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Liturgy Matters: Benedictine Women’s Communities in Medieval England

Liturgy Matters: Benedictine Women’s Communities in Medieval England

Lecture by Katie Bugyis

Given at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, on February 20, 2019

Katie Bugyis is pursuing her current book project, “Liturgy Matters: Benedictine Women’s Communities in Medieval England,” which reclaims the materiality of Benedictine nuns’ liturgical practices by viewing these women as “technologists” who transformed—and were transformed by—their sensual engagement with the objects they created, acquired, handled, and treasured. This book situates every object within the ritual contexts in which it was used; interrogates the scripts directing interactions with it; and highlights its abilities to transfigure appearance, refashion identity, and (re)invest authority and agency.

Katie Bugyis is the Joy Foundation Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Click here to view her Academia.edu page or follow her on Twitter @KBugyis 

Top Image: Head of a nun from this 14th century English manuscript – British Library MS Additional 42131 f. 69v



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