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Upcoming Conference: Marginalised Voices and Figures in French Festival Culture, 1500–1800 (Music Department, King’s College London)

16th April 2021

We are pleased to share the programme for the upcoming conference, which will be held online through MS Teams on 24-25 April. SFPS member Prof. Julia Prest will be giving a keynote address on Sunday 25th April at 12:30pm (UK time), entitled ‘Marginalised People and Public Theatre Festivals in Revolutionary Saint-Domingue’. Attendance links are below (all times are British Summer Time).

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Saturday 24 April, 12:20-14:00 


Saturday 24 April, 15:00-18:30 


Sunday 25 April, 12:30-13:30 


Sunday 25 April, 14:30-18:30

12:20: Start and Welcome
12:30-14:00: Women and Crowds
Chair: Marie-Claude Canova Green
Kathleen Loysen, ‘Performing Women’s Voices in Sixteenth-Century Rouen: The Plaisant quaquet resjuyssance des femmes and Pierre Le Pardonneur’
Benoit Bolduc, ‘Listening to the Crowd at the Carrousel de la Place Royale (1612)’
Sean Heath, ‘“I’ve only finished what M. the abbé started”: Sexual harassment during celebrations of the fête du roi in 1790’
14:00-15:00: Lunch Break
15:00-17:00: Muslims, Jews and Resistance
Chair: Margaret McGowan
Rose Pruiksma, ‘Louis XIII and representations of Islam in the Grand bal de la Douairière de Billebahaut: negotiating identity and difference in early seventeenth-century France’
Dorothy Noyes, ‘Muslim, Mouth, and Mutilation: Figuring the Province in the Théâtre de Béziers,1610-1660’
Eric Johnson, ‘“Sons of the Serving Maid”: The Jews of Papal Avignon in Early Modern Religious Rituals’
Erik J. Hadley, ‘Ritual Resistance: Festival Conflicts in Francophone Belgium during the French
17:00-17:30: Tea Break
17:30-18:30: First Keynote
Chair: Alexander Robinson
Kate van Orden, ‘Stagings of Empire in French Entries and Court Ballet, 1550-1626: Connected
18:30: Virtual Drinks (Platform TBD)
12:30-13:30: Second Keynote
Chair: Bram van Leuveren
Julia Prest, ‘Marginalised People and Public Theatre Festivals in Revolutionary Saint-Domingue’
13:30-14:30: Lunch Break
14:30-16:00: Merchants and Artisans
Chair: Marc W. S. Jaffré
Eva van Kemenade, ‘Demarginalising Artisan Street Theatre in Renaissance Lyon: Louis Garon and Lest Plaisants devis (1568-1601) and Colloque des trois supposts du Seigneur de la Coquille (1610)’
Alison Calhoun, ‘Waterworks at Versailles’ First Festivals: Royal Plumbers as Cartesian Fountaineers’
Matthew Gin, ‘Working Behind the Scenes: Artisanal Labor and the Production of Pageant Décor in Eighteenth-Century Paris’
16:00-16:30: Tea Break
16:30-18:00: Performance and the Other
Chair: Jonathan Spangler
Daniel J. Ruppel, ‘Global Imaginaries and Elephantine Artifice: Resituating “Bresil” in Henri II’s 1550 Royal Entry into Rouen’
Michael Meere, ‘Provincial Theatre and Traveling Companies: Women on Stage in Bourges, 1607’
Michael Harrigan, ‘Music and Singing in the Early French Caribbean’
18:00-18:30: Conclusion and Close of Conference
Our twitter handle is @marginalisedvo1.
Marc W. S. Jaffré (University of St Andrews)
Bram van Leuveren (University of Groningen)
Alexander Robinson (King’s College London)
This event is generously supported by the Royal Musical Association, Music & Letters, The Society for the Study of French History, the Royal Historical Society, and the Society for Renaissance Studies.

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