Colloque – Meister Eckhart and the Low Countries: Medieval and Modern Connections in Literature and Religious Culture

Universiteit Leiden, 9-11 June 2016
Meister Eckhart and the Low Countries: Medieval and Modern Connections in Literature and Religious Culture

Leiden University and the Meister Eckhart Gesellschaft organize a conference on the rich and varied reception of Meister Eckhart in the literature of the Low Countries: from the fourteenth century transmission of his texts and teachings to twentieth century novel on his trial and modern poetry. In medieval manuscripts from the Low Countries Eckhart appears as the author of sermons, as a character in exempla and dialogues, as an authoritative voice and as a theologian accused of heresy. Criticized as a ‘devilish person’ and celebrated as a ‘light of divine wisdom’, Eckhart was as one of the most controversial figures in medieval Dutch literary culture. However, his ambiguous reputation among adherents and enemies suggests stronger oppositions and debates than the actual circulation of his texts can/do confirm. Eckhart was read in the Netherlands, but quite often anonymously, while those texts that mention the master by name have little to do with his thinking. It was only after the modern (re)discovery of Eckhart that his ideas really found a place in Dutch literature and philosophy. The intriguing and complex position of Eckhart in the literature and religious culture of the Low Countries brings up questions that concern a number of (sub)disciplines in medieval studies, literary history and theory, philosophy and religious studies.

Speakers will reflect on the influence and Wirkung of Eckhart’s ideas and texts within the interconnectedness of Dutch and German literary cultures, within the religious movement of the Modern Devotion and the mendicant orders or in modern literature.

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Programme :

Thursday 9 June
Matthias de Vrieshof 2, room 004

13.00-13.15 Anthonya Visser (Academic Director LUCAS), ‘Grusswort’ on behalf of LUCAS
13.15-13.45 Freimut Löser (Augsburg), ‘Grusswort’ on behalf of the Meister Eckhart Gesellschaft
13.45-14.15 Wybren Scheepsma (Leiden), ‘Meister Eckhart and the Low Countries in the Middle Ages’
Tea break

15.00-15.30 Rudiger Malfliet, ‘Seven manieren van minnen (ca. 1300). An original Dutch text influenced by Meister Eckhart?’
15.30-16.00 Kees Schepers (Antwerpen), ‘The unknown Eckhart and Eckhart unknown. Perceptions of Meister Eckhart in the Low Countries’
16.00-16.30 Dagmar Gottschall (Lecce), ‘Diu zeichen eines wârhaften grundes. Ein ps.-eckhartischer Traktat im deutsch-niederländischen Kulturraum’
16.30-17.00 Arno Thaller, ‘Spuren von Meister Eckhart in Jan van Eycks Werk. Gesamtsinn und Details’

Friday 10 June
Witte Singel 27 University Library, Vossius room

9.00-9.30 Youri Desplenter (Gent), ‘The Cook and the Devil united. Analysis of Ms. Munich, StaBi, (Rebdorf; End 15th century)’
9.30-10.00 Balázs Nemes (Freiburg), ‘Eckhart-Rezeption im Spannungsfeld der normativen Schriften der Devotio moderna und der pragmatischen Belange des Aufbaus einer volkssprachlichen Bibliothek im Augustinerchorherrenstift Rebdorf’
10.00-10.30 Evert van den Berg (Zwolle), ‘Das natürliche Licht bei Eckhart, bei Dionysius und Gregorius und im Geistbuch’
Coffee break

11.00-11.30 Satoshi Kikuchi (Leuven), Eckhart’s Condemned Doctrines and Ruusbroec’s Mystical Theology’
11.30-12.00 Yves Van Damme (Leiden), ‘Questions for Eckhart: A Debate on Fourteenth-Century Lay Spirituality at the heart of Middle Dutch Mysticism’
12.00-12.30 Anna Dlabacova (Louvain-la-Neuve), ‘Why (not) Eckhart? The Vertroestinghe der ghelatenre menschen in the context of Early Netherlandish printed book production’
Lunch break

14.00-14.30 Mikhail Khorkhov (Moscow), ‘Wenn ein Pferd sich in eine Rose verwandelt: Zu einigen Mechanismen der Transformation Eckhartscher Metaphern im niederländischen Kontext (am Beispiel der anonymen „Lehren“ in der Hs Leiden UB Ltk 222)’
14.30-15.00 Loris Sturlese (Lecce), ‘Bemerkungen zum Traktat Sub umbra illius quem desideraui sedi in Berlin ms. germ. qu. 1084’
15.00-16.00 Jaap Goedegebuure (Leiden), ‘Meister Eckhart in modern Dutch literature’ (public lecture)

Saturday 11 June
Witte Singel 27 University Library, Vossius room

10.00-10.30 Gerard Visser (Leiden), ‘Die Eckhartrezeption in Lebensphilosophie und Phänomenologie’
10.30-11.00 Louisa van der Pol (Nijmegen), ‘Buzzing up towards the choirs. The theme of Gotes geswîgen in C.O. Jellema’s poem ‘De tombe van Meister Eckhart’.
Coffee break

11.30-12.00 Rico Sneller (Leiden), ‘Son of God: Between Ashkenazic Hasidim and Abulafia. Eckhart and Jewish mysticism’
12.00-12.30 Jef Jacobs (Leiden), ‘Eckharts allegorisches Reden’
12.30-13.00 Geert Warnar (Leiden), Concluding remarks

Attendance fee of the conference is 5 € per day. Additional costs for lunch on Friday are 10 €.

Registration is required. Please send an e-mail to g.warnar@hum.leidenuniv.nl with the subject line: Meister Eckhart and the Low Countries

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