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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 213: Smiles and Tears

Monday 10 July 2006, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Barbara H. Rosenwein, Department of History, Loyola University Chicago
Moderator/Chair:Esther Cohen, Department of History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Paper 213-bReligious Weeping: A Gesture of Transformation
(Language: English)
Piroska Nagy, Université de Rouen
Index terms: Anthropology, Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 213-cLamenting Monastics: Biblical Models and Rituals of Lament from the 9th to the 12th Centuries
(Language: English)
E. Ann Matter, Department of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Monasticism, Religious Life, Theology

Smiling is often associated with happiness, weeping with sorrow. The papers in this session offer necessary correctives to this view. The first connects smiles with repentance; the second links tears to pleasure; and the third demonstrates the deeply learned origins of rituals of lamentation.