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CFP: Medieval Monks, Nuns and Monastic Life, 15-20 July 2018, Bristol

screenshotCall for Papers: Medieval Monks, Nuns and Monastic Life, 21st Biennial Symposium of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society (IMSSS), 15-20 July 2018, Bristol
Deadline: 30 September 2017
Professor Carolyn Muessig, Head of the University of Bristol’s Department of Religion and Theology and Co-Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies
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!
How to apply: send your abstracts for papers and posters (150 words) before 30 September 2017 (and any queries) to: imsss-2018@bristol.ac.uk

CFP: Treasure in heaven, treasures on Earth: the secular world and material consumption in Western European monasticism c.1050 – c. 1250, 21-23rd September 2016, Hatfield College, Durham University

bernhard_von_clairvaux_28initiale-b29CALL FOR PAPERS
Treasure in heaven, treasures on Earth: the secular world and material consumption in Western European monasticism c.1050 – c. 1250
21-23rd September 2016, Hatfield College, Durham University
Deadline: 1st
June 2016

Abstracts are invited for a conference entitled ‘Treasure in heaven, treasures on Earth: the secular world and material consumption in Western European monasticism c.1050 – c. 1250’ to be held 21-23rd September 2016 at the University of Durham. All are encouraged to submit, from graduate students to established staff, and from all disciplines.

This conference will explore ideas of monastic practice and rhetoric towards the social and material world, both within and outside the cloister. Both individual monks and their communities engaged with the secular world, whether driven by necessity or by their own impetus, despite the perceived dangers of interactions with lay society and their values. This period saw the unprecedented amassing of material wealth by monastic communities, closer interaction with lay society alongside increasing divisions in the interpretation of St. Benedict’s Rule, especially in the sphere of wealth and its appropriate use. How monks endeavoured to maintain their adherence to monastic expectations in this new atmosphere is the chief concern of this conference. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Monastic dealings with money, offering, usury and communal wealth.
  • Monks as landlords and secular lords.
  • The rule of St. Benedict and the practicalities of life in the medieval monastery.
  • Monks as builders and patrons of construction.
  • Monks and their relationships with women and the secular social hierarchy.
  • Monks and earthly goods.
  • Monastic theological approaches to the relationship between the monk and the world.

Transcending disciplinary boundaries, this conference aims to bring together scholars working on all aspects of monastic life and thought in order to examine the various ways that monks in Western Europe from the mid-eleventh to the mid-thirteenth century approached and interacted with the world around them. Papers are encouraged which deal with all areas of medieval western Europe, including Scandinavia.

Prospective speakers are invited to submit abstracts of 200-300 words. Submissions should include name, affiliation, and contact details. The deadline for submissions is: 1st June 2016. Subsidies will be available for postgraduate delegates.

For more information about the conference, to join the conference mailing list or to submit an abstract, please email the committee at: treasure.in.heaven@durham.ac.uk

More information: https://treasureinheavenconference.wordpress.com/