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:
- to study Thomas’ life, his works and his context;
- 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|
|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
|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|
|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|
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.
Inigo Bocken (TBI), Cécile de Morrée (RU), Peter Nissen (RU), Johan Oosterman (RU), Marko Gorupec en Niek van de Minkelis and Ad Poirters (TBI).
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.
Register / Attend digital conference
Put in your application now. You can only register for digital attendence. Cost will be €10,-.
If you have questions about attending the conference, please contact Wendy Litjens, email@example.com.