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2018 Symposium of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society - Medieval Monks, Nuns & Monastic Life
21ST BIENNIAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL SERMON STUDIES SOCIETY
BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM / SUNDAY 15 JULY – FRIDAY 20 JULY 2018
MEDIEVAL MONKS, NUNS & MONASTIC LIFE
Organizer: Professor Carolyn Muessig
Head of the University of Bristol's Department of Religion and Theology and Co-Director, Centre for Medieval Studies
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS INCLUDE CLAUDIA RAPP (AUSTRIA) AND BRIAN PATRICK McGUIRE (DENMARK)
The 2018 IMSSS symposium will explore the breadth and depth of sermon literature and preaching activity relating to monks, nuns, and monastic life, and serve as a microcosm of the religious and cultural landscape of the Middle Ages.
The symposium will be based in the beautiful grounds of the University of Bristol's Wills Hall, and will include a workshop at historic Downside Abbey, with its medieval manuscripts, incunables, and Centre for Monastic Heritage. We will also visit Wells Cathedral, as well as the medieval sites of Bristol.
Celebrate 2018 — the first-ever European Year of Cultural Heritage —by delivering a paper or presenting a poster dealing with an aspect of one of the bedrocks of European culture: monasticism.
Topics for posters and papers may include:
• the form or content that could distinguish a monastic sermon from others
• monks, nuns, and monasticism in Byzantine or other forms of medieval Eastern and African Christianity
• the Rule of Benedict and preaching
• preaching in monastic churches and chapter houses
• monastic figures preaching in public forums (churches, crusades)
• monastic preaching in or regarding schools and universities
• preaching by and about nuns
• de sanctis sermons on holy monks and nuns
• monasticism as treated in sermons
• sermons and the reformed monastic life (e.g., Camaldolese, Carthusian, Celestinian, Cistercian, Cluniac, et alii)
• preaching by and about hermits
• monastic rules in and about preaching
• monastic communities in conflict or in harmony
• monastic rejection/appropriation of mendicant sermons/preaching/identity
• monks as characters in sermons, exempla and religious literature
• gender in monastic preaching
• monks/nuns in ad status sermon literature
• monastic preaching in art
• monks, nuns, and monasticism in pre-modern sermons of religious traditions other than Christianity (e.g. , Islam, Buddhism, Taoism)
• the influence of Christian monks, nuns, & monastic sermons on preaching in other religions
• and more!
Registration will commence in September 2017, but we are accepting abstracts for papers and posters (150 words) now.
Please send your abstracts before 30 September 2017 (and any queries) to:
L'APPRENDISTATO DELLO STORICO
Seminario di Storia Medievale organizzato dai dottorandi di Roma La Sapienza
Venerdì 9 Giugno, dalle 10:30 alle 18:00
presso Aula di Paleografia del Dipartimento di Storia, Culture e Religioni,
Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia,
Università di Roma - La Sapienza,
Piazzale Aldo Moro n. 5, Roma.
Sulle tracce della "divino-umanità"
Presiede: Prof. Alfonso Marini
Giovanni Collamati (Roma La Sapienza): "San Oswald di Northumbria e la Vita Sancti Columbae: un nuovo spunto per la ricerca derivante dallo studio delle fonti agiografiche".
Valentina Giannacco (Roma La Sapienza): "L'origine visionaria delle agiografie composte da Ildigerda di Bingen".
Francesco Massetti (Wuppertal): "La canonizzazione di Gerardo di Toul: un'iniziativa della sede Apostolica".
Paola Sinigagliese (Roma La Sapienza): "La Vita santi Francisci di Giuliano da Spira tra le fonti della Legenda maior di Bonaventura da Bagnoregio".
Discussant: Prof.ssa Giulia Barone
Dinamiche insediative nell'Italia centrale tra X e XIV secolo
Presiede: Prof.ssa Ivana Ait
Jacopo Paganelli (Pisa): "<<Et posti fuerunt ad habitandum in dicto castro>>. Montecastelli, una cosignoria toscana tra XII e XIII secolo".
Francesco Riedi (Roma La Sapienza): "Dinamiche insediati e ecclesiale rurali nell'XI secolo. Il caso della via Aurelio da Roma a Maccarese".
Andrea Casalboni (Roma La Sapienza): "<<pro cohercitione hominum>>: Leonessa e le città di fondazione angioma ai confini del Regno tra XIII e XIV secolo".
Emiliano Bultrini (Roma La Sapienza): "Insediamenti e supremazia. Strutture, fortezze e topografia a Roma tra X e XIV secolo".
Discussant: Prof. Pio Pistilli
Mediterranean Meetings in the Central Middle Ages
Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July, 2017
St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
By some accounts, 1017 marked the advent of the Norman presence in Italy and Sicily, inaugurating a new era of invasion, interaction and integration in the Mediterranean. Whether or not we decide the millennial anniversary is significant, the moment offers an ideal opportunity to explore the story in the south, about a thousand years ago. To what extent did the Normans establish a cross-cultural empire? What can we learn by comparing the impact of the Norman presence in different parts of Europe? What insights are discoverable in comparing local histories of Italy and Sicily with broader historical ideas about transformation, empire and exchange? The conference draws together established, early-career and post-graduate scholars for a joint investigation of the Normans in the South, to explore together the many meetings of cultural, political and religious ideas in the Mediterranean in the central Middle Ages.
The three-day conference features 80 speakers from around the world, and three parallel strands of sessions: ‘Conquest and Culture’, ‘Art and Architecture’ and ‘Power and Politics’.
Secure your place: register by 31 May 2017 at:
Meal bookings optional; conference dinner places limited; early booking strongly recommended.
Conference Website and Programme
Professor Graham Loud (University of Leeds)
Professor Jeremy Johns (University of Oxford)
Professor Sandro Carocci (University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’)
featuring a short highlight talk by
Professor David Abulafia (University of Cambridge)
Please contact the conference organizer:
Dr Emily A. Winkler (email@example.com)
INVITATION TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Monasteries in the Digital Humanities
Kraków-Tyniec, Benedictine Abbey, 13–16 September 2017
The conference is organised by the Friends of History Society in Wrocław, Branch of the Polish Historical Society, in collaboration with the Institute of History, University of Wrocław, Institute of History, University of Opole, and the Benedictine Abbey of Tyniec.
Presentation of the history of monasteries and religious orders on the internet (monasticons, portals and blogs, websites, databases, maps etc.).
Digital reconstruction of former monasteries, virtual monastery libraries, utility rooms in monasteries etc.
Digitisation of the written legacy of monasteries.
Creation of platforms providing information and bringing together scholars researching monasteries.
Dissemination of knowledge of monasteries and religious orders online.
Possibilities of creating an online monasticon encompassing monasteries located both in Europe (including Poland) and other parts of the world.
Digital tools and resources in humanities research. Problems – solutions – proposals.
Please send us the proposed titles of your full papers (up to 20 min.) and short communication papers (up to 10 min.) to: firstname.lastname@example.org before 15 November 2016.
The languages of the conference will be generally international conference languages. However, we may organise separate sections devoted to Polish topics.
We plan to publish a volume of conference proceedings.
The conference fee is PLN 200 (EUR 50).
We will provide full board and accommodation for participants from outside Poland and will reimburse their travel expenses. Polish participants will cover the cost of accommodation, but will receive fees for preparing their papers (approx. PLN 500).
At the end of the conference, on 16 September, we will organise a tour of Kraków monasteries.
Prof Dr Hab. Marek Derwich