IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 732: Vita vel Regula: Norm and Conflict in Hagiographic Texts, II - Byzantine World

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Laboratoire Orient-Méditerranée, Universités de Paris I & IV / École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris / Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris
Organiser:Albrecht Diem, Department of History, Syracuse University, New York
Moderator/Chair:Anne-Marie Helvétius, amhelvetius@univ-paris8.fr
Paper 732-aThe Life of Sabas: The Birth and Spread of Rules for Monks in the 6th-Century Judean Desert
(Language: English)
Bénédicte Lesieur, Département d'histoire, Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Hagiography, Monasticism
Paper 732-bHagiography as a Rule: The Use of Saints' Lives in Byzantine Monasticism (8th-12th Centuries)
(Language: English)
Olivier Delouis, Laboratoire Orient-Méditerranée, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Hagiography, Monasticism
Paper 732-cFoundation Charter Rather than Life of the Founder: Ruling Byzantine Monasteries (11th-13th Centuries)
(Language: English)
Michel Kaplan, UFR d'histoire, Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Hagiography, Monasticism
Abstract

These two sessions form a new contribution to our program Vita vel Regula which aims to consider hagiographic texts as media to express norms or rules, and to depict and resolve conflicts within monastic communities or between a community and the outside world. One specific aim is to compare the monastic worlds of different regions and periods. These sessions compare the models of sanctity offered by early medieval hagiographic texts written in the Frankish (I) and the Byzantine world (II), in order to explore how hagiography contributes to the processes of transformation from radical asceticism to a regularized monastic institution. The discussion aims to point out similarities and dissimilarities between western and eastern monasticism in this respect.