IGTM 2024 : The End: Finiteness, Death, and Completion in Medieval Theology

Annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Medieval Theology (IGTM)

26 June – 28 June 2024

Theologische Universiteit Kampen|Utrecht,
Franciscan Study Center, Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, Utrecht & Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University.

Please note: the conference will take place in person. Travel and accommodation of speakers will not be covered. A small budget for travel grants for young scholars is available

Themes to be addressed may include, but are not limited to:

In 2024, it is 800 years ago that Francis of Assisi started to write his Canticle of the Creatures, which includes the famous lines on “Sister Death.” Christian theology usually considers the end of life in this world in the perspective of the life after this life, the life that goes on forever. From the viewpoint of medieval faith and morality, the final phase of earthly life remains only a transitional one. Nevertheless, at some definitive point, earthly lives really approach their end. Cases of sudden death excepted, people now find themselves in a period of letting-go, of near-death, of a real completion of earthly existence. Whereas the realization of one’s own finiteness has usually been interiorized to a greater or lesser degree from an early age (rites of passage, memento mori, dance of death, etc.), the prospect of the future life drawing near can bring with it intensified feelings of hope and fear. These are given specific translation according to religion, gender, and ethnicity. The confusing confrontation with the painful process of transitioning from the old to the new life calls for prayer, perseverance, and trust in God. Likewise, in (organized) communities, situations of insecurity, confrontations with great loss, times of danger and adversity, or the ending of an established way of life may confront the members with the shocking realities of finiteness. Here, as in the context of the individual soul, conceptions of heaven and hell, and/or “the end of days” may be heavily reinforced as (un)certainties of survival and/or salvation come to the fore. When, why, and how is the subject of this conference.


Practical Matters

The organizers welcome paper proposals submitted in English. Abstracts should be kept as close to 100 words as possible. Each paper should last 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Papers will be published in our Archa Verbi special issue or Archa Verbi – Subsidia conference volume.

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Jun 26 - 28 2024


08:00 - 18:00

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Theologische Universiteit Kampen
Utrecht, Nederland
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