Grundmann's Legacy: Reform, Renewal, and Religious Movements in the Middle Ages
2015 marks the 80th anniversary of the first publication of Herbert Grundmann�s monumental study Religi�se Bewegungen im Mittelalter and the 20th anniversary of its translation into English as Religious Movements in the Middle Ages. Grundmann�s text was the first synthesis to trace the links between various spiritual phenomena, including heresy, the mendicant orders, and what he famously termed �the women�s religious movement.� In the intervening eighty years since the book�s first publication a vast corpus of scholarship has emerged that reaffirms some aspects of Grundmann�s narrative and challenges others. 2015 thus presents an ideal opportunity to reflect on Grundmann�s legacy and to collaboratively chart new directions in medieval religious studies. A colleague (Anne E. Lester, University of Colorado-Boulder) and I have begun this major international project.
I am requesting Imagine fund support for travel costs to Leeds (England), Boulder (Colorado), and Collegeville (Minnesota). In July 2015, we have organized 7 sessions at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds, England, including 21 leading scholars from 6 countries. Based on the overwhelmingly positive response to our CFP, we developed a second set of sessions at the Medieval Religion conference at UC-Boulder in October 2015. In December 2015, we will then organize submissions for a co-edited volume of essays; editors at several academic presses have already expressed interest in the project. During the summer of 2015, I will also research and draft an essay ("Grundmann and the Beguines") based on materials at HMML and the Alcuin Library at St. John's University.