Parish & Performance – Twenty-First Warwick Symposium on Parish Research

Date / time: 24 February, 12:00 am

Call for Papers, deadline – 24 February 2023

Parishes were 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-sponsored by My-Parish and Records of Early English Drama, focuses on the participants, occasions, evolutions and meanings of such activities, hoping to attract contributions across the widest geographical and chronological spectrum.

Papers might deal with particular genres of primary sources (in different media and formats), individual performances (by laity as well as clergy), surveys of distinct genres (drama, concerts, religious rituals), conceptual approaches (praxeology, literary theory …) or any other related aspects. We welcome both ‘classic’ conference papers and presentations consisting / inclusive of elements of performance.

The Symposium will take place at the University of Warwick on Saturday 13 May 2023. It is conceived as a hybrid event co-organized by Beat Kümin (Warwick / My-Parish) & John S. Craig (Simon Fraser / Records of Early English Drama) with Daniel Gettings and Maria Tauber (Warwick). While personal attendance is preferred, online participation can also be accommodated. Accepted speakers / performers will benefit from free registration but will have to bear any travel / accommodation expenses themselves. A small number of bursaries for postgraduates / unwaged participants may be available – please indicate whether you would like to apply for those when you submit your proposal.

Proposals for 15-minute contributions should include a title, (max. 1 A4-page) abstract plus a brief biographical note and be submitted to and by Friday 24 February 2023.

Fuller information and updates appear on the Symposium homepage at:

We look forward to hearing from you!

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