MRDS Sponsored Sessions: ICMS 2016

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We hope you'll join us at the following sessions and events, part of the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 12 to 15, 2016. See the complete conference program online.


Session 189. Editing for the Classroom, Translating for the Stage: Making Medieval Drama Accessible to Modern Audiences

Friday, May 12, 10:00 AM

Location: Schneider 1120

Chair: Andrew M. Pfrenger (Kent State University, Salem)


  • "Is There an Audience for This Play? Constructing the Reader of Modernized Medieval Drama," Christina M. Fitzgerald (University of Toledo) and John T. Sebastian (Loyola University, New Orleans)
  • "Ethically Glossing/Glossing Ethically: Working with Public-Domain Texts," Cameron Hunt McNabb (Southeastern University) and Frank M. Napolitano (Radford University)
  • "Translation and Fashion, or, How Long Is a Translation Supposed to Last?," Mario B. Longtin (Western University)


Session 321. From Hildegard to Mother Courage: Celebrating the Life and Work of Robert Potter (1934–2010)

Friday, May 12, 3:30 PM

Location: Bernhard 205

Chair: Robert L. A. Clark (Kansas State University)


  • "Robert Potter, the Modern Production of Medieval Plays, and the Historiography of the Field since 1970," Alexandra F. Johnston (Records of Early English Drama)
  • "Pre- and Post-Humanist Pig Performance," Marla Carlson (University of Georgia)
  • "From the Hussite Revolution to the Catholic Enlightenment: The Suppression, Preservation, and Revival of Palmesels in Bohemia and Poland," Max Harris (University of Wisconsin, Madison)


Performance. Soeur Fessue: Medieval Text, Modern Performance, Contested Ground

Friday, May 12, 8:00 PM

Location: Valley II, Eicher 202

Presider: Cameron Hunt McNabb (Southeastern University)


  • Mario B. Longtin, translator (Western University)
  • Carolyn Coulson (Shenandoah University)
  • Lofton L. Durham (Western Michigan University)
  • Matthew Sergi (University of Toronto)
  • Kyle A. Thomas (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


Session 452. Making Time/Making Space: Temporality in Medieval and Renaissance Drama

Saturday, May 13, 3:30 PM

Location: Fetzer 2016

Chair: Jill Stevenson (Marymount Manhattan College)


  • "'Why, how long shall he live?': Making Time for Murder in Arden of Faversham," Dori Coblentz (Emory University)
  • "Reading as Performance and Reading the Performance of Labyrinthe royal de l’Hercule gaulois triumphant: Representing the Representé," Daniel Ruppel (Brown University)
  • "Redundancy, Metaphor, and Memory: Experience of Space and Time in Medieval Christian Theater," Christopher Swift (New York City College of Technology, CUNY)
  • "A Violent Spatializing of Time: Colonizing Utopian Imaginaries in Seventeenth-Century Barbados," Scott Venters (University of Washington, Seattle"