Plantations Amidst Savagery?


First Call: Panel, Paper or Poster Proposals

The organisers invite proposals for sessions (panels of three papers), individual papers and posters by 1 June 2012.  Submissions are invited from all areas of monastic studies, but proposals which fall within the general scope of the following headings will be especially welcome.

• The Orders (monks, nuns and canons regular)                    

 • Monastic hospitals and medicine

• Colonist monks and native peoples                         

 • Economies and trade

• Monasteries and patrons                                          

 • Estates and estate-management

• Music 

• Water and aquatic resource management

• Liturgies and liturgical arrangements 

• Engineering and technology

• Literature and Learning • Interpreting for the non-academic public

• Art and architecture

 • Sources and data-management

• Secularisation and reform 

 • Virtual modelling

• Shrines and pilgrimages

 • Crafts and industries

Proposals for session panels should name a chair and up to three contributors.  Requests for multiple sessions on a linked theme will be considered.  Individual papers are also most welcome and will be grouped into sessions by the Organising Committee.  The languages of the conference are English and French and German.

Proposal outlines and enquiries by 1 June 2012 to:

Professor Richard Oram, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA United Kingdom.  Tel: 01786 467584.  Email:

Plantations amidst Savagery? Conference at the University of Stirling

In 1113 David youngest son of St Margaret of Scotland founded a colony from St Bernard of Abbeville’s abbey of Thiron-Gardais at Selkirk in the Scottish Borders.  This community was the first of any of the reformed Benedictine or Augustinian monastic orders to be founded in the British Isles.  The arrival of these continental monks heralded an era of profound religious, political, cultural, social and economic transformation in the lands along the northern rim of Christendom from Scotland and Ireland in the west, through England, Scandinavia and north Germany, to Poland and Estonia in the east.  To celebrate the 900th anniversary of this event, the University of Stirling, supported by Historic Scotland, is hosting a multi-disciplinary conference (9-12 July 2013) which will bring together scholars from across Europe and North America to explore the monastic impact on the culture and society of northern Europe from the 12th to 16th centuries and its modern legacies.