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Conference on Thomas a Kempis, his works and their reception (19-20 August 2021)

Darmstadt, Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek, Hs. 324, Bd.3, f. 1va

The Titus Brandsma Institute and Radboud University Nijmegen organize an international conference on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 August 2021: Thomas a Kempis, his Works and their Reception.

The conference starts around 10 a.m. on Thursday morning and ends around 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The lectures are spoken in English and/or German. The conference is organized in the Soeterbeeck Meeting and Conference Centre. About 30 participants will be present coroa-proof here. The other participants attend the lectures online.


The aim of the conference, then, is twofold:

  1. to study Thomas’ life, his works and his context;
  2. to explore the reception and appropriation of his works throughout the centuries.


  Thursday 19 August 
10.00 Word of welcome by Han van Krieken, rector magnificus of Radboud University
10.15 Presentation digital version Thomas’s Bible by Ulrike Bodemann (Thomas-Archiv, Kempen)
  Session 1 (moderator: Johan Oosterman (RU))
10.30 Paul van Geest (Tilburg University)
Having Faith in Someone Who Cannot be Met: The Power of Thomas a Kempis as ‘Lifestyle Consultant’ and Mystagogue
11.00 Pieter de Villiers (University of the Free State, Bloemfontein)
Abundant Peace in Troublesome Times: On the Imitatio 4.25
11.30 Questions and discussion
12.00 Lunch
  Session 2 (moderator: Daniela Müller (RU))
13.30 Charles Caspers (TBI)
Thomas a Kempis on the Encounter with God
14.00 Koen Goudriaan (VU Amsterdam)
Thomas as Hagiographer: The Reworking of Hugo’s Life of Liduina
14.30 Coffee
15.00 Margarita Logutova (National Library of Russia, Saint Petersburg)
The Manuscripts of Thomas a Kempis at St. Petersburg Libraries
Read by Rijcklof Hofman (TBI)
15.30 Questions and discussion
16.00 Presentation special issue Ons Geestelijk Erf to Huub Welzen, prior provincial of the Dutch province of the Carmelite Order, by Kees Schepers (Ruusbroec Institute, Antwerp)
16.15 Introduction to Soeterbeeck and its historical library by Ad Poirters (TBI)
16.45 End of programme


  Friday 20 August
  Session 3 (Cécile de Morrée (RU))
10.00 John van Ool (TBI-associated scholar)
Thomas von Kempen’ bei Johann Michael Sailer (1751-1832): Rezeption eines Autors der Devotio Moderna bei einem Vertreter der ‘Katholischen Aufklärung’
10.30 Ad Poirters (TBI)
Liturgical Use of The Imitation of Christ in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Dutch Editions
11.00 Questions and discussion
11.30 Lunch
  Session 4 (moderator: Peter Nissen (RU))
13.00 Inigo Bocken (TBI)
Imitatio Christi as Philosophia Christi? Titus Brandsma on the Devotio Moderna
13.30 Francois Manga (RU)
The Reception and Actuality of The Imitation of Jesus Christ in Today’s African Context
14.00 Questions and discussion
14.30 Drinks

Conference Centre Soeterbeeck (Elleboogstraat 2, 5352 LP Deursen-Dennenburg). For directions, see www.ru.nl/soeterbeeck/informatie-contact/routebeschrijving/.

Soeterbeeck has taken all necessary measures against the new coronavirus. Because of this, the conference can only be physically attended by 30 people at most, including the speakers. This number is reached. You can still register, but only for digital attendence.

Organising Committee:
Inigo Bocken (TBI), Cécile de Morrée (RU), Peter Nissen (RU), Johan Oosterman (RU), Marko Gorupec en Niek van de Minkelis and Ad Poirters (TBI).

COVID-19 restrictions:
If the virus should make travel and assemblies impossible in August 2021, the committee intends to organize and host the conference digitally, possibly in the form of a smaller expert meeting on Zoom.

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