Session1528
TitleDouble Monasteries as Places of Inclusive and Exclusive Borders, I
Date/TimeThursday 7 July 2022: 09.00-10.30
 
OrganiserHans-Jochen Schiewer, Deutsches Seminar, Germanistische Mediävistik, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
 
Moderator/ChairHans-Jochen Schiewer, Deutsches Seminar, Germanistische Mediävistik, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
 
Paper 1528-a The Hermit and the Wild Woman: Rethinking the Landscape of Medieval Double Monasteries
(Language: English)
Alison I. Beach, School of History, University of St Andrews
Index Terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship; Monasticism; Religious Life; Women's Studies
Paper 1528-b Premonstratensian Double Monasteries: Ideal, Myth, and Reality
(Language: English)
Racha Kirakosian, Deutsches Seminar, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Monasticism; Religious Life; Women's Studies
Paper 1528-c Separated Yet United: How a Monk and Two Nuns Collaborated on a Biblical Commentary in 12th-Century Admont
(Language: English)
Stephan Borgehammar, Centrum för Teologi och Religionsvetenskap, Lunds universitet
Index Terms: Monasticism; Religious Life; Social History; Theology
 
AbstractLife for women and men in double monasteries needed to be regulated, clear borders were required: borders to the outside world, of power and obedience, of education, in architecture, regarding the knowledge of God, and of piety. But borders also bore the potential to build bridges across divides. The prevailing narrative that double monasteries, only a few decades after their heyday during the 11th- to 12th-century reform movement and with the foundation of the Premonstratensian Order, became irreligiosus et indecens, needs to be revised. In this panel we will explore double monasteries as places of inclusive and exclusive borders discussing mixed-sex structures and collaborations, while questioning the master narrative of their alleged decline.