At the next Medieval Congress in Leeds (2–5 July 2018), Jerzy Szafranowski of the ‘Presbyters in the Late Antique West’ Project (University of Warsaw), organizes a session on the intertwinement between the monastic and clerical orders in the Latin West of the first millennium.
The session is co-sponsored by the Network for the Study of Late Antique and Early Medieval Monasticism.
The session focusses on monks in holy orders and on monastic influences within secular clergy.
This session will seek to examine the following questions:
- What was the role of presbyters, deacons, and lower clergy in the monastic communities? In what way their duties varied from those of secular clerics?
- What were the relations between monks and secular clergy, particularly between abbots and bishops? What were the reasons for rivalry and the grounds for cooperation?
- In what way was the clerical ideal shaped by the monastic one, and vice-versa?
- What were the differences between the clerical and monastic communities, how did they influence each other?
Those interested in presenting a paper related to these questions are kindly invited to send the title and the short abstract (ca 100 words) to Jerzy Szafranowski (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 15 September 2017. Please note that unfortunately the organizers are unable to fund speakers’ expenses.