The research of ENID concerns itself
with the instrumental aspects of Christian piety and
devotional practices, from the 14th to the 20th century.
Though piety, ‘pietas’ or ‘devotio’,
is the main focus, what especially interests the research
within ENID is how it was practiced, the ‘praxis
pietatis’, and what instruments were used to
shape, intensify and express both individual and collective
piety: books, pictures, devotional objects, music,
Through interchange of ideas, sharing of knowledge
and critical discourse, the cross disciplinary research
ENID aims at gaining a deeper insight into the mechanisms
of piety and devotion, in order to understand the phenomena
and their instruments as essential features in the
religious and cultural development of Europe.