IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 630: Benedictine Monasticism in an Age of Transition, c. 1150-c. 1250, II: Changing Ideals of Authority and Leadership

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

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:Gert Melville, Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG), Technische Universität Dresden
Paper 630-aRewriting the Rules: Gender, Authority, and Leadership in Mixed and Female Communities
(Language: English)
Katharine Sykes, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
Index terms: Gender Studies, Monasticism
Paper 630-bTo Reform the Monastic Order or to Create a Separate Order of Monks?: Bernard of Clairvaux' Shifting Attitude in the Apologia
(Language: English)
Alexis Grélois, Département d'histoire, Université de Rouen Normandie
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 630-cGood Abbots, Bad Abbots: Benedictine Abbatial Leadership and Authority between the Cloister and the Outer World
(Language: English)
Marco Krätschmer, Seminar für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
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 second of two sessions, speakers will look at views on abbatial leadership in a context of profound transformations institutionally and shift in the scale of monastic government. Katharine Sykes will focus on leadership visions in adapted versions of the Benedictine Rule in mixed and female communities; Alexis Grélois will address Bernard of Clairvaux’ perspective on monastic leadership by means of his Apologia; and Marco Krätschmer will treat contemporary ideas on the abbot’s relation to the outside world. In conclusion to the two sessions, the organizers will formulate perspectives on future research in this underdeveloped area of monastic studies.