CFP for Leeds 2014: Pastoral Care in the Reforming Centuries, abstracts due August 9, 2013

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Philipa Byrne (DPhil candidate, Oxford) and Corinna Matlis (PhD candidate, Cornell)

This panel aims to consider pastoral care both in practice and theory in medieval Europe during the long eleventh and twelfth centuries. A cleric's responsibility to offer pastoral care to his congregants has been one of the duties most discussed and problematized in scholarship from the end of the Roman Empire through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. For this panel, we encourage proposals that deal with the methodological questions of how historians access and have accessed a view of what medieval pastoral care actually may have looked like as well as papers that put those methodologies into action. In particular, we welcome paper proposals that deal with any eleventh or twelfth-century writing about pastoral care. During these centuries, the church reform movements as well as the burgeoning of new monastic and cloistered communities led to a renewed importance for pastoral care, especially as contrasted with the duties of the cloistered life, in current theological debates. Any proposals will be welcome that deal with pastoral care in intellectual thought leading up to the fourth Lateran Council or on the writing or thought of specific bishops, abbots, canons, monks or theologians. Prospective papers could also touch on the relations between later medieval thought on pastoral care and the patristic writings on the subject. Papers that treat any geographical region are welcome.

Please send abstracts of approximately 300 words to on or before August 9, 2013.