Session Title

Agencies and Nuns' Liturgies

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Volker Schier

Organizer Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Presider Name

Volker Schier

Paper Title 1

“Enjoy Me, Each of You”: Self and Other in Liturgical Observance

Presenter 1 Name

Anna Harrison

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Loyola Marymount Univ.

Paper Title 2

Dominican Nuns’ Devotional Choices in the Convent of Sankt Katharinental

Presenter 2 Name

Meri Heinonen, Marika Räsänen

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Turun Yliopisto, Turun Yliopisto

Paper Title 3

‘‘Wie man sol lernen sterben": Remembering the Dead in a South West German Cistercian Convent in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

Presenter 3 Name

Edmund Wareham

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Jesus College, Univ. of Oxford

Start Date

8-5-2014 10:00 AM

Session Location

Bernhard 212

Description

The specific adaptions of monastic liturgies, especially in the Benedictine, Cistercian, and Dominican order, for the use in female monasteries are surprisingly well documented in manuals, expositions of rules, letters, and chant manuscripts, unfortunately this rich array of sources needs to be tapped and specific studies on the use of specific orders and monasteries have to be undertaken. Especially important is the creation of liturgical niches by nuns, that could be filled and expanded without the interference of male confessors and superiors. In some monasteries the cloister fulfilled this function and the processional liturgy was open for expansion, adaption, and even massive rewriting. This session brings together scholars who want to share case studies about nuns' agencies. It is hoped that these studies help to foster a better understanding of the nuns creativity, but also help to document the large diversity that existed in various orders and monasteries.

Volker Schier

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May 8th, 10:00 AM

Agencies and Nuns' Liturgies

Bernhard 212

The specific adaptions of monastic liturgies, especially in the Benedictine, Cistercian, and Dominican order, for the use in female monasteries are surprisingly well documented in manuals, expositions of rules, letters, and chant manuscripts, unfortunately this rich array of sources needs to be tapped and specific studies on the use of specific orders and monasteries have to be undertaken. Especially important is the creation of liturgical niches by nuns, that could be filled and expanded without the interference of male confessors and superiors. In some monasteries the cloister fulfilled this function and the processional liturgy was open for expansion, adaption, and even massive rewriting. This session brings together scholars who want to share case studies about nuns' agencies. It is hoped that these studies help to foster a better understanding of the nuns creativity, but also help to document the large diversity that existed in various orders and monasteries.

Volker Schier