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Herrschende Frauen. Äbtissinnen und Monastische Macht im mittelalterlichen Europa

English title Ruling Women. Abbesses and Monastic Power in Medieval Europe
Applicant Müller Annalena
Number 204029
Funding scheme Agora
Research institution Geschichte des Mittelalters Departement Historische Wissenschaften Universität Freiburg
Institution of higher education University of Fribourg - FR
Main discipline General history (without pre-and early history)
Start/End 01.08.2021 - 31.01.2022
Approved amount 45'159.00
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All Disciplines (3)

Discipline
General history (without pre-and early history)
Ecclesiastical history
Swiss history

Keywords (8)

gender history; political and economical history; Digital Humanities; women's history; public history; female monasticism; religious and ecclesiastical history; medieval history

Lay Summary (German)

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Im Mittelalter herrschten Äbtissinnen über Land und Leute. Sie sprachen Recht, setzten Priester ein, herrschten über z.T. sehr grosse Territorien. Gleichzeitig lebten sie ein Gott und dem Gebet geweihtes Leben. Die Webseite "Ruling Women" nimmt Sie mit in die unbekannte und faszinierende Welt mittelalterlicher Frauenklöster.
Lay summary
Mittels einer einfach zu navigierenden Webseite können sich interessierte Besucher und Schulen über die vielen Facetten des mittelalterlichen weiblichen Klosterwesens informieren. Themen sind u.a. der Lebensalltag in mittelalterlichen Klöstern und die landesherrlichen, wirtschaftlichen und religiösen Rechte der Klöster. Als Beispiele dienen u.a. das Zürcher Fraumünster, das Basler Klingental und Notre Dame de Soissons.

Die Webseite hat zum Ziel, die Forschungsergebnisse der letzten Jahrzehnte zum weiblichen Klosterwesen - inkl. der Ergebnisse meines laufenden SNF-Ambizione Projektes - einer breiten Öffentlichkeit zugänglich zu machen. Darüber hinaus werden Ressourcen für den Schulunterricht der Sek 2 generiert.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 29.06.2021

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Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
180059 Powerful Piety. Practices of Female Abbatial Authority in Medieval Europe (c. 1200-1450) 01.02.2019 Ambizione
173388 Communal Life of Women Religious: Authority, Legitimacy, Recognition 01.05.2017 International Exploratory Workshops
180059 Powerful Piety. Practices of Female Abbatial Authority in Medieval Europe (c. 1200-1450) 01.02.2019 Ambizione

Abstract

Based on my ongoing SNSF-Ambizione project, Powerful Piety. Practices of Female Abbatial Authority in Medieval Europe (c. 1200-1450), the proposed open-access website will make its findings accessible for an audience beyond the scientific community. The design, set-up and content of the website will cater to a heterogeneous audience ranging from pupils and teachers, who will benefit from the information for preparing classes and school projects, to a general, historically interested public, primarily within, but also beyond of Switzerland. To allow for a wide accessibility, the content of the website will be trilingual - all texts will be made available in German, with detailed summaries in English and French. The bulk of the website’s content will be related to the findings of my current research on the institutions of Fraumünster of Zurich, Buchau Abbey, Klingental of Basel and Notre-Dame de Soissons and in addition Las Huelgas by Dr. Agnes Schormann - thus, we are intending to give examples of abbatial practices of gathering taxes, dispense justice or appointing priests. In addition to concrete examples drawn from the project itself, we will provide background information on different aspects of life in medieval female monasteries. As a whole, the ‘Ruling Women’ website seeks to provide access to what has become a vibrant field of research in recent years; a field of research that is met with great interest form a general public, but that - as of now - lacks a bridge which makes the academic findings accessible to interested non-academics. This audience will not only be addressed via the website, but we will also be doing podcasts in cooperation with kath.ch and furthermore we are planning panel discussions and a project week for schools (which have already been selected).
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