Kalamazoo, 2011--special session "Materiality of Performance in Early Drama: Objects, Props, Costumes, Bodies, Space, and More"
Call for papers, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 12-15, 2011.
Panel Title: "Materiality of Performance in Early Drama: Objects, Props, Costumes, Bodies, Space, and More"
In recent years, critics and theorists across disciplines and periods have moved toward a more complex engagement among history, literature, culture, and the material world. This approach asks us to consider the role of the material object as a form of cultural experience. How do we "read" and/or experience objects? What is the role of the material object in practices such as reading and performance? What constitutes an "object"? How do objects inscribe their own interpretation? This session welcomes papers that address these questions--as well as others--as they relate to the material object, early drama, and performance. Papers may take a variety of practical or theoretical approaches and topics might include, but are not limited to props, costumes, stages, texts, the body, and even space.
Abstracts of 250 words for papers of 15 minutes are invited by 15 September 2010.
Contact: Eve Salisbury, Department of English, Western Michigan University, firstname.lastname@example.org