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Marianne Ritsema van Eck

University Lecturer

Name
Dr. M.P. Ritsema van Eck
Telephone
+31 71 527 2733
E-mail
m.p.ritsema.van.eck@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Marianne Ritsema van Eck is lecturer in Medieval History. Her main area of interest is religious culture of the late medieval and early modern period, particularly its expressions at the intersection of material and textual culture.

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Research and teaching interests

Marianne Ritsema van Eck is lecturer in Medieval History. Her main area of interest is religious culture of the late medieval and early modern period, particularly its expressions at the intersection of material and textual culture.  

In June 2017, she defended her PhD dissertation Custodians of sacred space: Constructing the Franciscan Holy Land through Texts and Sacri Monti (ca. 1480-1650) with the highest distinction (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam. It significantly re-charts the history of the phenomenon of the Franciscan sanctuary of the sacro monte or ‘New Jerusalem’, and it demonstrates that a heterogeneous but recognizably Franciscan literature of Holy Land appropriation developed from the late medieval period onwards. This research is based on material culture (sacri monti), as well as an extensive corpus of previously un(der)studied texts in several European languages, and an in-depth investigation of the ideologies of the Franciscan Observant movement. This work emphasizes the importance of an intensive interdisciplinary dialogue between art history, religious history, and textual culture.

Her current research focuses on the dynamics between (invented) narratives of origin and sacred objects and locations involved in the projection of innovative sacred topographies, and their social functions. Specific topics include St Helena and the city of Rome, and the anchoring of Observant Franciscanism in evolving confessional landscapes (both ca. 1400-1650). Additional research interests include historical graffiti, travel and pilgrimage literature of the Mediterranean, sacred geography, and historical cartography. For more information please visit academia.edu.

University Lecturer

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  • Institute for History
  • Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.70

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