Ludi Civitatis: the Church, the Court, the Citizen
The Fifth International Conference of the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies
4-5 Nov. 2011
Call for Papers
Ludi Civitatis: the Church, the Court, and the Citizens
arises and unfolds in and as play’ (Johan Huizinga, Homo Ludens). In
civic entertainment, ‘play’ constitutes the primary formative element in
human culture that affords and sustains common interest and amusement.
Texts produced in the classical, medieval and the Renaissance periods
document how the Church, the Court, and the citizens devise their ‘play’
in triumphal entries, court entertainment, civic festivals, religious
rituals, processions, drama, music and dance.
why does culture endlessly produce and consume entertainment? What are
the motives that prompt people to create civic entertainment? How did
civic entertainment and its effects resonate through manuscripts, print,
economics, politics and the arts from the classical period to the
year’s conference explores complex manifestations of ‘play’, aiming to
look into ‘makers’ and consumers of civic entertainment in the city, the
‘common’ stage for cultural productions across the classical, medieval
and Renaissance periods. TACMRS now invites proposals for papers on one
of the following themes:
- The Church and religious ‘play’ in the city
- Court entertainment and the city
- Popular festivals in the civic space
- Playwrights and their ‘play’
- Artists and the performing arts
provides an interdisciplinary forum for discussions and debates on the
motives, performances, and effects of civic entertainment, and seeks to
create dialogue between and across disciplines and periods. We would
particularly encourage submissions with cross-cultural approaches, and
on this premise welcome papers that reach beyond the traditional
chronological and disciplinary borders of classical, medieval and
Renaissance studies. Please send the paper proposals to
TACMRS.NSYSU@gmail.com by 28 December 2010.
conference is under the auspices of the Department of Foreign Languages
and Literature of National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan.
International scholars are encouaged to send in applications for
accommodation with abstract and CV.