Call for Papers: New Research in the Early Drama of the Low Countries International Medieval Congress at Leeds

deadline for submissions: 
August 31, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society
contact email: 

The Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society seeks three 20-minute presentations on any aspect of medieval and early modern Dutch and Flemish drama for a session at the 2017 International Medieval Congress at Leeds.

            We particularly encourage papers that focus on the 2017 IMC conference theme of otherness.  The Low Countries seems a particularly fruitful area of focus for this theme, as they spent much of the Middle Ages as perpetual “others” with fluid boundaries and constant changing of hands.  Possible topics to consider include (but are not limited to) Dutch biblical drama; the abele spelen and their accompanying farces; the drama of the Chambers of Rhetoric; humanist and Lutheran influences on drama; French-language plays from the Low Countries; cultural exchange with England and France; processions and festivals; and the use of drama and performance as religious and social criticism.

We invite submissions in any language, but ask potential presenters to keep in mind that English is likely to be the most accessible language for the bulk of our audience.

            Please send a 100- to 150-word abstract with title, institutional affiliation, contact information, and brief author bio to Mandy L. Albert (Mandy Lowell) at abl92@cornell.edu by August 31, 2016.