New Perspectives on Urban Entertainment in the Middle Ages

29th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies

Fordham University, Lincoln Center, New York City: Saturday, April 4, 2009

Conference Aims:

The Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham University is pleased to host its 29th annual conference which this year centers on New Perspectives on Urban Entertainment.  We seek to foster an interdisciplinary discussion that focuses on recent research regarding what medieval townspeople did for amusement and diversion from the regular round of daily life.  We are fortunate to have six accomplished scholars from different disciplines (art history, literature, history, music history) who will each give a paper followed by discussion.  Among the issues to be explored are: how public spectacles helped to identify urban relationships and identities, what modes of playful communication and creative exchange developed in medieval towns, the theatricality that plays may have shared with images of scenes in urban dramas, the civic context of vernacular improvisatory singers, the implications for theatre productions in streets and neighborhoods before purpose-built theaters, and the afterlife in post-apartheid South Africa of a medieval play cycle.

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