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Feminine monasticism in medieval Europe



IInd History Days of the Monastery of Les Avellanes

06/06/2011: Spain

On 4 and 5 July, the Monastery of Les Avellanes (Monestir) will host the second edition of the History Days, a scientific meeting bringing together international specialists on feminine monasticism in the Europe of the Middle Ages.

It seems to us of interest to study this subject further, since it has long been neglected in the religious history of medieval Europe, interest generally having been centred on the masculine religious communities. So it is a question of broadening our knowledge, as much in the particular aspect of feminine religious life, as in understanding of the life of women generally in the Middle Ages.

These History Days, under the direction of Dr. Flocel Sabaté (University of Lleida) will be enhanced by the participation of Dr Karen Stöber (Aberystwyth University) and Professor Janet Burton (University of Wales), bringing an international touch to the meeting. In fact, the intention has been to place the accent on the international and the interdisciplinary nature of studies on feminine monasticism in medieval Europe. The programme is composed of fifteen presentations, including the study of the documentary sources of the history, art history, spirituality, archaeology, etc. of geographic zones as diverse as the Iberian Peninsula, the British Isles, Italy, Scandinavia, Transylvania,  France and Central Europe.

The objective is to achieve success in making the Monastery of Les Avellanes and the region of the Noguera an international reference point for studies on the history of the Church and of religious practice, as much for the specialists as to facilitate the spread of the scientific research among the people of the region.

The Days are intended for students, teachers, and the general public, especially for persons with a special interest in learning about medieval history and the life of the feminine religious world, under the guidance of the best European specialists.

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a/e: amicsmonestir@maristes.cat

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