Katherine L. Jansen, Professor at Catholic University, will lecture at YDS on Tuesday, February 28, as part of this month’s Medieval Studies series. Jansen’s lecture, titled “The Practice of Peace in Medieval Italy,” will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Niebuhr.
Jansen’s scholarship engages, among other issues, preaching and devotion in the later Middle Ages and power in the medieval world. Her current book-in-progress, Peace and Penance in Late Medieval Italy, contextualizes the practice of settling disputes in Florence in the thirteenth- and fourteenth-centuries—an era well known for violence and civil discord.
Her previous books include Charisma and Religious Authority: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Preaching, 1200-1500 (Brepols, 2010), co-edited with Miri Rubin; and Medieval Italy: Texts in Translation (University of Pennsylvania, 2009), edited with Joanna Drell and Frances Andrews. She is also the author of the award-winning book The Making of the Magdalen: Preaching and Popular Devotion in the Later Middle Ages (Princeton, 2000).
Jansen has degrees from New York University (B.A.) and Princeton (M.A., Ph.D.).