Parish and Performance – 21st Warwick Symposium on Parish Research

Date / time: 13 May, 9:45 am - 6:00 pm

Call for Registrations, deadline – 25 April 

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-hosted 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. We are pleased to offer sessions on music / dance, drama and processions alongside contributions consisting / inclusive of elements of performance. The full programme and any updates can be found on the Symposium homepage at:

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 here:

On the webpage, please select your appropriate route (for non-presenting in-person delegates, virtual participants or accepted speakers), noting that places at the venue are limited and that bookings will close at midnight on 25 April 2023.

We look forward to seeing you on 13 May!


Image: ‘The Thames at Richmond, with the Old Royal Palace’ (unknown Flemish school, early 17thC). © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.