New ‘Cultures of Performance’ Research Group

Cultures of Performance in Medieval and Early Modern Europe is a new research cluster founded by University of Kent colleagues, Dr Clare Wright, Dr Sarah Dustagheer and Dr Rory Loughnane. The group comprises staff and students from the University, and will investigate a range of performance events in Europe, c. 500 to c. 1700.

From plays and pageants to poetry and processions, music, liturgy and dance, performance here is broadly conceived and studied from a variety of methodological and historical perspectives, including its place in modern performance practice.

The research cluster launches on Thursday 12th October with the first of its interactive performance workshops, followed by drinks and discussion. The event is free and open to all. Starts at 5.15pm, Lecture theater 2, Darwin College, University of Kent.

Cultures of Performance in Medieval and Early Modern Europe will hold regular performance workshops throughout the year where it will explore some of the texts, ideas and questions members encounter in their research. Details of these can be found on the cluster’s blog.