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Mette Birkedal Bruun

Mette Birkedal Bruun

Professor with special responsibilities

From 1 July 2017: Professor of Church History

2017: dr.theol.: The Unfamiliar Familiar: Armand-Jean de Rancé (1626-1700) between Withdrawal and Engagement

From Sept. 2016: Chair of the Research Board and Faculty of Theology representative in University of Copenhagen Research and Innovation Board (KUFIR)

Feb. 2013-March 2017: Director of the research project: SOLITUDES: Withdrawal and Engagement in the long Seventeenth Century (ERC)

From 15 Dec. 2009: Professor at the Department of Church History

2003-9: Research fellow at The Danish Research Council's centre of excellence Centre for the Study of the Cultural Heritage of Medieval Rituals.

2001-2: post-doc. grant from the Danish Research Council of the Humanities (SHF).

2000: PhD: Bernard of Clairvaux's Mapping of Spiritual Topography

1997-8: Visiting fellow, Clare Hall College, Cambridge University.

1996-9: PhD student at the Department of Church History, University of Aarhus.

1995: MA in theology from the University of Copenhagen.

 

2012: Årets Harald: The University of Copenhagen teaching prize

Primary fields of research

Early Christian, medieval and early modern representations of salvation history
Bernard of Clairvaux's texts
The Cistercian reform at La Trappe (last half of the seventeenth century) in its cultural and religious context
Topographical representation

Perceptions of history and tradition
The idea of reform

Current research

My primary research concerns notions of privacy in the period 1500-1800 seen from church historical and interdisciplinary perspectives.

I am working on a monograph based on my doktordisputats: The Unfamiliar Familiar: Armand-Jean de Rancé (1626-1700) between Withdrawal and Engagement (defended June 2017) regarding Armand-Jean de Rancé's Cistercian reform at La Trappe in the last half of the seventeenth century. I have studied the abbot in his religious, cultural and social context and on the interaction between religious and aesthetic discourses in the world of Louis XIV.

I am working on publications related to the research project Solitudes: Withdrawal and Engagement in the long Seventeenth Century, financed by the ERC

Fields of interest

The relation between theology, literature and history
Anthropologies
Hermeneutics
Representation

 

Selected publications

  1. Published

    The Unfamiliar Familiar: Armand-Jean de Rancé (1626-1700) between Withdrawal and Engagement

    Bruun, M. B. 2 Jun 2017 Copenhagen: Det Teologiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet. 826 p. (Publikationer fra Det Teologiske Fakultet, Vol. 73).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook

  2. Published

    Withdrawn Amidst the World: Rancé's Conduite chrétienne for Mme de Guise (1697)

    Bruun, M. B., Nørgaard, L. C., Nagelsmit, E., Havsteen, S. R. & Mejrup, K. 13 Jul 2017 In : Early Modern French Studies. 39, 1, p. 57-74 18 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Published

    Polyfon disciplinering

    Bruun, M. B. 25 Apr 2016 (Gen)klange : Festskrift til Nils Holger Petersen. Garne, K. & Nørgaard, L. (eds.). København, p. 66-77 12 p. (Publikationer fra Det Teologiske Fakultet, Vol. 62).

    Publication: ResearchBook chapter

  4. Published

    Hertugindens Bøger: Noter vedrørende Mme de Guises afregning hos Élie Josset (1693-96)

    Bruun, M. B. 1 Sep 2016 Teologien i Historien - Historien i Teologien: Festskrift til Professor Lauge O. Nielsen. Selch Jensen, C. & Gottlieb, C. (eds.). København: Eksistensen, p. 195-214 20 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  5. Published

    Withdrawal and Engagement in the long Seventeenth Century: Four case studies

    Bruun, M. B., Havsteen, S. R., Mejrup, K., Nagelsmit, E. & Nørgaard, L. Dec 2014 In : Journal of Early Modern Christianity. 1, 2, p. 249-343 95 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  6. Published

    The Cambridge Companion to the Cistercian Order

    Bruun, M. B. (ed.) 2012 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 329 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewAnthology

  7. Published

    Parables: Bernard of Clairvaux's Mapping of Spiritual Topography

    Bruun, M. B. 2007 Leiden: Brill. 358 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook

Selected activities

  1. Sacris Erudiri (Journal)

    Bruun, M. B. (Editor)
    1 Jul 2014 → …

    Activity: ResearchEditor of Research journal

  2. Knowledge Communities ca. 1100-1700 (Journal)

    Bruun, M. B. (Editor)
    1 Jul 2014 → …

    Activity: ResearchEditor of Series

  3. IV. Internationaler Kongress für Pietismusforschung

    Bruun, M. B. (Speaker)
    27 Aug 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of and participation in conference

  4. ISRLC Conference

    Bruun, M. B. (Speaker)
    21 Oct 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of and participation in conference

  5. Withdrawal and Engagement in the seventeenth century

    Bruun, M. B. (Organizer)
    19 Oct 201121 Oct 2011

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of and participation in conference

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