Bio

I teach Christian Spirituality at Tilburg University, School of Catholic Theology, Franciscan Study Center. I hold a Ph.D. (2007) in Medieval History from Radboud University Nijmegen and a Ph.D. and S.T.D. (2019) in Medieval Theology from KU Leuven. I published three books, four volumes, and multiple translations in Dutch. My English publications include Franciscan Virtue: Spiritual Growth and the Virtues in Franciscan Literature and Instruction of the Thirteenth Century (Leiden/Boston: 2012) and the edited volumes The Carthusians in the Low Countries: Studies in Monastic History and Heritage (Louvain: 2014), (w. A. Plunkett-Latimer) Shaping Stability: The Normation and Formation of Religious Life in the Middle Ages (Turnhout: 2016), and A Companion to Medieval Rules and Customaries (Leiden/Boston: 2020). I am Chairman of IGTM - International Society for the Study of Medieval Theology (www.medievaltheology.org) and Chief Editor of Franciscan Connections (www.franciscanconnections.com).

Expertise

- Franciscan Intellectual Tradition

- Medieval Morality and Spirituality

- Religious Orders and Religious Life

- Virtue Ethics

- Environmental Ethics

My current research project is Transitus: A Theology of Discontinuity, Death, and Completion

Teaching

- Franciscan Spirituality

- Introduction Spirituality

- European History: Middle Ages

Current PhD-Students:

- Arthur Prakken, The Abbreviatores of the Accademia Romana

- Quirinus Greiwe, Die Geschichte des Quirinusklosters zu Neuss am Rhein im Frühmittelalter

Courses

Collaboration

* Franciscan Connections, International Blog - www.franciscanconnections.com (Chief Editor)

* Franciscaans.nu, Franciscan Forum and Blog (www.franciscaans.nu) (Project Leader)

* Franciscan Institute, Saint Bonaventure University, Research Advisory Council - https://www.sbu.edu/about-sbu/sbu-campus-maps-directions/franciscan-ins… (Member)

* IGTM - International Society for the Study of Medieval Theology - www.medievaltheology.org (Chairman)

* KU Leuven, Research Unit History of Church and Theology - https://theo.kuleuven.be/en/research/research_units/ru_church (Research Associate)

* Thomas Instituut, Utrecht - http://www.thomasinstituut.org (Member)

* Medieval Monastic Texts / Middeleeuwse Monastieke Teksten, Translation Series - https://www.damon.nl/serie/middeleeuwse-monastieke-teksten (Chief Editor)

* Titus Brandsma Instituut - https://www.ru.nl/titusbrandsmainstituut (Staff Member)

Recent publications

  1. The Powers of the Soul in David of Augsburg’s De Exterioris et Interi…

    Pansters, K. (2024). The Powers of the Soul in David of Augsburg’s De Exterioris et Interioris Hominis Compositione. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  2. Being the Teaching: Living Spirituality Lessons From the Franciscan S…

    Pansters, K. (2023). Being the Teaching: Living Spirituality Lessons From the Franciscan Secular Tradition. Manuscript submitted for publication. In Teaching and Tradition
  3. Framing Francis: Devotional Discrepancies and Venerational Risks in t…

    Pansters, K. (2023). Framing Francis: Devotional Discrepancies and Venerational Risks in the History of Franciscan Spiritualities. Manuscript submitted for publication. In The Dynamics of Devotions: About Signposts, Thresholds and Stumbling Blocks in the History of Christian Religious Life
  4. Moral Conversion: From Satisfaction to Value

    Pansters, K. (2023). Moral Conversion: From Satisfaction to Value. Manuscript submitted for publication. In Moral Conversion: Self-Transcendence and Social Transformation
  5. Spirituality as Process: Four Dimensions of Following Christ in The I…

    Pansters, K. (2023). Spirituality as Process: Four Dimensions of Following Christ in The Imitation of Christ. Manuscript submitted for publication.

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