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Monteiro, Marit

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Marit Edin Monteiro, born in Eibergen, the Netherlands, in 1964. Ph.D. from Radboud University Nijmegen. Professor of Religious and Cultural History at Radboud University Nijmegen.

Fellow (1 September 2012 – 30 June 2013)

Dealing with an Uneasy Legacy: Historical Research on Sexual Abuse of Minors by Core Members of the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands (1945-2010)

In December 2012 the Investigative Committee on sexual abuse of minors in the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands (1945-2010), led by the former Secretary of Education Wim Deetman, presented its final report. Within this Committee I was responsible for the historical research that was carried out with unrestricted access to the major relevant archival collections. The collected data allow for fundamental revisions of the paradigms and methods that have dominated international scholarship on clerical sexual abuse. At NIAS I will prepare articles/chapters on four topics:

  1. Defining the problem: Conceptualisations of and discourse on clerical sexual abuse of minors in the Roman Catholic Church of the Netherlands.
  2. Unravelling cultures of silence: The main stakeholders in dealing with the problem of sexual abuse of minors within the Roman Catholic Church.
  3. Historicizing sexual abuse of minors.
  4. Quarantined memory: The religious orders as commemorative communities.

Selected Publications

Monteiro, M.E. (2011). Masculinity, memory, and oblivion in the Dutch Dominican Province (1930-1950). In Yvonne Maria Werner (Ed.), Christian Manliness – A Paradox of Modernity. Men and Religion in Northern Europe in 19th and 20th century (pp. 95-114). Louvain: Louvain University Press.

Monteiro, M.E. (2010). Power in Piety: Inspiration, Ambition and Strategies of Spiritual Virgins in the Northern Netherlands during the Seventeenth Century. In Laurence Lux-Sterritt & Carmen.M. Mangion (Eds.), Gender and Catholicism and Spirituality. Women and the Roman Catholic Church in Britain and Europe, 1200-1900 (pp. 115-130). New York/Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

Monteiro, M.E. (2010). Re-mastering Religion in the Sixties: 'Zeitzeugen' and their Memory Practices. In Franziska Metzger & Markus Furrer (Eds.), Religion, Politik, Gesellschaft im Fokus. Beiträge zur Emeritierung des Zeithistorikers Urs Altermatt (pp. 79-89). Fribourg: Academic Press.

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