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Can We Use Performance to Understand Pre-Modern Monasticism?

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

Can We Use Performance to Understand Pre-Modern Monasticism?

Embodying Medieval History (Part I): Can We Use Performance to Understand Pre-Modern Monasticism?

Scholars of the Middle Ages (ca. 500-1500 C.E.) are deeply invested in texts, written archives, and historical methods that aim to be as close to objective as possible. This commitment is particularly heightened for scholars of Religious Studies, who seek to distinguish themselves from the biased, committed religious practitioners who used to write medieval Christian histories before 1950. But the devotional repertoire that medieval Christians embodied and practiced was felt and lived, and often not written down. PS Visiting Scholar Lauren Mancia (Brooklyn College/CUNY Graduate Center) proposes that historians cannot solely rely on texts to understand premodern monks and nuns–we must also explore these histories through embodiment and performance. Come learn about the scholarly stakes, pitfalls, and histories of this kind of work, especially as it pertains to the particular context of 1000-year-old Christian monastic communities.

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March 28
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6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
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