IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1526: Gender, Memory, and Worship: The Helfta Theologians Interpreting and Interpreted

Thursday 5 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Laura Marie Grimes, Sophia Catholic Communion, San Jose
Moderator/Chair:Rebecca Stephenson, School of English, Drama & Film, University College Dublin
Paper 1526-aLiturgical ars-memoria and the Function of Memory-Anamnesis
(Language: English)
Ann Marie Caron, Department of Religious Studies, University of Saint Joseph, Connecticut
Index terms: Liturgy, Monasticism, Theology, Women's Studies
Paper 1526-bMartin Luther and the Cistercian Spirit: Luther's Heritage from Bernard of Clairvaux and Mechthild of Hackeborn
(Language: English)
Else Marie Wiberg Pedersen, Afdeling for Teologi, Aarhus Universitet
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Theology, Women's Studies

This session explores the intersection of memory, gender, and worship in sources by and about the 13th century religious women of Kloster St Marien zu Helfta. The second uses Ricoeur’s and Carruthers’ theories of memory to compare Easter visions in Mechthild of Hackeborn’s Book of Special Grace and Gertrud’s Herald of God’s Loving Kindness. The third breaks new ground by exploring the evidence for Mechthild of Hackeborn’s influence on Martin Luther.