IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 530: Benedictine Monasticism in an Age of Transition, c. 1150-c. 1250, I: The Formation of Monastic Networks

Tuesday 4 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
Organisers:Johan Belaen, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Steven Vanderputten, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Moderator/Chair:Steven Vanderputten, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Paper 530-aThe Flows of Administrative Communication and the Structuring of Power in the Cluniac and Cistercian Orders
(Language: English)
Sébastien Barret, Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes (IRHT), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
Index terms: Administration, Monasticism
Paper 530-bAuthority and Independence of the Abbot as the Basis of a Monastic Network: The Cistercians and Vallumbrosans Compared
(Language: English)
Guido Cariboni, Dipartimento di Studi medioevali umanistici e rinascimentali, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano
Index terms: Administration, Monasticism
Paper 530-c'Potentes in opere et sermone': Networks in Cistercian Narratives
(Language: English)
Eric Delaissé, Institut de Recherche Religions, Spiritualités, Cultures, Sociétés, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Index terms: Administration, Monasticism
Paper 530-d'Capitulum commune est': Confraternities and Benedictine Congregational Structures Prior to the Fourth Lateran Council, 1215
(Language: English)
Johan Belaen, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life

Recent scholarship has stressed the experimental character of order formation in late-11th to early-13th-century monasticism. While the focus of these studies mostly lies on understanding the beginnings of these processes, there has been a trend to expand the discussion to include the period between c. 1150-1250, when monastic orders were first consolidated, legally, institutionally, but also as regards their corporate identity and collective memory. In a first of two sessions, speakers will look at how inter-institutional networks were established and functioned, both within and outside of the context of the emerging orders: Sébastien Barret will consider the use of the written word in the upholding of these networks; Guido Cariboni will investigate the role played by abbots in their creation; Eric Delaissé will explore contemporary views of such networks; and finally, Johan Belaen will consider the modes of interaction between the ‘independent’ monasteries of the Benedictine order.