IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 330: Inside and Outside: Relationships between Monasteries and the World, II

Monday 3 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Cristina Andenna, Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG), Technische Universität Dresden
Katrin Rösler, Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG), Technische Universität Dresden
Moderator/Chair:Gert Melville, Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG), Technische Universität Dresden
Paper 330-aNuns as In-Betweens: Forms of Contact and Exchange between Nuns from High Nobility and Their Families in Late Medieval Germany
(Language: English)
Jasmin Hoven-Hacker, Projekt 'Germania Sacra', Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 330-bEnclosure within Enclosure: How Severe Illnesses Were Dealt with in Reformed Dominican Convents
(Language: English)
Marie-Luise Ehrenschwendtner, School of Divinity, History & Philosophy, University of Aberdeen
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 330-cSança, Queen of Naples, and Soror Clara: A Life in between Religious Desire and Secular Responsibilities
(Language: English)
Cristina Andenna, Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG), Technische Universität Dresden
Index terms: Gender Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Women's Studies
Abstract

In the Middle Ages, traditional forms of monasticism regarded monasteries and the world as antithetical poles. On the one hand, joining a monastic community meant leaving the world behind, so to be ‘outside’. On the other hand, from ‘within’ the cloister, the secular sphere was perceived as the ‘other’. This antithetical perception has been challenged in recent scholarship. The two combined sections aim to highlight in different perspectives the multiplicity of entanglements between both spheres, and to qualify the reciprocal relation of exclusion and inclusion.