This specialist conference will focus on morris dancing within the British Isles and its history up to recent times.
As an enduring feature of British culture across more than six centuries, research in, and understanding, appreciation and practice of, our vernacular dance genre is worth celebrating.
Contributions from practitioners and scholars have been invited to this two-day event to share practice, archival research, oral history and local custom. This may be in the form of papers and talks for 30 minute slots to include discussion time, or workshops of 90 minutes, or posters. It is planned that selected papers will be published in a volume of proceedings.
Organised by The Historical Dance Society in partnership with English Folk Dance and Song Society and The Morris Ring, The Morris Federation, Open Morris.
Women in Morris This Girl Can Morris Dance: Girls’ Carnival Morris Dancing and the Politics of Participation / Lucy Wright The Women’s Morris Federation – from start to finish / Val Parker What to Dance? What to Wear? The Repertoire and Costume of Morris Women in the 1970s / Sally Wearing
Morris at Court Rank Outsider or an Outsider of Rank? Mr Isaac’s Morris Dance / Jennifer Thorp Morris and Masque at the Jacobean Court / Anne Daye
The Early Revival Morris Tunes Collected by James Madison Carpenter / Elaine Bradtke “Pilgrimages to Holy Places”: The Travelling Morrice, 1922-1939 / Matt Simons “I Ring for the General Dance”: Morris and Englishness in the Work of Conrad Noel / Katie Palmer Heathman
Material Culture Why Do Morris Dancers Wear White? / Chloe Metcalfe Materialising Morris Dancing: Tangible Aspects of an Intangible Heritage / David Petts