Medieval Household Entertainments
Leeds, July 2001
CALL FOR PAPERS: REED-Sponsored Sessions at the International Medieval Congress 2001 University of Leeds, 9-12 July 2001 The special theme for International Medieval Congress 2001 will be Familia and Domus, allowing the REED-sponsored sessions to focus on household entertainment. As always, these REED sessions aim to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue among paper presenters, commentators, and audiences. This "Call for Papers" consequently invites response from drama scholars, historians, musicologists, art or dance historians, archivists, and social economists, among others. Potential dimensions of household entertainment to explore might include, but surely are not limited to, such areas as (a) household entertainments themselves--texts, types, size, frequency, costs, spectacle, costuming, food and drink; (b) geographical and/or social variations; (c) "court and country"--multiple households, "province" and capital; (d) masques, country and court; (e) household "entertainment and hospitality" relationships--stewards, masters and mistresses, gender, power, politics, religion, neighbors; (f) relations among households and entertainment--payments, travel routes, local variations; (g) specific attention to dance and music; (h) the "amateur versus professional" issue, nuanced; (i) playing places, physical venues for household entertainment, and (j) performance conditions, including audience reception. Inquiries and initial expressions of interest may be directed to either of the REED-sponsored sessions' co-organizers: Rosalind C. Hays, Professor of History, Department of History, Dominican University, +1-(708) 524-6836, firstname.lastname@example.org. Because of summer travel, e-mail communications will be more efficient and are preferred. Further information on the International Medieval Congress is available at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/imi/imc/imc.htm. The deadline for submitting paper title and one-page (maximum) abstract is 15 August 2000, by post to Barbara D. Palmer, 409 Shaw Court, Fredericksburg, VA 22405, U.S.A. The full text of accepted papers will be due on 1 May 2001 to allow session commentators sufficient time to prepare their responses.