turning the village’s ‘saint’ into the village’s history“, Walking with saints: protection devotion and civic identity, Ronse, 24-26 May 2018.

Tine Van Osselaer, On coughing and other rebellious acts: the faithful, the Church and deviant devotions in the 19th and early 20th centuries“, Beyond the norm: religious deviance in 19th- and 20th-century Europe, International Workshop, University of Antwerp, 13 April 2018.

Leonardo Rossi, “‘Fama sancitatis’ or ‘affettata santità’? Italian stigmatics under inquisition in the 19-20th centuries”, Beyond the norm: religious deviance in 19th- and 20th-century Europe, International Workshop, University of Antwerp, 13 April 2018.

Andrea Graus, Parish priests, stigmatics and religious deviance in the French Third Republic, Beyond the norm: religious deviance in 19th- and 20th-century Europe, International Workshop, University of Antwerp, 13 April 2018.

Kristof Smeyers, “Defiant devotions. Cults versus modernity in 19th-century England”, Beyond the norm: religious deviance in 19th- and 20th-century Europe, International Workshop, University of Antwerp, 13 April 2018.

Tine Van Osselaer On coughing and other rebellious acts: the faithful, the Church and deviant devotions in the 19thand early 20thcenturies“, European Social Science History Conferece, Belfast, 4-7 April 2018.

Kristof Smeyers Christ in curls. Devotion, ridicule and Mary Ann Girling.“, European Social Science History Conferece, Belfast, 4-7 April 2018.

Andrea Graus On deviance and religious cults in fin-de-siècle France“, European Social Science History Conferece, Belfast, 4-7 April 2018.

Tine Van Osselaer, Kristof Smeyers & Leonardo Rossi, “Fates and faiths intertwined. Clergymen and women mystics in 19th- and 20th-century Europe”, Masculinités sacerdotales, Louvain-la-Neuve, 14 March 2018.

2017

Andrea Graus “Le mysticisme devant la justice civile au XIXe siècle”, Séminaire Histoire des sciences humaines et sociales, EHESS-Centre Koyré, Paris, 1 December 2017.

Tine Van Osselaer, “Geen sant in eigen land. De Lummense gestigmatiseerde Rosalie Put (1868-1919)”, 52ste Algemeen-Kempisch Congres, 18 November 2017.

Kristof Smeyers, “‘Sweep away the corporations.’ The  programme of a Victorian Messiah”, UCSIA Summer School, Antwerp, 31 August 2017.

Kristof Smeyers, “Stigmatised. The complicated life of Mary Ann Girling (1827-1886)”, British Association of Victorian Studies, Lincoln, 24 August 2017.

Leonardo Rossi and Kristof Smeyers, “Tyrolean stigmatics in Britain and Ireland, 1841-1843”, Catholic Record Society Annual Conference, Cambridge, 24 July 2017.

Andrea Graus, “Mystic trials in nineteenth-century Europe”, European Society of the History of the Human Sciences, Bari, 12-14 July 2017.

Tine Van Osselaer, “On suffering and compassion: visiting stigmatic women in Europe, 19th and 20th centuries”, ISCH conference, Umeå University, Sweden, 27 June 2017.

Andrea Graus, “Mysticism in the courtroom during modernity”, Ruusbroec Institute Spring Lectures, University of Antwerp, 23 June 2017.

Tine Van Osselaer, “On suffering and compassion: visiting stigmatic women in Europe, 19th and 20th centuries”, The Experience of Suffering. Philosophical, Cultural and Social Dimensions, International Conference Institute of Philosophy, University of Innsbruck, Austria, 22 June 2017.

Andrea Graus,”‘My little flock.’ Mystic lay women as community builders“, Charismatic Women in Religion. Power, media and social change, 19th-20th century, International Workshop, Antwerp, 14 June 2017.

Kristof Smeyers, “Christ in curls. The contested charisma of Mary Ann Girling“, Charismatic Women in Religion. Power, media and social change, 19th-20th century, International Workshop, Antwerp, 14 June 2017.

Leonardo Rossi, “Charismatic stigmatized women: models of femininity at the beginning of the 19th century”, Charismatic Women in Religion. Power, media and social change, 19th-20th century, International Workshop, Antwerp, 14 June 2017.

Tine Van Osselaer, “The many lives of Bertha, Georges and Jean. Stories on a 20th-century ‘hermaphrodite apostle’‘”, Charismatic Women in Religion. Power, media and social change, 19th-20th century, International Workshop, Antwerp, 14 June 2017.

Kristof Smeyers, “Misc. Building the stigmatic’s archive”, Sources and the history of women religious, medieval to modern: archival | oral | visual | material | digital, H-WRBI Annual Conference, University College Dublin, Ireland, 9 June 2017.

Leonardo Rossi, “Beyond the domestic life. Charismatic women in the public space“, Annual Conference on Women of the Mediterranean (2017), St Anna Institute-College of Holy Cross-International Center for Mediterranean Studies, Sorrento, 26-27 May 2017.

Tine Van Osselaer, “Between saints and celebrities. The devotion and promotion of stigmatics in Europe, c.1800-1950”, Research day, Faculty of Arts, University of Antwerp, Belgium, 31 January 2017.

2016

Leonardo Rossi, “Sainteté approuvée, sainteté vivante, sainteté simulée. Les Stigmatisés entre la devotion populaire et l’Eglise, env.1800-1950“, Université de Savoie, Chambéry, France, 18 November 2016.

Tine Van Osselaer and Leonardo Rossi, “Power in the blood. The material culture of non-approved cults (19th and 20th century),” International workshop “Relics at the lab,” Brussels, Belgium, 27-28 October 2016.

Tine Van Osselaer, “‘Auf das höchste geschätzt und auf das sorgfälltigste bewahrt:’ the houses of European stigmatics,” University of Bern, Historisches Institut, Switzerland, 25 October 2016.

Andrea Graus, “Entre santos y celebridades. La devoción de los estigmatizados en Europa, 1800-1950″, Instituto de Historia (CCHS-CSIC), Madrid, Spain, 19 September 2016.

Andrea Graus, “Stigmata and celebrity at the turn of the twentieth century in France and Spain,” Joint Conference CHEIRON/European Society of the History of the Human Sciences, Barcelona, Spain, 27 June-1 July 2016.

Leonardo Rossi, “The debate about stigmata on the pages of «La Civiltà Cattolica», ca. 1850-1950,” On commotions and commodities. Catholic celebrities in 19th- and 20th- century Europe, Antwerp, Belgium, 22 June 2016.

Tine Van Osselaer, “Louise’s body. Or how to become a Catholic celebrity during the German and Belgian culture wars,” On commotions and commodities. Catholic celebrities in 19th- and 20th- century Europe, Antwerp, Belgium, 22 June 2016.

Andrea Graus, Wonder nuns. Sor Patrocinio, the politics of the supernatural and religious cartoons,” On commotions and commodities. Catholic celebrities in 19th- and 20th- century Europe, Antwerp, Belgium, 22 June 2016.

Tine Van Osselaer, “Virgin mothers and alteri Christi: stigmatic women and the cult of motherhood in Europe,” La Sainte Famille. Sexualité, filiation et parentalité dans l’Église catholique, Rome, Italy, 20 May 2016.

Leonardo Rossi, “Between saints and celebrities. The devotion and promotion of stigmatics in Europe, c.1800-1950“, Colloque BABEL des doctorants, Liège, Belgium, 15 April 2016.

Tine Van Osselaer, “The affair of the photographs. Controlling the public image of a nineteenth-century stigmatic,” European Social Science History Conference, Valencia, Spain, 2 April 2016.

2015

Tine Van Osselaer, “Louise’s body. Studying corporeality, femininity and mysticism in the modern era,” Unruly bodies. Gender/Norms/Resistance, Brussels, Belgium, 30 October 2015.

Tine Van Osselaer, “Pain, passion and compassion. Writing on stigmatic women in modern Europe,”  Género e interioridade na vida religiosa: conceitos, contextos e práticas, Lisbon, Portugal, 3-4 July 2015.