Session228
TitleThe Boundaries of Monastic Institutions, II
Date/TimeMonday 4 July 2022: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorKolleg-Forschungsgruppe (KFG) 'Religion & Urbanity: Reciprocal Formations', FOR 2779, Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien, Universität Erfurt
 
OrganiserSimone Wagner, Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien, Universität Erfurt
 
Moderator/ChairEmilia Jamroziak, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
 
Paper 228-a Intangible Boundaries: Sound and Sacred Space in the Early Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Nicole Volmering, Department of History / School of Education, Trinity College Dublin
Index Terms: Hagiography; Language and Literature - Celtic; Monasticism; Religious Life
Paper 228-b The Perception of Enclosure in Female Monasteries in Poland
(Language: English)
Edyta Pluta-Saladra, Instytyt Historii I Archiwistyki, Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej, Kraków
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Monasticism; Women's Studies
Paper 228-c Blurred Boundaries: Co-Spatiality between Cities and Collegiate Churches in the Later Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Simone Wagner, Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien, Universität Erfurt
Index Terms: Monasticism; Religious Life; Women's Studies
 
AbstractMonasteries usually secluded themselves from the world by building walls around their institutions. These walls did not only have a religious meaning but also a legal and administrative one. The physical aspect was tied to imagined boundaries being created between the religious and the secular. Imagined and physical boundaries interacted. Nevertheless, it varied how much religious communities sought to isolate themselves. The relationship between the religious and the secular sphere was highly contested throughout the Middle Ages. Especially in the case of less regulated communities, the boundaries were permeable and space was used both by religious as well as secular actors. Since enclosure was seen as especially important for female monasteries, monastic boundaries and their permeability seem to have been gendered. However, apart from spiritual matters monasteries were also concerned about the boundaries of their possessions. Charters and cartularies include detailed descriptions of the boundaries of specific possessions. Chronicles and vitae show how nuns and monks hoped to protect their possessions through performative acts such as processions with relics.