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From Cathar women to Marguerite Porete: women's spirituality in the Middle Ages

<i>Les béguines de la ville de Goes, Hollande</i>, Oil on canvas by Cecil Jay (ca. 1900)

Les béguines de la ville de Goes, Hollande, Oil on canvas by Cecil Jay (ca. 1900)

09/01/2019

Cultura

What was the evolution of the women’s monastic world? Who was Marguerite Porete? How did Cathar ladies work? What is the story of the burnt heresies in Languedoc? Such questions will be answered in the new massive open online courses (MOOC) “A voice of their own: Women’s Spirituality in the Middle Ages” of the University of Barcelona.

The multidisciplinary research project Spiritual Landscapes of the Institute for Research on Medieval Cultures (IRCVM) of the UB has developed this course as an introduction to the study of women’s spirituality in the Middle Ages. The course is divided into five units, each of them integrating seven blocks, in which several experts talk about related topics to the world of women’s mysticism in the Middle Ages. The evolution of nuns, who the heresies were, the women’s mendicant orders or what was life like in the convents, are some of the topics to be treated by the experts.

The difference between MOOC and other formats is that this one is completely free and open to a global audience, with a learning methodology based on the use of videos and the interaction as well as collaborative work through online forums. The course will be offered in English (with subtitles in English, Spanish and Catalan) in the platform Coursera, one of the model companies in the field of MOOC, and can be completed in five weeks, dedicating an average of three hours per week to the course.

 

 

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