Dr Carolyn Muessig
PhD, Université de Montréal, Sciences médiévales , 1994
MSL, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto , 1991
MA, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, 1986
BA, SUNY Buffalo, History, 1985
AA, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Humanities, 1980
For 25 years I taught in the Department of Religion and Theology, University of Bristol, UK where I was Head of Department from 2007-2010 and then again from 2016-2019. I served as Director of the University of Bristol's Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (2011-2014) and as co-director of the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol (2013-2018). For seventeen years I was the co-editor [with Veronica O'Mara] of the journal Medieval Sermon Studies. Since 2001 I have been series co-editor [with George Ferzoco] of Medieval Religion and Culture, Routledge (http://www.routledge.com/books/series/SE0592/). From 2011-2017 I was the Medieval and Reformation (700-1600) Section Editor for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, De Gruyter, Berlin, Germany (http://www.degruyter.com/dg/page/765). In 2018 I was co-curator of the first public exhibition to be held in Downside Abbey church, Stratton-on-the-Fosse, UK: Voices from the Cloister: Medieval Treasures at Downside Abbey (https://www.downsideabbey.co.uk/voices-from-the-cloister-exhibition-opening/). Since July 2020 I hold the Chair of Christian Thought, Classics and Religion, University of Calgary. During the academic year 2022-2023 I will be the Naomi Lacey Resident Fellow, Calgary Institute for the Humanities, University of Calgary. My project is entitled: Breaking the Glass Pulpit: Women Preachers in an Age of Silence.
Areas of Research
|Course number||Course title||Semester|
|RELS 387 LEC 01 01||Christian Monks Mystics Rfrmrs||2021|
|RELS 601 LEC 01 01||Studies in Western Religions||2021|
I have supervised over four dozen graduate students working in the following areas: Beguine spirituality, early Franciscans, Dominicans, Catherine of Siena, Bernard of Clairvaux, Theresa of Avila, gender and sin, gender and identity, hagiography, Julian of Norwich, Marian iconography, religious poetry, preaching history, prayer and liturgy. Two of my students won the University of Bristol Outstanding Dissertation Prize in the Faculty of Arts: Eliana Corbari, PhD, “Dominican Preachers and popular devotion in late medieval Italy” (Awarded 2009). Jennie Sanderson, Mlitt/PhD, “Sin and gender in late medieval theological sources” (Awarded 2010). If you are a perspective postgraduate student wishing to do a degree in the Department of Classics and Religion, University of Calgary, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss possible research topics (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For 2021-22 I am teaching courses that consider ascetic practices and the role the body played in premodern Christianity with a focus on monastic practices (e.g., Peter Damian, Christine of Markyate) and performative Christianity (Francis of Assisi and Elizabeth of Spalbeek). I am also teaching a course on the diverse roles women played in medieval religious culture in Western Europe (RELS 373-15: Topics in Religious Studies: Sisters, Saints and Sinners) depictions of medieval saints (i.e. Thomas Becket, Francis of Assisi, Catherine of Siena and Joan of Arc) in the Middle Ages as well as the present day (Rels 484-01; Rels601-01; Rels 701-01).
I have written on the history of stigmata, medieval preaching, Jacques de Vitry, Francis of Assisi, Catherine of Siena and female educators in the Middle Ages. I am presently working on a project that investigates female preachers and their sermons in late medieval and early modern Europe.
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