Etty Hillesum

Onderzoeks centrum

13 JANUARY 2014

PROGRAM OF MONDAY 13 JANUARY 2014

PLACE OF MEETING

Het Pand

Onderbergen 1, 9000 Ghent, telephone 09-2648262

 

09.00 10.00 hr: Registration in ‘zaal Rector Vermeylen’, ‘Het Pand’

Prelude played by Jacqueline van der Zee.

 

10.00 12.10 HR: MORNING SESSION IN ‘ZAAL RECTOR VERMEYLEN’

Chairperson: prof. dr. Jurjen Wiersma (FPG Brussels, Belgium)

 

10.00 – 10.10 hr : Welcome by prof. dr. Marc Boone (Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Ghent University, Belgium)

10.10 – 10.50 hr: paper by prof. dr. Klaas A.D. Smelik (EHOC, Ghent University, Belgium), “Etty Hillesum’s Writings: Perspectives of Research.”

10.50 – 11.30 hr: paper by revd. canon Patrick Woodhouse (Wells Cathedral, UK), “The influence of the Book of Hours by Rilke, on the mind and heart of Etty Hillesum.”

11.30 – 12.10 hr: paper by prof. dr. Bernd Dietz (University of Córdoba, Spain), “Etty Hillesum’s inner fountain: A god for all credo’s.”

 

12.10 – 13.30 hr: Lunch break in ‘de Kloostergang’ (for speakers only)

 

13.30 17.40 HR: AFTERNOON SESSION 1 IN ‘DE PRIORZAAL’

Theme: The Reception of Etty Hillesum’s work

Chairperson: revd. Yves Bériault O.P. (Quebec, Canada)

 

13.30 – 14.00 hr: paper by prof. Jean-Pierre Nave (Association Les Amis d’Etty Hillesum, Paris, France), “L’impact des écrits d’Etty Hillesum en France aujourd’hui.”

14.10 – 14.40 hr: paper by dr. Patricia Couto (Lisbon University, Portugal), “Thinker, poet, cyber phenomenon, or saint: Etty Hillesum in Portugal.”

14.50 – 15.20 hr: paper by Ann McKirdy MA (All Hallows College, Dublin, Ireland), “The Transformative Power of Etty Hillesum’s Work: An Irish Perspective.”

 

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

 

15.50 – 16.20 hr: paper by prof. dr. Jane Fenoulhet (University College London, UK), “Embodying Etty: The diaries and letters adapted for performance.”

16.30 – 17.00 hr: paper by Susan Stein (President of ettyplay inc. New York, USA), “Finding Etty.”

17.10 – 17.40 hr: paper by Roman Kroke LLM (Berlin, Germany), “ARTty Hillesum (1914 – 2014) – art as an interdisciplinary medium of reflection on Etty Hillesum’s legacy as part of an international and intergenerational discourse.”

 

13.30 18.20 HR: AFTERNOON SESSION 2 IN ‘ZAAL RECTOR VERMEYLEN’

Theme: Etty Hillesum as philosopher

Chairperson: dr. Meins Coetsier (EHOC, Ghent, Belgium)

 

13.30 – 14.00 hr: paper by prof. dr. Maria Luísa Ribeiro Ferreira (Lisbon University, Portugal), “Spinoza and Etty Hillesum: Two different views of God.”

14.10 – 14.40 hr: paper by prof. dr. Barbara Morrill (California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, USA), “”Unfolding toward Being; Etty Hillesum and the Evolution of Consciousness.”

14.50 – 15.20 hr: paper by Thalia Gur Klein MA (Winchester University, UK),“Divinising life in a Godless Existence; reclaiming Etty Hillesum to Judaic Mysticism.”

 

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

 

15.50 – 16.20 hr: paper by prof. dr. Ronald Commers (Ghent University, Belgium), “Loving-kindness, hatred, and moral indignation: Etty Hillesum and Vladimir Jankélévitch, Ordo amoris.”

16.30 – 17.00 hr: paper by prof. dr. Bill McDonough (St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA), “Rediscovering morality’s foundations in the ‘givenness of love’: Etty Hillesum as moral guide.”

17.10 – 17.40 hr: paper by dr. Rosana Navarro (Pontifical Javeriana University Bogotá, Colombia), “From the injured to the redefined human nature in Etty Hillesum’s spiritual experience.”

17.50 – 18.20 hr: paper by John Cartner MA (Murdoch University, Perth, Australia),“Principles of the carnivalesque in the writings and spirituality of Etty Hillesum.”

 

18.20 – 20.00: Dinner on independent terms

 

20.00 – 22.00: Evening program

THEATRE PERFORMANCE “THINKING HEART” BY JULIKA MARIJN; PERFORMANCE IN DUTCH, IN ‘ZAAL RECTOR VERMEYLEN’.


PREAMBLE

THE DIARIES AND LETTERS OF ETTY HILLESUM

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The Diaries and Letters of Etty Hillesum (1914-1943), edited by Prof. Dr. Klaas A. D. Smelik, have a special place among the Jewish-Dutch testimonies of the Shoah. They contain not only a description of the Dutch transit camp Westerbork during the Nazi occupation, but they also reflect Etty Hillesum’s important, though unfortunately interrupted existential search — a search that was of an ethical, philosophical, spiritual and literary nature. Since the first publication of an excerpt from her diaries in 1981, her writings have been translated in 18 languages and have received worldwide attention. Her thoughts have inspired hundred thousands of readers.

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ORGANISATION

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The congress will be organised by the Etty Hillesum Research Centre, Ghent University (EHOC, website: http://www.ehoc.ugent.be) in cooperation with the Institutum Iudaicum, Interuniversity Centre for the Academic Study of Judaism in Belgium (website:http://www.theo.kuleuven.ac.be/institutumiudaicum).

THE CONGRESS CHAIR

prof. dr. Klaas Smelik (Universiteit Gent, director EHOC)

prof. dr. Luc Anckaert (KU Leuven, president Institutum Iudaicum)

prof. dr. Fulvio Manara (Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Italy)

prof. dr. Didier Pollefeyt (KU Leuven).

THE SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

prof. dr. Luc Anckaert (KU Leuven, president Institutum Iudaicum)

prof. dr. Philippe Codde (Universiteit Gent)

prof. dr. Stef Craps (Universiteit Gent)

prof. dr. Vivian Liska (Universiteit Antwerpen)

prof. dr. Fulvio Manara (Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Italy)

prof. dr. Andreas Niehaus (Universiteit Gent)

prof. dr. Alexandra Pleshoyano (Université de Sherbrooke, Canada)

prof. dr. Didier Pollefeyt (KU Leuven)

prof. dr. Klaas Smelik (Universiteit Gent)

prof. dr. Jo Van Steenbergen (Universiteit Gent)

prof. dr. Friso Wielenga (Universität Münster, Germany)

ORGANISATION

dr. dr. Meins G.S. Coetsier

prof. dr. Alexandra Pleshoyano

Gerrit Van Oord

prof. dr. Klaas A.D. Smelik

drs. Inge Vervust.

The conference has been made financially possible by the Etty Hillesum Stichting Amsterdam, FWO-Vlaanderen, the Institutum Iudaicum and the Universiteit Gent.

 


AIM

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The aim of the Etty Hillesum Congress 2014is to invite Hillesum scholars from all over the world to exchange valuable insights and to discuss problems that arise when studying Etty Hillesum’s legacy. It is a unique and privileged opportunity to meet other colleagues in the field and to learn from their work, as well as to make use of the facilities of the Etty Hillesum Research Centre at Ghent University. It brings wider publicity and media coverage to Etty Hillesum, her diaries and letters, her vision and life.The congress is open to everyone interested in Etty Hillesum and her writings.

 

 THE CONGRESS PRESENTS FOUR CENTRAL THEMES:

 

A. ETTY HILLESUM AS PHILOSOPHER

B. THE RECEPTION OF ETTY HILLESUM’S WRITINGS

C. ETTY HILLESUM AND FELLOW THINKERS

D. ETTY HILLESUM IN GENDER STUDIES

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Etty Hillesum at primary school – guess where she is sitting?