Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Call for Papers


LEEDS, 6–9 JULY 2020

Economies of Early Medieval Monasticism

Organisers: Jennifer Davis (davisj@cua.edu),

Caroline Goodson (cjg70@cam.ac.uk)

The economies of early medieval monasteries warrant re-examination. The
now-classic model of Frankish monasteries as deeply integrated in exchange
economies and tied to the Carolingian dynasty both politically and
economically is based on important evidence, particularly via polyptychs
and extensive charter collections. However, there is room for further
research, especially in relation to how monastic economies changed over
time and how monastic economies worked in various regions. Moreover, the
model favours exceptional examples of monasteries that owned and controlled
huge tracts of lands and their agricultural products and devised robust
implements to record payments of goods and money from properties. But how
applicable are models based on these mega-monasteries to other
institutions? To what degree did all monasteries seek to dominate
territories? Was artisanal production (or other kinds of production) within
religious houses the norm? How might the economic profiles of religious
houses have varied over time or across regions?

We seek contributions from historians and archaeologists working on early
medieval Europe within and without the Carolingian Empire to explore the
range of economic trajectories experienced by monasteries in the period ca.
650–ca. 1000. We welcome contributions considering environmental resources,
plant and animal crops, and labour supplies. Economic approaches to
monastic document production/scriptoria, architecture and art, as well as
spiritual capital would be appropriate topics to explore, too.

Please consider proposing a paper for the strand. To submit a proposal
please send an abstract of no more than 100 words to the session organizers
by 1 September 2019.

Caroline Goodson

Faculty of History, University of Cambridge

King’s College, Cambridge, UK  CB2 1ST

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