Session238
TitleCarthusians Over the Borderline, I: Deserts, Limits, Enclosure
Date/TimeMonday 6 July 2020: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorCartusiana vzw
 
OrganiserTom Gaens, Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Stephen J. Molvarec, School of Theology & Ministry, Boston College, Massachusetts
 
Moderator/ChairKathryn Benevento 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, School of Theology & Ministry, Boston College, Massachusetts
Index Terms: Hagiography; Monasticism; Religious Life
Paper 238-b The 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, Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Index Terms: Monasticism; Religious Life
 
AbstractFor 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.