IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1030: Gendered Perspectives on Monastic Reform, I: Early Medieval Transformations

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Religion & Society in the Early & Central Middle Ages (ReSoMa), Universiteit Gent / Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Gent / Université Paris VIII - Vincennes-Saint-Denis
Organisers:Anne-Marie Helvétius,
Steven Vanderputten, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Moderator/Chair:Steven Vanderputten, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Paper 1030-aReforming Male and Female Communities in Merovingian Gaul
(Language: English)
Anne-Marie Helvétius,
Index terms: Gender Studies, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1030-bEnclosure Re-Opened: Gender and Sacred Space in Early Medieval Monasticism
(Language: English)
Albrecht Diem, Department of History, Syracuse University, New York
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Gender Studies, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1030-cWho Has the Fairest Prayers of Them All?: Gendered Transformations of Monastic Liturgy in the Early Medieval West
(Language: English)
Gordon Blennemann, Département d’histoire, Université de Montréal
Index terms: Gender Studies, Liturgy, Monasticism, Religious Life

Recent years have seen tremendous progress in the study of how institutional, liturgical, and spiritual reform was planned, debated, implemented, and challenged in monastic communities of the medieval period. This includes a significant amount of research on gender aspects of monastic culture, and on male-female relations in the context of women’s monasticism: yet so far, discussions for distinct periods have rarely intersected. In a first of four sessions that seek to address this lack of cross-temporal debate, speakers will consider gendered aspects of reform in the earliest period of the Middle Ages: Anne-Marie Helvétius will consider the similarities and differences in the approach to reform of male and female communities; Albrecht Diem will explore aspects of gendered space; and Gordon Blennemann will investigate gendered transformations of the liturgy.