MemberMichael Hahn

…tic dissemination of mystical illumination: Bonaventure’s practical advice offered to Franciscan sisters at San Damiano and Longchamp based on his Itinerarium Mentis in Deum.’ Mysticism & Lived Experience Network Inaugural Webinar, July 2020….

I am a theologian and medieval church historian working on various aspects of early-Franciscan mystical theology, most notably its development, distinctive nature, and reception. I am particularly interested in Angela of Foligno, but also have experience working on Francis and Clare of Assisi and Bonaventure. In 2019 I completed a PhD thesis concerning the distinctive nature of the mystical theology of the early Franciscans. While a doctoral student I worked as a tutor for the second-year undergraduate module ‘The Early and Mediaeval Church: History, Beliefs, and Practices.’ In the 2019-2020 academic year I worked as a temporary lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at York St John University, independently designing and running a second-year undergraduate module on ‘Mysticism in World Religions.’ I am currently affiliated to the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews, through which I work for the Cusanus Society of UK and Ireland.  

MemberJennifer Wicke

19th, 20th, 21st century literatures; global studies; modernism and modernity studies; colonial/postcolonial/Empire studies; the novel; film, media, new media studies; critical and political theory; aesthetics and philosophy; queer and feminist theory; visual culture; the Global South; critical geography; Global Wests, American West; eco-critical studies and activism; precarity, labor, poverty, class; mass culture, TV studies; classics; the epic; Irish literature and culture; contemporary global fiction; science; mysticism.

MemberOlivia Richmond

I’m in my fourth year in History at Carleton. I moved to Ottawa three years ago from Kitchener, ON. This year, I am developing digital history skills by working with my classmates on digitizing Late Medieval folio pages and learning the mystic arts involved in digital codicology. My usual interests include medieval women, medieval Christianity and monasticism , disability studies, and sexuality and gender. This year I am working on an Honours research project, which will be a year long endeavour into late medieval convents, considering what images they were exposed to and how the cloister impacted the lives of the nuns living there.

MemberMichael Miller

…“Verbal and Visual Vistas: Differentiating modes of Prophetic Revelation and Prognostication in Medieval Jewish Mysticism” (IKGF, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Fate, Freedom and Prognostication: Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe.)…

I’m a researcher and teacher, in the broad area of philosophy and religion. Slightly narrower, my specialism is Judaism, and narrower still I focus on Jewish mysticism and modern Jewish thought (from Soloveitchik to Benjamin, Rosenzweig, Levinas, et al). However I’m stubbornly interdisciplinary and usually try to cross the boundaries between different aspects of philosophy and speculative thought as well as trying to keep up with current research in scientific, linguistic and psychological fields which connect with my interests. Keeping it broad helps to revitalise intellectual disciplines and keep them exciting. The other area I’m increasingly focusing on in my research and teaching is Black Judaism, especially the Hebrew Israelite movement. I’m also very interested in experimenting with the forms of research, writing and teaching – making these practices more accessible, more artistic, more willing to think outside the usual boxes.

MemberNicholas Perez

Currently an independent research focusing on religion, philosophy, and history who is hoping to attend the University of Louisville for the PhD in Humanities program.  Planned research is over Teresa of Avila’s epistemology of the body. Research interests include Virgin Mary, primarily theological conceptions conerning her and cultural reception of her; theology and history of Christianity (primary periods ancient, medieval, and postmodern), particular focus on concepts of salvation, the Eucharist, gender, and the body; female Christian mystics, primarily Catherine of Siena and Teresa of Avila; Biblical exegesis, translation, and literary analysis; connections between literature and religion; philosophy of Plato, Augustine, Aquinas, Nietzsche, Freud, Heideggar, Bataille, Beauvoir, Kirsteva, and Irigaray (primary philosophic interest is existential phenomenology).

MemberStefan Benz

…“‘Sing[ing] of the Middle Way:’ Michael McClure’s Venture for a New Mode of Thought Between Science and Mysticism”; link:…

I studied English, History and Philosophy at the University of Mannheim and Swansea University, Wales, graduating in July 2016. My final thesis focused on Richard Powers’s Orfeo, and investigated the “Social, Political and Philosophical Implications of Bioart.” Since August 2016, I hold a position as PhD student and instructor of American Literature at the University of Mannheim. My dissertation project is concerned with posthumanist conceptions of consciousness in American Poetry after World War II. Therein, I address the question of how poetry provides alternative and fruitful perspectives on the nature of consciousness. The first results of my research in the form of an article entitled “‘Sing[ing] of the Middle Way:’ Michael McClure’s Venture for a New Mode of Thought Between Science and Mysticism” have been published in May 2018 with COPAS.