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John Rich and the Eighteenth-Century London Stage: Commerce, Magic and Management

An Interdisciplinary Conference to be held at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, UK, 25-27 January 2008

Deadline for abstracts: 30 September 2007.  Notice of acceptance: 14
October 2007

Keynote speaker: Robert D. Hume

The impact of John Rich (1692-1761) on London's theatrical industry was
profound. This conference will explore his legacy as performer, manager
and author, viewing his contributions in the context of London's
burgeoning entertainment industry. The conference will culminate in a
private viewing of the renowned theatrical portrait collection housed at
the Garrick Club. The published proceedings will constitute the first
modern monograph on John Rich.

To reflect the interdisciplinary nature and commercial drive of Rich's
activities, the conference invites papers by scholars exploring
eighteenth-century dance, music and drama from a range of historical and
methodological perspectives. Investigations into Rich's own activities --
such as his championing of pantomime, opera, oratorio and afterpieces, his
use of the body in performance, his managerial innovations and his
collaboration with Handel -- are particularly encouraged. Studies on
topics relating to Rich, such as the stage traditions and practices
informing his productions, his contributions to high-style music, changes
to performance spaces and the mingling of high- and low-style
entertainments, will also be welcome.  Session themes currently under
consideration are listed on the conference web site

Papers for formal sessions should last no more than thirty minutes.  The
conference also welcomes 20-minute papers for panel discussions, and
10-minute position papers for roundtable discussions. Candidates may apply
jointly as constituted panels, or individuals may submit abstracts
indicating their wish to participate in panels or roundtables proposed on
the website.

Abstracts of up to 500 words should be sent to: info at
Electronic submissions are preferred, though surface mail may be posted to
Dr. Berta Joncus, St. Catherine's College, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UJ,

Awards and travel subsidies for delegates, particularly for students, will
be posted on the web site as these funds become available. The conference
proceedings will be published with the generous support of the Dolmetsch
Historical Dance Society.

For further details about the conference, please see:
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