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Family, power, memory:

female monasticism in Italy from 700 to 1100

Proposal:

comparative multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary study of Italian female monasteries between the 8th and the end of the 11th centuries

Approach:

study of Italian nunneries as a laboratory for exploring the complex relationship between GENDER and POWER in medieval Europe

Relevance:

understanding this relationship in the past allows one to have a better understanding of tensions between gender and power as mediated through religious politics, as we see them in 21th- century European societies