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“Hacer dragones y serpientes para este teatro”: los libros de caballerías y la comedia del siglo XVII
This conference (in Spanish) on books of chivalry and comedies of the 17th century is part of the Historias Fingidas International Seminar (2022).
It will take place November 10-11, 2022, at the University of Verona, Italy, and can be followed online.
The program and zoom link can be found here.
Renaissance Society of America members can post calls for papers and seek participants for sessions in all disciplines to be held at RSA San Juan (9–11 March 2023). Session proposals are welcome in the following formats: Paper panels; Seminars; Roundtables; Workshops. Papers can be in English or Spanish.
Three University of Toronto Scarborough students are reimagining an ancient Tamil epic thanks to an inaugural U of T Scarborough Library Sophia Hilton Storytelling Fellowship.
This year’s fellowship from the Sophia Hilton Foundation focuses on the Tamil epic The Legend of Ponnivala Nadu, translated in Brenda Beck’s forthcoming English edition as The Land of the Golden River. The students will be creating a series of podcasts. For more information, go to Rebecca Mangra’s January 27, 2022, University of Toronto announcement.
From 2 to 4 November 2022, a symposium will be held in Geneva on the theme of the Epic, focusing more specifically on the role of music in its interpretation. Based on an idea of the Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie (ADEM), in collaboration with the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève (HEM) and with the contribution of the Séminaire nomade de la Société Française d’Ethnomusicologie (SFE), it will be held within the framework of the festival Les nuits du monde (ADEM), which is based on the same theme. The primary motivation of this vast project is to connect live performance, educational activities, scientific research and publication. A selection of the contributions to the colloquium will subsequently be published as a dossier in the Cahiers d’ethnomusicologie (Vol. 37/2024). Artists, researchers and students of music or (ethno)musicology interested in participating in the colloquium are invited to submit their proposals before 15 January 2022.
For more information, see: https://adem.ch/en/evenements/music-and-epics
The World Epics in Puppet Theater: India, Iran, Japan, Italy project consists of scholarly encounters and puppet theater performances designed to foster intellectual exchange and public awareness about four epic traditions and their continued elaboration in puppetry arts. It also aims to feature contemporary puppeteers who use the dramatic capabilities of theater to present, question, and reinvent epic narratives across languages, cultures, religions, and territories.
The project is part of the Columbia University Humanities War & Peace Initiative, which “fosters the study of war and peace from the perspective of scholars in the Humanities, in conversation with colleagues from around Columbia and the world […] with an ultimate goal of perpetuating a more peaceful world.”
Academic committee: Jo Ann Cavallo (Columbia University), organizer; Olga M. Davidson (Boston University); Claudia Orenstein (Hunter College, CUNY; UNIMA-USA); Elizabeth Oyler (University of Pittsburgh); Paula Richman (Oberlin College); and Poupak Azimpour Tabrizi (University of Tehran, Iran).
Co-sponsors of the mini-symposium: the Humanities War and Peace Initiative, through the Division of Humanities in the Arts & Sciences at Columbia University; the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, Columbia University; the Museo Internazionale delle Marionette “Antonio Pasqualino” in Palermo, Italy; the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, University of Connecticut; the Puppet Arts Program, Department of Dramatic Arts, University of Connecticut; the University of Pittsburgh; and UNIMA-USA.
For the latest information about the project (including videos of the mini-symposium, the Q&As with the puppeteers, and select performances) as well as further suggested resources, see the World Epics in Puppet Theater project page.
World Puppetry Day 2021
World Puppetry Day takes place annually on March 21. Click here for this year’s World Puppetry Day events worldwide.