Dr Julie Ann Smith

BA (Hons) UNE DPhil York(UK)
Senior Lecturer

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4003
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Biographical details

I received my BA (Hons) from the University of New England in 1990, and my doctorate from the University of York in 1994. My thesis examined the nature of queenship in early medieval France and England. I spent a year of a post-doctoral fellowship at Massey University in New Zealand before being appointed to a position in the Department of History where I lectured for eight years. I commenced my position as lecturer at Sydney University at the end of 2003.

Research interests

My major research focus is the nunnery rules and constitutions of the 10th-15th centuries. At present I am studying the rules and forms of life of the Dominican and Clarissan orders during the formative years of the thirteenth century, with particular focus on the theoretical shaping of order-specific spiritualities and praxes. I also research the history of women pilgrims of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, in particular, relating to women’s accounts of their pilgrimages and the processes through which they constructed their identities as pilgrim.

Current projects

A Rule of Their Own: Writing Nunnery Life in the Central-Later Middle Ages

Selected publications

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Books

  • Smith, J. (2001). Ordering Women's Lives: Penitentials and Nunnery Rules in the Early Medieval West. United Kingdom: Ashgate.

Book Chapters

  • Smith, J. (2010). Observing the Holy Gospel: Obedience in the Clarissan formae vitae (1212-53). In Constant J. Mews and Claire Renkin (Eds.), Interpreting Francis and Clare of Assisi: from the Middle Ages to the Present, (pp. 121-134). Mulgrave: Broughton Publishing.
  • Smith, J. (1999). Sacred Journeying: Women’s Correspondence and Pilgrimage, 4th and 8th centuries. In Jennie Stopford (Eds.), Pilgrimage Explored. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer Ltd.

Journals

  • Smith, J. (2014). 'The Hours that They Ought to Direct to the Study of Letters': Literate Practices in the Constitutions and Rule for the Dominican Sisters. Parergon, 31(1), 73-94. [More Information]
  • Smith, J. (2011). An Apostolic Vocation: the Formation of the Religious Life for Dominican Sisters in the Thirteenth Century. Medieval Feminist Forum, 47(2), 4-33.
  • Smith, J. (2010). Clausura Districta: Conceiving Space and Community for Dominican Nuns in the Thirteenth Century. Parergon, 27(2), 13-36.
  • Smith, J. (2009). Prouille, Madrid, Rome: the evolution of the earliest Dominican Instituta for nuns. Journal of Medieval History, 35, 340-352. [More Information]
  • Smith, J. (2008). Debitum Obedientie: Heloise and Abelard on Governance at the Paraclete. Parergon, 25(1), 1-23.
  • Smith, J. (2008). The Virtue of Stillness: Abeland and Monastic Silence. The American Benedictine Review, 59(3), 291-303.
  • Smith, J. (2007). "My Lord's native land": Mapping the Christian holy land. Church History, 76(1), 1-31.
  • Smith, J. (2007). "What Now Lies Before Their Eyes": The Foundations of Early Pilgrim Visuality. Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism, 4(4), 135-157.
  • Smith, J. (2007). The Eye of Faith: Vision and Visuality in the Experience of Women Pilgrims. Women - Church: an Australian journal of feminist studies in religion, 40(Final), 32-36.
  • Smith, J. (1997). The Earliest Queen-making Rites. Church History, 66(1), 18-35.

2014

  • Smith, J. (2014). 'The Hours that They Ought to Direct to the Study of Letters': Literate Practices in the Constitutions and Rule for the Dominican Sisters. Parergon, 31(1), 73-94. [More Information]

2011

  • Smith, J. (2011). An Apostolic Vocation: the Formation of the Religious Life for Dominican Sisters in the Thirteenth Century. Medieval Feminist Forum, 47(2), 4-33.

2010

  • Smith, J. (2010). Clausura Districta: Conceiving Space and Community for Dominican Nuns in the Thirteenth Century. Parergon, 27(2), 13-36.
  • Smith, J. (2010). Observing the Holy Gospel: Obedience in the Clarissan formae vitae (1212-53). In Constant J. Mews and Claire Renkin (Eds.), Interpreting Francis and Clare of Assisi: from the Middle Ages to the Present, (pp. 121-134). Mulgrave: Broughton Publishing.

2009

  • Smith, J. (2009). Prouille, Madrid, Rome: the evolution of the earliest Dominican Instituta for nuns. Journal of Medieval History, 35, 340-352. [More Information]

2008

  • Smith, J. (2008). Debitum Obedientie: Heloise and Abelard on Governance at the Paraclete. Parergon, 25(1), 1-23.
  • Smith, J. (2008). The Virtue of Stillness: Abeland and Monastic Silence. The American Benedictine Review, 59(3), 291-303.

2007

  • Smith, J. (2007). "My Lord's native land": Mapping the Christian holy land. Church History, 76(1), 1-31.
  • Smith, J. (2007). "What Now Lies Before Their Eyes": The Foundations of Early Pilgrim Visuality. Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism, 4(4), 135-157.
  • Smith, J. (2007). The Eye of Faith: Vision and Visuality in the Experience of Women Pilgrims. Women - Church: an Australian journal of feminist studies in religion, 40(Final), 32-36.

2001

  • Smith, J. (2001). Ordering Women's Lives: Penitentials and Nunnery Rules in the Early Medieval West. United Kingdom: Ashgate.

1999

  • Smith, J. (1999). Sacred Journeying: Women’s Correspondence and Pilgrimage, 4th and 8th centuries. In Jennie Stopford (Eds.), Pilgrimage Explored. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer Ltd.

1997

  • Smith, J. (1997). The Earliest Queen-making Rites. Church History, 66(1), 18-35.

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