Fellows' Presentation

Liturgy Matters: Benedictine Women’s Communities in Medieval England

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Part of the 2018–2019 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Katie Bugyis RI '19

Free and open to the public.


At Radcliffe, Katie Bugyis is pursuing her current book project, “Liturgy Matters: Benedictine Women’s Communities in Medieval England,” which reclaims the materiality of Benedictine nuns’ liturgical practices by viewing these women as “technologists” who transformed—and were transformed by—their sensual engagement with the objects they created, acquired, handled, and treasured. This book situates every object within the ritual contexts in which it was used; interrogates the scripts directing interactions with it; and highlights its abilities to transfigure appearance, refashion identity, and (re)invest authority and agency.