Conference Programme

October 31, 2011

Historicizing Performance in the Early Modern Period

The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester


January 20, 2012

09.00 – 09.45 Registration and coffee

09.45 – 10.00 Welcome

10.00 – 11.00 Panel 1: Death and Ritual

Maggie Vinter (John Hopkins University), ‘How to do things while dying: Volpone and the ars moriendi’

Stephen Gordon (University of Manchester), ‘The Performance of Bad Death: The Strange Tale of the Shoemaker of Breslau’

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.15 Panel 2: Music

Liam Haydon (University of Manchester), ‘Performing Perfection: Milton and the Music of the Spheres’

Dolly MacKinnon (University of Queensland), ‘If ever beene where bels have knell’d to Church’: The performance of parish bells in early modern England

12.15 – 12.30 Convenience Break

12.30 – 1.30 Keynote Lecture

Julie Sanders (University of Nottingham),

‘Within the Castle Walls: Historical Sites as Performance at Kenilworth and Ludlow’

1.30 – 2.30 Lunch

2.30 – 3.30 Panel 3: Space

Catherine Clifford (The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham), ‘From Wood to Stone: Whitehall Palace, the Banqueting House, and the Performance of Architecture in Court Drama, 1581-1621’

John Peacock (University of Southampton), ‘Architectural Performance: Inigo Jones and Bernini’

3.30 – 3.45 Convenience Break

3.45 – 4.45 Panel 4: Theatre and Ritual

Alison Findlay (University of Lancaster), ‘The State of Ceremony in Macbeth

Brian Schneider (University of Manchester), ‘Extra –dramatic’ performance in early modern Prologues, Epilogues and Inductions

4.45 – 5.00 Coffee Break

5.00 – 6.00 Keynote Lecture

Tiffany Stern (University of Oxford),

‘Bitter, Black and Tragical’: Tragic Peformance on the Shakespearean Stage

6.00 – 6.30 Drinks.


 Speakers and guests are invited to join us for dinner at a local restaurant; to book a place please let us know when registering (dinner not included in the registration fee).


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