IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 929: Carmel: A Hidden Treasure?

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 19.30-20.30

Sponsor:Institutum Carmelitanum / Saint Albert's Press
Organiser:Johan Bergström-Allen, Carmelite Institute of Britain & Ireland, York / Université de Lausanne
Moderator/Chair:Antony Lester, Saint Albert's Press / British Province of Carmelites, York

For over 800 years the Carmelite Family of hermits, friars, nuns, sisters and lay people has had a deep impact upon the life of the church and wider society. Carmelites have played a role – both good and bad – in the intellectual, religious, artistic, social, literary, and economic life of Europe and beyond. However, this impact is sometimes unknown or overlooked by medievalists who – if they have heard of Carmelites at all – tend to think only of the community as existing after the 16th-century saints Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. In this roundtable discussion scholars from within the Carmelite Order and outside it will discuss the reasons behind the academic neglect of Carmel’s impact, and ways to counteract this.