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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Send us your (early Christian) martyr – Tine Van Osselaer

I watch with eager anticipation as my guide is carefully opening a series of small doors. We are not unwrapping one layer after another, but sections of a single, bigger, display case.  The impact of the procedure is best compared to one of those visual puzzles. Every new piece gives you an idea of what the overall image might look like, but you need to take a step back to take it all in and get a clearer view. That is what I am doing at this moment. From a distance, it is easier to ignore the cabinet doors and sections, and  imagine the impression that St. Leo’s wax statue used to make on the visitors. The gold colored frame of the glass coffin is barely visible, but I have seen a lithograph and some pictures, and my mind is puzzling the rest together. Read more…

Statue of St. Leo at the Seminary in Bruges


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.