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Cassian at 1000: Johannes Nider Brings the Conferences to St. Katherine's Convent in Nürnberg...Twice

Cassian at 1000: Johannes Nider Brings the Conferences to St. Katherine's Convent in Nürnberg...Twice
59 Queens Park Cr. E., Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, Room A
Time: Mar 4th, 3:10 pm End: Mar 4th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women & Gender Studies (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), History (FAS), German (FAS), Classics (FAS), Book History/Print Culture, 400-1 BCE, 1200-1500
LMS Seminar by C.J. Jones

The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies is pleased to present

D. C.J. Jones, Mellon Fellow and LMS Candidate

Cassian at 1000: Johannes Nider Brings the Conferences to St. Katherine's Convent in Nürnberg... Twice

Although Dominican friar Johannes Nider (1380?-1438) is usually remembered for his late work, the Formicarius, and its influential discussions of witches, Nider composed the vast majority of his works in support of institutional reform of the Dominican Order and individual reform of spiritual life and devotion.  His first job out of university involved reforming the female Dominican convent of St. Katherine's in Nürnberg and returning its sisters to an observance of the Dominican Rule as originally intended. Nider enriched this reform by turning for inspiration not to the beginnings of the Order but to the beginnings of monasticism: John Cassian's Conferences. Before the convent's reform Nider delivered a sermon cycle taking the Conferences loosely as its point of departure and after the reform commissioned a direct translation of the late antique text into German for the benefit of the nuns of St. Katherine's. This seminar will explore the context for this double reception and present preliminary interpretations of the different functions of the two German vernacular versions of Cassian as reforming rhetoric.

This event is free and open to all. For further information, please contact the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies at (416) 926-7142.

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