IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 318: New Directions in the Study of Women Religious, III: Illuminating Nuns through Alternative Methodologies

Monday 6 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:History of Women Religious of Britain & Ireland Network (H-WBRI)
Organisers:Kimm Curran, History Lab+, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Kirsty Day, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Kathryn Maude, Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies, King's College London
Paper 318-aImpact, Function, and Importance of Female Religious in Medieval and Modern Landscapes
(Language: English)
Kimm Curran, History Lab+, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Monasticism, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 318-bReading between the Lines: Discovering Diana and St Agnese in the Letters of Jordan of Saxony
(Language: English)
Steven Watts, School of History, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 318-cThe Mary Magdalene Plays and Problems with Their Construction
(Language: English)
Andrea Knox, Department of History, Northumbria University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Abstract

This session examines how interdisciplinary methodologies can be used to illuminate our understanding of female religious and to draw attention to the presence of nuns in the scholarly arenas from which they have thus far been deemed absent. Theories of landscape archaeology, the close reading of letters, the analysis of plays, and the assessment of convents as centres of cultural production will all be considered as methods that can be employed to bring out the figure of the nun from the margins of scholarship on medieval religiosity, and to nuance readings of the importance of women religious in medieval society and in modern scholarly enquiries.