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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 738: The Dominican Order, III: The Identity of Dominican Nuns

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Institut zur Erforschung der Geschichte des Dominikanerordens im deutschen Sprachraum (IGDom), Köln
Organisers:Elias H. Füllenbach, Institut zur Erforschung der Geschichte des Dominikanerordens im deutschen Sprachraum, Dominikanerprovinz Teutonia e.V., Köln
Sabine von Heusinger, Fachgruppe Geschichte und Soziologie, Universität Konstanz
Moderator/Chair:Sarah Glenn DeMaris, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, Valparaiso University, Indiana
Paper 738-aThe General Chapter, the Master, and cura monialium
(Language: English)
Steven Watts, School of History, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Women's Studies
Paper 738-bDominican Identity for Women during the First Centuries of the Order of Preachers, 13th-15th Centuries
(Language: English)
Sylvie Duval, CIHAM - Histoire, archéologie, littératures des mondes chrétiens et musulmans médiévaux (UMR 5648), Université Lyon 2
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Women's Studies
Paper 738-cDyslexia in the Convent?: Women's Libraries and Evidence of Nuns Learning - How to Copy and Illuminate Manuscripts in Dominican Cloisters of the 14th Century
(Language: English)
Anne Winston-Allen, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, Southern Illinois University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - German, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Women's Studies

The papal confirmation of Dominic's community of preachers in Toulouse 800 years ago in 1216 led to the expansion of the Friars Preachers within the Christian world and beyond. The panels want to shed new light on central topics of Dominican existence during the Middle Ages, namely Dominican identity and Dominican innovations. Other important themes like the order's contribution to scholasticism are touched briefly, too. The dark side of the Dominicans, namely the inquisition, is not to be neglected. Finally the 'reformation before the reformation' via the observant movement sheds again an interesting light on Dominican identity and the power of Dominican innovation.

The context of an important jubilee necessitates an historical and critical approach to the Middle Ages as the heyday of the Dominican order. The order is characterized by a function - preaching - and less by its founder Dominic.

St Dominic founded several communities of religious women. Nevertheless the friars asked themselves during the 13th century several times: How could women be part of the order of preachers? All papers present the topic of Dominican identity for women during the first centuries of the Order of the Preachers. It is obvious, that Dominican nuns were interested in the order's ideals of apostolic and pastoral zeal prepared by studies.