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