Marianne Ritsema van Eck
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.
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 with the highest distinction (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam.
Her research interests centre 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, historical cartography, and sacri monti.
In her first book, The Holy Land in Observant Franciscan Texts (c. 1480–1650): Theology, Travel, and Territoriality (Brill 2019), Marianne analyses the development of the complex Observant Franciscan engagement with the Holy Land during the early modern period. She is currently working on a second book project about Franciscan sacri monti in Italy (c. 1250-1700). For more information please visit academia.edu, researchgate and linkedin.
- MA literature seminar: Pilgrimage as Travel in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Period.
- MA research seminar: Pre-modern Cartography: Worldview and Territoriality.
- BA 2/3 seminar: Late Medieval Religiosity in Textual and Material Culture.
- BA 2 course ‘Workshop of the Medievalist’: working with primary sources for medieval history.
- BA 1 Introductory medieval history seminars.
- BA 1 Academic writing skills for historians (Themacollege).
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