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Theatrum Mundi conference

This conference programme is provisional; please check nearer the time for any changes.

 (Venue: Daubeny Rooms, Magdalen College, Oxford unless otherwise stated) 

Thursday 12th September

13:00-15:00 Pedagogical Forum --- POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


Friday 13th September  

9:00-9:30 Registration and Welcome

9:30-10:30 First Keynote: PD Dr. Stefan Tilg (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies, Innsbruck, Austria), ‘Early Modern Latin Comedy’

10:30-12:30 Panel 1:New Discoveries 

  • Dr. Martin Wiggins (Shakespeare Institute), ‘A Recently Discovered Latin Play from Civil War Oxford’
  • Prof. Roger Green (Glasgow), ‘George Buchanan’s Jephthes: Euripides versus Seneca’
  • Prof. John Nassichuk, ‘A woman saint at the College de Bourgogne: Claude Roillet’s Catherinae tragoedia
  • Dr. Cressida Ryan (Oxford), ‘The art of Artaxerxes, or what we can learn from an unknown play’

12:30-13:30 Lunch (Magdalen dining hall)

13:30-15:00 Panel 2:Early Drama at Oxford

  • Dr. James McBain (Magdalen, Oxford), ‘Early Drama at Oxford: The example of Magdalen’
  • Ms. Elizabeth Sandis (Merton, Oxford), ‘A Christmas Special: manuscript evidence for a spectacular season at St John's College, Oxford (1607/8)’
  • Dr. Emma Buckley, ‘Matthew Gwinne’s Nero, Academic Drama, and the Politics of Polity’

15:00-15:30 Coffee/Tea

15:30-17:00 Visit to Manuscript Exhibition: Laudian Library, St John’s College

Tour of APGRD (Oxford Classics Faculty’s Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama)

17:30-19:00 Staged Reading (The Christmas Prince): Laudian Library, St John’s.

Followed by Prof. Elisabeth Dutton (Fribourg), the director of The Christmas Prince, in conversation with translator Elizabeth Sandis and the cast.

19:30 Conference Dinner (Al Shami Lebanese restaurant)

Saturday 14th September

9:00-10:00 Second Keynote: Prof. Thomas Earle (St Peter’s, Oxford), ‘The Creative Use of Latin Drama: The Case of Portugal’

10:00-11:30 Panel 3:Catholic Drama

  • Dr. Nienke Tjoelker (LBI), ‘Clemency, Patriotism and the Roman Republic: the Significance of Jesuit Theatre in the Eighteenth Century’
  • Dr. Valerio Sanzotta (LBI), ‘Respiciens ad pauca facile pronuntiat: Michele Giuseppe Morei’s preface to the fourth edition of Carpani’s tragedies’
  • Dr. Ewa Skwara (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan), ‘A Renaissance Comedy in a Roman Costume (Chrysis by Aenea Silvio Piccolomini)’

11:30-12:00 Coffee / Tea

12:00-13:00 Panel 4: Latin Drama in the Low Countries

  • Prof. Jan Bloemendal (Huygens Institute), ‘Religion and Latin Drama in the Early Modern Low Countries’
  • Ms. Eva Von Hooijdonk (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), ‘Commoedia Harlemiensis and Hollandsch Sinnespel: Dynamic interplay of Neolatin and vernacular drama in two Naaman-plays from Holland’

13:00-14:00 Lunch (Magdalen dining hall)

14:00-15:30 Panel 5: Latin Drama in England

  • Mr. Daniel Blank (Princeton), ‘Performing Religion: the Staging of Exile in John Foxe’s Christus Triumphans
  • Dr. Agnes Juhasz-Ormsby (Memorial University of Newfoundland), ‘Dramatic Texts in the Tudor Curriculum: John Palsgrave and the Henrician Educational Reforms’
  • Prof. Russ Leo (Princeton), ‘The Dramata Sacra, before Confessionalization’

15:30-17:00 Panel 6: Latin Drama in Bohemia

  • Dr. Kateřina Bobková-Valentová (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic), ‘Jesuit School Theatre Practices in the Bohemian Province and their Educational Function’
  • Dr. Alena Bočková (Charles University, Prague), ‘The Protagonist as a Role Model: Jesuit School Plays featuring St. John of Nepomuk’
  • Dr. Magdaléna Jacková (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic), ‘Staging the End of the Academic Year at Jesuit Grammar Schools in the Bohemian Province’

17:00-17:30 Coffee/Tea (Magdalen Auditorium foyer)

17:30-18:30 Public Lecture (Magdalen Auditorium): Dr. Alison Shell (UCL), ‘Byzantium in Seventeenth-Century English Catholic School Drama’

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registration closes on 15/08/13