IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1434: Performing Alterity: Medieval Drama and / as the 'Other' - A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Medieval English Theatre, Lancaster University / Early English Drama & Performance Network
Organiser:Clare Wright, School of English, University of Kent
Moderator/Chair:Clare Wright, School of English, University of Kent
Abstract

This round table session will move beyond the established paradigms of ‘otherness’, such as the sexual, ethnic, or religious ‘other’, to offer a unique and challenging perspective on the topic. Seeking different kinds of dramatic alterity, it will explore how medieval plays dealt with and/or used ‘otherness’ in performance and will consider to what extent drama as a medium might challenge or problematise ideas of ‘otherness’, both in medieval culture and in modern scholarship. The round table will, furthermore, debate the extent to which drama remains ‘other’ to its sister disciplines in medieval and performance studies, and how drama scholars might bring their research to bear on the broader concerns of those fields.

Participants include Jamie Beckett (Durham University), Peg, Katritzky (Open University, Milton Keynes), Carlotta Posth (Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen), Eleanor Rycroft (University of Bristol), and Charlotte Steenbrugge (University of Sheffield).