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)


26 March 2021

Booking is now open for Passion, an exhibition on the many Catholic meanings of the heart, in St Paul’s Church, Antwerp! From 11 April to 30 June you are most welcome. Book your slot here and make sure to be there at the start. All practical information here.

Can’t wait that long? Then register for the Slow Art afternoon of St Paul’s Church on 10 April, and get an exclusive first look at the exhibition. Places are limited! Sign up by e-mail via sintpaulusvrienden@proximus.be

The exhibition is one stop on our historical walking tour through Antwerp, which is definitely worth it now that spring is upon us!

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