CFP: [Medieval] Early Medieval Monasticism, East and West

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Andrew Rabin

Cfp: Early Medieval Monasticism, East and West
a session at the 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies (May
8-11, 2008), sponsored by The Commonwealth Center for the Humanities
and Society at the University of Louisville

This session will bring together scholars of early monasticism in the
western (European Christian) and eastern (Muslim, Eastern Orthodox, Hindu,
and Buddhist) traditions in order to consider the connections,
commonalities, and differences between such seemingly disparate cultures.
In doing so, we will examine how these traditions--often treated as
monolithic and independent in the critical literature--understood each
other, communicated with each other, and incorporated aspects of each other
into their respective practices and beliefs. We invite papers on all
geographic regions and practices, including Anglo-Saxon, Irish, Frankish,
Scandinavian, Italian, Mediterranean, Slavic, Middle Eastern, Indian, and
East Asian. Possible topics for discussion include text and
book-production, monastic architecture, devotional practice, political or
economic influence, among others. We welcome traditional philological and
historicist approaches, as well as those informed by modern critical
theory. It is our hope that the discussion in this session will be
wide-ranging and interdisciplinary, attracting scholars in religion,
literature, history, and art history.

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