IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 612: Female Abbatial Authority, II: Gender, Documentary Culture, and Memory

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Haskins Society / John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester
Organiser:Laura Gathagan, Department of History, State University of New York, Cortland
Moderator/Chair:Amy Livingstone, Department of History, Wittenberg University, Ohio
Paper 612-aAbbatial Tombs as Legal Evidence
(Language: English)
Katharina Holderegger, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universität Bern
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Gender Studies, Monasticism
Paper 612-bThe Prioress, the Proctor, and the Arbiter: The Social Dynamics of Arbitration and Female Abbatial Authority in a Medieval Carthusian Nunnery
(Language: English)
Hollis Shaul, Department of History, Princeton University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Law, Monasticism
Paper 612-cFemale Abbatial Judicial Authority at Holy Trinity, Caen: Clues from the Beaumont Charters at the John Rylands Library
(Language: English)
Laura Gathagan, Department of History, State University of New York, Cortland
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Monasticism

While abbatial authority has recently experienced something of a resurgence of interest in the historical community, female abbatial lordship remains largely unexamined. This session attempts to redress that imbalance, and is specifically concerned with the strategies abbesses used through memory to create community, fashion identity, and guard the resources and prestige of their communities. Themes of the panel include the role of abbesses in creating monastic memory, gender, and authority in the monastic world, abbatial monastic land management and jurisdiction, monastic documentary artifacts as material culture, production and dissemination of women’s monastic writing, and female abbatial politics.