The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1837 Friday, 29 September 2000.
From: Andrew W. White <
Date: Thursday, 28 Sep 2000 10:47:27 -0400
Subject: CFP -- Byzantine, Medieval & Late Roman Drama
Apologies in advance for any duplications of this message due to
For the 25th Comparative Drama Conference, to be held at Ohio State
University April 26-28, 2001, I will be organizing at least one panel on
_Byzantine, Medieval & Late Roman Drama_.
The topic area is intentionally broad, in part because the study of
Byzantine performance practice, sacred and secular, is one with quite a
wide range of possibilities. By "Byzantine" is meant, initially, the
Eastern Roman Empire based in the capitol of Constantinople,
traditionally dated 330-1453. But the Eastern Empire's roots extend
back to the culture of Ancient Greece and Rome, and geographically
Byzantium's influence -- military, political and/or cultural -- extended
from Gibraltar to Siberia, from England to Ethiopia, and, very likely,
beyond. In addition, this Christian empire's regular contacts with
Muslim and Western culture ensured a long, fertile period of debates on
issues of liturgical practice, aesthetics, drama and performance that
all bear closer scrutiny.
Possible topic areas are myriad, but aside from more traditional inquiry
can also include comparative analyses of religious ritual/liturgy from
the standpoint of the drama; issues of dramatic structure, orality
and/or performativity in sacred text; the drama in Egypt and North
Africa; Islamic vs. Christian concepts of drama; dramatic structure in
hymnography; and music and the drama.
In the spirit of the original CFP for the Comparative Drama Conference
you may have already received, I would like to reiterate that for this
panel, "Papers may be comparative across disciplines, periods or
nationalities, may deal with any issue in dramatic theory and criticism,
or any method of historiography, translation, or production."
Questions are more than welcome, and depending on the response we may
have more than one session. I would appreciate it if abstracts could be
submitted to me by November 1.
Andrew Walker White
Department of Theatre
University of Maryland, College Park
2026 N. Vermont Street #301
Arlington, VA 22207