IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 213: Religious Women Expressing Normative Authority, II

Monday 14 July 2003, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner, Department of Theology, Loyola University Maryland / Department of Church History, University of Helsinki
Moderator/Chair:Lezlie Knox, Department of History, Marquette University, Wisconsin
Paper 213-aStabilitas loci: Women's Self-Regulation within Early Medieval Monasticism
(Language: English)
Katrinette Bodarwé, Seminar für Mittlere und Neuere Geschichte, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Index terms: Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 213-bLectio privata: Women's Influence on a Monastic Liturgical Practice
(Language: English)
Meta Niederkorn-Bruck, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Universität Wien
Index terms: Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 213-cModelling Religious Women's Lives: The Buoch von den heilgen megden und frowen
(Language: English)
Ulla Bucarey, Universität Augsburg
Index terms: Religious Life, Women's Studies
Abstract

These three sessions address the ways in which medieval women were able to exercise normative authority within their religious communities. Traditionally the writing of rules (“regulae”) and other normative texts are seen as products of hierachical, clerical authority. The sessions “Religious Women Expressing Normative Authority” suggest that women were actively involved in the matters concerning their own ways of religious life; they could take part in the creation of the rules and other normative texts by soliciting them, by looking at ways to adapt universal rules to their particular needs or choosing to ignore some form of legislation, and even by participating directly in the writing of the rules and other texts offering religious guidance.