La DePaul University organise cette année un séminaire tout à fait d’actualité intitulé A fame, peste et bello, libera nos, DomineReligious orders facing disease qui porte sur les multiples façons dont les communautés religieuses ont confronté la maladie du XVe siècle à nos jours.

«The Department of Catholic Studies and the Holtschneider Chair in Vincentian Studies will host a pluri-disciplinary seminar at DePaul University, Chicago in 2020-21 where we will reflect on Religion and disease, understood in its wider meaning (outbreaks, endemic diseases, epidemics, pandemics,…).

More specifically, we will consider how religious orders dealt with diseases that disrupted the lives of societies or were part of their almost everyday life. Many paths can be explored: religious institutions which took care of the sick, contribution of religious orders to public health policies, gender issues of care and disease, professionalization of religious personnel, preaching and theology, devotional practices, representations of illness and death, etc.

The scope of the seminar series will range from the 15th c. (after the Black Death) to the present day, and can include any geographical area. It will promote a  dynamic historiography of religious orders by emphasising a comparative and transnational approach to their history.

The seminar will be organized through Zoom or in person in Chicago, USA, depending on the reopening of the campus, with a communication planned every month. It is anticipated that the papers will be published in a peer-refereed academic journal.»

Les communications doivent être envoyées d’ici le 15 septembre 2020 au Dr Mathieu Brejon de Lavergnée ( et au Dr Emanuele Colombo ( Bonnes réflexions!