IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1619: Women Religious and the Boundaries of the Late Medieval Convent

Thursday 9 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Elizabeth Goodwin, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Moderator/Chair:Martial Staub, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Paper 1619-aChallenging Borders in Tapestries: The Weaving Nuns of St Walburg in Eichstätt
(Language: English)
K. Bevin Butler, Department of Art History Arizona State University
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1619-bLooking beyond Their Borders: Nuns as Voyeurs
(Language: English)
Corine Schleif, School of Art, Arizona State University
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1619-cTransgressing Borders: Nuns Voices Penetrating and Subverting Established Boundaries
(Language: English)
Volker Schier, Department of Musicology, KU Leuven
Index terms: Daily Life, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1619-dVisual Culture and Community (Re)Construction in Late Medieval English Convents
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Goodwin, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Daily Life, Monasticism, Religious Life
Abstract

Borders, in many ways, define the life of a late medieval nun. She is often subject to physical borders of her enclosure, her community is distinct from those around it, and yet she is often a figure that transcends physical and spiritual borders. This panel will explore the ways in which convents and nuns create, maintain, transcend, and reform the boundaries of these communities – how does visual culture shape the borders between the religious and non-religious life? How do women religious transcend and assert agency over the borders of their communities? And how do nuns themselves explore the boundaries of expression and ways of seeing?