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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1237: Between Worldly Objectives and Spiritual Renewal, III: Reform Narratives and Challenges

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Annalena Müller, Departement Geschichte, Universität Basel
Moderator/Chair:Jennifer C. Edwards, Department of History, Manhattan College, New York
Paper 1237-aThe Responsibility to Observance: Johannes Meyer's Epistolary Instruction
(Language: English)
Sarah Glenn DeMaris, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, Valparaiso University, Indiana
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - German, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1237-bReform and the Shaping of Female Religious Identities in 10th-Century Upper Lotharingia
(Language: English)
Jirki Thibaut, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent / KU Leuven
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hagiography, Monasticism
Paper 1237-cSermons from Female Convents as a Tool for Reform in the Medieval Low Countries?
(Language: English)
Patricia Stoop, Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Monasticism, Sermons and Preaching, Women's Studies

The late medieval convent reforms that swept Europe from the 14th to the 17th century were rife with challenges. Obstacles came from within the convents, as they were usually hesitant to embrace reform. Furthermore, modern scholars interested in this movement must contend with ambiguous source material and difficulties of chronology, as the reform movement occurred in the transition between the medieval and early modern periods. This panel will address some of the challenges that characterize the European convent reforms in the late medieval and early modern periods, both in their own time and for their historical study today.