Race in Early Performance
International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo 2020
Recent conversations in the fields of medieval studies and early modern drama, such as the Shakespeare Association of America's 2019 meeting, Arizona State University's Race Before Race symposium, and online dialogue at #medievaltwitter, #ShakeRace, and Medievalists of Color, acknowledge the crucial roles issues of race, racism, and identity have in the fields and in the profession. Building upon the ongoing discussions, the work of early modern scholars like Ayanna Thompson and Ania Loomba and medieval theorists such as Geraldine Heng can inform new and critical readings of how race was/is discussed, depicted, staged, and received in early performances. This session invites papers exploring these aspects of early drama, performance, and critical race theory in order to further these conversations.
Please submit 250-word abstracts to Frank Napolitano (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 15.