IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 407: Monks and Mendicants: A Clash of Cultures?

Monday 12 July 2004, 19.30-20.30

Sponsor:The British Province of Carmelites and the Monastic Research Bulletin
Organiser:Johan Bergström-Allen, Saint Albert's Press, York / Université de Fribourg
Moderator/Chair:Johan Bergström-Allen, Saint Albert's Press, York / Université de Fribourg

Church and society in the medieval West were hugely influenced by such religious orders as the Benedictines, Carmelites, Franciscans, Cistercians, Bridgettines, Carthusians an dthe Dominicans. The speakers in this Round Table, specialists from a variety of disciplines, will address the differences and similarities between monastic and mendicant orders in areas such as education, spirituality, preaching, intercessory role, attitudes towards women, administration, regulation, liturgy, community life, and the significance of individuals (founders, saints, and superiors). After these brief presentations, the audience will be invited to join a discussion on how religious orders can best be approached by researchers, and in th classroom. The session will be followed by a small reception hosted by the British Province of Carmelites.
Participants include Carolyn Muessig (University of Bristol), Richard Copsey (Carmelite Institute, Roma), Bert Roest (St Bonaventure University, New York), Joan Greatrex (University of Cambridge), and James G. Clarke (University of Bristol).