IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 232: British Archaeological Association, II: Monastic Memory - Architecture and Its Importance to the Monastic Life

Monday 2 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:British Archaeological Association
Organiser:Harriet Mahood, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Moderator/Chair:Lindy Grant, Department of History, University of Reading
Paper 232-aPerformance and Commemoration in the Chapter House of Saint-Georges-de-Boscherville, I
(Language: English)
Kathleen Nolan, Wetherill Visual Arts Center, Hollins University, Virginia
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Art History - Sculpture, Monasticism
Paper 232-bPerformance and Commemoration in the Chapter House of Saint-Georges-de-Boscherville, II
(Language: English)
Susan L. Ward, Department of Art & Architectural History, Rhode Island School of Design
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Art History - Sculpture, Monasticism
Paper 232-cUnderstanding the Monastic Life through 'La Sainte Abbaye'
(Language: English)
Harriet Mahood, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Abstract

This session explores memory within the monastic complex. Examining how the buildings themselves allowed the monks to understand their life and vocation. For example, our first paper explores how designs incorporated within the chapter house reminded those entering of their place in the monastery, but also of their place in life itself and the way of life that they followed. Similarly, the main gatehouse of the monastery granted access to the outside world, or the monastic world, and the second paper of this session will explore what the image of the gate meant to monastic communities.