Amy Nelson

Degrees
B.A.  Religion and Classical Studies, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
M.T.S. History of Christianity, Harvard Divinity School
M.M.S.Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame

Profile
Professor Nelson's scholarly work focuses on the history of women's religious communities in the Middle Ages, particularly in Central Europe. Her research interests include the exploration of ideological and practical constructions of community and identity in the Medieval and Modern worlds, the rhetoric of materiality, and the intersections of religious and secular life. 

Recent Scholarly Activity
Ph.D Dissertation (in Process): "Cultivating Communities: The Society and Spirituality of Female
      Premonstratensians and their Patrons in Late Medieval Central Europe" (Medieval Institute, University of
      Notre Dame).
Poster Presentation (on dissertation): For the workshop „Mauerfälle der Mystik. Eine Spurensuche
      zu Mechthild (von Magdeburg) und zum Fließenden Licht der Gottheit in religiösen Netzwerken,
      Ordenslandschaften und literarischen Diskursen im mitteldeutschen Raum des 13. Jahrhunderts“,
      Leipzig, Germany (Sept.9-11, 2016).
Conference Paper: "‘Soror Nostra’: Community and Religious Identity Among Female Premonstratensians
      and Their Patrons”. Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America.  Boston, MA (February 25-27,
      2016). 
Conference Paper: “The Ideal of Community and Communal Identity in the Dominican Sister Books.”
      Alltags-und Vorstellungswelten in monastischen Texten des 13. Jahrhunderts. Heidelberger Akademie
      der Wissenschaften, Heidelberg, Germany (April 9-10, 2015).

Contact Information:
300 O'Shaughnessy Hall (Office)
205 Coleman Morse (Mailbox)
anelson9@nd.edu