Conférence – Struggling Toward God: Meditation and Prayer in the Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Monastery

Registration is open! All graduate students should consider signing up for Dr. Lauren Mancia’s fascinating course on meditation and prayer in taking place during Summer Session 1. Outside of her many professional achievements you might recognize Dr. Mancia’s name from her contribution to Fordham’s Whose Middle Ages entitled « What Would Benedict Do? »

Poster Text:
MVST 5078 (CRN 12152) Graduate Seminar:
Struggling Toward God: Meditation and Prayer in the Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Monastery

Professor Lauren Mancia
Online Course
Summer Session 1 | May 26-June 25, 2020
TR: 11:00am-3:00pm


This 4-credit graduate course explores the dimensions of the medieval monastic contemplation in the heydey of Benedictine and Cistercian spiritual writing, the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The course will aim to answer the following questions: What did extra-liturgical prayer and meditation look like for medieval monks and nuns? When, where, and how was it practiced? Was there a set way to engage with monastic meditation, or were there a variety of medieval monastic meditative experiences in the eleventh and twelfth centuries? What did monks and nuns perceive as the limitations of monastic prayer and meditation? What extra-textual tools did monks and nuns rely upon to stimulate their practices of meditation? And what does monastic meditation reveal about the emotional lives of Benedictine and Cistercian monks and nuns in the high Middle Ages?

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