MAKING THEATRICAL PUBLICS IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE
A Research Seminar for Dissertation-Stage PhD Students and Junior Faculty
Leaders: Steven Mullaney (Michigan) and Paul Yachnin (McGill)
May 14-June 9 2008
Victoria University of the University of Toronto
Sponsored by the MaPs Project (Making Publics: Media, Markets, and Association in Early Modern Europe), headquartered at McGill University and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (SSHRC-MCRI) program.
How did the shift from earlier forms of theatre, such as Corpus Christi cycles or moralities and interludes, to sixteenth- and seventeenth-century forms, such as the amphitheatre drama of Reformation London or the corrales drama of Golden Age Spain, alter the ways in which individual and collective identities were modeled? In this seminar, we will explore theatre, its relation to other forms of performance, and the making of publics in early modern Europe.
As many as 12 successful applicants will take part in this month-long interdisciplinary seminar, which will bring together scholars interested in the relationship among forms of performance, the formation of “publics,” and the development of public life. The travel and living expenses of the participants in the seminar will be covered by the MaPs project.
Canadian and non-Canadian dissertation-stage students and junior faculty from across disciplines representing the humanities and social sciences are invited to apply to take part in the research seminar, Making Theatrical Publics in Early Modern Europe. Scholars working on the theatre, theatrical forms of performance (e.g., public ceremonials, public self-display, fashions in clothing and conduct), and theatre in the age of Shakespeare are welcome to apply.
Participants are invited to define projects that range in time from the late fifteenth- through the mid-seventeenth centuries. Particular interests might include the ways in which new relations between space and performance define new associations among audience, affect, and/or ideology; the hybrid relation of drama and print and the differing and/or shared ways in which each contributed to the formation of new conjunctions of identity; ways in which practices of playgoing shaped publics around economic, social, and gendered axes; formal qualities of innovative dramatic forms and the role they played in public and private subjectivities. Doubtless, a host of other interests will develop as participants interact and refine their own projects in the course of the four-week seminar.
Participants in the seminar will have access to the rich resources of the University of Toronto’s John P. Robarts Research Library and Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, as well as the specialist collection of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, at Victoria University in the University of Toronto.
The end of the seminar will dovetail with the annual meeting of the MaPs research team. Members of the seminar will have the opportunity to present their work at the annual meeting. Further information and application instructions can be obtained from the MaPs Project website.
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