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Research centre Ruusbroec Institute
Main organisation:Ruusbroec Institute
Lifecycle:1 Oct 2003 → Today
Organisation profile:The aims of the Ruusbroec Institute have been formulated as follows by its founders in 1925: 'a scientific research of the history of Christian spirituality - both ascetical and mystical - in the Low Countries, from the conversion to Christianity until 1750.' Even though the methodology, the way in which research topics are chosen, and the manner of publication of the results have developed in the course of the years, the original idea is still the same. Within the Institute's research activities three main areas of study can be distinguished. First, critical edition of the texts that are the basis of our research: the religious literature of the Low Countries. Next, interpretative and contextual study of those texts. Third historical research on the first years of the Ruusbroec Institute from both cultural and social perspectives, as well as codicological research is carried out.
Keywords:TEXT EDITION, HISTORY OF (RELIGIOUS) CULTURE, LOW COUNTRIES, MYSTICISM, HISTORY OF SPIRITUALITY, SPIRITUAL LITERATURE
Disciplines:Language studies, Literary studies, Theology and religious studies