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'Mad for Him'. Women, Religion and Mental Illness in the Late Middle Ages and in the Early Modern Age

Project description

Religious relations or mental illness?

What do we know about the women deemed to be mystics, blessed or saints during the late Middle Ages and modern era? Is it possible that unexplainable relations with the Godhead and religious experiences like ecstasies and visions were actually explainable medical causes? The EU-funded WoMent project will answer these questions by exploring the boundaries between alleged miracles and mental illnesses. Specifically, it will study biographical texts of six religious women: Saint Lutgardis of Aywières, Saint Angela of Foligno, the Blessed Giustina of Arezzo, Saint Margareta Ebner, Margery Kempe and Blessed Colomba of Rieti. The study will shed new light on how women saints lived their daily lives.

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UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA
Net EU contribution
€ 237 768,00
Address
Dorsoduro 3246
30123 Venezia
Italy

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Region
Nord-Est Veneto Venezia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 5 152,48

Partners (2)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

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Canada
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Kings College Circle 27
M5S 1A1 Toronto

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

PONTEFICIA UNIVERSITA URBANIANA
Holy See/Vatican City
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Via Urbano Viii 16
00165 Vatican City

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 157 183,84