MRDS Sponsored Sessions: ICMS 2018

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We hope you’ll join us at the following sessions and events, part of the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 9 to 13, 2018.

Session 103. Approaches to Teaching Medieval Drama, Revisited

Thursday, May 9, 3:30 PM

Location: Fetzer 1045

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


  • “Authentic Pedagogy in the Medieval Drama Classroom,” Cameron Hunt McNabb (Southeastern University)
  • “The Umpteenth Annual Secunda Pastorum at a Commuter Campus, or, My Son, the Stolen Sheep,” Betsy Bowden (Rutgers University)
  • “Countering Presentism in a Student-Led Performance of Mankind,” Boyda J. Johnstone (Fordham University)
  • “Not Scripted: Playing with the Archive,” Gina Di Salvo (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Session 161. Staging Politics: Tyranny, Repression, and Unrest in Medieval Plays

Friday, May 10, 10:00 AM

Location: Valley 3 Eldridge 309

Chair: Mario B. Longtin (Western University)


  • “Tyrannicide, Liberation, and Proto-Reformation Preaching in the Earliest Extant William Tell Play (ca. 1512),” Stephen K. Wright (Catholic University of America)
  • “That Reverant Unutile Moi Play: Herod’s Gibberish,” Ruth Nisse (Wesleyan University)

Session 229. New Voices in Early Drama Studies

Friday, May 10, 1:30 PM

Location: Fetzer 2016

Chair: Christina M. Fitzgerald (University of Toledo)


  • “Approaching Sacred Comedy in Early English Drama,” Sarah Jane Brazil (University de Genève)
  • “Divine Travail: Christ’s Conflicting Abilities and Mobilities in the York Plays,” Jennie Friedrich (University of California, Riverside)
  • “On Stage Directions from the Twelfth Century to the Twenty-First Century in Jehan Bodel’s Jeu de Saint Nicolas,” Nouha Gammar (University of Virginia)
  • “Le diable qui parle par ta bouche”: Vulgar Language from Mankind to Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles-Sœurs,” Aylin Malcolm (University of Pennsylvania)

Session 287. Claire Sponsler: In Memoriam I

Friday, May 10, 3:30 PM

Location: Fetzer 2016

Chair: Matthew Evan Davis (McMaster University)


  • “Crossdressing on the Medieval Stage: A Transgender and Transracial Sartorial Masquerade,” Jesse Njus (Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • “Medieval Drama and the ‘Myth of Communal Life’ in the Twenty-First Century,” Heather Mitchell-Buck (Hood College Hamilton)
  • Hamilton and Medieval Drama,” Michelle Markey Butler (University of Maryland)

Executive Council Meeting

Friday, May 10, 11:45 AM

Location: Fetzer 1030

General Business Meeting

Friday, May 10, 5:15 PM

Location: Fetzer 2016