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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)


The list below shows Durham University research staff who are members of IMEMS. Click the member's name to see a more detailed biography and department.

We also welcome anyone from outside the University with an interest in our work to join. Membership is free of charge. You will receive invitations to our programme of events, with a weekly emails digest about what is happening in the Insitute and further afield. To join IMEMS contact:

Dr Rik Van-Nieuwenhove

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Research Interests

Medieval Theology (especially Thomas Aquinas & Bonaventure)


Theology of the Trinity

Fourteenth Century spirituality of the Low Countries (especially Ruusbroec)


Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2018). 'Art, Contemplation and intellectus. Aquinas and Gadamer in conversation'. In Art and Mysticism: Interfaces in the Medieval and Modern Periods. Nelstrop, Louise & Appleton, Helen Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 70-86.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2018). Catholic Piety from Ruusbroec and the Devotio Moderna to the Legacy of Pierre de Bérulle. In The Oxford Handbook of Catholic Theology. Ayres, L. & Volpe, M. Oxford University Press.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2017). Ruusbroec’s notion of the contemplative life and his understanding of the human person. In Mystical Anthropology - Authors from the Low Countries. Faesen, Rob & Arblaster, John Routledge. 73-88.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2016). Commitments to Medieval Mystical Texts within Contemporary Contexts: Some Reflections on Medieval Mystical Texts as ‘Classic’ Texts in the Gadamerian Sense. In Commitments to Medieval Mystical Texts within Contemporary Contexts. Kikuchi, Satoshi & Cooper, Patrick Peeters. 239-253.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2015). Late Medieval Atonement Theologies. In The Oxford Handbook of Christology. Murphy, Francesca Aran & Troy, Stefano Oxford: Oxford University Press. 250-264.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2014). Ruusbroec, Jordaens, and Herp on the Common Life: the Transformation of a Spiritual Ideal. In A Companion to Ruusbroec. Faesen, Rob Leiden Boston: Brill. 51: 204-236.
  • Van Nieuwenhove,Rik (2013). Retrieving a Sacramental Worldview in a Mechanistic World. In To Discern Creation in a Scattering World. Depoortere, F. & Haers, J. Peeters. 262: 539-558.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2013). The Sacrament of Marriage. In Priesthood Today. Conway, Eamonn Veritas. 369-380.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2013). The Tradition of Medieval Theology as a Source for Doing Theology in Post-modern Times: Gratuity and Transcendence in Medieval Theology. In The Shaping of Tradition. Context and Normativity. Dickinson, Colby, Boeve, Lieven & Merrigan, Terrence Peeters. 173-184.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2012). The Saving Work of Christ. In The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas. Davies, Brian & Stump, Eleonore Oxford University Press. 436-447.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2009). Trinity, Faith and Mysticism: The Need for a Medieval Ressourcement. In Trinity and Salvation. Theological, Spiritual and Aesthetic Perspectives. Marmion, D. & Thiessen, G. Peter Lang. 65-80.
  • Van Nieuwenhove, Rik (2005). Experience and Mystical Theology in the Fourteenth Century. An Examination of Ruusbroec. In Encountering Transcendence. Contributions to a Theology of Christian Experience. Boeve, Lieven, Geybels, Hans & Van den Bossche, Stijn Peeters. 411-424.

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