HISTORY 496 - History Colloquium
Winter 2023, Section 001 - Monks and Mystics: Byzantine East and Latin West [Transregional; Pre-1800]
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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Were they mad or did they lead boringly routine lives—eating lentils, tending gardens, reading, and praying? Why would anyone choose to live on top of a pillar whipped by wind and rain? What is achieved by speaking to others in your house only for a few hours one day a week and for the rest keeping silent? And did Teresa of Avila in ecstasy really levitate above ground, when she was also the woman who rode mules and ate partridges with gusto, founding convents and proving herself a wily business woman? The monastic venture would seem an impossible one: the aspiration to achieve oneness with the divine while grappling with human limitations and frailities. Yet the monks and mystics we will encounter between the fourth and sixteenth centuries CE altered landscapes, created and maintained interregional travel networks, and established communities that have endured into our century. Many also brewed (still brew) the best beer. This seminar will consider what appears foreign and pre-modern about the monastic vocation, and where the counter-culture of monks and mystics may remind us that another reality is always possible.

Course Requirements:

Reading, active participation in discussion, and weekly writing in preparation for a final research paper

Intended Audience:

Junior and Senior History Majors. Others are welcome, depending on availability of openings. Please contact the instructor with any questions.

Class Format:

History majors and upper-class students from other departments depending on open seats


HISTORY 496 - History Colloquium
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
5LSA Jr>
F 9:00AM - 12:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
Note: All sections of 496: These courses fulfill the colloquium requirement for History Majors, and seats may be restricted. Students missing the first class may be dropped for non-attendance. Students interested in a particular section should contact Sheila (sheilaw@umich.edu) for seat availability or override.
002 (SEM)
 In Person
M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
003 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23

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