IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 205: Birgitta of Sweden, II: Inside and Outside the Monastery

Monday 12 July 2004, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Päivi Salmesvuori, Department of Church History, University of Helsinki
Moderator/Chair:Helena Edgren, National Board of Antiquities, Helsinki
Paper 205-aBirgittine Nuns and the World Outside: Aspects of Cooperation and Conflict in Sweden, 1480-1530
(Language: English)
Anu Lahtinen, Department of History, University of Turku
Index terms: Gender Studies, Religious Life
Paper 205-bBirgittine Influence on the Images of Saint Anne
(Language: English)
Elina Räsänen, Department of Art History, University of Helsinki
Paper 205-cReliquaries in Private Homes: Rings and Pendants in Medieval Finland
(Language: English)
Sofia Lahti, Department of Art History, Åbo Akademi
Index terms: Art History - General, Lay Piety, Social History

These three joint sessions are inspired by Birgitta of Sweden, approaching her and her influence from different perspectives. This second session approaches Birgittine influence in monasteries and homes. Birgitta had already in her lifetime assumed that placing abbess on a leading position may cause trouble in Birgittine monasteries. These papers investigate the conflicts through letters, translations and relics. Papers in the first session deal with Birgitta exercising her religious authority in matters concerning gender and modifying her monastic role.
In the third session around Birgitta of Sweden investigates her reception and later ‘use’ in different times and places.