Etty Hillesum

Onderzoeks centrum

La Fundación Etty Hillesum Colombia

Villa de Leyva
23rd-25th August, 2019


To make known in Latin America the new tendencies of spiritual theological reflection, from the referent of the mystical experience and its relation with the humanity, which inspires the itinerary of Etty Hillesum.

The emphasis will be on two areas

· Academic (conferences, dialogues, working committees)
· Psychospiritual (body work – dance – prayer moments)


The proposal for the Meeting has an academic pretext, however, the event seeks to be consistent with the complexity of ‘the human’. This is why the program respects and promotes the integral character of the person (mind, body, and spirit).


5 central conferences

30 communications in 6 round tables

Lines for the preparation of communications:

1. Etty Hillesum and the sources of spiritual life.

1.1. The spiritual experience of Etty Hillesum in dialogue with other mystics and spiritual witnesses.
1.2. The incidence of Holy Scripture in the itinerary of Etty Hillesum.
1.3. Literature as a spiritual inspiration for Etty Hillesum.
1.4. The historical context as origin, catalyst and projection of the spiritual experience.

2. Etty Hillesum and the human condition: vulnerability, suffering, hatred, friendship, loneliness.

2.1. Etty Hillesum and ‘the human’: in dialogue with other spiritual witnesses.
2.2. Vulnerability: limit and possibility in Etty Hillesum’s experience
2.3. The meaning of suffering in the experience of Etty Hillesum.
2.4. The place and sense of the other in the experience of Etty Hillesum.
2.5. Etty Hillesum and the condition of women in some current scenarios.
2.6. Listening to the corporality, sign and call.

3. The aesthetic dimension of the legacy of Etty Hillesum

3.1. Etty Hillesum represented in art.
3.2. Literature as an art of the spirit.
3.3. The spiritual path from the aesthetic sensibility.
3.4. Art, mysticism, and vulnerability in the 21st century.

Speakers :

1. Barbara Pataro Bucker: PhD in Systematic Theology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Professor and researcher at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.

2. Fernando Arriero Perantón: Doctor in Theology from the Faculty of Theology of Northern Spain. Degree in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical University of Salamanca. Professor of Dogmatic and Spiritual Theology at the University of Northern Spain. Counselor of the Spanish Biblical and Archaeological Institute in Jerusalem.

3. Li Mizar Salamanca Barrera: PhD in Theology from the Pontifical University Javeriana. Degree in Philosophy and Letters with emphasis on Aesthetics. Expert in Art and Spirituality.

4. María Clara Lucchetti Bingemer: PhD in Theology by the Gregorian University, at Rome. Currently Titular Professor at the Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro.

4. Rosana Navarro Sánchez: PhD in Theology from the Javeriana Pontifical University. Professor of the Faculty of Theology in Bogotá. Research emphasis: Mysticism and Humanism. Director of the Etty Hillesum Foundation (Colombia).


Date: 23rd, 24th and 25th of August 2019.

Venue: Duruelo Convention Center and Guesthouse, Villa de Leyva.


1. Registration + transport (Bogotá – Villa de Leyva) +accommodation + food . € 177 = USD 200

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