IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 906: Women Religious: Where To Go Next? - A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:History of Women Religious of Britain & Ireland Network (H-WBRI) / Société d’Études Interdisciplinaires sur les Femmes au Moyen Âge et la Renaissance (SEIFMAR)
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:Kirsty Day, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Abstract

The main purpose of this round table, which concludes the series of sessions on ‘New Directions in the Study of Women Religious’, is to discuss how better to assure the inclusion of the evidence of female religious in the intellectual discourses that have formed within the field of medieval religiosity. Obstacles, such as those posed by terminology and periodisation, to a full understanding of female religious and the contribution that their evidence can make to our understanding of medieval religiosity will be considered by the participants. Two presentations from the organisers of major projects on female religious – one encompassing a series of international conferences on nuns’ literacies, and the other from the Société d’Études Interdisciplinaires sur les Femmes au Moyen Âge et la Renaissance – will consider, in conjunction with other participants, the best way forward for these projects.

Participants include Kimm Curran (University of Glasgow), Laura Cayrol Bernardo (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris), Elizabeth Goodwin (University of Sheffield), Kathryn Maude (King’s College London), Veronica M. O’Mara (University of Hull), Mercedes Pérez Vidal (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), Julie Ann Smith (University of Sydney), and Patricia Stoop (Universiteit Antwerpen).