Historicizing Performance: One Day Conference

November 9, 2011

This just in from Michael Durrant & Naya Tsentourou at Manchester University:

Historicizing Performance in the Early Modern Period

The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester


January 20, 2012


09.00 – 09.45 Registration and coffee

09.45 – 10.00 Welcome

10.00 – 11.00 Panel 1: Death and Ritual

Maggie Vinter (John Hopkins University), ‘How to do things while dying: Volpone and the ars moriendi’

Stephen Gordon (University of Manchester), ‘The Performance of Bad Death: The Strange Tale of the Shoemaker of Breslau’

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.15 Panel 2: Music

Liam Haydon (University of Manchester), ‘Performing Perfection: Milton and the Music of the Spheres’

Dolly MacKinnon (University of Queensland), ‘If ever beene where bels have knell’d to Church’: The performance of parish bells in early modern England


12.15 – 12.30 Convenience Break

12.30 – 1.30 Keynote Lecture

Julie Sanders (University of Nottingham),

‘Within the Castle Walls: Historical Sites as Performance at Kenilworth and Ludlow’

1.30 – 2.30 Lunch

2.30 – 3.30 Panel 3: Space

Catherine Clifford (The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham), ‘From Wood to Stone: Whitehall Palace, the Banqueting House, and the Performance of Architecture in Court Drama, 1581-1621’

John Peacock (University of Southampton), ‘Architectural Performance: Inigo Jones and Bernini’


3.30 – 3.45 Convenience Break

3.45 – 4.45 Panel 4: Theatre and Ritual

Alison Findlay (University of Lancaster), ‘The State of Ceremony in Macbeth

Brian Schneider (University of Manchester), ‘Extra –dramatic’ performance in early modern Prologues, Epilogues and Inductions

4.45 – 5.00 Coffee Break

5.00 – 6.00 Keynote Lecture

Tiffany Stern (University of Oxford),

‘Bitter, Black and Tragical’: Tragic Peformance on the Shakespearean Stage

6.00 – 6.30 Drinks.


Registration: £10

Speakers and guests are invited to join us for dinner at a local restaurant; to book a place please let us know when registering (dinner not included in the registration fee).

The Society for Renaissance Studies has granted us bursaries to help postgraduate students with the costs of travel and accommodation. If you want to be considered for one of the bursaries, please let us know.

To book a place at this event please contact Michael Durrant and Naya Tsentourou at Historicizing.performance@manchester.ac.uk by 7th January 2012.

The event will be taking place at the Seminar Room of the historic building of the John Rylands Library at Deansgate. Due to limited space, please register early to avoid disappointment.


We hope to see you there!



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