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Monastic Orders and the Emergence of Vernacular Languages: Philosophy, Spirituality, History, Literature, Sermons

From: 2022-09-23 To:2022-09-24

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  • Thematic Line

    Medieval & Early Modern Philosophy
  • Research Groups

    Aristotelica Portugalensia
    Reason, Politics & Society
  • Project Meeting: Europe in Vernacular: The rise of vernacular languages at the borders of Latin World in Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Age. Contexts and Ideas

    International Meeting

    Monastic orders and the emergence of vernacular languages: philosophy, spirituality, history, literature, sermons
    As ordens monásticas na emergência das línguas vernáculas: filosofia, espiritualidade, história, literatura, sermonística

    Alcobaça, Abadia, 23-24 September 2022

    The project provides a parallel study of some scientific, philosophical and homiletic texts translated onto vernacular by the end of the Middle Ages. The Portuguese team will approach some translations of Latin texts for the vernacular. The aim is to understand the local linguistic dynamics and, above all, the different use of texts designed for a European intellectual elite by a wider public but geographically and culturally more and more confined by national languages. We therefore intend to approach the question of the birth of local and national communities within medieval latinity through linguistic differentiation, a main characteristic of late Middle Ages and Early Modern Age. This process is particularly interesting in the periphery of Europe, such as Iberian Peninsula and Eastern Europe, where the political and social dynamics developed in peculiar ways and timing. The history of these two regions present similarities due both to their border positions and ties with centralised papacy.

    Next meeting will be organized in Bratislava, November 2023.


    23 September


    Doutora Ana Pagará, Director of Mosteiro de Alcobaça
    Eleonora Lombardo (Porto – Pádua)
    Stanislava Kuzmová (Bratislava)
    José Meirinhos (Porto)


    Chair Peter Benka

    — Stanislava Kuzmová (Bratislava), Religious Devotion, Female Communities and the Emergence of Vernacular Written Culture in Central Europe

    — Maria Luís Leite Pinho (Porto), Monastery of São Dinis de Odivelas Revisited: the Case of Maria Micaela de São Bernardo (XVIII)

    — Mário Correia (Porto), Sóror Maria do Céu's Triunfo do Rosário: Theatrical Practices at the Convent of Nossa Senhora da Esperança in Lisbon



    Chair Joana Matos Gomes

    — Mariana Leite (Porto), Leaving the Monasteries, Entering the Royal Courts: on the Iberian Translations and Reception of Peter Comestor's Historia Scholastica

    — Paula Oliveira e Silva (Porto), The Book of the Soliloquia of Saint Augustine (cod. Alcob. CCLXXIII/198) – A Vernacular Version of the 13th Century Pseudo-Augustine's Soliloquia aimae ad Deum

    —José Meirinhos (Porto), Biblical Interpretation Rules in Part III of the “Horto do Esposo” (mss. Alcobacenses 198 and 212)



    Chair Mariana Leite

    — Peter Benka (Bratislava), Monastic Vernacular Polemic Literature as a Tool in Converting Protestants

    Maria de Lurdes Correia Fernandes (Porto), The use of Portuguese in the 16th entury to Teach Moral Theology to the Laity: The Memorial de Pecados (1529) by Fr. Antonio de Beja, OSH)

    — João Rebalde (Porto), Jesuit Catechisms and the Development of the Vernacular in 16th Century: Marcos Jorge'sDoutrina cristã


    24 September


    Chair Stanislava Kuzmová

    — Martin Homza (Bratislava), Catholic Orders, Recatolization and the Pre-Codification Efforts at Standardization of the Slovak Language in 1787

    — Ivana Labancová (Bratislava), A few Aspects of the Language Practice in the Context of Franciscan Preaching

    — Joana Matos Gomes (Porto) — Michel Kabalan (Porto), The Proselytism of the Near: the Portuguese Franciscans and Semitic Languages Teaching (14th-18th)



    Ana Pagará (Director of Mosteiro de Alcobaça), Visit to the Monastery

    Closing Words


    Europe in vernacular: The rise of vernacular languages at the borders of Latin World in Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Age.
    Contexts and Ideas
    FCT Project bilateral project (FCT/483/15/01/2019/S). Filozofická fakulta Univerzita Komenského v Bratislave – Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto.

    Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade do Porto - FIL/00502 (Gabinete de Filosofia Medieval / TL Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy)
    Mosteiro de Alcobaça – Monumento Nacional

    José Meirinhos - Mariana Leite - Mário Correia

    Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)

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