Analecta Cartusianais the first international ressource about Carthusians. This collection is dedicated to the history and spirituality of the Carthusian order from the founding of the Grande Chartreuse in 1084 onward.
James Hogg and the Analecta Cartusiana (founded in 1970)
The collection was founded in 1970 by James Hogg, scholar in Salzburg. The first number was the publication of his dissertation on the oldest customs of the Carthusians (Die ältesten Consuetudines der Kartäuser).
With this thesis, the author offered to a large public a first scientific edition of normative texts of the order during the twelfth century. James Hogg granted the Carthusians a great deal of interest and had himself lived for six years in Carthusian monasteries, before renouncing to become a Carthusian monk. After 1970 James Hogg, who was a tireless worker, set about developing the collection, in which more than 330 issues were published over 48 years, representing more than 600 printed volumes.
He also managed to federate around Analecta Cartusiana a very wide network of researchers throughout Europe, an erudite network that also became over time a friendly network.
As early as 1988 a first rapprochement took place between James Hogg and two French scholars both specialists in the Carthusian order, Daniel Le Blévec, professor of Medieval History at the University of Montpellier III, and Alain Girard, director of the Museum of Sacred Art of the Pont-Saint-Esprit and General Curator of Museums. They edited, with the agreement of James Hogg, Analecta Cartusiana-Nouvelle série. The publication unfortunately had to stop in 1994 because of the lack of recurring funds. In 2002 they became co-editors of Analecta Cartusiana.
In 2010 a rapprochement took place between James Hogg and the CERCOR, a research center specializing in the history of religious orders. This center was founded at the University of Saint-Étienne (Jean Monnet University) in 1982, by Professor Pierre-Roger Gaussin, first President of the University of Saint-Etienne and himself a specialist in the history of religious orders, especially of the order of the Chaise-Dieu. Since 2007 CERCOR is a part of LEM (Laboratory of studies about monotheisms, Paris), a research unit of the French CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research).
James Hogg continued after 2010 to publish himself many volumes of Analecta Cartusiana. But, in agreement with him, the CERCOR began also to publish its own volumes in the collection. James Hogg wanted indeed that an institutional center may ensure a durable continuation of the collection. In addition to its internationally recognized expertise in the history of religious orders, CERCOR also had the advantage of being located in France, birthplace of the Carthusian order. Since 2013, Sylvain Excoffon, scholar at Saint-Étienne Univeristy and a researcher at CERCOR and specialist in the history of Charterhouses in the Middle Ages, was also associated by James Hogg as co-editor of Analecta Cartusiana.
The continuation by the CERCOR after the death of James Hogg
James Hogg died November 18, 2018. It was a huge loss since none can match his knowledge of the order, scholarly knowledge but also personal knowledge.
He had expressly wished that the CERCOR could ensure the continuation of Analecta Cartusiana and his only son, James-Nikolaus Hogg, conveyed this wish to CERCOR, on his behalf and that of James Hogg's widow, Ingeborg Hogg, at the funeral .
In accordance with his father's wishes, James-Nikolaus Hogg also offered to CERCOR his father's library, which include the entire collection of Analecta Cartusiana.
The CERCOR is extremely honored by this double legacy, that of the Analecta Cartusianaedition's responsibility as that of the library.
CERCOR, within the LEM, makes every effort to ensure the best continuity and the best possible development to live up to this legacy.