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)


22 October 2020

The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and Arts has awarded us with the annual prize for science communication. The prize is for the exhibition Wonde(r): the fascination with the suffering body, which the jury calls an intriguing and artful concept. You can also vote for Wonde(r) in the EOS prize here: https://www.eoswetenschap.eu/publieksfavoriet2020

8 October 2020

Today is book publication day! Find the results of Between Saints and Celebrities in our monograph The Devotion and Promotion of Stigmatics in Europe (Open Access): https://brill.com/view/title/55448