Annual Conference of the IGTM

26 juni 2024

The End: Finiteness, Death, and Completion in Medieval Theology

Annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Medieval Theology (IGTM)

26 June – 28 June 2024, Utrecht

In 2024, it is 800 years ago that Francis of Assisi started to write his Canticle of the Creatures, which includes the famous lines on “Sister Death.” Christian theology usually considers the end of life in this world in the perspective of the life after this life, the life that goes on forever. From the viewpoint of medieval faith and morality, the final phase of earthly life remains only a transitional one.

Nevertheless, at some definitive point, earthly lives really approached their end. Cases of sudden death excepted, people now found themselves in a period of letting-go, of near-death, of a real completion of earthly existence. Whereas the realization of one’s own finiteness had usually been interiorized to a greater or lesser degree from an early age (rites of passage, memento mori, dance of death, etc.), the prospect of the future life damnation or salvation drawing near – could bring with it intensified feelings of fear and hope. The confusing confrontation with the painful process of transitioning from the old to the new life called for prayer, perseverance, and trust in God. How medieval theologians investigated, interpreted, and visualized death is the subject of this conference.


  • Theological University Utrecht, Plompetorengracht 3, Utrecht
  • Museum Catharijneconvent, Lange Nieuwstraat 38, Utrecht
  • Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, Nieuwegracht 65, Utrecht

Registration and information

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For more information, please contact
Dr. Dr. K. Pansters,
Dr. J. Klok,

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