IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 110: The Social Practices of Monastic Learning

Monday 9 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Jay Diehl, Department of History, Long Island University, New York
Moderator/Chair:Mia Münster-Swendsen, Saxo Institute, Faculty of Humanities, Københavns Universitet
Paper 110-aThe Social Role of History in the Calendar Culture of 12th-Century Durham: The Case of Durham Cathedral Library, MS Hunter 100
(Language: English)
Charlie Rozier, Durham University Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Liturgy, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 110-bA Matter of Style: Scribal Education, Continuity, and Discontinuity in High Medieval Monastic Scriptoria from the Southern Low Countries
(Language: English)
Tjamke Snijders, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Paper 110-cScholarship and Social Formation: Renier of St Laurent's De Claris Scriptoribus
(Language: English)
Jay Diehl, Department of History, Long Island University, New York
Index terms: Education, Historiography - Medieval, Monasticism

Current scholarship on monastic learning has increasingly turned away from the philosophical and theological ideas that defined monastic thought and toward the pedagogical methods and the scholastic organization within which such ideas were formulated. In so doing, scholars have begun to appreciate the extent to which social and institutional structures played key roles in shaping monastic thought. However, schools were far from the only type of social practice within which monastic learning took place. This panel will explore the variety of social practices and networks that gave form and meaning to monastic culture during the central Middle Ages and so expand the contexts for understanding the structure of monastic thought.