Paul Aste.jpgPh.D. Student
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Advisor: Jonathan Conant
Research interests: Early Medieval monasticism; local priests; popular belief; identity and belonging.

My interests lie in the Pyrenees and adjacent regions from the sixth into the ninth centuries. Particularly, I want to explore moments of dialogue between prescriptive authority and local practice, especially as they were expressed across architecture, liturgy, and discourse. To that end, I am currently interested in the work and life of the Septimanian abbot Benedict of Aniane, and his intersecting role as both a prominent figure at the Carolingian court, and an individual heavily influenced by his region.