IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 238: Carthusians Over the Borderline, I: Deserts, Limits, Enclosure

Monday 6 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Cartusiana vzw
Organisers:Tom Gaens, Faculteit der Letteren, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Stephen J. Molvarec, Department of History, Marquette University, Wisconsin
Moderator/Chair:Kathryn L. Jasper, Department of History, Illinois State University
Paper 238-a'On a Horse with No Name': Limits, Boundaries, Possessions, and the Medieval Carthusian Concept of 'Desert'
(Language: English)
Stephen J. Molvarec, Department of History, Marquette University, Wisconsin
Index terms: Hagiography, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 238-bThe Cell Alone Will Not Teach You Everything: Crossing Inner and Outer Boundaries in Carthusian Life
(Language: English)
Demetrio S. Yocum, Center for Italian Studies / Devers Family Program in Dante Studies University of Notre Dame
Index terms: Daily Life, Monasticism, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 238-c'Unheard and unseen': Carthusian Inclusio in the Modern Devotion
(Language: English)
Tom Gaens, Faculteit der Letteren, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life
Abstract

For the canonization of Hugh of Lincoln, the papal register mentioned that the ‘Carthusian order surpasses all other orders in terms of posing limits to desire.’ For sure, Carthusians were famous for creating both material (e.g., ‘desertum’ and ‘terminus’) and spiritual borders. These shaped a unique monasticism – in terms of how Carthusians thought about their lives, and their relationships with the world and the divine. This session discusses the institutional-juridical and practical development of the Carthusian enclosure, its negotiation of solitary, communal, and external spaces, as well as its influence on later medieval religious groups.