Parish and Performance

Parish and Performance

Warwick Network for Parish Research & Records of Early English Drama
Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick
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Humanities Research Centre (University of Warwick) & Records of Early English Drama
United Kingdom
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13.05.2023 - 13.05.2023
Beat Kümin, Department of History, University of Warwick

Twenty-First Warwick Symposium on Parish Research, co-hosted by Beat Kümin (Warwick/My-Parish) and John Craig (Simon Fraser/REED), with Daniel Gettings & Maria Tauber (Warwick)

Parish and Performance

Parishes were and are performative spaces. From the staging of plays and games to the conduct of ceremonies, parish culture has always included elements of oral, musical, mimetic and other types of public display. The twenty-first Parish Symposium, co-sponsored by My-Parish and Records of Early English Drama (with its REED Online platform), focuses on the participants, occasions, evolutions and meanings of such activities. It features a keynote by Peter Greenfield (Professor Emeritus of English, University of Puget Sound, Washington) and papers by an international set of speakers ranging across a wide geographical and chronological spectrum. As detailed in the programme, we are pleased to offer sessions on music / dance, drama and processions alongside contributions consisting / inclusive of elements of performance.

The Symposium will take place in and around the Institute of Advanced Study in the University of Warwick on Saturday 13 May 2023 (9.45 am to 6pm). While personal presence is preferred, online participation can also be accommodated (in the latter case, not all programme features may be accessible). Accepted speakers and performers benefit from free registration, but all in-person participants have to bear any travel / accommodation expenses themselves. A small number of bursaries for postgraduates / unwaged participants may be available – please contact the organizers separately if you require support to be able to attend in person.

For organizational purposes, ALL participants (including accepted speakers) have to register online in advance via this link: Once you've reached that webpage, please select the appropriate route (for in-person delegates, virtual participation or accepted speakers), noting that places at the venue are limited and that bookings will close at midnight on 25 April 2023.


9.45 – 10.15 am
Registration and Coffee (Institute of Advanced Study, Foyer)

10.15 – 10.30
Welcome and Introduction by the co-organizers (IAS Seminar Room)

10.30 – 11.30
Keynote Address, chaired by John Craig (Seminar Room)

Peter Greenfield (University of Puget Sound),
‘a strange perswasion’: English Parish Performances and the Records of Early English Drama

11.30 – 1 pm
Session 1: MUSIC, DANCE & CHARIVARI, chaired by Beat Kümin (Seminar Room)

Susan Skinner (University of Plymouth), ‘Music, Place and Culture: the Male Voice Choirs of two Cornish Fishing Communities’

Michael Heaney, ‘From Centre Stage to Outcasts: Morris Dancers in Parish Performance 1540-1660’

Taylor Aucoin (University of Edinburgh), ‘The “Parish Football Fund” and the Hunt for Britain’s Nuptial Charivari’

Emily Winerock (Point Park University, USA/Shakespeare and Dance Project), ‘Choreographing Community or Performing Profanation? Competing Conceptions of Dancing in English Parishes, c. 1550–c. 1640’

1 – 1.45 pm
LUNCH (IAS Common Room)

1.45 – 3.15 pm
Session 2: DRAMA, chaired by Maria Tauber (Seminar Room)

Lynneth Miller Renberg (Anderson University), ‘Performing Joy: Plays and Emotion in Medieval York’

Lydia Fisher (University of Exeter), ‘The Drama of Stained Glass: an Examination of the 15th century Passion Window at St Kew, Cornwall’

Chris Highley (Ohio State University), ‘The Drama of the Parish: Performing Local Life in Early Modern London’

Kristi Flake (University of Warwick), ‘The Performance of the Book of Homilies in the English Parish, 1547-1720’

3.15 - 3.45

3.45 - 4.30 pm
Session 3: PERFORMANCES – in the ‘Street’ space

David Fletcher (University of Warwick), ‘Parochial Tyranny’ – a Dramatic Reading

Tom ‘Strasz’ Straszewski (University of York), ‘“Heaven and Earth in Little Space”: Performing the Parish through the York Mystery Plays’

4.45 - 5.30
Session 4: PROCESSIONS, chaired by Daniel Gettings (Seminar Room)

Klaas Van Gelder (Vrije Universiteit Brussels/State Archives in Brussels), ‘The Parish as the Main Stage: Seigneurial Joyous Entries in the Burgundian and Habsburg Netherlands’

Bela Mihalik (Institute of History, Budapest), ‘The Performance of Unity: Processions in Eger in the first decade of the post-Ottoman Era, 1687-99’

5.30 - 6.00


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