Annelies Lannoy (°1984) is a historian of ideas and of religion. She is especially interested in the history of the academic study of religion and classical philology in 19th and 20th century Europe, as unique windows into the cultural histories of Christianity and Judaism of that time.
Annelies studied classical philology, and obtained her PhD from Ghent University (2012) with a dissertation on the ideas of comparative historians of religions Franz Cumont and Alfred Loisy within the context of the modernist crisis in the Catholic Church. Specializing in archival research and the study of scientific correspondence, she has been carrying out research projects on the making of history of religions as a scientific discipline in 19th and early 20th century Europe, on scientific networks in knowledge production on ancient religions, and on comparative historiography of ancient Judaism, Christianity and Greco-Roman religions.
Recently, she co-authored and co-edited “Mon cher Mithra.” La Correspondance entre Franz Cumont et Alfred Loisy, 2 vol., Mémoires de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (Paris, 2019) with Corinne Bonnet & Danny Praet, and she authored Alfred Loisy and the Making of History of Religions. A Study of the Development of Comparative Religion in the Early 20th Century (De Gruyter, 2020), which received the 2020 Jan Gillis Award of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.
For a full overview of my teaching activities, please check my CV (pdf, right hand side of this webpage).
Selected teaching activities:
Since 2018- Lecturer – “History of Religions: Classical Antiquity and Early Christianity” - Ghent University.
Since 2017- Lecturer – “Methods and Theories in Religious Studies” - Ghent University.
Since 2016- Lecturer – Honors Program “Quetelet Colleges” Annual lecture Science and Religion - Ghent University.
2012 - 2017 Co-lecturer - “History of Religions: Cl. Antiquity and E. Christianity” – Ghent University.
2012 – 2017 Co-lecturer – “History of Religions” – Ghent University.
Co-lecturer – “Christianity” – Ghent University.
Multiple guest lectures, for instance for Edorel - Doctoral School in Religious Studies of francophone Belgium; and at Radbout Universiteit Nijmegen.
Multiple lectures for PhD Summer Schools, e.g. U4 Summer School Religion (2017 Groningen; 2018 Ghent).
* Universiteit van Vlaanderen - was ancient Christianity a mystery cult?
View online video here
Listen to the podcast here
* Radio interviews for Radio 1 program Weet ik veel?! on the historical Jesus, and on the Bible; accessible via this link
* I regularly contribute to the annual series of lectures of the Ghent Centre for the Study of Christian Traditions (CSCT), e.g. with lectures on the mystery cults of Eleusis and Isis (2017 series), sacrifice theories (2016 series).
All information about this series (annualy Oct.-Dec.) can be found here
For a full overview of my activities, please check my CV.
* Universiteit van Vlaanderen - was het antieke christendom een mysteriecultus?
Bekijk de online video hier
Luister naar de podcast via deze link
* Radio interview voor het Radio 1 programma Weet ik veel?! over de Bijbel; interview te beluisteren via deze link
* Ik geef geregeld lezingen tijdens de lezingenreeks die jaarlijks wordt georganiseerd door het Gentse Centrum voor de Studie van de Christelijke Tradities (CSCT), met wisselende thema's. Alle informatie over deze lezingenreeksen (jaarlijks ts. oktober en december), kan geraadpleegd worden op de CSCT website
Voor een volledig overzicht van mijn activiteiten (onderzoek, onderwijs, wetenschapscommunicatie, etc.) verwijs ik graag naar mijn CV, te consulteren via de link op de rechterzijde van deze pagina.
I am a member of the ediorial committee of the Bibliotheca Cumontiana, which is the international re-edition project of the selected work (minora and maiora) of the Belgian historian of religions Franz Cumont. For more details on this project, and upcoming and published volumes, see our UGent website. Volumes can be ordered via Brepols.
In 2019 I was elected member of the steering committee of the Belgian Association for the Study of Religions, BABEL. BABEL seeks to make known and promote scientific research in Belgium on religions. Its website offers a repertorium of Belgian researchers, and contains information on current research and ongoing or upcoming scientific activities such as conferences. BABEL also organizes its own scientific meetings (doctorandi colloquia and international conferences).
Since 2016, I am the UGent contact person for the Religious Studies Network of the U4 Society, which unites colleagues from the universities of Ghent, Göttingen, Groningen and Tartu. I have co-organized the PhD Summer Schools of the Network, on different themes such as "Inclusion, exclusion and pluralism" (2018 edition).
Since 2009, I am an active member of the Société internationale d'études sur Alfred Loisy, which is an international association for the study of Loisy and Roman Catholic Modernism.
For a full overview of my services and responsibilities, please check my CV.