Research Stream

Julie Hotchin

Julie Hotchin is a Visitor in the School of History at the Australian National University and an Associate Investigator for 2015. Her research interests centre on religious women in medieval Germany, including women’s roles in manuscript production, use and exchange; religious materiality; and the role of emotions in devotional literature. Her current research explores how emotions are produced in devotional literature copied by and for religious women and their relationships to ritual performance, focusing on the practices associated with the ritual of a nun’s coronation. She is particularly interested in how devotional works encourage particular forms of emotional expression and how this contributes to shifts in religious feeling in the context of later medieval monastic reform.

Julie’s research into women’s religious , educational and intellectual activities in the German Middle Ages has been published in several articles and book chapters, and she is the co-editor of Partners in Spirit: Women, Men and Religious Life in Germany, 1100 – 1500 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014) (with Fiona J. Griffiths).

Her research has been supported by research grants including from the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel and the International Bibliographical Society (UK).

Contact

julie.hotchin@gmail.com
Academia

Research

Reforming Affections: Emotion, Devotion and Religious Women in Late Medieval Germany

Selected publications

Edited Volumes

Bailey, M. L., T. M. Colwell and Julie Hotchin. Women and Work in Premodern Europe: Experiences, Relationships and Cultural Representation, c.1100–1800. London and New York: Routledge, 2018.

Griffiths, F. J. and J. Hotchin, eds. Partners in Spirit: Women, Men and Religious Life in Germany, 1100–1500. 'Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts, 24'.  Turnhout: Brepols, 2014.

Journal Articles

Hotchin, J. ‘The Nun’s Crown’, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 4 (2009): 187‒94.

Book Chapters

Hotchin, J. ‘Gender, Authority and Monastic Work: Holy Cross near Brunswick, c.1500’. In Women and Work in Premodern Europe: Experiences, Relationships and Cultural Representation, c.1100-1800, edited by M. L. Bailey, T. M. Colwell and J. Hotchin, pp. 144–68. London and New York: Routledge, 2018.

Bailey, M. L., T. M. Colwell and J. Hotchin. ‘Approaching Women and Work in Premodern Europe’. In Women and Work in Premodern Europe: Experiences, Relationships and Cultural Representation, c.1100-1800, edited by M. L. Bailey, T. M. Colwell and J. Hotchin, pp. 1–29. London and New York: Routledge, 2018.

Hotchin, J. ‘Emotions and the Ritual of a Nun’s Coronation in Late Medieval Germany’. In Emotion, Ritual and Power in Europe, 1200‒1920: Family, State and Church, edited by M. L. Bailey and K. Barclay, pp. 171‒92. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Hotchin, J. ‘“An Arduous and Worrisome Labour”: Hildegard and Monastic Leadership’. In The Greening of Hope, edited by K. Massam and F. Toso, pp. 71‒90. Melbourne: Morning Star Press, 2016.

Hotchin, J. ‘Women and Men in the Medieval Religious Landscape’. In Partners in Spirit: Women, Men and Religious Life in Germany, 1100–1500, edited by F. J. Griffiths and J. Hotchin, pp. 1‒46. 'Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts, 24'. Turnhout: Brepols, 2014. (with Fiona J. Griffiths).

Hotchin, J. ‘Meditations for a Nun’s Coronation from Wöltingerode’. In Rosenkränze und Seelengärten. Bildung und Frömmigkeit in niedersächsichen Frauenklöster, edited by Britta-Juliane Kruse, pp. 117‒26. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2012.

Hotchin, J. ‘Reformatrices and Their Books: Religious Women and Reading Networks in Fifteenth-Century Germany’. In Communities of Learning: Networks and the Shaping of Intellectual Identity in Europe, 1100–1500, edited by John N. Crossley and Constant Mews, pp. 251‒91. 'Europa Sacra, 9'. Turnhout: Brepols, 2011.

Hotchin, J. ‘Guidance for Men Who Minister to Women in the Liber de reformatione of Johannes Busch’. In What Nature Does Not Teach: Didactic Literature in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, edited by by J. F. Ruys, pp. 231‒60. 'Disputatio, 15'. Turnhout: Brepols, 2008.

Hotchin, J. ‘Women’s Reading and Monastic Reform in Twelfth-Century Germany: The Library of the Nuns of Lippoldsberg’. In Manuscripts and Monastic Culture: Reform and Renewal in Twelfth-century Germany, edited by Alison I. Beach, pp. 139‒90. Medieval Church Studies, 13. Turnhout: Brepols, 2007.

Hotchin, J. ‘Female religious life and the cura monialium in Hirsau monasticism, c.1080‒1150. In Listen Daughter. The Speculum Virginum and the Formation of Religious Women in the Middle Ages, edited by Constant Mews, pp. 68‒97. New York: Palgrave  Macmillan, 2001.

Selected Presentations

Conference Panel Paper: ‘Send Them as Many Greetings as There are Stars in Heaven: Nuns, Mobility and Affective Ties in Late Medieval Germany’, 11th Biennial Conference of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS) ‘Mobility and Exchange’, Wellington, NZ, 7‒10 February 2017.

Conference Panel Paper: ‘The Emotional Force of Liturgical Cursing in Late Medieval Germany’, ‘Powerful Emotions / Emotions and Power c.400–1850’ conference, University of York, 28–29 June 2017.