Conceptualised by Michel Foucault as the framework of ‘social relations’ where ‘spatial distributions’ take place, space has become an ever-increasing focus of scholarly debate (1984). For scholars of early modern drama this has ranged from the analysis of dramatic space over considerations of rural versus urban locales to discourses of gendered space. Such academic discussion highlights the integrality of spatiality in the way we perceive ourselves and our surroundings through place and space.
The Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Aberdeen is searching for papers engaging with ideas of self and place in early modern drama for a panel to be presented at the RSA conference in Chicago in 2017. Since this panel will be running as part of a strand of panels dedicated to the broad theme of Writing Place, we are especially interested in the themes of spatial transformation, early modern places of identity and self-making, and the general use of place by early modern playwrights. Topics for discussion may vary and can include religious, domestic, urban or rural space, places of worship, the theatre as a place of identity and transformation, props, and/or spatial limitations.
Please send a 150-word abstract, keywords and a brief résumé in bullet points (no more than 300 words) to Julia Kotzur at firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th May 2016.