Update on the MRDS CFP for Kalamazoo:

Session 3, Liturgical Drama Performance: A Session in Memory of Fletcher Collins, Jr., is now full. Please do not submit any further abstract for that session. And session 1, Performance in German-Speaking Lands, is filling fast. Please submit your abstract ASAP if you would like to have it considered for that session.

Gloria Betcher
The Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society (MRDS) will be sponsoring 4 sessions at the International Medieval Congress in 2006 and co-sponsoring a fifth session with MEDICA. We're hoping that you'll find something to interest you in our varied assortment. Abstracts are now being accepted for the following topics:

1) Performance in German-Speaking Lands
Recent scholarship on early German theater has focused on plays' performative aspects exploring gesture, ritual, staging, and audience engagement within local contexts. European colleagues draw on Anglo-American theories of performance, but modify them in accordance with the distinct performance traditions of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. New approaches to the study of early theater in German-Speaking lands warrant closer attention by American colleagues.
2) What Theater Studies Brings to Medieval Studies
Discussions of medieval theater history often focus primarily on text. This panel considers ways in which interdisciplinary work in performance history and the study of theater--its practice, language, communal nature--enlivens and enriches the study of medieval history.
3) Liturgical Drama Performance: A Session in Memory of Fletcher Collins, Jr.,
Fletcher Collins, Jr. (d. 6 May 2005), was crucial to spurring interest in production of the larger repertoire of medieval music-dramas. His _Production of Medieval Church Music-Drama_ challenged scholars to present the liturgical repertoire as visual shows consistent with iconographic evidence, while his edition of sixteen plays with music was a collection of performable transcriptions intended to encourage others to solve problems of transcription. This session focuses on production of liturgical drama, its music, and the embedding of individual plays in the liturgy. These matters have seen considerable development since they were last discussed at Kalamazoo and now merit discussion in an interdisciplinary memorial session. Session if filled.
4) Performance in the Early Modern Household
Among the most significant discoveries of the past decade is the wealth of documentary evidence of dramatic performances in the great households of late medieval and early modern England.  This session will focus on the plays, personnel, and performing spaces of these private entertainments.
We are also co-sponsoring a session with MEDICA this year:

(5) Jointly sponsored session organized by MEDICA: Performing Medicine on the Early Page and Stage

This session will add a new dimension to ongoing discussions of two current areas of scholarly interest: the early body as metaphor and the physicality of the stage. Papers will employ interdisciplinary approaches to explore the performative aspects of early medicine and the medical aspects of early drama: emphasis will be on doctors, doctoring, health and disease as they are depicted in early texts and performances. MEDICA representative Gerard NeCastro <[log in to unmask]> will accept abstracts for this session.

MRDS welcomes papers on any aspects of performance suited to these general topics.

Please submit abstracts for topics 1-4 above by September 15th (sooner is better) to Gloria Betcher at the address below. E-mail submissions are preferred because we need to send any abstracts not accepted by MRDS to the conference organizers for general sessions. If you send an abstract, please remember to provide the following:
your name and affiliation,
a title for your paper,
your contact information (including office and home phone numbers, fax number, and e-mail address),
an abstract cover sheet available at and
your A/V or computer needs as required on the abstract cover sheet.
You can fill in the interactive abstract cover sheet online, save a copy, and send it as an E-mail attachment. NOTE THAT WE MUST HAVE AN ABSTRACT COVER SHEET TO PLACE YOUR PAPER IN A SESSION.

We look forward to your submissions!