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When: 12/28/2010
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 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

‘Civilization 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.

But 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 Renaissance?

This 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

TACMRS 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 by 28 December 2010.

This 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.

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