Passion, Power, and Rhetoric: Latin Influences on Early Drama

deadline for submissions: 
August 31, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Elza C. Tiner / Lynchburg College
contact email: 


Call for Papers: Leeds IMC 2017

Passion, Power, and Rhetoric: Latin Influences on Early Drama


The twenty-fourth International Medieval Congress will take place in Leeds, UK, from 3-6 July 2017.  The IMC seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. However, every year, the IMC chooses a special thematic strand which – for 2017 – is ‘Otherness’. This focus has been chosen for its wide application across all centuries and regions and its impact on all disciplines devoted to this epoch.

The Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society (MRDS) seeks papers for a session on Latin in early drama that it intends to sponsor for Leeds 2017.

One important aspect of otherness is language.  As vernacular languages replaced Latin as the primary mode of communication in the Middle Ages, what variations on ‘otherness’ emerged in drama?  We invite papers that explore ‘otherness’ in medieval drama through the Latin language.

Possible areas to consider are (but not limited to) the following:

  • Latin as a mark of power or status
  • Latin to evoke inclusion or exclusion
  • Latin sources for vernacular drama
  • Vernacular sources for Latin drama
  • Religious devotion and Latin
  • Latin rhetoric and performance

Proposals should include a title, an abstract of c. 100 words, institutional affiliation, and CV. All papers should be for a maximum of 20 minutes.

Please submit proposals to the session organizer by August 31, 2016, at or via regular mail to

Dr. Elza C. Tiner
Department of Modern & Classical Languages
Lynchburg College
1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501