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Carolin Gluchowski, MA MA BA BA

DPhil Student in Medieval and Modern Languages

 

1. DPhil Project

Prayerbook revisions represent a pivotal, yet often overlooked sign of reforms. My doctoral research focusses on the Latin/Low-German prayerbooks from the Cistercian convent of Medingen in Lower Saxony, Germany, utilising them as a case study to explore the phenomenon in more detail. I was able to show that over half of the extant Medingen manuscripts have been subject to revisions at least once—a finding hitherto uncharted in research—and link this finding to hypotheses on devotional shifts. The Medingen nuns revised the convent’s prayerbooks against the backdrop of the Northern-German Monastic Reform of 1479 and the Lutheran Reformation of 1524/1544. My understanding is that these revisions offer a nuanced insight into the actual devotional shifts that unfolded within the Medingen convent. This becomes especially evident when these changes are contrasted with reform narratives, which frequently align with distinct agendas of different reform factions, both inside and outside the convent. Central to my hypothesis is the notion that these prayerbook revisions testify to the nuns’ agency and authority in (re)evaluating and (re)defining the core tenets of their devotional identity.

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DPhil Project

 

2. Education

10/2020 – present          DPhil in Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford, GBR

04/2018 – 09/2020         Master of Arts in Art History, University of Freiburg, DEU (final grade 1.0)

04/2017 – 08/2019         Master of Arts in Medieval/Renaissance Studies, University of Freiburg, DEU 

10/2014 – 05/2018         Bachelor of Arts in Art History/Philosophy, University of Freiburg, DEU 

10/2013 – 05/2017         Bachelor of Arts in German Studies/History, University of Freiburg, DEU 

10/2011 – 10/2013         Undergraduate Student in Medicine, University of Freiburg, DEU

08/2002 – 07/2011         Abitur (A-Levels) at the Max-Planck-Gymnasium Dortmund, DEU 

 

3. Teaching

MT = Michaelmas Term; HT = Hilary Term; TT = Trinity Term; SS = Summer Term; WS = Winter Term

 

Tutorials

Introduction to Palaeography and Codicology for Art Historians (SS 2020), University of Freiburg, DEU

German Grammar Course (MT 2022, HT 2023, TT 2023, MT 2023), University of Oxford, GBR

Paper I: Translation into German (MT 2021, HT 2022, TT 2022), University of Oxford, GBR

Paper III: German Poetry in the 19th and 20th Centuries (MT 2023), University of Oxford, GBR

Paper IV: Linguistic Studies I (MT 2020, HT 2021, TT 2021, MT 2021, HT 2022), University of Oxford, GBR

Paper XII: Introduction to German Medieval Studies: Gregorius (MT 2021), University of Oxford, GBR

 

Lectures

Christianity in the Baroque Era (WS 2019), Universität Freiburg i.Br., DEU (with Prof. Karl-Heinz Braun)

Reformations in the 16th Century (SS 2020), University of Freiburg, DEU (with Prof. Karl-Heinz Braun)

Topics in Historical Linguistics (MT 2020), University of Oxford, GBR (with Prof. Henrike Lähnemann)

 

4. Awards and Prizes

2023                        Fellowship Award, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, USA 

2022                        Fellowship Award, Cluster of Excellence Written Artifacts, Hamburg, DEU 

2022                        Fellowship Award, Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel, DEU

2021                        Doctoral Scholarship, German Sponsorship Organisation Cusanuswerk, DEU 

2021                        Doctoral Scholarship, New College, University of Oxford, GBR

2020                          Doctoral Scholarship, Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation, CHE 

2020                        Thesis Award for outstanding academic achievements, University of Freiburg, DEU

 

5. Funding

2023                        Funding for the student network Medieval Women's Writing by TORCH Critical
                                    Thinking Communities, The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities, GBR (with
                                     Santhia Velasco Kittlaus, Marlene Schilling, and Katherine Smith) 

2023                        Funding for the conference Klosterreformen im Alten Reich (1400-1700) by the
                                    Forum Junge Wissenschaft der Akademie der Wissenschaften Hamburg, DEU (with
                                    Marlon Bäumer)

2023                        Funding for the workshop Cultures of Use and Reuse by the Society for the Study of
                                    Medieval Languages, GBR 

2022                        Funding for the student network Comics and/as Resistance by TORCH Critical
                                    Thinking Communities, The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities, GBR (with
                                    Laura Bergin, Cailee Davis, and Luise Morawetz)

2022                        Funding for the workshop Cultures of Use and Reuse by the Oxford Bibliographical
                                    Society, University of Oxford, GBR (with Dr Hannah Ryley) 

2022                        Funding for the workshop Cultures of Use and Reuse by the Oxford-Berlin
                                    Partnership Scheme (with Prof. Henrike Lähnemann and Dr Hannah Ryley)

 

6. Papers and Posters

  1. Unveiling the Forgotten Heroines: Exploring the Role of Women in Digital Games during the Early Modern Period, Conference The Early Modern Period in Games, University of Düsseldorf, DEU (accepted)
  2. Intermedial Piety. Prayerbooks in the Context of Monastic Reforms (Working Title), Conference Klosterreformen im Alten Reich (1400–1700), University of Hamburg, DEU (11.–14.03.2024) (accepted)
  3. Prayerbook Revisions as a Reflection of Church Reform: A Case Study of the Benedictine Convent of Lüne, Conference Dies Medievales Helsinki, Helsingin Yliopisto, FIN (7.–9.02024) (accepted)
  4. Revising Personal Prayerbooks. The Latin and Low-German Prayerbooks from the Cistercian Convent of Medingen in the Context of Late-Medieval Monastic Reforms (poster presentation), Conference Archäologie der Handschrift. Erschließung, Präsentation und Forschung im digitalen Raum, University of Freiburg, DEU (9.–11.10.2023)
  5. Northern German Textual Networks: A Case Study of the Psalters and Psalter Translations from the Cistercian Convent of Medingen, Conference International Medieval Congress, Leeds, GBR (3.–6. 07.2023)
  6. Encoding Church Reform. Digital Edition of a Latin/Low German Liber horarum from the Cistercian Convent of Medingen (Wolfenbüttel, HAB, Cod. Guelf. 307.1 Extrav.), Workshop Digital Text’s Studies Workshop, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, GBR (7.02023)
  7. How to Navigate a Pandemic? A Plague Tale: Innocence as a Case Study for Exploring the Intersection of Medieval Fiction, Modern Gaming, and Contemporary Events, Conference The Middle Ages in Modern Games, University of Winchester, GBR (6.–9.06.2023)
  8. Die Medinger Nonnen als Reformerinnen. Die Umarbeitungen des Oster-Orationale MS. Lat. liturg. f. 4, Bodleian Library, im Licht der norddeutschen Klosterreform und der lutherischen Reformation, Conference Frauen der Hanse, Lüneburg, DEU (16.–103.2023)
  9. Den Heiligenhimmel gestalten. Umarbeitungen in den Heiligen-Orationalien aus dem Zisterzienserinnenkloster Medingen bei Lüneburg, University of Hamburg, DEU (112.2022)
  10. Custodians of Tradition. Reframing and Recycling in the Easter prayerbook Ms. Lat. liturg. f. 4 from the Cistercian Convent of Medingen, Conference International Medieval Congress, Leeds, GBR (04.–07.07.2022)
  11. Kirchenreform gestalten. Die norddeutsche Klosterreform und die lutherische Reformation im Spiegel der Handschriftenüberlieferung aus Kloster Medingen, Conference Gotteshäuser? Monastische Reform(ation)en und ihr Nachleben, University of Hamburg, DEU (12.–13.2021) 
  12. Custodians of Tradition​. Manuscript Recycling in the Prayerbooks from the Cistercian Convent of Medingen, Conference First Annual International Women in Arts Conference (AIWAC), Rom, ITA (20.–22.10.2021)
  13. Headless Soldiers. Material Traces of Violence in the ‘Berlin Sketchbook’ (sign. 78 b 3 a), Conference International Medieval Congress, Leeds, GBR (05.–09.07.2021) 
  14. Manuscripts Live: Singing from Medieval Sources in the Bodleian Library, Conference International Medieval Congress, Leeds, GBR (05.–09.07.2021)
  15. Singing Together, Apart: Drama and Medieval Chant, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, GBR (14.06.2021) (with Prof. Henrike Lähnemann, Dr Andrew Dunning, Dr Zachary Guiliano, Nick Swarbrick, and Marlene Schilling)
  16. Über den Körper im Bilde sein. Antikenrezeption in Andreas Vesalius’ Fabrica (1543), Conference Objektzeiten. Antike Artefakte und historische Zeitvorstellungen in transepochaler Perspektive, University of Basel, CHE (12.–13.06.2021) 
  17. What Comes After the Apocalypse? Theories of History in Horizon Zero Dawn, Conference The Middle Ages in Modern Games, University of Winchester, GBR (25.–28.05.2021) 
  18. Singen zwischen Reform und Reformation. Hymnen in den Andachtsbüchern aus Kloster Medingen in Lüneburg, Conference Vom Hymnus zum Gebet, University of Oxford, GBR (04.–05.02.2021) 
  19. Blast from the Past and Back to the Future: Manuscripts and digitization, Conference Dark Archive, University of Oxford, GBR (08.–10.09.2020) (with Natasha Domeisen, Mai-Britt Wichmann, and Luise Morawetz)
  20. Producing Private Prayerbooks. Medingen Manuscript Production across the Borders of the Monastic Reform (1479) and the Lutheran Reformation (1524-1544), Conference International Medieval Congress, Leeds, GBR (06.–09.06.2020) 
  21. Neue Perspektiven auf die Handschriftenüberlieferung aus Kloster Medingen bei Lüneburg, Colloquium European Cistercian Research, Heiligenkreuz, AUT (16.–18.01.2020)
  22. Producing Private Prayerbooks. Female Agency and Reform Theology in Manuscripts of a North-German Convent, Workshop Late-Medieval Prayerbook Literature. Annual Network Meeting, Ghent University, BEL (27.05.2020).

 

7. Publications 

7.1 Theses

  1. Neue Perspektiven auf die Handschriftenüberlieferung aus dem Zisterzienserinnenkloster Medingen, MA Freiburg 2019. Online here.

7.2 Edited Volumes

  1. with Anna Dlabacova/Youri Desplenter: A Companion to Late Medieval and Early Modern Payer Cultures, Brill (Series: Reading Medieval Sources) (in preparation, expected publication date 2026).
  2. with Julia von Ditfurth/Hannah Ryley: Proceedings of the International Workshop Cultures of Use and Reuse. Towards a Methodological Framework of Reframing and Recycling, in: Florilegium, Special Issue (in preparation, expected publication date 2025).    

7.3 Editions

  1. Online edition of the Latin/Lower German Book of Hours from the Cistercian Convent of Medingen (Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel, Cod. 307.1 Extrav.) with a translation into German (in preparation, expected publication date 2024).
  2. Online of the Latin/Lower German Easter Prayerbook from the Cistercian Convent of Medingen (Royal Library of Copenhagen, Ms GKS 3452-8°) with a translation into English (in preparation, expected publication date 2024).

7.4 Articles

  1. Illuminating the Void. The Added Illuminations in the Bodleian Library's Manuscript Ms. e. Mus. 160, in: The Material History of the Visually Altered Book, ed. by Adam Symth/Julie Park (in preparation, expected publication date 2025).
  2. ChatGPT – The End of the Oxford Essay?, in: Oxford Review of Education (in preparation, expected publication date 2024).
  3. Custodians of Tradition. Reframing and Recycling in a North-German Prayerbook, in: Women in Arts, Architecture and Literature: Heritage, Legacy and Digital Perspectives, ed. by Consuelo Lollobrigida/Adelina Modesti, Turnhout 2023, pp. 83–100.
  4. Salve festa dies-Bearbeitungen in den Medinger Andachtsbüchern (with Henrike Lähnemann), in: Vom Hymnus zum Gebet. Gattungs- und Gebrauchswechsel liturgischer Lieder in Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit, ed. by Pavlina Kulagina/Franziska Lallinger, Berlin/Boston 2022, pp. 127–158.

7.5 Catalog Entries

  1. Die musikalische Vermittlung religiösen Wissens, in: Buochmeisterinne. Handschriften und Frühdrucke aus dem Dominikanerinnenkloster Adelhausen, ed. by Martina Backes/Balazs Nemes, Freiburg 2021, pp. 95–104.
  2. Für Augen und Ohren – Ein Chorbuch für die Gemeinschaft, in: Buochmeisterinne. Handschriften und Frühdrucke aus dem Dominikanerinnenkloster Adelhausen, ed. by Martina Backes/Balazs Nemes, Freiburg 2021, pp. 73–84.
  3. Privatgebetbücher, in: Beten – Gespräch mit Gott, ed. by Abbey Library St Gallen, St Gallen 2020, S. 48–61.
  4. Text und Bild (with Stefan Matter), in: Beten – Gespräch mit Gott, ed. by Abbey Library St Gallen, St Gallen 2020, pp. 38–47.

7.6 Shorter Contributions

  1. Transcending Temporal Boundaries: Symbolic Representations of Plagues in 'A Plague Tale: Innocence' and Their Historical Contexts, in: The Middle Ages in Modern Games. Conference Proceedings, ed. by Robert Houghton (submitted, expected publication date 2024).
  2. Frauen-Power im Mittelalter. Die Handschriften aus Kloster Medingen, in: Heimatkalender der Stadt von Uelzen 2022, pp. 49–56
  3. 500 Jahre Gebetbuch der Äbtissin Ottilie (with Mai-Britt Wiechmann), in: Das Feuer hüten 3 (2023), pp. 73 f.
  4. What Comes After the Apocalypse? Theories of History in Horizon Zero Dawn, in: The Middle Ages in Modern Games. Conference Proceedings, ed. by Robert Houghton, Winchester 2021, p. 56. Online here.
  5. ‚Derartige Dinge geschahen einfach nicht‘. Marlen Haushofers ‚Die Wand‘ zwischen Dystopie und Idylle, in: Universitas 4 (2019/2020), no pagination. Online here.
  6. Transformationen eines Mythos, in: Universitas 3 (2019/2020), no pagination. Online here.

7.7 Conference Reports

  1. EUCist14: Doktorandenkolloquium, Europainstitut für Cistercienserforschung, Hochschule Benedikt XVI. Heiligenkreuz (16.–18.01.2020), organised by Prof. Dr Jörg Oberste/P. Alkuin Schachenmayr, in: Analecta Cisterciensia 70 (2020), pp. 498–502.

7.8 Reviews

  1. Review ‚Women and Monastic Reform in the Medieval West, c. 1000-1500. Debating Identities, Creating Communities, in: Medium Aevum (submitted, expected publication date 2024).
  2. Review ‚Stripping the Veil. Convent Reform, Protestant Nuns, and Female Devotional Life in Sixteen-Century Germany, Oxford 2022‘, in: Medium Aevum (submitted, expected publication date 2024).

7.9 Blog-Entries

  1. Medingen Manuscript Production in the Age of Monastery Reform (1479) and Lutheran Reformation (1524-1544), in: Manuscripts from German-Speaking Lands – A Polonsky Foundation Digitization Project, ed. by Bodleian Libraries/Herzog August Library, 2019, no pagination. Online here.

7.10 Interviews

  1. Teure Schätze locken Forscher aus der ganzen Welt in die Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, RTL Nord (22.04.2022). Online here.