Drama and Pedagogy: Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies 2014 Conference
Due: December 6, 2013
12-13 September, 2014, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Convenors: Elisabeth Dutton and Indira Ghose, University of Fribourg
In medieval England, when literacy was low and the liturgy in Latin, what did drama teach, and how? What were the implications for Middle English drama of its vernacularity, and how did it engage Latinity? The mystery plays teach scriptural material in the vernacular; the morality plays present subtle theological and philosophical teaching through allegory. In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries drama is a way of disseminating theological and philosophical ideas: in the sixteenth century, with the rise of humanism, drama is one way the academic community debates those ideas. In early modern England, as the theatre came to rival the pulpit as a mass medium, leading many to attack the stage and many others to defend it, did drama teach or seduce, instruct or distract? As historical circumstances change, how does drama balance the requirements of doctrine and delight – and does it manifest any sense of contradiction between the two?
As well as pedagogy of drama, conference papers might consider pedagogy in drama – scenes in which instruction is portrayed, whether seriously or satirically. How do the Cycle plays engage with Christ as a teacher, or the Morality plays portray the pedagogical methods of Virtue and Vice figures? Humanist influence on the Tudor interlude ensures an interest in education, and examples of dramatized instruction abound in the plays of the early modern professional stage. Hamlet clearly thinks drama itself can teach and reveal – is his view typical, and is it right? Academic drama is a particularly pregnant locus for the exploration of drama and pedagogy: universities and the Inns of Court trained some of the leading playwrights of the early theatre, and, because productions were privately funded by colleges and performed in privately owned halls, the commercial constraints of the professional playhouses did not apply to university drama. In addition to exploring the role of academic drama in socio-political history and theatre history, the conference will examine the reasons for the strong connections between drama and education. Why was drama given a central role in pedagogical practice?
Confirmed keynote speakers: Prof. Lynn Enterline (Vanderbilt), Prof. John McGavin (Southampton), Prof. Alan Nelson (UC Berkeley), Prof. Michelle O’Callaghan (Reading). Perry Mills (Director of Edward’s Boys) will be discussing productions of plays written for early modern boys’ companies.
The conference will include a reception at the elegant, historic Grande Salle, with accompanying performance of a sixteenth century university play, William Gager’s Dido, in a new translation from the Latin, directed by Elisabeth Dutton.
Papers are invited which explore, in any way
- relationships between drama and pedagogy in the medieval and early modern periods
- the use of drama in varied instructional settings
- portrayals of pedagogy in drama
- the extent to which study of early theatre and study of historical educational practice may be mutually illuminating
Proposals for panels are welcome, too. A selection of papers will be published in a peer-reviewed volume to be edited by Elisabeth Dutton and James McBain.
For further details, please see our website: http://samemes2014.wordpress.com/
For further information on the Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies, please visit http://www.unil.ch/samemes
Please send a 400 word abstract and a short biographical note to email@example.com by December 6th 2013.
Due: December 8th, 2013
9th Annual Pearl Kibre Medieval Study Graduate Student Conference
CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY
February 28, 2014
The Pearl Kibre Medieval Study, CUNY Graduate Center’s student-run organization for medieval studies, is hosting their ninth annual graduate student conference: Medieval Celebrations. We invite grad students to submit proposals about celebrations of all kinds.
Topics for presentations include but are not limited to:
Festivals, feasts, and food
Holy days and saints days
Forms of ritual
Baptisms, weddings, and funerals
Entertainment and performance
Agriculture and pagan vestiges
Mockery and foolery
We also invite grad student performers of medieval music or dramatic arts to submit proposals for short performances (up to 30 minutes; please include estimation of time).
Please submit your abstract of no more than 300 words by December 8, 2013.
Include your name and affiliation.
Papers must be 15-20 minutes in length, and performances no more than 30 minutes.
Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
“Islands of the Medieval World: Stories of Isolation and Connectivity”
Due: December 10, 2013
Saturday, March 15th, 2014
The 31st Annual New England Medieval Studies Consortium Graduate Student Conference is requesting submissions for its annual conference that will take place at Brown University on Saturday, March 15th, 2014. In the spirit of connectivity, the conference encourages dialogue across and between disciplines by bringing together scholars with widely varying interests.
The keynote address, “Island Hopping: Trade, Ethnography, and Religion in the Indian Ocean World of Late Antiquity” will be presented by Joel Walker, the Jon Bridgman Endowed Professor of History at the University of Washington. His lecture will explore the intertwined ethnographic and mercantile traditions of the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, and Indian Ocean from the Hellenistic era into the medieval Islamic world.
This year’s conference will engage with issues of isolation and connectivity, both real and imagined, from Late Antiquity through the late Middle Ages. Contributors are encouraged to interpret this theme broadly. We encourage papers from a variety of disciplines, including:
Anthropology – Archaeology – Art History – Byzantine Studies – Classical Studies –Comparative Literature – History – History of Science – Islamic Studies – Language Studies –Literary Studies – Musicology – Philosophy – Religious Studies – Syriac Studies – Theology –Urban Studies – Women’s and Gender Studies
Potential topics may include but are not limited to:
- Culture, society, economy, religion and other aspects of life on actual islands in the Middle Ages (Crete, Cyprus, Sicily, Prince’s Islands, Aegean Islands, Britain, etc.)
- Physical and social isolation: pockets of sub-cultures, minorities
- Religious isolation: holy mountains, asceticism, monastic “islands” and desertum
- Islands of languages, such as particular dialects that emerge and are used only in specific contexts
- Reaching the isolated: medieval missionaries, travelers’ accounts
- Connectivity: social networks, trade/shipping networks and routes
- Urban islands in feudal seas: town and the countryside
- Legal isolation: laws enforced on various social groups
- Literary depictions and descriptions of isolation
- Archaeological approaches to isolation: GIS-based studies, topographical surveys
Abstracts of no more than 300 words for 15-20 minute papers should be e-mailed to Alexis Jackson at email@example.com. In addition to the abstract, please include a Curriculum Vitae with full contact information. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, December 10th, 2013. Participants will be notified by December 25th.
For more information, please contact Alexis Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northern Renaissance Roses Seminar, 2014: Time and Early Modern Thought
Due: December 15, 2013
Call for papers
Sat 10th May 2014 – York Minster Old Palace Library
Run jointly by the universities of Lancaster and York, this seminar will look at ‘time’ in the renaissance. We will consider this broadly, but papers would be welcome, for example, on any of the following:
- Was there a ‘concept of time’, distinct to the period? What ideas of time were inherited from antiquity?
- How was time related to music and poetics, measure and proportion? how was it perceived, on the pulse, in the heart and on the brain?
- How was time related to timelessness, quotidian time to divine time? What did it mean, as Plato has it, to suppose time is a moving image of eternity?
- Was the relationship between time and mortality – emblematised in the Renaissance hour-glass and skull – terrifying or mere renaissance kitsch?
- What were the functions of early modern antiquarianism and the obsession with chronologies?
- How does renaissance theatre figure time, and what is the relationship between dramatic time and quotidian time?
- What was the relationship between time and space, eternity and infinity?
- Who were the Renaissance theorists of time?
The seminar will be held in the beautiful surroundings of York Minster Old Palace Library, and will conclude with a concert given by the Minster Minstrels, a renaissance-baroque early music wind group.
The seminar particularly encourages early career and post-graduates working in any Renaissance discipline: literature, history, music, art, philosophy.
Classical Philosophers in Seventeenth Century English Thought
Due: December 15, 2013
28 May 2014, CREMS, University of York
A day symposium — Keynote speakers: Prof Jessica Wolfe (North Carolina) and Prof Sarah Hutton (Aberystwyth)
This one day symposium will look at the reception of classical philosophers in seventeenth century English thought and culture, in philosophy, religion, natural philosophy, poetry and literature, the university, or other areas of early modern intellectual life. The focus will be on England, but not on English, and we encourage papers on the Latin reception of classical philosophy.
We will take the term ‘classical philosophy’ broadly speaking, and with a generic latitude, so that Homer or Hesiod might be considered, as they certainly were in the early modern period, as contributors to the philosophical outlook of the ancients, and so that while Aristotle, Plato, Epicurus, Seneca or Cicero are central and protean in their seventeenth century reception, so too Virgil, Ovid and Lucretius were seen as containing an important philosophical core.Of interest also might be the collations and compendia of classical thought that served as a digest of ancient ideas, whether those of the ancients themselves, such as Diogenes Laertius, or of the early modern writers, such as Thomas Stanley’s History of Philosophy. How did early modern writers accommodate, transpose or circumvent the pagan elements in ancient philosophy? How concerned were early modern thinkers with the systematic and with completeness in their use of classical philosophers? How was the pagan religion transposed to a Christian era?
Abstracts by 15th December (c. 250 words)
This symposium is part of a diffuse and ongoing Thomas Browne Seminar that has digressed quite far:http://www.york.ac.uk/english/news-events/browne/
Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Due: February 1, 2014
Call for papers
Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, published annually under the auspices of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, invites the submission of articles by graduate students and recent PhDs in any field of medieval and Renaissance studies; we particularly welcome articles that integrate or synthesize disciplines.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR VOLUME 45 (2014): 1 FEBRUARY 2014
The editorial board will make its final selections by 1 May 2014.
Please send submissions to as e-mail attachments to:
Dr. Blair Sullivan, Managing Editor, Comitatus, email@example.com.
UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
302 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1485
COmitatus: A Journal of Medieval Studies Vol. 45
Due: February 1, 2014
COmitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, published annually under the auspices of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, invites the submission of articles by graduate students and recent PhDs in any field of medieval and Renaissance studies. Submissions should be sent as e-mail attachments to Dr. Blair Sullivan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Comitatus editorial board will make its final selections by early May 2014.
Friday 29 August – Tuesday 2 September, 2014
Glossator 10 (2015): Pearl — CF
Due: July 15, 2014
“Perle plesaunte to princes paye / To clanly clos in golde so clere . . . ” (Pearl, lines 1-2). Illuminating the paradoxical imperative to enclose and display the beautiful, the opening image of Pearl encodes at once the poem’s formal demand for commentary and its own commentarial poetics. On the one hand, the text’s permutative polysemy, aesthetic density, and continuing allegorical refractions persistently elicit explication in a special, conspicuous way. On the other hand, the literary dream-vision produces itself as a dialectical and interpretive reflection with and upon the Pearl herself, an unfinishable gloss on the mystery of “that specyal spyce” (938) whom the poet works to indicate across an impassible margin. Seeking to elaborate, continue, and expand Pearl’s poetics of radiant enclosure, this volume will offer a collective commentary on the full poem, divided according to its constitutive fitts or sections, which are marked by stanza-linking keywords:
III-More and More*
The editors of Glossator seek commentarial laborers for each section of this twenty-fold poetic vineyard, to be apportioned on a first-come, first-served basis. Contributions must conform to the journal’s general guidelines for commentary, which are detailed in the About section. Suggested length: 7000 words. If you are interested in contributing to this volume, please send a brief abstract to the editors at email@example.com. The abstract should indicate which fitt you intend to comment on and the overall approach your commentary will take. NOTA BENE: an asterisk above indicates that that fitt has been reserved.
15 July 2014: Submissions due to editors
October 2014: Submissions returned to authors with comments
15 January 2015: Final Submission
March 2015: Publication
[Open Humanities Press]
Seminar on English manuscript studies
The focus is on editing manuscripts from all periods, whether they be strictly literary or not. The seminar is particularly interested in unpublished material in manuscript. Research topics include, and are not restricted to, finding manuscripts and archival work, manuscript collections, scribal work, paleography, manuscripts as books, the coexistence of manuscripts and printed books, what manuscripts tell us on reading habits, editing manuscripts, electronic versus printed editions, manuscript studies and digital humanities. Manuscript studies have been on the cutting edge of literary theory and papers on authorship, the constitution of the text or hermeneutics are welcome.
Please send your proposals to: