Women Read. Differently?

Reading Practices in Medieval German Women Convents from the 13th to the 15th Centuries

Conference Programme and Schedule

Thursday, 9 March 2023

10.30Welcome and Introduction
10.45 12.15Session 1
Chair: Racha Kirakosian (Freiburg)
Ann Marie Rasmussen (Waterloo): What is Reading?
Morgan Powell (Zurich): Reading as (a) Woman. Twelfth-Century Foundations of a Gendered Reading Paradigm
12.1513.30Lunch in situ
13.30 15.00Session 2
Chair: Markus Stock (Toronto)
Landon Reitz (Cincinnati): Images of a Reading Mystic. Between Practice and Icon
Linus Möllenbrink (Freiburg): The Naked Reader. Mary Magdalene as Image of the Reading Woman
15.00 15.30Coffee Break
15.30 17.00Session 3
Chair: Julie Hotchin (Canberra)
Carolyn Muessig (Calgary): Listening to Women’s Voices in their Written Sermons
Patricia Stoop (Antwerp): “Reading the Fruits on the Tree of Life Planted in the Paradise of Holy Scripture”. The Production and Use of Sermons in Female Communities in the Low Countries
19.00Reception at the Carl-Schurz-Haus
Opening of the exhibition Reading Women by photographer Carrie Schneider (New York)
Introduction by Friederike Schulte (Director of the Carl-Schurz-Haus)
Regina D. Schiewer (Eichstätt): Theologinnen. Freiburger Klöster und Konvente

Friday, 10 March 2023

Session 4
Chair: Lea von Berg (Freiburg)
Björn Klaus Buschbeck (Zurich): Nuns Travelling with Manuscripts. Book Ownership and the Dominican Observant Reform in Fifteenth-Century Southern Germany
Meret Wüthrich (Freiburg): Reading and Writing in a Freiburg Convent. The Penitents of St. Mary Magdalene and Their Books
10.30 11.00Coffee break
11.00 11.45 Session 4 (continued)
Linus Ubl (Jerusalem): Non-observant Nuns = non-reading Women? Historical Perspectives
12.00 13.30Lunch in situ
13.30 15.00Session 5
Chair: Martina Backes (Freiburg)
Jessica Barr (Amherst): Reading Women Writing Death. Beatrice of Nazareth and the Nuns of Helfta
Lina Herz (Hamburg): Dorothea Schlegel liest Elisabeth von Nassau-Saarbrücken. Oder die Frage nach interfemininer Rezeptionskultur zwischen 1450 und 1805
15.30 17.00Hands on! Medieval Material Culture in Freiburg
Option 1: Freiburg Cathedral (Martina Backes, Freiburg)
Option 2: Manuscript Workshop (Julia Buschhüter, Balázs J. Nemes, Meret Wüthrich, Freiburg)
18.30Conference Dinner

Saturday, 11 March 2023

Session 6
Chair: Michael Stolz (Bern) 
Eva Schlotheuber (Dusseldorf): Kommunikation mit dem Stift. Die Briefkultur norddeutscher Nonnen
Sara S. Poor (Princeton): Reading St. Catherine. Kunigund Niklasin’s Reboot of the Catherine Miracles in SBB, Msc Hist 154
10.30 11.00Coffee Break
11.00 12.30Session 7
Chair: Mareike E. Reisch (Stanford/Freiburg)
Almut M.V. Suerbaum (Oxford): Song Production as Creative Reading. Late-medieval Religious Songs for and by Women
12.30 13.00Concluding Words