Mellon Seminar: Beguine Communities in Medieval Paris, 1250–1472


Location: Hesburgh Library, Medieval Institute Reading Room, Room 715J

Tanya Stabler, assistant professor of history, Purdue University

Professor Stabler is the 2010–11 Mellon Fellow at the Medieval Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in history at the University of California, Santa Barbara under Sharon Farmer’s direction. She is working on a book-length study, based on her dissertation, that examines communities of beguines (lay religious women) and their role in the social, economic, religious, and intellectual life of thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Paris. She explores how these roles both shaped, and were shaped by, competing discourses (articulated in sermons, treatises, and satirical writings) about lay religiosity, female spirituality, and learned male authority.

The seminar will begin with an overview by Professor Stabler of her work to date and conclude with individual critiques of her manuscript-in-progress by a panel of three distinguished senior scholars. Audience members are encouraged to engage with Professor Stabler and the panelists in a question and answer discussion after the presentations.

Panelists’ names are forthcoming.