Maxwell School

Albrecht Diem

Associate Professor, History

Albrecht_Diem

Contact Information

adiem@maxwell.syr.edu

538 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-0785

Office Hours:
Tu 2:00-4:00

Degree

Ph.D., University of Utrecht, 2000

Specialties

Medieval history

Personal Website

http://albrechtdiem.org/

Courses

HST 210: The Ancient World
HST 300: Death in the Middle Ages
HST 310: The Early Middle Ages
HST/QSX 348: Queering the Middle Ages?
HST 398: Saints and Sinners in the Middle Ages
HST 399: The Origins of Western Monasticism
HST 735: The Perfect Life? Early Monasticism

Publications

Monograph

Das Monastische Experiment. Die Rolle der Keuschheit bei der Entstehung des westlichen Klosterwesens, Vita Regularis, vol. 24, Münster: LIT-Verlag 2005.

Articles

' ...ut si professus fuerit se omnia impleturum, tunc excipiatur.  Observations on the Rules for Monks and Nuns of Caesarius and Aurelianus of Arles', in: Victoria Zimmerl-Panagl, Lukas J. Dorfbauer and Clemens Weidmann (eds.), Edition und Erforschung lateinischer patristischer Texte. 150 Jahre CSEL. Festschrift für Kurt Smolak zum 70. Geburtstag, Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter 2014. pp. 191-224.

'My cell is my castle. Variaties op kloosterlijke huiselijkheid, 5de-9de eeuw', in: Holland, Historisch Tijdschrift 46:1 (2014), pp. 23-30.

'Einleitung zur Übersetzung der Regula Donati', in: Donatus of Besançon, Nonnenregal, transl. by Katharina Hauschild, St. Ottilien: EOS Verlag 2014. pp.7-25.

‘Who is Allowed to Pray for the King? Saint-Maurice d’Agaune and the Creation of a Burgundian Identity’, in: Gerda Heydemann and Walter Pohl (eds), Post-RomanTransitions. Christian and Barbarian Identities in the Early Medieval West, Turnhout: Brepols 2013 (Cultural Encounters in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages vol. 14), pp. 47-88.

‘The Gender of the Religious: Wo/Men and the Invention of Monasticism’, in: Judith Bennett and Ruth Marzo-Karras (eds), The Oxford Companion on Women and Gender inthe Middle Ages, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2013, pp. 432-446.

‘Die Wüste im Kopf. Askese und Sexualität in Spätantike und Frühmittelalter’, in: Regina Ammicht Quinn (ed.), “Guter” Sex: Moral, Moderne und die katholische Kirche, Paderborn: Schöningh 2013, pp. 31-42.

New ideas expressed in old words: the Regula Donati on female monastic life and monastic spirituality’, in: Viator 43:1 (2012), pp. 1-38. 

‘Columbans gestohlener Handschuh – ein (Anti-)Fetisch?’, in: Christina Antenhofer (ed.), Fetisch als heuristische Kategorie. Geschichte – Rezeption – Interpretation, Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag 2011, pp. 145-165.

Das Ende des monastischen Experiments. Liebe, Beichte und Schweigen in der Regula cuiusdam ad virgines (mit einer Übersetzung im Anhang)’, in: Gert Melville and Anne Müller (eds), Female vita religiosa between Late Antiquity and the High Middle Ages. Structures, developments and spatial contexts. Vita Regulars, Abhandlungen, vol. 47, Münster/Berlin: LIT-Verlag 2011, pp. 81-136.

‘Disimpassioned Monks and Flying Nuns. Emotion Management in Early Medieval Rules’, in: Christina Lutter (ed.), Funktionsräume, Wahrnehmungsräume, Gefühlsräume. Mittelalterliche Lebensformen zwischen Kloster und Hof, Vienna/Munich: Oldenbourg/Böhlau 2011 (Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, vol. 59), pp. 17-39.

Inventing the Holy Rule: some observations on the history of monastic normative observance in the Early Medieval West’, in: Hendrik Dey and Elizabeth Fentress (eds), Western Monasticism ante litteram. The Spaces of Monastic Observance in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, Turnhout: Brepols 2011 (Disciplina Monastica, vol. 7), pp. 53-84.

Vita, Regula, Sermo: Eine unbekannte lateinische Vita Pacomii als Lehrtext für ungebildete Mönche und als Traktat über das Sprechen’ (with an edition produced in cooperation with Hildegund Müller Univ. of Notre Dame), in: Richard Corradini, Max Diesenberger and Meta Niederkorn-Bruck (eds), Zwischen Niederschrift und Wiederschrift. Frühmittelalterliche Hagiographie und Historiographie im Spannungsfeld von Kompendienüberlieferung und Editionstechnik, Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften 2010 (Forschungen zur Geschichte des Mittelalters, vol. 18), pp. 223-272.

‘On opening and closing the body: Techniques of discipline in early monasticism', in: Kordula Schnegg and Elisabeth Grabner-Nie (ed.), Körper er-fassen: Körpererfahrungen, Körpervorstellungen, Körperkonzepte, Innsbruck/Vienna/Munich 2010, pp. 89-112.

'Nu suln ouch wir gesellen sîn - Über Schönheit, Freundschaft und mann-männliche Liebe im Tristan Gottfrieds von Straßburg', in: "Die sünde, der sich der tuivel schamet in der helle". Homosexualität in der Kultur des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit, Stuttgart: Thorbecke Verlag 2009, pp. 91-121 (revised version, originally published in Tristania - A Journal Devoted to Tristan Studies 19 [1999], pp. 45-90).

' A Classicising Friar at Work: John of Wales' Breviloquium de virtutibus', in: Alasdair A. MacDonald, Zweder von Martels and Jan Veenstra (eds.), Christian Humanism. Essays in Honor of Arjo Vanderjagt, Leiden: Brill Publishers 2009, pp. 75-102.

' Rewriting Benedict: The regula cuiusdam ad virgines and intertextuality as tool to construct a monastic identity', in: The Journal of Medieval Latin 17 (2007, published 2009), pp. 313-328.

‘The rule of an Iro-Egyptian Monk in Gaul. Jonas of Bobbio’s Vita Iohannis and the construction of a monastic identity’, in: Revue Mabillon 80 (2008), pp. 5-50.

Organisierte Keuschheit – organisierte Heiligkeit. Individuum und Institutionalisierung im frühen gallo-fränkischen Klosterwesen’, in: Pavlina Rychterova, Stefan Seit and Raphalea Veit (eds.), Das Charisma. Funktionen und symbolische Repräsentation, Berlin: Akademie Verlag 2008, pp. 323-345.

Monks, Kings, and the Transformation of Sanctity: Jonas of Bobbio and the End of the Holy Man’, in: Speculum 82 (2007), pp. 521-559.

Van liefde, vrees en zwijgen. Emoties en ‘emotioneel beleid’ in vroegmiddeleeuwse kloosters’, in: Groniek. Historisch Tijdschrift 173 (2006), pp. 409-423.

Virtus est via ad gloriam. John of Wales and Michele da Massa in disagreement’, in: Franciscan Studies 63 (2005), pp. 219-273.

‘Zielzorg met de zeven deugden. Thomas of Chobham, Robert Grosseteste en de rol van deugden in pastorale zorg’, in: Millenium, Tijdschrift voor middeleeuwse studies 19 (2005), pp. 3-23.

‘Waarom deugden interessanter dan zonden zijn. Een kleine speurtocht door de middeleeuwse cultuur en denkwereld’, in: Madoc. Tijdschrift over de middeleeuwen 19.3 (2005), pp. 130-138.

‘Encounters between monks and demons’, in: A. Harbus, Tette Hofstra and Karin Olsen (eds), Miracles and the Miraculous in Medieval Latin and Germanic Literature, Germania Latina, vol. 5, Leuven: Peeters 2004, pp. 51-67.

Virtues and vices in early texts on pastoral care’, in: Franciscan Studies 62 (2004), pp. 193-223.

‘Radboud was behalve bisschop ook nog eens een groot geleerde… De heilige Radbod van Deventer en zijn geleerdheid kritisch bekeken’, in: ET VT (Nijmegen) 23 (2004), pp. 83-97.

‘Was bedeutet Regula Columbani?’, in: Max Diesenberger and Walter Pohl (eds), Integration und Herrschaft. Ethnische Identitäten und soziale Organisation im Frühmittelalter, Vienna 2002 (Forschungen zur Geschichte des Mittelalters vol. 3), pp. 63-89.

Was de eerste monnik een vrouw? Het ontstaan van het Westerse kloosterwezen als een unisex experiment’, in: Groniek. Historisch Tijdschrift 158/159 (2002), pp. 63-78.

‘Verbeeldingen van seksualiteit – een middeleeuws diptiek’, in: Almanak van de historische Studentenvereniging Ubbo Emmius, Groningen 2002, pp. 41-47.

‘Organisierte Keuschheit. Sexualprävention im Mönchtum der Spätantike und des frühen Mittelalters’, in: Invertito. Jahrbuch für die Geschichte der Homosexualitäten 3 (2001), pp. 8-37.

‘The Emergence of Monastic Schools. The Role of Alcuin’, in: L.A.J.R. Houwen and Alasdair A. McDonald (eds), Alcuin of York. Scholar at the Carolingian Court, Groningen 1998 (Germania Latina, vol. 3), pp. 27-44.

in cooperation with Jeroen Westerman, ‘Lol in Geschiedenis. Interview met Piet Leupen’, in: Madoc. Tijdschrift over de Middeleeuwen 11 (1997), pp. 20-26.

‘Van ongewassen asceten en zuivere monniken. Het ontstaan van het kloosterwezen langs het water verteld’, in: Ex tempore. Historisch tijdschrift KU Nijmegen 16 (1997), pp. 159-169.

‘Een verstoorder van de ordo. Gottschalk van Orbais en zijn Leer van de Dubbele Predestinatie’, in: Mayke de Jong, Marie-Thérèse Bos and Carine van Rhijn (eds), Macht en Gezag in de Negende Eeuw, Hilversum 1995 (Utrechtse Historische Cahiers 16.2/3), pp. 115-131.

Internet Projects

The Hildemar Project: www.hildemar.org

Network for the Study of Late Antique and Early Medieval Monasticism (network page):  http://albrechtdiem.org/research/Network-Early-Medieval-Monasticism.html

Bibliography on Late Antique and Early Medieval Monasticism:
http://albrechtdiem.org/research/bibliographymonasticism.htm

Monastic Manuscript Project:
http://albrechtdiem.org/research/mmp/mmphome.html

Book reviews (selection)

Glenn Olsen, Of Sodomites, Effeminates,Hermaphrodites, and Androgynes, Toronto: PIMS 2011, in: Sehpunkte. Rezensionsjournal für dieGeschichtswissenschaften 12:11 (2012), online: http://www.sehepunkte.de/2012/11/20991.html

Lynda L. Coon, Dark Age Bodies: Gender and Monastic Practice in the Early Medieval West, in: The Journal of Religion 92:2, pp. 286-287.

Röcke, Werner and Julia Weitbrecht (eds), Askese und identität in Spätantike, Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit, Berlin/New York: De Gruyter 2010, in: Theologische Literaturzeitung 137:2 (2012), cols 213-215. 

Jezierski, Wojtek, Total St Gall. Medieval Monastery as a Disciplinary Institution. Acta Universitatis Stockholmendis, Stockholm: Stockholm Universitet 2010, in: The Medieval Review (online): https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/2022/13953/11.12.02.html?sequence=1

Goodrich, Richard J., Contextualizing Cassian: Aristocrats, Asceticism, and Reformation in Fifth-Century Gaul (Oxford Early Christian Studies). Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press 2007, in: The Journal of Religion 91:2 (2011), pp. 262-264.

Sabine vom Heusinger und Annette Kehnel (ed.), Generations in the Cloister/ Generationen im Kloster. Youth and Age in Medieval Religious Life/Jugend und Alter in der mittelalterlichen vita religiosa (Vita Regularis, Abhandlungen, Bd. 36), Münster: LIT-Verlag 2008, in: Mitteilungen des Instituts für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung 118 (2010), pp. 285-287.

I Deug-Su, L'eloquenza del silenzio nelle fonti mediolatine. Il caso di Leoba «dilecta» di Bonifacio Vinfrido, Florence 2004, in: Revue d’Historire Ecclesiastique 102 (2007).

Marilyn Dunn, The Emergence of Medieval Monasticism, London 2000, in: History 89 (2004), pp. 449-450.

Klaus van Eickels, Vom inszenierten Konsens zum systematisierten Konflikt. Die englisch-französischen Beziehungen an der Wende vom Hoch- zum Spätmittelalter, Stuttgart 2002, in: Invertito. Jahrbuch für die Geschichte der Homosexualitäten 5 (2003), pp. 129-131.

Gerard Bartelink (transl.) and Frits van der Meer (introduction), Gregorius de Grote. Het leven van Benedictus en andere heiligen, Nijmegen 2001, in: Madoc. Tijdschrift over de Middeleeuwen 16 (2002), pp. 55-56.

Benedict van Aniane, Concordia regularum, ed. Pierre Bonnerue (Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis, vol. 168 and 168 A), Turnhout: Brepols 1999, in: Early Medieval Europe 10 (2001), pp. 402-403.

Teaching Appointments

Current Position

Syracuse University, Assistant Professor in Late Antique and Early Medieval History, Department of History, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Global Affairs, August 2007.

Prior Employment

2005-2007: Research fellow at the Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna.
2004-2005: Lecturer at the Department of History, University of Utrecht.
2002-2004: Post doctoral researcher at the Catholic University of Nijmegen in a research project on the reception of the Cardinal Virtues in the Middle Ages.
2000-2001: Lecturer at the Department of History, University of Groningen.

Research Interests

Medieval History, Monasticism, History of Sexuality

Research Grants and Awards

2010-2011 Friedrich Solmsen Fellowship, Institute for Studies in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
9/2001-6/2002: Mellon Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, Toronto.
8/2002-11/2002: Ted Meijer Fellowship at the Dutch Institute in Rome.

Dissertation

Keusch und Rein. Eine Untersuchung zu den Ursprüngen des Mittelalterlichen Klosterwesens und seinen Quellen (Chaste and pure: a study on the origins of medieval monasticism and its sources)
Supervisor: Prof. Mayke de Jong, University of Utrecht
Published as: Das monastische Experiment. Die Rolle der Keuschheit bei der Entstehung des Klosterwesens. Münster: LIT-Verlag 2000  

Recent Invited Lectures

Feb. 7, 2014: 'You are not welcome here. Exclusion from monastic entry'. Conference L'exclusion dans les sociétés du haut Moyen Âge, École française de Rome and Università degli studi di Padova, Padua, Italy (invited lecture).

Jan. 3, 2014: ‘The Bishop on the Bucket. A case of Carolingian Slander’. Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Washington D.C.

Nov. 29, 2013: ‘Gregory’s Chessboard: Monastic Conflict and Competition in Early Medieval Gaul’. Workshop, Center for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto (invited lecture).

Sept. 27, 2013: ‘A Saint Speaks Up: Angelic Texting in the Early Middle Ages’, keynote lecture at the Conference: The Return of the Text. A conference on the cultural value of close reading, Le Moyne College/Syracuse University (invited lecture).

July 1, 2013: ‘The Singing Barbarian’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds UK.

June 6, 2013: ‘Die Regula Aureliani’, Studientag zu einem Editions-Projekt monastischer Texte, Institut für Benediktinische Studien, Salzburg (invited lecture).

Nov. 23, 2012: ‘Hildemar’s Library’, First International Workshop, Center for Mediaeval Studies, Toronto.

Oct. 5, 2012: ‘Organizing sanctity: discipline and theology in early medieval monasticism’, Conference Règles et dérèglements en milieu clos (VIe-XIXe siècle), Clairvaux, France, organized by the project Enfermements. Histoire comparée des enfermements monastiques et carcéraux, Universities of Reims, Paris 1-Sorbonne, Paris Ouest - Nanterre-La Défense (invited lecture).

Sept. 6, 2012: ‘Die Regula Columbani’, Conference Gallus und seine Zeit. Leben, Wirken, Nachwirken, organized by the Stiftsarchiv and Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen, Switzerland (invited lecture).

July 11, 2012: ‘Nuns Don't Carry Knives: Discipline and Theology in Columbanian Monasticism’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds UK 2012.

July 3, 2012: ‘Reform and Conflict in Early Medieval Monasticism’, Conference Compétition et sacré au haut Moyen Âge: entre médiation et exclusion, University of Limoges (invited lecture).

June 19, 2012: ‘Views from outside. Conflict and Identity in Early Medieval Monasticism’, Conference Ethnicity and Christian Discourse in the Early Middle Ages, organized by the Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Austrian Academy of Sciences (invited lecture).

May 12, 2012: ‘Monks and Nuns from Afar: Outsiders’ Perspectives on Early Medieval Monasticism’, International Medieval Conference, Kalamazo MI.

February 2, 2012: ‘Early Monastic Rules in the West’, seminar of the Center for the Study of Early Christianity, Catholic University, Washington DC.

October 5, 2011: ‘Die Wüste im Kopf: Askese und Sexualität im spätantiken Christentum’, conference Let’s think about sex, Frankfurt, oranized in collaboration with the Frankfurter Rudschau (invited lecture).

September 30, 2011: ‘Emotion management in early monastic rules’, conference Self among Selves, Emotions and the Common Life, Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University (invited lecture).

July 12, 2011: ‘Monks writing (their) history: techniques of constructing a suitable past’, International Medieval Congres, Leeds.

May 12, 2011: ‘Negotiating the Past: Reform and Conflict in Early Medieval Monasticism’, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo MI. 

April 14, 2011: 'Gregory's Chessboard: Asceticism and Monastic Life in the Works of Gregory of Tours’, Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Scottsdale (Phoenix), AZ.

March 29, 2011: ‘Radegund and the singing barbarian. Christian amateurism in the 6th century’, Center for Medieval Studies, University of Minnesota (invited lecture).

Feb. 28, 2011, ‘Nuns don’t carry knives. Everyday monastic life in the seventh century’, Brown bag lecture, Medieval Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (invited lecture).

Dec. 9, 2010: ‘Monastic identities – ethnic identities: competitive concepts of the past’, Conference Ethnic Identities in Early Medieval Europe, Institute for Medieval Research. Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna (invited lecture).

Oct. 25, 2010: ‘The Invention of Monasticism’, Seminar of the Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison (invited lecture).

March 15, 2010: ‘Who is allowed to pray for the king? Monasticism and ethnical boundaries in the Early Middle Ages’, Center for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto.

Nov. 7,2009: ‘Inventing the desert – or: How Pachomius learned to speak. A close reading of the Latin Vita Pachomii (BHL 6411)’, Premodern Colloquium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (Seminar in co-operation with Hildegund Müller, University of Notre Dame.

Nov. 6, 2009: ‘Who wrote the Rule of St. Benedict?’, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (invited lecture).

July, 14, 2009: ‘The Embarrasment of Monastic Riches: An Early Medieval Armutsstreit’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds.

July 9, 2009: ‘Do we really need those monasteries? A comparison between Gregory of Tours and Jonas of Bobbio’, conference Monasteries and Secular Authyorities in the pre-Millenial Medieval World, St. Andrews, Scotland.

April 11, 2009: ‘Making love with God – or: the desert as gym: Gender, queer sexuality and radical asceticism in early Christianity’, Queer Studies Easter Symposium, Mexico City, Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana.

March 20, 2009: ‘Frankish Monasticism: A Unisex Experiment’, conference Female Vita Religiosa between Late Antiquity and High Middle Ages, Catholic University, Eichstätt.

Dec. 12, 2008: ‘Ein Sack voller Sündigkeit. Körper, Grenzen und Raum im frühen Klosterwesen’, conference Körperkonzepte, University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Dec. 8, 2008: ‘Wie Regeln funktionieren. Ordnung und Identitätsbildung im frühmittelalterlichen Klosterwesen’, guest lecture Tübinger Kolloquium Vormoderne, University of Tübingen.

Dec. 5, 2008: ‘The embarrassment of monastic richness’, conference Monastic life. A cross-cultural and religious comparison, University of Constance, Constance.

Nov. 2, 2008: ‘Inventing monasticism’, Late Antiquity Seminar of Peter Brown, Princeton University.

July 10, 2008: ‘Queering a Monastic Landscape: Theodoret of Cyrus’ Historia Religiosa’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds.

April 9, 2008: ‘Constructed Past: Benedict of Aniane and the Origins of Monasticism’, guest lecture Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Binghamton University.

March 30, 2008: ‘Monastic Poverty and Institution Forming: Evidence from Early Medieval Hagiography and from Monastic Rules’, conference Medieval Poverty, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

March 28, 2008: ‘Was the first medieval monk a woman?’, conference Theorizing the Middle Ages, Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR.

March 7, 2008: ‘Written norm and constructed identity’, conference Ordo and Identity. Religious Women in the European Middle Ages, Arbeitskreis geistliche Frauen im europäischen Mittelalter, Dhaun (Germany).

Jan. 18, 2008: ‘Constructing a monastic past. The Vita Pacomii in Benedict of Aniane’s Codex Regularum’, conference The Foundations of Medieval Monasticism, UCLA, Los Angeles.

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