Behind the scenes of Antwerp city walk and expo 'Passion. Histories of the H...
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Donderdag 29 april 2021 (van 15u30 tot 17u00)

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Behind the scenes of Antwerp city walk and expo

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This webinar offers a glimpse behind the scenes of the Antwerp city walk and exhibition 'Passion. Histories of the Heart' in St Paul’s Church. The organizers, the Religious Bodies team* of the Ruusbroec Institute (University of Antwerp), share their thoughts on the methods, sources and historiographical fields they used to tell the complex stories of the heart in Catholic symbolism, devotion and mysticism in the 19th and 20th centuries. The emotional meanings of the mortal hearts of believers and the divine hearts of Jesus and Mary take centre stage in a multilayered view of religious images, objects and practices.

Here the team analyses these layers with four special objects that feature in the exhibition, which are related to the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Of course, the roots of the Sacred Heart devotion go back much further than the 19th century, back to the Middle Ages or even the first Patriarchs. But the Sacred Heart devotion experienced a revival in modern times, with several new emphases. Building on its older traditions and including the intimate heart experiences of its mystics, the webinar also includes reflections on public, demonstrative, and politically loaded forms of the devotion in later centuries.

Applying recent insights from the history of emotions, pain and the body to these objects, the team will discuss the following questions:

How can material sources reflect the history of emotions and Catholicism? In what way does the meaning of an object change?

How do different sources tell the diverse stories of the heart? What are the advantages of combining top-down and bottom-up sources in the study of popular devotion?

How to interpret a heart?

*The members of the Religious Bodies Team are Leonardo Rossi, Linde Tuybens, Kristof Smeyers and Tine Van Osselaer.

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