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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‘A pile of hope’ – Tine Van Osselaer (5 November 2020)

I do not need to read the messages to know that what I am looking at is a pile of hope, despair, loss, but above all … trust. The small pieces of paper on the tomb of Anna Katharina Emmerick are the material testimony of faith in the intercessory power of the blessed stigmatic.

Gabriel von Max, ‘Die ekstatische Jungfrau Katharina Emmerich’ (1885)


30 June 2021

On 30 June the closed workshop ‘Pain: cultivation, contemplation, and relief’ examines the historical meanings of pain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Programme and workshop report will be posted after the workshop.

10 May 2021

On 25 May the Religious Bodies team joins an international group of scholars for a one-day workshop on nineteenth- and twentieth-century stigmata. ‘Perceptions of the sacred in the suffering body’ is open to all. You can join via this link.

Full programme and other details can be found here.