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Historicizing Performance in the Early Modern Period

May 18, 2011

The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester

 

Plenary Speakers: 

Professor Julie Sanders (Nottingham)

Professor Tiffany Stern (Oxford)

This one-day academic conference aims to bring together scholars working on all aspects of performance in the early modern period (taken broadly to include the fifteenth to the early eighteenth centuries). We intend to interrogate what performance and its related terminologies and practices might have meant to early modern readers, playgoers, and congregations; how performance shaped and/or undermined distinctions between private/public bodies and selves. Although drama is an essential point of reference for this discussion, we encourage that “historicizing performance” be taken as broadly as possible. Topics might include (but are not limited to):

– Plays and play-going

– Music and singing

– Public spectacles, ceremonies and architecture

 – Ritual, devotional expression, spirituality / the sermon as performance

 – Autobiography and Performative Texts

 – Performing gender/ sexuality/ the domestic

 – Performance and the performative in theory

Please email abstracts (400 words max.) for a 20 minute paper to Michael Durrant and Naya Tsentourou at: Historicizing.Performance@manchester.ac.uk

Deadline for abstracts: September 23th, 2011

Notifications of acceptance to be sent out by October 14th, 2011

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