Posts Tagged ‘Colloquium’


CFP: Prayer and Performance

May 10, 2011

Prayer and Performance: acts of belief as symbolic communication in the late medieval and Renaissance period

An international interdisciplinary colloquium examining the nature of prayer as performance in late medieval and early modern culture

Aarhus University, Denmark

April 2012

This project seeks to explore aspects of prayer as a performative act in European culture during the late medieval and early modern period, considering these findings in light of the most current theoretical and anthropological perspectives.  An intentionally interdisciplinary effort, it will draw together studies of literature, material culture and religious anthropology.  The project intends to answer the following questions:

  1. •How was prayer represented in literature, plays or works of art?
  2. •How do prayers in plays by Shakespeare, Marlowe and Middleton, for example, register responses to the controversies and debates about what constituted true or effective prayer?
  3. •How did communities utilize prayer as a distinguishing feature for their religious identity, and how were these forms policed?
  4. •How was prayer bound up in the material culture of religious practice (funeral rites, for example) and the social practices that determined social status of different periods?
  5. •More importantly, how might these literary, social and material gestures serve as a marker for shifting social perspectives and customs, especially during the Reformation?

Call for papers

Papers are invited from those who work on prayer during this period, either through language, material culture, social practice or from a more theoretical perspective. The aim will be share research, whether it be an examination of the architecture created to facilitate prayer, the texts created to preserve, stimulate, guide or police prayer (poetry, hymns, sermons, or polemic), or more scientific attempts to define a person or community’s relationship to the practice of prayer.

Please submit proposals of 150 words for papers of 20 minutes in length.  Panels on specific aspects of early modern prayer will also be considered and should include a brief summary of the panel focus with 150 word proposals of each paper included in the panel.  All submissions should be made via the email link below.

Further details on dates and programme will be posted soon here.

Co-organised by the Department of Language, Literature and Culture, and the Section for Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology, Aarhus University in conjunction with the School of English, Bangor University, Wales.


A Colloquium with Terry Eagleton

April 28, 2011

Re-reading William Shakespeare Twenty-five Years On:

A Colloquium with Terry Eagleton

Northern Renaissance Seminar

Saturday 7 May 2011, Storey Institute, Lancaster

Speakers include:

John Drakakis, Peter Womack, Marion Wynne-Davies, Richard Wilson

Find out more here.


North West Renaissance Drama Colloquium

March 2, 2011

A day of papers and discussion to be held in Manchester, 23rd June 2011

Proposals are invited for papers to be delivered at the first North
West Renaissance Drama Colloquium. The event will bring
together researchers and students from all institutions and at all
career stages for a day of papers and discussion. A short list of
plays being spoken on will be circulated in advance of the event
and all delegates will be encouraged to come prepared to share
ideas on interpretation and teaching. The venue in Manchester is
to be confirmed.

A keynote lecture will be given by Professor Nicholas Royle
(Sussex), author of The Uncanny, How to Read Shakespeare,
After Derrida and a novel, Quilt .

To express interest in attendance or to propose a 20 minute paper on any
aspect of Renaissance or Restoration drama (preferably focussing on a single
play), please email a 300 word abstract by 08.04.11 to Naya Tsentourou and
James Smith at:


Henry Vaughan Colloquium

April 24, 2010

Elizabeth Ford, a Shakespeare PhD student at Cardiff University, gave a paper at the Henry Vaughan Colloquium in Brecon today. The Henry Vaughan Colloquium is associated with the annual journal Scintilla, edited by Peter Thomas (Cardiff University).

Visit the new Vaughan Association website.

Who was Henry Vaughan?

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