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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 838: The Dominican Order, IV: Renewal and Reform in the 15th Century

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

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:Sabine von Heusinger, Fachgruppe Geschichte und Soziologie, Universität Konstanz
Paper 838-aMaking Up Their Own Choices?: Religious Knowledge of Observant Dominican Sisters
(Language: English)
Stefanie Neidhardt, Institut für Geschichtliche Landeskunde und Tübingen, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Theology, Women's Studies
Paper 838-bDominican Friaries between Observant Movement and Architectural Renewal in 15th-Century Transylvania
(Language: English)
Mihaela Sanda Salontai, Departamentul de Istoria Artei, Institutul de Arheologie şi Istoria Artei, Cluj-Napoca
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism
Paper 838-cProviding a Mutual Impulse to Write: Elisabeth Kempf and Johannes Meyer
(Language: English)
Sarah Glenn DeMaris, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, Valparaiso University, Indiana
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - German, Monasticism, 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.

The 13th century with the foundation of the order and its expansion was crucial for the identity of the order. Being true to the chosen identity at least occasionally demands a re-orientation in order to re-form for changing times. The observant movement was de-constructing and re-constructing the order, its aim was to go right to the core of its very existence. The reform movement wanted to return to the ideals of the founder and his first followers - nevertheless something new was created. Although the observant movement was an important movement in many religious orders, there were features, which were unique for the Dominican observant movement. The three contributions of this panel look at the observant movement of the Friars from different perspectives.