Conference on Cistercian and Monastic Studies schedule

At long last, we have the full conference schedule available.  We will have print copies at the conference, but here is a pdf you can download and print.

2018 CCMS Schedule 

Just a reminder, if you plan to attend the CCMS dinner, please register by May 1 using the form at this link:  Cistercian Dinner Reservation

If you would like to propose a session for CCMS 2019, please use this link (by May 11 if you wish consideration by the Board, by June 1 otherwise):  2019 Cistercian Conference panel and paper submissions


And if you would like to be added to our email list, please use this link:  CCMS mailing list


Summer 2018 Updates

Just a few updates:

The Center has had six sessions approved for the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS).  They are listed in the Call for Papers for the Congress, available at  This document is always available electronically.

The Center will also be sponsoring additional panels which are not a part of ICMS and we invite paper proposals for one session each on Digital Projects on Monasticism and Monastic Archives.  We also appreciate paper proposals.  All of these materials can be sent to

Finally, we have just completed a project to make the schedules for previous Cistercian conferences available online.  They can be seen at


Planning for 2018 Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies Conference

Last week’s conference included a fine slate of papers as well as good company and wonderful weather.  We can’t thank our panel organizers, paper presenters and session presiders enough for their work!

Now it’s time to plan for 2018 CCMS!  As you may remember, some of the CCMS panels are also ICMS panels, so our submission schedule closely adheres to the schedule for the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University.


Panel proposals

May 26, 2017 (Friday) by noon – Panel Recommendations to so the Conference Steering committee (Marvin Döbler, Hugh Feiss, Anne Lester, Stefano Mula) can prepare submissions.

Recommendations should include:  Title, name and contact information for the person organizing the panel, one-page (250-400 words) intellectual justification for the session (significance, why now?, potential participants can also be included).  Only the organizer must be committed to the session at this time.

Paper Proposals

September 15 –Deadline for paper submissions to panel organizers from ICMS call for papers or for CCMS sessions from blog, deadline for paper abstracts to CCMS portion of the conference to for consideration by the steering committee.

Our process

The submissions for CCMS are approved by the CCMS conference steering committee, so the deadlines are slightly different than those for the International Congress on Medieval Studies.  Additionally, CCMS welcomes proposals on any facet of monasticism in any historical period, not only the middle ages.

As always, questions can be sent to our email address,  If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please fill out this form.


2017 CCMS Panels

Lee Honors College Lounge (Thursday and Friday)

 Thursday, May 11, 10:00 a.m.

 Monks and the World: Political and Economic Activities

Presider:                  Jean Truax, Independent Scholar

St. Bernard of Clairvaux and the Crusades
               Ryszard Gron, Archdiocese of Chicago

Saint George’s Abbey in Gratteri – The First Cistercian Settlement in the Kingdom of Sicily?
Francesco Capitummino, Independent Scholar

Papst Clemens VI. als Reformer des Zisterzienserordens
                Ralf Lützelschwab, Freie Universität Berlin

Thursday, May 11, 1:30 p.m.

 Spirituality in Monastic Life

Presider:                   Hugh Feiss, OSB

“The Word Runs Swiftly”: the Symbolism of “Running” in Bernard and William
                        Isaac Slater, OCSO

Early Symptoms of Humanism in Bernard’s de Deligendo Deo
                        Very Rev. Dr. Luke Anderson, O. Cist.

The “Paradise of Inner Pleasure”: The “Monastery” in Medieval Monastic Spirituality
                        Greg Peters, Biola University

Thursday, May 11, 3:30 p.m.

 Monastic Theology and Sermons

Presider:                    Marsha Dutton, Ohio University

Adapting the Monastic Threefold Way: The Synthesis of Apophatic Darkness and the Existential Dark Night in the Sermons of Johannes Tauler
                Glenn E. Myers, Crown College

“The Theology of the Tree of Life in On the Apocalypse by Geoffrey of Auxerre”
                Rev. Paul E. Lockey, University of St. Thomas, Houston

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux’s Practical Christology in his Ascension Sermons
                Fr. Placid Morris, OSCO

The Trinitarian Dimensions of Cistercian Eucharistic Theology
                Nathaniel Peters, Boston College


Friday, May 12, 10:00 a.m.

 Monastic Lives

Presider:                     Martha Kreig, Independent Scholar

The Wrong Side of History: Thomas Becket and Aelred of Rievaulx
                        Jean A. Truax, Independent Scholar

Ninian and the Rod of Aaron
                        Chad Turner, Saint Joseph’s College

Exemplum as History: The Worlds of a Cistercian Nun
                        Katherine Richman, Laboure College

  Friday, May 12, 1:30 p.m.

 Dubious Sources in Monastic History

Presider:                    Anne Lester, University of Colorado-Boulder

The First Life of Bernard: Can we trust it?
                        Brian Patrick McGuire, Independent Scholar

Popular Perceptions of Cistercians vs. Trappists in late 19th Century Austria
                        Alcuin Schachenmayr, O. Cist.

Mortifera salutacio. Herbert of Torres’ Version of the Devil’s Letter
                        Stefano Mula, Middlebury College

Friday, May 12, 3:30 p.m.

 Teaching Monasticism (A Panel Discussion)

Presider:                  Stefano Mula, Middlebury College

A panel discussion with Virginia Blanton, University of Missouri–Kansas City; Rabia Gregory, University of Missouri–Columbia; Colleen Maura McGrane, OSB, Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration; Alcuin Schachenmayr, Pontifical Athanaeum Benedict XVI. Heiligenkreuz; and Judith Sutera, OSB, Mount St. Scholastica.


Fetzer 1040 (Saturday and Sunday)

Saturday, May 13, 10:00 a.m.

 Memory and Memory Aids in Twelfth-Century Cistercian Writing

Presider:                    Elias Dietz, OCSO, Abbey of Gethsemani

Memory and Mnemonic Devices in Bernard of Clairvaux’s and Aelred of Rievaulx’s Sermons
Marvin Döbler

The Formation of Historical Memory in the Works of Aelred of Rievaulx
Marsha L. Dutton, Ohio University; Marjory Lange, Western Oregon University

Multiformi Disponens Distinctione: Rhetorical Structure and Mnemonic Devices in Thomas the Cistercian’s Commentary on the Canticle
Ilinca Tanaseanu-Döbler, Georg-August-University Göttingen

Saturday, May 13, 1:30 p.m.

Pseudo-Bernard: The Writers, Works, and Readers

Presider:                   Ann W. Astell

Major Questions in the Study of Pseudo-Bernard Works as Exemplified by the Instructio sacerdotalis and the Tractatus de statu virtutum
Elias Dietz, OCSO, Abbey of Gethsemani

On Pseudo-Bernard’s Tractatus de praecipuis mysteriis nostrae religionis
Joshua Lim, University of Notre Dame

Pseudo-Bernard’s Tractatus de statu virtutum in Translation: Composition, Content, and “Bernardine” Themes
Breanna J. Nickel, University of Notre Dame

Saturday, May 13, 3:30 p.m.

 The Cistercian and Monastic Inspiration for the Reformation: On the Occasion of the Five-Hundredth Anniversary of Luther’s Theses

Presider:                    Marvin Döbler, Ev. -luth. Landeskirche Hannovers

“Bernhardus ist uber alle Doctores in Ecclesia, wenn er predigt . . .” (Martin Luther)
Aage Rydstrøm-Poulsen

The Two Monasteries of Grimma and Their Impact on the Lutheran Reformation
Rose Marie Tillisch, Strandmarkskirken

“I here but follow the holy Bernard of Clairvaux in his book On Consideration”
Else Marie Wiberg Pedersen, Aarhus University

The “Case” Fuerstenfeld (Campus Principum) and Luther’s Theses
Klaus Wollenberg, Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften München


 Sunday, May 14, 8:30 p.m.

 The Intersection of Material and Spiritual Culture in Medieval Monasticism

Presider:     Paul E. Lockey, St. Mary’s School of Theology, University of St. Thomas, Houston

Lessons from the Cloister? The Location of the Monastic School in Early Benedictine Monasticism
Matthew Ponesse, Ohio Dominican University

Aquatic Spirituality: The Aqua-culture and Spirituality in the Thought of the Early Cistercians
Daniel Marcel La Corte

Reading Aelred of Rievaulx’s Architectural Metaphors by the Letter
Jason Crow, Louisiana State University

Sunday, May 14, 10:30 a.m.

 Cistercian Abbeys of Brittany

Presider:                    K. Paul Evans, York University

Les abbayes cisterciennes de Bretagne au XIIe siècle: Lieux de prières et sentinelles politiques
Joëlle Quaghebeur, University de Bretagne Sud-Lorient

Acceptation et refus de la modernité stylistique dans l’architecture cistercienne: L’exemple de la Bretagne
Yves Gallet, University Bordeaux Montaigne

Le Relecq Abbey: Constructing Uniformity on the Margins of the Christian World
Alexandra Gajewski, Independent Scholar

Please contact with questions or if you spot an error.

International Congress on Medieval Studies, Sneak Peek available

The Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies Conference (CCMS) overlaps with the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS), so this sneak peek will indicate when some of the panels are currently planned.  We are checking our schedules to make sure we haven’t double-booked anyone and then we will publish a schedule for CCMS.

Sneak Peak, 2017 ICMS