Commitments to Medieval Mystical Texts within Contemporary Contexts
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Why do we, as contemporary scholars within the field of Christian spirituality, privilege the reading of medieval mystical texts as a critical mainstay of our focus? How do we define their historical (dis)continuity with our contemporary contexts and their ability to uniquely address relevant issues for readers today? These meta-questions on the meaningfulness of our scholarship seek to encourage critical reflection on our distinct approaches to the medieval texts: historical, literary, theological hermeneutical, and interdisciplinary praxis-based approaches, as well as on our scholarly and personal relations to others (academy, Church and society) mediated by such texts. At the intersection of questions of meaningfulness mutually interacting with our diverging methodologies, this conference aims to provide a fruitful, dialogical forum in which we may better encounter strengths and/or weaknesses of our own presumptions in reading these mystical texts.
Satoshi Kikuchi email@example.com
Catholic University of Leuven
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Sint-Michielsstraat 4 box 3101
3000 Leuven, Belgium
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