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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 133: Women Religious: Written Norm and Lived Practice

Monday 4 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Société d’Études Interdisciplinaires sur les Femmes au Moyen Âge et la Renaissance / ARDIT Cultures Medievals
Organiser:Laura Cayrol Bernardo, Universidad de Oviedo
Moderator/Chair:Kimm Curran, History Lab+, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Paper 133-aMore Than Meets the Eye: Female Religious Settlements in Central Catalonia, 13th-16th Centuries
(Language: English)
Araceli Rosillo-Luque, Departament d'Història Medieval, Paleografia i Diplomàtica, Universitat de Barcelona
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 133-bHigh Walls, Open Gates: Partial Enclosure in Beguine Life Rules
(Language: English)
Jennifer de Vries, Department of History, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life, Women's Studies

Recent studies have cast doubt on the notion that normative texts like rules, customaries, statutes, and suchlike may be used as objective sources to reconstruct the discipline and organization of monastic groups, or even to reconstruct authors' expectations of the future realities of life within these communities. With the exception of the late-antique and early-medieval periods, however, these insights have yet to generate significant interest in the study of female religious groups. This session seeks to broaden the chronological scope of the discussion, and bring together papers looking a) at the precise circumstances of the introduction and putative application of normative texts, b) the study of normative texts in female religious contexts, and c) the role of written norms in organizing life within female monasteries generally.