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Annual Conference

The next conference will be held in KU, Leuven, Belgium, 30th May-2nd June 2018

The theme is Beatice of Nazareth 1200-1268: Medieval Mysticism in Dialogue with Contemporary Thought

The conference is being organized to commemorate the 750th anniversary of Beatrice’s death. In addition to celebrating Beatrice’s anniversary, however, the conference aims to address several themes, such as the history and development of mystical literature, vernacular theology, and medieval women’s history. Moreover, we seek to highlight the relevance of these fields for contemporary theology. The subjects are thus by no means limited to Beatrice herself.

Speakers currently confirmed:
Lieven Boeve (KU, Leuven)
Rob Faesen (KU, Leuven)
Amy Hollywood (Harvard)
Marc De Kesel (St Paul's University, Ottowa)Bernard McGinn (Chicago)
Carolyn Muessig (Bristol)
Alessandra Bartolomei Romagnoli (Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome)

Rob Faesen (Institute for the Study of Spirituality)
Lieven Boeve (Theology in a Postmodern Context Research Group).

Further information will be available here later in the year.

A call for papers will be issued later in the year

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We are also very excited to announce that in 2019 we will be holding our the MTN Conference in Boston, hosted by Boston College,Thurs 29th Feb - Sun 3rd March on the theme of Metaphor, Making and Mysticism. More information will be posted later in the year.

An exciting International Symposium on Madam Guyon is being organised by the IRSE and the Faculty of Theology at the University of Geneva, 23rd-24th Nov 2017. Papers will be in French and English. More information is available here

The Mystical Theology Network aims to hold annual academic conferences around the world. Our ability to run these is contingent on funding. We are currently applying for a number of grants.

We try to host our conferences in different institutions worldwide to enable as many people as possible to attend.
So far, we have held conferences in Oxford, Dublin, Liverpool, Glasgow and Leuven, Belgium. We are extremely grateful for the Oxford University, All Hallows College, Liverpool Hope University, Glasgow University and KU Leuven for hosting these conferences and for colleagues there who organised and ran the conferences.

Past Conferences

For information about past conferences please follow the links below. Details of the past conferences, speakers and papers can all be found here, along with photo galleries. Photo galleries of our previous conference can also be found by following this link.

January 2012: Theological Explorations of Christian Mysticism (Keeble College, Oxford).

January 2013: Eruptions from France: Mystical Theology in the French Tradition (All Hallows College, Dublin)

July 2014: Mystical Theology and Continental Philosophy (Organised by Liverpool Hope University)

January 2015: Theosis/Deification: Christian Doctrines of Deification East and West (Organised by KU Leuven)

June  2015: Teresa of Avila 1515-2015 (Organised by InSpiRe at St. Mary's Conference, Twickenham)

January 2016: Art and Articulation: Illuminating the Mystical Medieval and Modern (St Hilda's College,  Oxford)

December 2016 (2017 conference): Mysticism in Comparative Perspective (Organised by Glasgow University)

Aims of MTN

  • There was previously no established academic forum for the theological discussion of Christian mysticism (although we seek to dialogue with other religious traditions and none).
  • The Mystical Theology Network sees it at as an important goal to meet this need.
  • It aims to do this through holding a series of conferences and publications.

Although the aim of these meetings is to promote multidisciplinary academic discussion, conferences are open to everyone, regardless of academic affiliation.