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Aim of the workshop
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
March 5-8, 2009

Monastic Landscape: Spiritual and Physical


Department of Medieval Studies, CEU, Budapest

Contact person(s):
József Laslovszky, Luka Spoljaric, Annabella Pál


Organized by:
the Department of Medieval Studies of CEU
in co-operation with
the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Göttingen

Supported by:
DAAD-Hungarian Scholarship Board Project Support Scheme
CEU, Rector’s Fund

Aim of the workshop

Traditional studies in the field of medieval monasteries have focused mainly on individual monastic orders or on the regional topography of monastic foundations. These types of order histories and the regional monasteriologia type monographs have produced significant results and have contributed to a positivist type of data collection concerning medieval monastic institutions. Recent monastic studies, however, have started to focus on other aspects of medieval monastic cultures, such as the social and economic background of the foundation process, the landscape setting of the monasteries, gender aspects of monastic life, and are based on an interdisciplinary study of monastic complexes (monastic architecture, monastic landscapes, archaeological investigations of monastic complexes, etc.).
At the same time, comparative regional approaches, taking into account all monastic foundations from all monastic orders, have contributed to an understanding of the different historical-geographical regions of medieval Europe. In these studies, different types of monasteries were used as indicators for understanding complex historical processes and characteristic regional features. Amongst the most frequently discussed issues are royal patronage and monasteries, mendicant orders in the context of royal power and urban development, female monasticism, regional, social and economic conditions, and monastic orders as vehicles, of intellectual spiritual and technical innovations. These new approaches have produced significant new results in the form of wider European comparative studies, such as in the process of Christianization and the monastic mission in the context of Northern and East Central Europe.
The concept of monastic landscapes, a recent development in monastic studies, offers a complex interpretational framework for the understanding of the physical setting of monastic complexes and the spiritual milieu of their development. Therefore, the aim of the workshop is to offer a wide range of methodological approaches and case studies to understand the diverse character of medieval monasticism.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Nador 11, TIGY room (N 006)

14.00 – 15.30
1. Monastic Landscapes – Approaches, Methods, Problems

Bond, James: The Monastic Contribution to the English Landscape – The Concept of Monastic Landscape

Laszlovszky, József (CEU, Budapest): Monastic Regions and Monastic Landscapes in Medieval Europe

Aufgebauer, Peter (Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen): Changes of Monastic Landscapes in the Northwest Area of the Hansa

15.30 - 16.00
Coffee break

16.00 -17.30
2. Emerging New Monastic Ideas – Emerging New Monastic Landscapes

Sághy, Marianne (CEU, Budapest): The Social Setting and Urban Topography of Asceticism in Fourth-Century Rome

Röckelein, Hedwig (Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen): Twelfth century Canonical Reform and Its Impact in Canonesses Houses, Female Augustins and Benedictines

Snyder, Parker: Network Analysis – Road Map to the Cistercian Expansion, 1098–1153

17.30 – 17.45
Coffee break

17.45 – 19.15, Gellner Room (MB 103)
3. Female Monasticism and the Gendered Landscape of Medieval Monasteries

Kirschberger, Timo (Seminar für Mittlere und Neuere Geschichte, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen): FemMoData – Structure, Applications and Possibilities of a Database on Female Medieval Monasticism

Hoven, Jasmin (Germania Sacra, Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen): Dukes and Their Veiled Daughters in the Duchies Mecklenburg and Pomerania: In Search of a Suitable Cloister at the Periphery of the Reich

Kreutz, Jessica (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen): The Libraries of Wöltingerode. Religious Women and Their Books in the Later Middle Ages

Friday, March 6, 2009

Monument building, Popper room (MA 102)

9.00 – 10.30
4. Theological, Spiritual and Intellectual Landscapes of Medieval Monasticism

Kleine, Uta (FernUniversitat Hagen): Saints, Pilgrimage and Property: Imagining Landscapes in Twelfth-Century Monastic Literature (Germany: Rhineland)

Krampe, Jochen (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen): The Fifteenth-Century Library of the Canon Regulars at St. Georgenberg near Goslar (Lower Saxony) as a Mirror of Monastic Life and Learning

Geréby, György (CEU, Budapest): The Intellect and the Emotions: Prayers and Cognitive Psychologies from Evagrius to Ignatius of Loyola

10.30 – 11.00
Coffee break

11.00 – 12.45
5. Religious and Ecclesiastical Landscape of Medieval Monasteries

Szőcs, Péter Levente (County Museum of Satu Mare): Parishes in a Monastic Landscape: Ecclesiastic Topography in East-Central Hungary in the 12-14th Centuries

Wheatley-Irving, Linda (CEU, Budapest): Saints and Their Landscapes on the Euphrates

Pogossian, Zara (American University in Rome): Female Monasticism and Piety in Medieval Armenia

12.45 – 14.00
Lunch break

14.00 – 15.30
6. Monasteries in the Urban Landscape

Szende, Katalin (CEU, Budapest): Monastic Presence and Absence in the Early History of Hungarian Towns

Soós, Zoltán (Târgu Mureş Museum): Franciscans in the Transylvanian Urban Landscape: The Case of Cluj and Târgu Mureş Friaries

Kozubska, Olha (Lviv State University): Monasteries in Urban Environment: Lviv (Lemberg)

15.30 – 16.00
Coffee break

16.00 – 17.45
7. Mendicants in Different Religious Landscapes – Latin Christians, Eastern Christians, Heretics and Pagans

Mersch, Katharina: The Devotion to the Infant Christ in the Dominican Convent Maria-Medingen: A Result of Religious Interchange between Austria and Suebia in the Later Middle Ages

Klaniczay, Gábor (CEU, Budapest): Mendicant Orders as Missionaries and Mediators on the Margins of Latin Christianity

Lyublyanovics, Kyra (CEU, Budapest): Cumans and Franciscans in Medieval Hungary: Monastic Landscape of an Unurbanized Area

18.00 - Faculty Tower, Auditorium
Wine and cheese reception for the participants of the CEU Medieval Studies 15-Year Reunion and for the participants of the Monastic Landscapes workshop

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Monument building, Popper room (MA 102)

CEU Alumni Papers for the Monastic Landscapes Workshop

9.00 – 10.45
8. Selecting, Transforming and Building of Monastic Landscapes

Gaspar, Cristian (CEU/Istituto di Studi Avanzati–Alma Mater Studiorum, Università di Bologna): No Place for Young Men: Reinventing the Desert in Ps.-Ephraem’s ‘Sermones paraenetici ad monachos Aegypti’

Kostova, Rossina (SS Cyril and Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo): Monastic Landscapes in Medieval Bulgaria: the City, the Coast and the Sea

Szabó, Péter (Czech Academy of Sciences, Brno): Monastic Orders and Royal Forests

Ferenczi, László: A Topographical Study of Cistercian Granges in Hungary: Approaches and Problems

10.45 – 11.15
Coffee break

11.15 – 13.00
9. Social, Economic and Spatial Factors of Monastic Landscapes

Romhányi, Beatrix (Károli Gáspár University, Budapest): Social and Economic Aspects of Monastic Activity and Landscape: The Example of the Paulines in the Late Middle Ages

La Salvia, Vasco (Università Gabriele D’Annunzio, Chieti): Early Medieval Italian Monastic Possession in Mining Districts

Hunyadi, Zsolt (University of Szeged): Urban Commanderies – Rural Commanderies: Spatial Considerations of the Military-religious Orders

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Excursion to Saint Martin’s Abbey in Pannonhalma

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