Provisional Schedule

Performance, Culture, and the Book:  A Conference Honoring the Work of Claire Sponsler

to be held at the University of Iowa on Friday, August 25, and Saturday, August 26, 2017

Friday, August 25, Gerber Lounge (304 EPB)

1:30-3:00 p.m.  Performance and Performativity

Chaired by Katherine Tachau

  • Judith Coleman, Department of English, Delta State University: “Performing Orthodox Heresy: Mary's Trial in N-Town and The Lyf of Our Lady.”
  • Michael Moore, Department of History, University of Iowa: "The Cadaver Trial of Pope Formosus."
  • Rob Barrett, Department of English, University of Illinois: “Ripples in the World: Morris Dancing in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Series.”

3-3:30 p.m. Coffee in Gerber Lounge

3:30-4:45 p.m.  Keynote address by Kathleen Ashley, Distinguished Professor of English (emerita), University of Southern Maine: “Claire’s Keywords.” 

Introduction by Jon Wilcox

5:15-6:15 p.m.  Jeff Porter, Professor of English, University of Iowa:  Reading from “Planet Claire: A Love Story.” 

Introduction by Eric Gidal

6:30-9:00 p.m.  Reception at Art Building West, foyer

Food and initial drinks provided; cash bar available.


Saturday, August 26, 2017, Gerber Lounge (304 EPB)

8:30-9:00 a.m.  Coffee, juice, and pastries in Gerber Lounge

9-10:30 a.m.  Performance Writ Large (papers by scholars who were Claire’s students)

Chaired by Kathleen Kamerick

  • Vickie Larsen and John Pendell (co-authored), Department of English, University of Michigan—Flint, “Hoccleve’s Series, Academic Apprenticeship, and Claire’s Voice: A Complaint and Dialogue.”
  • Ann Pleiss Morris, Department of English, Ripon College, WI: ““The Whole Magnifycent Entertainment”: Performative Reading and Jacobean Court Masque”;
  • Amy Mulligan, Department of Irish, Notre Dame University, “Poetry and Sinew: Keening a Hero’s Body Back Together.”

10:30-11:00 a.m.  Coffee and juice in Gerber Lounge

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   Drama and Identity

Chaired by Rob Bork

  • Robert Clark, Department of French, Kansas State University: “‘Racial Cross-dressing’ Revisted: Desire and Appropriation of the Jewish Other in French Medieval Theater.”
  • Max Harris, Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin, “A Paraguayan Palm Sunday: A Ritual Import from Spain or Germany?”
  • Kim Marra, Department of Theatre Arts and American Studies, University of Iowa: “David Belasco and The Passion for Actress Training.”

12:30-1:45 p.m.  Lunch on your own

1:45-3:00 p.m.  Keynote address by Jody Enders, Distinguished Professor of French at the University of California—Santa Barbara: “The Absent Presence of Medieval Tragedy”

Introduction by Kathy Lavezzo

3-3:30 p.m. Coffee, tea, and juice in Gerber Lounge

3:30-5:30 p.m.  Affect, Performance, and Document

Chaired by Denise Filios

  • Glenn Ehrstine, Department of German, University of Iowa: “The Theatrics of the Indulgence in Pre-Reformation Germany.”
  • Susie Phillips, Department of English, Northwestern University: “Staging Shady Ethics: Language Lessons and Delinquent Debts in Premodern England.”
  • Theresa Coletti, Department of English, University of Maryland: “Medieval Tragedies of Society and Family: The Middle English Slaughter of the Innocents Plays as Test Case.
  • Carol Symes, Department of History and Medieval Studies, University of Illinois: “Drama in the Archives: Documenting Affect and Emotion in the Legal Materials of Late Medieval England.” 

Evening: Informal gathering in The Sanctuary Restaurant and Pub (405 S. Gilbert Street) for dinner and conviviality for all who are staying.