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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 738: Women through the Cistercian Lens

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses
Organiser:Terryl N. Kinder, _Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses_, Pontigny
Moderator/Chair:Terryl N. Kinder, _Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses_, Pontigny
Paper 738-aReaching for the Ideal Woman: Boundaries of Gender in Bernard of Clairvaux's Letters
(Language: English)
Anna-Riina Hakala, Department of Church History, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 738-bThe Nun's Cell, a Room with a View: Mirror, Memoir, and Metaphor in Cistercian Convent Art
(Language: English)
Donna L. Sadler, Department of Art History, Agnes Scott College
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life, Women's Studies

In this session three very different aspects of womanhood will be presented through a Cistercian lens, beginning with an expanded view of St Bernard's vision of how womanhood defines the monastic ideal. In the second presentation, the boundaries, functions, and narratives of post-medieval in-house art made by Cistercian nuns will be explored.