History of spirituality, devotion and mysticism. University of Antwerp
In this research, the problematization of the traditional account of the ‘rational’ Enlightenment’ will be
central, by focusing on the case study of French mesmerism in the Society of Universal Harmony in
Paris (1783-1787). This will be approached as a ‘spiritual movement’ that put forward selfcare and -
transformation and will emphasize ‘spiritual’ vocabularies and concepts used by historical actors
Performances of the Otherworldly : Supernatural Science at the Fair in North-Western Europe (1850-1930). University of Antwerp
The horizons of Guibert of Gembloux (1124/25-1214). Historical-anthropological research into the world of a Benedictine letter writer from the decades after the so-called 'crisis of cenobitism' Ghent University
Starting from the letter collection of Guibert of Gembloux, this historical-anthropological study aims at evaluating the way in which traditional Benedictinism in the Southern Low Countries positioned itself both socially and spiritually in the decades following immediately after the alleged crisis of traditional cenobitism (Van Engen, 1986).
The theme of deification in the Middle Dutch works of the understudied authors in Groenendaal: Jan van Leeuwen, Willem Jordaens and Godfried Wevel. Was Groenendaal a 'textual community' or an 'authorial community of practice'? University of Antwerp
A crucial tool for mapping 'the inner': the reception of Paul's thought in the writings of Isaac of Nineveh (7th century, Church of the East) KU Leuven
Spiritual Role-Play as Technology of Self: An Interdisciplinary Pioneer Study of a Devotional Practice from the Late Medieval Low Countries (SRP). University of Antwerp
Female devotion, male commitment? The rise of Cistercian women and the provision of the cura monialium in the Southern Low Countries, 1150-1275. Ghent University
My project aims to study the emergence of Cistercian nunneries between 1150 and 1275 in the Southern Low Countries. I will examine the spiritual ideals that inspired these communities for women and the process by which they became part of the Cistercian order. I will also explore the culture of support amongst Cistercian monks and local bishops for these women.
The life and thought of northern prehistoric hunter-gatherers: ethnographical and ethnoarchaeological theory and analysis of the behavioral and material expression of the relationship between ideology and ecology Ghent University
The research proposal consists of the application of the new anthropological paradigm to the study of northern European prehistoric hunter-gatherers with specific focus on the relationship between ecology - the reality of the world in which human beings must survive - and ideology - the human cognition and perception of that world. The new anthropological paradigm sees ecology and ideology as dynamic and dialectic entities, whose relationship ...