CONFERENCE: Cartusiana-sponsored session at the IMC 2021

Session 2211: 'All of nature wild and free / This is where I long to be': Carthusians, Camaldolese, and Climate (Friday 9 July 2021: 14.15-15.45)

The new eremitical monastic orders of the 11th and 12th centuries situated themselves within their landscapes and climates in unique ways given both their preferences for physical locations that were initially enclosed in mountain wildernesses and their rhetoric concerning the importance of the desert in spiritual ways. The papers of this session will examine the engagement of hermit-monks (chiefly the Carthusians and the early Camaldolese as founded by Saint Romuald) with actual wilderness, desert, weather (particularly sun and rain), and climate, as well as idealizations and fictional constructs of these natural phenomena. The session will treat early monastic communities in the French and Italian Alps as well as later foundations in the Low Countries.

Sponsor: Cartusiana
Organiser: Stephen J. Molvarec, School of Theology & Ministry, Boston College; Tom Gaens, Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen;
Moderator/Chair: Emilia Jamroziak, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds

Paper 2211-a: 'These men are harder than any rocks': The Monastery of La Chartreuse Shaped by Its Mountain and Weather (Stephen J. Molvarec, School of Theology & Ministry, Boston College)
Paper 2211-b: Putting the 'Wild' in Wilderness: What's Climate Got to Do with It? (Kathryn Jasper, Department of History, Illinois State University)
Paper 2211-c: Climate Change in Northern Carthusian Writing (Tom Gaens, Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen)*id=30&*formId=30&*context...