Religious Bodies is an international research network that brings together research projects on the histories of bodies in religion. So far, we have focussed on Christianities in Western Europe, primarily in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Of bodysnatching and lesser crimes, by Kristof Smeyers

The archives of the Franciscans in my hometown Hasselt, Belgium, hold a box that is labelled, in all capitals, ‘CRIME’. Read more


5 May 2022

Join us on 5 May in Antwerp or online for the public lecture ‘”A magic we can believe in”: belief, unbelief and the sacrality of the dead’ by Thomas Laqueur! Info and registration.

9 February 2022

CALL FOR PAPERS: Pain and (com)passion, an international workshop at the University of Innsbruck, 1-2 June 2022

We cordially invite you to submit a short abstract to our two-day workshop on the history of pain and (com)passion. All information can be found here.