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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1332: Learning and Monastic Reform, II: Intellectual Culture and Institutional Change

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Religion & Society in the Early & Central Middle Ages (ReSoMA) / Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Gent
Organiser:Micol Long, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Moderator/Chair:Steven Vanderputten, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Respondent:Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn, Independent Scholar, Voss
Paper 1332-aRe-Reforming Knowledge in the Monastic Culture of Liège: The Case of St Laurent
(Language: English)
Jay Diehl, Department of History, Long Island University, New York
Index terms: Education, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1332-bThe Mystical Tibbert: Allegory, Faction, and Reform at St Albans, c. 1200
(Language: English)
Thomas O'Donnell, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism
Paper 1332-cReformed Cloister and Rarefied Culture: Warner of Rouen's Satirical Depiction of a Monk of Mont Saint-Michel
(Language: English)
Corinna Matlis, Medieval Studies Program, Cornell University
Index terms: Education, Monasticism, Religious Life

The study of monastic culture, and of monastic intellectual culture in particular, has often been hindered by the notion of a trans-spatial and trans-historical monastic culture, a timeless matrix of ideas and practices that determine the mental universe of monastic communities. Any deviation from this idealized culture has been treated as decay, usually brought about by secular influence, while returns to it have been characterized as 'reform' or 'renewal'. This session will adopt a different approach, proposing that monastic intellectual culture was dynamic of its own accord and the subject of continuous change and innovation that was pursued and embraced by monastic communities. Such changes were often tied up in broader institutional changes, either as a mechanism for achieving them or as the product of them, making monastic intellectual life a key site for understanding monastic reform processes.