IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1230: Gendered Perspectives on Monastic Reform, III: Negotiating Communal Identities, 1050-1250

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Religion & Society in the Early & Central Middle Ages (ReSoMa), Universiteit Gent / Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Gent
Organisers:Jirki Thibaut, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent / KU Leuven
Steven Vanderputten, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Moderator/Chair:Katy Cubitt, School of History, University of East Anglia
Paper 1230-a'Concerning the Sisters Who Persist in Their Stubbornness': Gender and the Abbot Gervais's Programme of Reform for the Premonstratensian Order
(Language: English)
Yvonne Seale, Department of History, State University of New York, Geneseo
Index terms: Gender Studies, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1230-b'Moniales incorporatae sunt': The Role of the Bishop and Abbots in Institutionalizing Female Religious Fervor in Liège in the 13th Century
(Language: English)
Sara Moens, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Gender Studies, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1230-cThe Role of Franciscan Women in Transmitting, Developing, and Implementing the Mandates of the Fourth Lateran Council
(Language: English)
Kirsty Day, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Gender Studies, Monasticism, Religious Life
Abstract

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 third of four sessions that seek to address this lack of cross-temporal debate, speakers will consider how communal identities were (re-)negotiated in a context of reform between the middle of the 11th century and that of the 13th: Yvonne Seale will consider male programs for the reform of female communities in the Premonstratentian order, while Sara Moens will do likewise for bishops’ and local abbots’ tactics to harness female religiosity in 13th-century Liège; finally, Kirsty Day will investigate how Franciscan women themselves transmitted the reformist mandates of the Fourth Lateran Council.