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Program Conference Down Town / Down Soul

Early Modern Mysticism & The Political

Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 June 2018

Titus Brandsma Institute, Radboud University, Nijmegen

Huize Heyendael


Wednesday June 13th

12.00:   Registration/coffee/light lunch


Chair: Inigo Bocken

13.00:   Introduction by Inigo Bocken, TBI-director

13.10:   Marc De Kesel (Titus Brandsma Institute, Nijmegen, NL)

Loving Your Neighbour Purely: Mysticism & Politics in Fénelon

Respondent: Ruud Welten

13.55:   Bernard McGinn (University of Chicago, Chicago, US)

Varieties of Mystical Annihilation in the Seventeenth Century

Respondent: Huub Welzen

14.40:   Gian Ackermans (Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL)

The Penitent’s Power: Controversies among Catholics in the Northern

Netherlands c. 1700

Respondent: Charles Caspers


15.25:   Coffee Break


Chair: Huub Welzen

15.45:   Cliff Knighten  (Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX, US)

Incarnation, Anéantissement, and the Formation of the Modern Self in 17th Century French Spirituality: a Critical Appraisal in Dialogue with Charles Taylor

Respondent: Marc De Kesel

16.30:   Eduard Kimman (Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL)

Money and the Interior Life: the Spirituality of the Procurator or Treasurer in Early Modern Religious Houses

Respondent: Joost van der Net

17.15:   Inigo Bocken (Titus Brandsma Institute, Nijmegen, NL)

Conjectural Politics: Nicholas of Cusa’s Very Early Modern Mystical Foundation of Political Consensus

Respondent: Jonne Hoek

18.00:   Closing remarks


19.00:   Conference dinner



Thursday  June 14th

09.30: Coffee


Chair: Charles Caspers

10.00: Jad Hatem (Saint-Joseph University, Beirut, LEB)

The Role of Mysticism in the Oriental Christians’ Political Strategies

Respondent: Heleen Murre-van den Berg

10.45: Wolfgang Christian Schneider (Cusanus Hochschule, Kues, DE)

Schwenckfeld and Sudermann as Mediators between Late Medieval Spirituality and Baroque Religiosity

Respondent: Vladimír Hrabal


11.30: Coffee Break


11.45: Kees Schepers (University of Antwerp, BE)

Meister Eckhart, a Man for all Creeds?

Respondent: Michel Dijkstra


12.30: Lunch

13.30: Chair: Inigo Bocken

Herman Westerink (Titus Brandsma Institute, Nijmegen, NL)

Jean de Labadie: Mystic – Activist – Politician

Chair: Marc De Kesel

François Manga (Fellow Titus Brandsma Institute, Nijmegen, NL)

The Imaginary Pilgrimage and the Outbreak of the Subjectivity in the Early Modernity


14.15: Liesbeth Eugelink (Fellow Titus Brandsma Institute, Nijmegen, NL)

Mystical Loss of Self in Modern Literature

Dominiek Hoens (Ghent University, BE)
“Where Then Is the Self?” On Pascal’s Epistemological Critique of the Ego
Moderator: Ben Schomakers
15.00:   Coffee Break


Chair: Marc De Kesel

15.15:   Theo Witkamp (Protestant Theological University, Amsterdam, NL)

The Fractured Self of a Modern Mystic: Christian Wiman’s My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer

Respondent: Ria van den Brandt

16.00:   August Higgins (Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, TX, US)

Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Politics of the Natural

Respondent: Gerrit Steunebrink

16.45:   Vasileios Syros (Academy of Finland, Helsinki, FI)

The Self and the Public and Private Aspects of Religion in Early Modern Jewish Political Thought

Respondent: Evert van der Zweerde


17.30:   Closing remarks by Inigo Bocken


17.40: Drinks