2nd CFP with deadline extension: UBC Medieval Workshop (9-10 October 2015)

Here is the second call for papers for the October 2015 UBC Medieval
Workshop, held jointly with the Gregorian Institute of Canada.

Liturgical and Secular Drama in Medieval Europe: Text, Music, Image (ca.


Please note the new conference dates and extended deadline for submissions.

Second call for papers

*Please note new dates and extended submission deadline.

The Gregorian Institute of Canada and The University of British Columbia’s Medieval Studies Committee

invite paper and session proposals for

THE 43rd UBC MEDIEVAL WORKSHOP / THE 10th GIC COLLOQUIUM, a joint interdisciplinary research conference:

Liturgical and Secular Drama in Medieval Europe: Text, Music, Image (c. 1000-1500)

Taking place at Green College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, on OCTOBER 9-10, 2015.

This conference will focus on the Medieval segment of the long history of European theatre. One objective will be to analyze aspects of the great repertoire of liturgical drama, from its supposed modest beginnings in the Gregorian liturgy of Easter, through its various developments in Latin and the vernaculars, into liturgical, semi-liturgical and secular plays. Just as importantly we recognize the fact that European drama did not begin in the Medieval church. When one considers the secular themes appearing in semi-religious plays then in comic genres of the late Middle Ages, such as the farce, it often becomes necessary to study the direct or indirect influence of secular sources such as Latin comedies, Medieval French fabliaux, or the troubadours’ satirical dialogues. Beyond this intertextuality, combined in many cases with musical exchanges, Medieval drama gradually acquired visual components including manuscript illuminations, props, theatrical machines, sets, and different approaches to spatial organization in relation to the audience. The transformations in drama over the period 1000-1500 are connected to evolving attitudes toward music in the church, music in theatre, spoken vs. sung plays, the place of the actor in society, religious and secular themes, interactions with other genres, and the manuscript tradition (notations, text transmission, stage directions and commentaries).

Given the diverse aspects of this conference theme, we hope to receive paper and session proposals in: historical musicology, theatre studies, history, performance studies, philosophy, religious studies, translation studies, art history, palaeography and edition. We particularly invite contributions involving two or more of these disciplines.

Proposals for 20-minute papers or 3-paper sessions, in English or in French, should be submitted by FEBRUARY 15, 2015, addressed to

James Blasina and Chantal Phan


and sent by email to:

jblasina-at-fas-dot-harvard-dot-edu and chantal-dot-phan-at-ubc-dot-ca

or by mail or fax to:

Prof. Chantal Phan (Medieval Studies), FHIS, 797-1873 East Mall, VANCOUVER, BC V6T 1Z1, CANADA. Fax: (1)-604-822-6675

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