Fulbright-Mach Stipendiatin der ÖAD, “The Social Networks of Female Premonstratensian Communities in Medieval Central Europe.” (Univ.Prof.Christina Lutter)
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Amy Nelson ist 2014-2015 Fulbright-Mach Stipendiat für ihr Projekt, “The Social Networks of Female Premonstratensian Communities in Medieval Central Europe.” (Univ.Prof.Christina Lutter)
Sie ist Doktorandin am Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, USA.
Amy Nelson’s current research is an aspect of her Ph.D. Dissertation, “Cultivating Communities: The Society and Spirituality of Female Premonstratensians and their Patrons in Late Medieval Central Europe” (Dr. Prof. John Van Engen, Advisor). Women, as sisters and patronesses, were not only an integral part of the Premonstratensian Order’s network throughout Central Europe, but they were also active within a broader matrix of religious culture that must be understood as interconnected. Based predominantly upon documentary evidence such as charters and letter correspondence, this research explores the social and religious history of female Premonstratensian houses in German and Slavic lands, from their earliest foundations until approximately 1450. It seeks to take a fresh approach to monastic history by highlighting rather than minimizing the dynamic intersections and interactions between society and cloister, between women and men, and between distinct religious orders. By doing so, it addresses the fundamental questions of how “religious community” came to be understood, formed, and maintained in Central European medieval society through familiar social interaction.