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[30 juin-1er juillet 2017] Urban monasticism/ monachisme urbain : 300-1300


Date: 30th June-1st July 2017


CESCM – Hôtel Berthelot – 24 rue de la Chaine – Poitiers

Société des Antiquaires de l’Ouest – Hôtel de l’Échevinage et des Grandes Écoles – 7, rue Paul Guillon – Poitiers


in cooperation with

CESCM, Poitiers (France), CEU Budapest (Hungary), Turku University (Finland), Monash University (Australia), FOVOG Dresden (Germany)

Christianity emerged as an urban phenomenon, yet monasticism is more often than not presented as an escape from the sinful town into the wilderness, and as more concerned with the soul than with the body. Ascetics, however, have always had a vested interest in the city, and not only symbolically. Monasticism has been an important urban presence since Late Antiquity up to the Late Middle Ages, even if they were sometimes in competition with newer religious orders. This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore the influence of monasticism in the city from Late Antiquity to the Late Middle Ages as well as in shaping attitudes to the body. What was the social status of the “monastic family” in the towns (including the vassals who held the monastic lands on loan)? How did monasteries integrate into the social fabric of cities? What role did they play in care for the sick? What was the relation between consecrated persons and laity? What economic role did monasteries play in towns? How did monastic art, schools and scriptoria contribute to the life of the city? To what extent did monasteries, abbots and abbesses get involved in urban politics? How did urban monasteries shape urban identity?

We plan to publish the proceedings in one volume but in two languages.

A major goal of the workshop is to develop an international research network relating to new perspectives on monasticism and religious life within an urban context, attending to themes like that of the body, devotion and religious life in the city.


June 30 / CESCM, Salle Crozet

3 pm – registration

3:30 pm – Welcome speeches

4 pm – Lucien-Jean Bord O.S.B. (Ligugé) : Penser le moine et la ville dans l’Antiquité tardive et le haut Moyen Âge

4:30 pm – Marianne Sághy (Budapest) : Practicing and Prescribing Asceticism in Fourth-Century Rome

5 pm – Vincent Debiais (Poitiers) : Epigraphic Evidences from Urban Monastic Communities: the Example of Saint-André-le-Bas

5:30 pm: Cocktail

6 pm: Keynote lecture = Constant Mews (Melbourne) : Models of Monasticism and the City from Late Antiquity to the Age of Scholasticism

8 pm – dinner


July 1 / Société des Antiquaires de l’Ouest

10:30 am – Emilie Kurdziel (Poitiers) : Monastères et chapitres de chanoines dans les villes italiennes des IXe-XIe siècles : partage des fonctions ou concurrence ?

11 am – Kyly Walker (Monash) : Westminster Abbey in the Early Twelfth Century

11:30 am – Teemu Immonen (Turku) : Monastic Influences on Romanesque Art in Twelfth-Century Rome

12-2:30 pm – lunch break

2:30 pm –John Crossley (Monash) : Dancing in the Streets, Chanting in the Choir: Educating St-Denis Monks in Paris around 1300

3 pm – Carol Williams (Monash) : Educating St Denis Monks in Paris around 1300: the Music Pedagogy of MS Harley 281

3:30 pm – Riccardo Saccenti (Bologna) : Cistercians in Thirteenth-Century Paris: the Collège des Bernardins

4 pm – coffee break

4:30 pm – Keynote lecture = Cécile Treffort (Poitiers) : Hommes et femmes de Dieu en ville : l’exemple des établissements bénédictins de Poitiers au XIIe siècle


Call for contribution – IMC Leeds 2016

Call for contribution – IMC Leeds,  july 4-7, 2016

Deadline: 15 September 2015

The Monastic Refectory and Spiritual Food

 The CESCM (University of Poitiers and CNRS) will sponsor three sessions that explore topics dealing with “The Monastic Refectory and Spiritual Food” for the International Medieval Congress 2016 in Leeds (UK).

The theme for the IMC Leeds 2016, “Food, Feast and Famine,” presents an opportunity to explore the relationship between monastic refectories and food. At the heart of communal life, the refectory was an area where monks gathered, nourished their bodies but also strengthened their soul.

How did bells, silence, readings, prayers, refectory decorations such as paintings, sculpture and inscriptions, and ritual work together to sanctify the monastic meal? What were the links between the communal dining room and the church, the place of the Eucharistic celebration and the prefiguration of the Celestial banquet? How did each monastery build, decorate and conceive of its refectory in this aim? Did the relationship between communal repasts and spiritual nourishment in monastic life have echoes in the community of canons, lay society or in chivalry? Art historic, archeological, epigraphic, historic and literary approaches are welcome.

  • Submission guidelines:

Proposals (title and abstract) are due by September, 15th to:

– Martin Aurell (,

– Pascale Brudy (

– and Estelle Ingrand-Varenne (

Proposals will be evaluated by CESCM’s members. Papers may be published after the IMC in the Cahiers de civilisation médiévale.

  • Key-Words: Monasticism; Religious Life; Art History; Archaeology.
  • Websites:


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