Cloisters and Culture in Iceland and the North 
in the Middle Ages

The Centre for Medieval Studies has organised a series of lectures throughout autumn/winter 2013-14 on the theme of medieval cloisters and culture in Iceland and Scandinavia. Before the Reformation in the mid 16th century, there were nine functioning Augustine and Benedictine monastic foundations in Iceland; a few more were established but existed for a short period only. Two foundations were convents and the others were monasteries. As well as being centres of belief, these foundations played an important role in society being centres of learning and book production, and providing care for the sick, for example. Moreover, these foundations were the means by which various streams of foreign influence entered Icelandic society, since they were part of a bigger European monastic movement and their models were foreign.

The lectures will be held in Árnagarður Room 423, Háskóla Íslands, and begin at 16.30 unless otherwise stated. Each lecture will last approximately 35-40 minutes with discussion afterwards.

The programme can be found as a PDF here.

All are welcome at attend while space allows.