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Family, Power, Memory: Female Monasticism in Italy from 700 to 1100

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postcode: 30123

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 180˙277 €
 EC max contribution 180˙277 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2017-09-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA IT (VENEZIA) coordinator 180˙277.00


 Project objective

Recent history amply demonstrates the importance of religious belief as a fundamental historical force. In studying early medieval Europe, we see how crucial it has been in the creation of our own identity, underlying our belief systems, cultural assumptions and core values, as well as our institutions. Modern history and anthropology help us pose questions of immediate concern on ethnicity and nationality, women and gender, identity and belief. I have engaged with these issues previously, with a multidisciplinary mix of history, anthropology, art history and archaeology. This research project on Italian female monasteries from 700 to 1100 is also comparative and interdisciplinary. To understand medieval society, it is essential to understand monasticism, and crucial to include Italy. I propose to bring together an integrated and broad-sweeping perspective by joining these together, and to approach the study of religious women as a laboratory for exploring the complex relationship between gender and power. Royal or aristocratic monasteries have sources detailing the names, background and activities of nuns, representative of the political and ethnic composition of Italian society. To study the evolution of nunneries makes it possible to trace changes in Italian political, social and cultural patterns, with the intermingling of family and politics. Understanding the tensions between early medieval Italian society’s male-controlled political and religious power, and the influence of noble women as queens and nuns, is essential for grasping women’s ideological and spiritual power, and for recognizing the changing configurations of medieval Italy, a key factor for comprehending some issues still at stake in Italian society today. Generally, a study of key mechanisms concerning the relationship between women, religious belief and behaviour, and politics and society can, through comprehending these in the past, illuminate key aspects of modern European societies.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Veronica West-Harling Ed. S. Gasparri
‘Personal names and saints’ cults in Venice, the Adriatic and the entroterra in the 9th and 10th centuries’
published pages: 265-278, ISSN: , DOI:
I tempi del consolidamento: Venezia, l’Adriatico e l’entroterra tra IX e X secolo; SAAME VIII 2019-06-13
2019 Veronica West-Harling Eds. F. Borri and I. Barbiera
The doges and the Church of Venice: an unusual relationship
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Veronica West-Harling
Family, Power, Memory: Female Monasticism in Early Medieval Italy, 700-1100
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Medieval Monastic Studies Series 2019-06-13
2017 Veronica West-Harling Ed. W. Pohl
The Roman past in the consciousness of the Roman elites in the ninth and tenth centuries
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Early Medieval Roman Identities 2019-06-13
2018 Ed. by Veronica West-Harling
Nunneries in Early Medieval Italy
published pages: , ISSN: 1593-2214, DOI:
Reti Medievali bi-annual 2019-06-13
2018 Veronica West-Harling A. Pazienza
Le monache di S. Salvatore/Santa Giulia di Brescia e le loro famiglie
published pages: , ISSN: 1593-2214, DOI:
Reti Medievali bi-annual 2019-06-13

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