Date: 7 February 2017

Time: 15:30-17:00

Location: VU Main Building, room: HG-11A22

Stevin Seminar: Stigmata in the seventeenth century. How a mystical phenomenon became physical

Lecturer: Mònica Balltondre

Abstract: The well-known Spanish Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) talked of a vision she had in ecstasy where she saw an angel piercing her heart. Upon this vision, the Roman Church constructed a mystical phenomenon named the transverberation of the heart. In the context of the reception of her mystical legacy along the 17th century, medical, scientific and also gender discourses played a role. The involvement of the body as the locus of the mystical experiences changed in 17th century. I will discuss which sociohistorical changes could explain the construction of that mystical phenomenon.

Mònica Balltondre is Associate Professor of History of Psychology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona