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Lauren Mancia

Associate Professor

Location: 1123B Boylan Hall
Phone: 718.951.5000 x2810
Fax: 718.951.4504

Lauren Mancia (she/her) looks at what medieval Europeans left behind -- art, writings, artifacts, institutions, manuscripts, buildings, plays, rituals, diagrams, etc. -- in order to understand how they experienced and learned their religious practices, and, thereby, how they understood themselves. In her research, Mancia focuses on the devotional culture of medieval monasteries in the 11th and 12th centuries. Some of her courses stem from her research interests (e.g., courses on historical Christianity, on historical religious experience, on creative ways of producing historical knowledge, or on the history of emotions), but she also teaches courses on wider subjects of medieval and early modern history. Her new research uses insights and methodologies from the field of performance studies both to better understand medieval monastic devotion and to innovate how to perform that understanding for contemporary audiences. Outside of BC, Prof. Mancia is a lecturer at The Met Cloisters.

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