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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1640: Observant Reform across Borders

Thursday 9 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Kathryne Beebe, Department of History, University of Texas, Arlington
Moderator/Chair:Ian Forrest, Oriel College, University of Oxford
Paper 1640-aNetworking beyond the Walls: The Networks of the Dominican Observant Reform of Freiburg im Breisgau
(Language: English)
Robin Pokorski, Department of History Northwestern University
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1640-bProducing Private Prayerbooks: Medingen Manuscript Production across the Borders of Monastic Reform (1479) and Lutheran Reformation (1524-1544)
(Language: English)
Carolin Gluchowski, Kunstgeschichtliches Institut Albert-Ludwigs-Universit├Ąt Freiburg
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 1640-cMapping Observance: Visualising Observant Reform in Late Medieval Germany
(Language: English)
Kathryne Beebe, Department of History, University of Texas, Arlington
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Monasticism, Religious Life

Borders, medieval and modern, have profoundly shaped the ways in which medieval reformers challenged religious norms, and how modern researchers have understood those challenges. This session investigates both aspects. First, it analyzes how late medieval Dominican women enacted reform across the borders of strict enclosure in which they lived. Then, it interrogates how the boundaries of Observant reform and the Reformation influenced monastic manuscript production in Germany. Finally, it examines the limitations that modern nation-state borders have placed upon our current understanding of the spread of Observant reform throughout all orders, and how GIS digital humanities techniques can help overcome those limitations.