Etty Hillesum

Onderzoeks centrum

‘HET PAND’ IN GHENT CITY

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THE CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT “HET PAND”, THE CULTURAL CENTRE OF GHENT UNIVERSITY.

Het Pand
Onderbergen 1
9000 Gent/Ghent
Belgium
tel. +32 (0)9 264 83 05

ACCESSIBILITY

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

  • From station Gent St-Pieters:
    tram 1 (every 6 minutes) or tram 24 (every 20 minutes). Exit atKorenmarkt.
  • From Gent Zuid:
    tram 4 (every 6 minutes), tram 24 (every 20 minutes) or bus 17 (every 30 minutes). Exit at Korenmarkt.

BY CAR

  • Follow the parking signage to parking P7 Sint-Michiels. The parking is located at 50 meter from Het Pand. Take the exit Onderbergen and you come out in the Wilderoosstraat, opposite Het Pand.
  • An alternative parking is P8 Ramen. From here it’s about 5 minutes on foot to Het Pand.
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“Het Pand”, a former Dominican monastery, is located in the historical centre of the city, on the banks of the river “Leie”. The oldest parts of this impressive building date from the 13th century. During five centuries it was extended and refashioned in different styles. Since its rehabilitation and restoration, finished in 1991, “Het Pand” has been offering a wide range of possibilities for the organisation of scientific congresses and cultural events. “Het Pand” houses some valuable collections, such as the rich ethnographical and archaeological collections of the university, the Museum for the History of Medicine, full-size photographs of paintings of Brueghel and Early Flemish Masters, and an interesting collection of stained glass.

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THE CITY OF GHENT

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Ghent or Gent (in Dutch), lies in the heart of Flanders, between Bruges, Antwerp and Brussels. Its rich heritage has shaped the city into a living museum with a “medieval skyline”. It is by no means a coincidence that Ghent is often referred to as the historic heart of Flanders, a city of all times, and as one of the most beautiful historic cities in Europe. The city is after all a combination of an imposing past with a lively present. Not only the lovers of art and culture make their tricks in Ghent: also if you like to go shopping for a day, enjoy a good meal or have an entertaining night out, Ghent offers everything you require.

Ghent is an often neglected jewel when it comes to visiting Flanders, the Flemish speaking region of Belgium. Most visitors focus on Antwerp, Bruges or Brussels. But in doing so, they miss the opportunity to discover a city with a strong historical background that goes back to the Middle Ages. The city has been on the cross road of many political and economical shifts in the Western European context. Spanish, Austrian, German, Dutch, French, English,… have influenced the Ghent history and left behind traces, thus enriching a cultural heritage that reflects a unique blend of styles, traditions, architecture, and culinary trends.

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The city prospered due to the textile trade, and was one of the largest cities in Western Europe. Visiting kings envied the cultural patrimony and had to cope with the stubborn nature of citizens that strongly defended their autonomy. The city has evolved from a variety of settlements on the banks of the River “de Leie” and “de Schelde”.

The city nearly equals Bruges when it comes to the number of museums, canals and bars. It offers a larger variety when it comes to contemporary art, theatres, and concert halls. Your list of “things to see” should include the medieval Gravensteen Castle, the belfry, the cathedral with the famous painting of the brothers Van Eyck “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”, the St. Nicolas Church, the three beguinages, monasteries, etc.

Nowadays Ghent is an economical centre due to its renowned international port and a cultural centre due to the large concentration of educational institutes, varying from the Ghent University, the largest concentration in Flanders of higher professional education institutes, to secondary and primary schools.

 


COSTS AND REGISTRATION

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Registration

Registration by e-mail: EHOC@UGent.be.

Costs of participation: 50 euro (includes 3 theatre performances and 4 coffee/tea refreshments)

Special student fee: 30 euro.

Payment can be made through deposit to account number 001-5552289-85 of the Etty Hillesum Research Centre, Gent [IBAN: BE89001555228985, BIC: GEBABEBB] please add your name.

Contact person: Inge Vervust MA (tel. 0032-485-736 429); e-mailadress: EHOC@UGent.be oringe.vervust.ehoc@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 


SPEAKERS

Anna Aluffi Pentini (Roma Tre, Italy)

“The pedagogical legacy of Etty Hillesum: A woman’s all-embracing search of ‘the Other’.”

Rabbi James Baaden (Sha’arei Tsedek – North London Reform Synagogue, U.K.)

“Three Jewish Women and the Construction of Sainthood:  Simone Weil, Edith Stein, Etty Hillesum”

Yves Bériault, o.p. (Quebec, Canada)

“The Invincible Hope of Etty Hillesum and Christian de Chergé.”

 

Maria Clara Bingemer (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

“Etty Hillesum et l´intégration entre Eros et Agape.”

 

Ria van den Brandt (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands)

“Etty Hillesum’s booklet ‘Levenkunst’: New sources and perspectives.”

 

Pierre Buehler (Université de Zurich, Switzerland)

“Le Seigneur est ma chambre haute” – un théologien protestant lit Etty Hillesum.”

 

John Cartner (Murdoch University, Perth, Australia)

“Principles of the carnivalesque in the writings and spirituality of Etty Hillesum.”

 

Meins G.S. Coetsier (EHOC, Universiteit Gent, Belgium)

“Etty Hillesum’s Ethical Consciousness and the History of Jewish Philosophy.”

Ronald Commers (Universiteit Gent, Belgium)

“Loving-kindness, hatred, and moral indignation: Etty Hillesum and Vladimir Jankélévitch, Ordo amoris.

 

Denise de Costa (’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands)

“From mass murder to economic crisis: The relevance of Etty Hillesum.”

 

Patricia Couto (University of Lisbon, Portugal)

“The reception of Etty Hillesum’s work in Portugal.”

 

Bernd Dietz (University of Córdoba, Spain)

“Etty Hillesum’s inner fountain: A god for all credo’s”

 

Maria Essunger (University of Uppsala, Sweden)

 “The phantom of God in the auto-biographical writings of Etty Hillesum and Hélène Cixous.”

 

Mary Evans (London School of Economics, UK)

“Gender and the Literature of the Holocaust: The Diary of Etty Hillesum.”

 

Jane Fenoulhet (UCL, London, UK)

“Embodying Etty: the diaries and letters adapted for performance.”

 

Antonella Fimiani (Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy)

“Body and Wording in the Experience of Etty Hillesum’s Writing.”

 

Thalia Gur Klein (Winchester University, UK)

“Divinising life in a Godless Existence: Reclaiming Etty Hillesum to Judaic Mysticism.”

 

Gerd Korman (Cornell University, USA)

“The Diener: Exploring What Some Children Remember about Friends in Westerbork.”

 

Roman Kroke (Berlin, Germany)

 “ARTty Hillesum (1914 – 2014) – art as an interdisciplinary medium of reflection on Etty’s legacy as part of an international and intergenerational discourse.”

 

Ulrich Lincoln (London, UK)

“Etty Hillesum and Soren Kierkegaard: Poets of Religiousness.”

 

Apolline Lucyk (university of Regina, Canada)

“‘Lament and wonder’: Etty Hillesum’s diary and letters through the lens of Canadian poet and essayist, Anne Simpson.”

 

Bill McDonough (St. Catherine University St. Paul, Minnesota, USA)

“Rediscovering morality’s foundations in the “givenness of love”: Etty Hillesum as moral guide.”

Ann McKirdy (All Hallows College Dublin, Ireland)

“The Transformative Power of Etty Hillesum’s Work: An Irish Perspective.”

Myrthe Meester (Catholic University of Leuven)

“The emancipatory potential of feminine mysticism: A comparison of Carry van Bruggen and Etty Hillesum”

 

Barbara Morrill (California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, USA)

“Unfolding Toward Being: Etty Hillesum and the Evolution of Consciousness”

 

Alexandra Nagel (Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands)

“Etty Hillesum, a devoted student of Julius Spier.”

 

Rosana Navarro (Pontifical Javeriana University, Bogotá, Colombia)

“From the injured to the redefined human nature in Etty Hillesum’s spiritual experience.”

 

Jean-Pierre Nave (Paris, France)

“L’impact des écrits d’Etty Hillesum en France aujourd’hui.”

 

Cathy Nerney (Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, USA)

“Spaciousness: A Spiritual Legacy from the ‘Small Heart’ of Etty Hillesum.”

 

Maria Gabriella Nocita (LUMSA Università, Rome, Italy)

“Etty Hillesum and Primo Levi: Experiences of inner freedom.

 

Bernard H. Penney (Pittsboro, North Carolina, USA)

“The Life of Leonie Snatager: Etty’s Excitable Red-Headed Friend.”

Marta Perrini (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy)

“Etty Hillesum and Sophie Scholl, sisters in fate.”

Maria Luísa Ribeiro Ferreira (CENTRO DE FILOSOFIA DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA, PORTUGAL)

“Spinoza and Etty Hillesum: Two different views of God”

 

Bettine Siertsema (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

“Etty Hillesum’s views on the Nazis and their henchmen.”

 

Klaas Smelik (EHOC, Universiteit Gent, Belgium)

“Etty Hillesum’s reaction to the persecution of her people.”

 

Susan Stein (President of ettyplay inc. New York, USA)

“Finding Etty.”

 

Jurjen Wiersma (FPG, Brussels, Belgium)

“Etty Hillesum and Dorothee Sölle: Mysticism and resistance.”

 

Patrick Woodhouse (Wells Cathedral, U.K.)

“Etty Hillesum: the shaping of a mind: The influence of Rainer Maria Rilke in the thinking of Etty Hillesum.”


15 JANUARY 2014

WEDNESDAY 15 JANUARY 2014

PLACE OF MEETING

‘zaal Rector Vermeylen’, ‘Het Pand’

Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent

 

10.00 – 12.30 HR: MORNING SESSION IN ‘ZAAL RECTOR VERMEYLEN’

Chairperson: prof. dr. Anna Aluffi Pentini (Roma Tre, Italy)

 

10.00 – 10.30 hr: paper by prof. dr. Gerd Korman (Cornell University, USA), “The Diener: Exploring What Some Children Remember about Friends in Westerbork.”

10.30 – 11.00 hr: paper by Bernard H. Penney MA (Pittsboro, North Carolina, USA), “The Life of Leonie Snatager: Etty’s Excitable Red-Headed Friend.”

 

11.00 – 11.30 hr: Coffee break in ‘de Kloostergang’

 

11.30 – 12.00 hr: paper by dr. Ria van den Brandt (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands), “Etty Hillesum’s booklet ‘Levenkunst’: New sources and perspectives.”

12.00 – 12.30 hr: paper by dr. Bettine Siertsema (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands), “Etty Hillesum’s views on the Nazi’s and their henchmen.”

 

12.30 – 13.30 hr: Lunch break in ‘de Kloostergang’ (for speakers only)

 

13.30 15.00 HR: AFTERNOON SESSION IN ‘ZAAL RECTOR VERMEYLEN’

Chairperson: prof. dr. Pierre Bühler (Zürich University, Switzerland)

 

13.30 – 14.00 hr: paper by Alexandra Nagel MA (Leiden University, Netherlands), “Etty Hillesum, a devoted student of Julius Spier.”

14.00 – 14.30 hr: paper by dr. Denise de Costa (’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands), “From mass murder to economic crisis: The relevance of Etty Hillesum.”

 

14.30 15.00 hr: Conclusion


14 JANUARY 2014

PROGRAM OF TUESDAY 14 JANUARY 2014

PLACE OF MEETING

Het Pand

Onderbergen 1, 9000 Ghent, telephone 09-2648262

 

09.30 – 12.30: MORNING SESSION IN ‘ZAAL RECTOR VERMEYLEN’

Chairperson: revd. canon Patrick Woodhouse (Wells Cathedral, UK)

 

09.30 – 10.30 hr: paper by prof. dr. Klaas A.D. Smelik (EHOC, Ghent, Belgium), “Etty Hillesum’s reaction to the persecution of her people.”

10.30 – 11.10 hr: paper by prof. dr. Pierre Bühler (Zürich University, Switzerland) “‘Le Seigneur est ma chambre haute’ – un théologien protestant lit Etty Hillesum.”

 

11.10 – 11.30 hr: Coffee break in ‘de Kloostergang’

11.30 – 12.00 hr: paper by prof. dr. Anna Aluffi Pentini (Roma Tre, Italy), “The pedagogical legacy of Etty Hillesum: A woman’s all-embracing search of ‘the Other’.”

12.00 – 12.30 hr: paper by dr. Meins Coetsier (EHOC, Ghent, Belgium), “Etty Hillesum’s Ethical Consciousness and the History of Jewish Philosophy.”

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch break in ‘de Kloostergang’ (for speakers only)

 

13.30 – 18.10: AFTERNOON SESSION 1 IN ‘DE PRIORZAAL’

Theme: Etty Hillesum and gender studies

Chairperson: dr. Ria van den Brandt (Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands)

 

13.30 – 14.00 hr: paper by prof. dr. Mary S. Evans (London School of Economics, UK), “Gender and the Literature of the Holocaust: The Diary of Etty Hillesum.”

14.10 – 14.40 hr: paper by dr. Maria Essunger (University of Uppsala, Sweden), “The Phantom of God in the Autobiographical Writings of Etty Hillesum and Hélène Cixous.”

14.50 – 15.20 hr: paper by prof. dr. Cathy Nerney (Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, USA), “Spaciousness: A Spiritual Legacy from the ‘Small Heart’ of Etty Hillesum.”

 

15.20 – 15.50 hr: Tea break in ‘de Kloostergang’

 

15.50 – 16.20 hr: paper by dr. Antonella Fimiani (Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy), “Body and Wording in the Experience of Etty Hillesum’s Writing.”

16.30 – 17.00 hr: paper by Apolline Lucyk MA (University of Regina, Canada), “‘Lament and wonder’: Etty Hillesum’s Diary and Letters through the Lens of Canadian poet and Essayist, Anne Simpson.”

17.10 – 17.40 hr: paper by Myrthe Meester MA (KU Leuven, Belgium), “The emancipatory potential of feminine mysticism: A comparison of Carry van Bruggen and Etty Hillesum.”

17.50 – 18.20 hr: paper by prof. dr. Maria Clara Bingemer (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil), “Etty Hillesum et l´intégration entre Eros et Agape.”

 

13.3017.40 HR: AFTERNOON SESSION 2 IN ‘ZAAL RECTOR VERMEYLEN’

Theme: Etty Hillesum’s congenials

Chairperson: mr. drs. Geert Lekkerkerker (Etty Hillesum Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

 

13.30 – 14.00 hr: paper by prof. dr. Jurjen Wiersma (FPG, Brussels, Belgium), “Mysticism and Resistance: Etty Hillesum and Dorothee Sölle.”

14.10 – 14.40 hr: paper by revd. Yves Bériault O.P. (Quebec, Canada), “The Invincible Hope of Etty Hillesum and Christian de Chergé.”

14.50 – 15.20 hr: paper by Marta Perrini MA (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy), “Etty Hillesum and Sophie Scholl: Sisters in Fate.”

 

15.20 – 15.50 hr: Tea break in ‘de Kloostergang’

 

15.50 – 16.20 hr: paper by revd. dr. Ulrich Lincoln (London, U.K.), “Etty Hillesum and Søren Kierkegaard: Poets of Religiousness.”

16.30 – 17.00 hr: paper by revd. rabbi James Baaden (Sha’arei Tsedek – North London Reform Synagogue, U.K.), “Three Jewish Women and the Construction of Sainthood: Simone Weil, Edith Stein, Etty Hillesum.”

17.10 – 17.40 hr: paper by dr. Maria Gabriella Nocita (LUMSA Università, Rome, Italy), “Etty Hillesum and Primo Levi: Experiences of inner freedom.”

 

18.20 – 20.00 hr: Dinner on independent base

 

20.00 22.00 HR: EVENING PROGRAM

 

20.00 – 21.00 hr: Performance of “The Thinking Heart: the Life and Loves of Etty Hillesum” by Martin Steingesser, Judy Tierney & Robin Jellis.

21.00 – 22.00 hr: Performance of “Etty”, written and performed by Susan Stein.

 

Performances in English in ‘zaal Rector Vermeylen’.