Cistercian and Monastic Studies

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Maulbronn Abbey

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. The Center sponsors sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies and collaborates with the University Libraries on digitization projects. The center's advisory board meets annually at the International Congress on Medieval Studies.

international congress on medieval studies

The Center sponsored five sessions at the 57th Congress (2022):

  • "Letter-Writing and Cistercian Expansion," organized by Michael C. Voigts
  • "Grief and Mourning in the Cistercian World," organized by Anna Harrison
  • "Cistercian Mysticism," organized by Aege Rydstrøm-Poulsen
  • "The Cistercians: Inventors or Borrowers?," organized by Jean A. Truax
  • "Cistercians and the Early Monastic Traditions," organized by Tim Vivian

Digital projects

The Center is currently developing two digital projects:

  • The Monastic Gazetteer Project is creating a Linked Open Data set describing religious foundations in the West from the Middle Ages to the present. The project is exploring ways to use this technology to accurately represent monasteries and changes to their identities, networks, and locations over time.
  • The Janauschek Portal is a collaboration with the Transkribus Project at the University of Innsbruck, the Verein zur Gründung und Förderung der "Europäischen Akademie für Cistercienserforschung" im ehemaligen Kloster Lehnin and the compilers of Cistopedia: Encyclopedia Cisterciensis. The portal will provide access to unpublished manuscripts by Leopold Janauschek (1827–1898).

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