Under the directorship of E. Rozanne Elder, the Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies encourages and facilitates research on all aspects of the Cistercian tradition and in the broader field of religious traditions. It was established in 2010 as a research center under the aegis of the Medieval Institute as the successor to the Institute of Cistercian Studies, which had been founded in 1973 as a cooperative venture between Western Michigan University and Cistercian Publications, Inc. Through the Center, the Medieval Institute offers a Graduate Certificate in the History of Monastic Movements, which is open to students enrolled in a graduate degree program at WMU.
The Center is sponsoring twelve sessions at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 14-17, 2014) on a variety of topics pertaining to the medieval history of the Cistercian order, organized by E. Rozanne Elder and Henrike Lähnemann.
Photograph: View of Maulbronn Abbey