Pleasure and Leisure: Program

Program of the 2018 Symposium: Pleasure and Leisure

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. RECEPTION (Hosted by Albrecht Classen), Ramada by Wyndham Tucson (formerly Riverpark Inn), 777 W Cushing St. (520) 239-2300, next to Interstate 10, south of St. Mary’s Rd. (hospitality suite 134 on the west side of the hotel, room on the name of our colleague Carlee Arnett) – we hope to see you all, but feel free to drop in and to stay until ca. 9 p.m. at your leisure. Keep in mind that the room is a suite where one of the participants is staying, so we should not impose ourselves for too long after 9 p.m., except for Saturday when we’ll have our roundtable!

FRIDAY, May 4: Meet in the hotel lobby at 8:15 a.m. Please be punctual. I will purchase the Sun Link streetcar day passes for you (another item for both days covered by the registration)

8:25 a.m. departure with the modern streetcar (Sun Link)

Campus map

We’ll ride to the campus of The University of Arizona and get off at the Sun Link station Olive Street and 2nd Street, and walk north to Architecture 103 (ca. 5 minutes).This will take in total about 30 minutes.

Friday meeting will take place in the morning from 9 to 12 in Architecture 103


Chair for both days: Albrecht Classen

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: Each Speaker will have twenty minutes for the talk, and ten minutes for discussions.

REGISTRATION: 8:50-9:00 A.M. (please write the check to The University of Arizona, $120. You can also mail that to me in advance, which I would appreciate)

9:00-9:10 Albrecht Classen, Welcome and Introduction

9:10-9:40 Warren Tormey, English Department, Middle Tennessee State University: Envisioning Monastic Recreations in the Anglo-Saxon Patristic Tradition

9:40-10:10 Alex Ukropen, University of New Mexico: Didactic Functions of Play in Aldhelm’s Enigmata: Exegetical Methods in the Anglo-Saxon Riddle Tradition

10:10-10:40 Carlee Arnett, University of California/Davis: Hestaþing ‘Horse Meeting’(s) in Medieval Icelandic Culture

Coffee/tea break: 10:40-11:00 

11:00 a.m.-11:30 Paul Milliman, University of Arizona:  A Natural History of Medieval Pleasure and Leisure

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. William Mahan, University of California, Davis: Peregrine Pleasures: The Sport of Falconry and Self-Identity in German Medieval Tales

We walk over to Panera Bread for lunch
845 North Park Avenue Tucson, AZ 85719; Phone (520) 882-5003

Lunch, 12:15-1:15 p.m. (from here, we’ll walk back to 2nd Street, turn east, or right, to Olive Road, turn left, or north, to the Museum of Art, at 1031 N. Olive Road (west side, just before the underpass, the Museum is right next to the Theater and the Fred Fox Music School). We’ll have a little extra time so you can look around the collection, esp. on the 2nd floor with its medieval and Ren. section

1:40 p.m. Resumption of the presentations, now in the Museum of Art, North Olive Road; in the famous Retablo Room

1:40-2:10 Fidel Fajardo-Acosta, Creighton University: Subjects of the Game: Love, Law, and Leisure in William IX’s “Ben vueill que sapchon li pluzor”

2:10-2:40 Alan Murray, University of Leeds, ‘He who would do deeds of chivalry must travel through many lands’: Ulrich von Liechtenstein and the Development of the Joust

2:40-3:10 Marilyn Sandidge, Professor Emerita of English, Westfield State University: The Games Giants Play

3:15-3:30 Coffee/tea break, back at the Architecture school, 103. 

3:30-4:00 John Ghent, Independent Scholar, New Zealand: Wakefield Mysteries Re-Cycled

4:00-4:30 Susan Dudash, Arizona State: The Politics of Sloth in Fifteenth-Century France

4:30-5:00 Scott Taylor: Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ: Jeux Interdits: The Rationale and Limits of Clerical and Lay Efforts to Enjoin “Scurrilia Solatia”

5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Tour of the campus

6:15 departure for dinner with Sun Link from Maingate/University Avenue

6:30 p.m.: La Indita (Mexican), 622 N. 4th Ave, (520) 792-0523 (we will take the Sun Link to the restaurant) – 4th St. stop; buffet style, plenty for vegetarians or vegans

7:45 p.m.: Return to the Riverpark Inn with the Sun Link streetcar, get off at Cushing and Frontage Road, immediately west of the Interstate 10

Reception: Riverpark Inn, Hospitality Suite #134: 8:00 – 9:45 p.m. Hosted by A. Classen

SATURDAY, May 5, 2018

8:15 a.m. Departure from the hotel (please be punctual). We’ll take the Sunlink Streetcar again to the Campus, which takes about 30 minutes. There is only one Streetcar, so no confusion possible.

Sun Link runs only every 30 minutes on Sat. 8 a.m.-10 a.m. so we must catch the 8:15 ride

Campus Map

To reach our conference site for today in CAPLA 103 (College of Architecture, 1040 Olive Rd, entrance best from the parking lot behind the building), we’ll get off the Streetcar at 2nd Str. and Olive and walk straight north to the parking lot and then to the Architecture building.


9:00-9:30 Sally Abed, Alexandria University, Egypt: Performance and Pleasure: Female Performers between Reality and Fiction

9:30-10:00 Maha Baddar, Writing Faculty, Northwest Campus, Pima Community College, Tucson: The Medieval Harem: More than Just a Space for Pleasure and Leisure  

10:00-10:30 Jiří Koten, University of Usti na Labem: Two Types of Renaissance Narratives for Pleasure and Leisure in the Court and in the Market Town

Coffee/tea break: 10:30-10:45

10:45-11:05 Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona: Drinking, Partying, Drunkenness in Late Medieval Verse Narratives and Jest Narratives

11:05-11:35 Michael Conrad, Universität Zürich, Papery Randomization. On the Material-Discursive History of Playing Cards in the Late Middle Ages

11:35-12:05 David Tomíček, John Evangelista Purkyne University, Czech Republic: Leisure Time, Earthly Pleasures and Health Risks in the Mirror of Medieval and Early Modern-Time Dietetic Rules

12:05-1:30 Lunch (hosted by UA); delivered, Beyond Bread (sandwiches, pasta salad), 520-322-9965

1:30-2:00 Sharon Diane King, UCLA: “J’ai tiré si près / que je touche au but”: Ludic Roots, Spiritual Play in Marguerite de Navarre’s L’Inquisiteur

2:00-2:30 Martina Häcker, University of Siegen: ‘Pray you let us not be laughing-stocks to other men’s humours’: The etymology of terms of ridicule in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries

2:30-3:00 Michael Call, Brigham Young University, Utah: Play within Plays: Molière, Regnard, and the Comic Gambler in 17th-Century France

3:00-3:30 coffee/tea break

3:30-4:00 Thomas Willard, University of Arizona: ‘His usuall Retyrement’: Leisure and Duty in the Early Writing of Henry Vaughan

4:00-4:30 Allison P. Coudert, University of California at Davis: Jokes and the Eighteenth-Century Unconscious

4:30-5:00 Kevin and Brent Moberly, Old Dominion University: Nine Men’s Medievalism: The Impossibilities of a Half-Forgotten Game’s Ludic Past

End of Symposium

Free time until 5:45p.m. We’ll walk over to the restaurant

6:00 p.m. Dinner at Sinbad Cafe, Tucson, 810 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719; Phone: (520) 623-4010


Transportation back to the Hotel with Sun Link (Main Gate, just outside of the restaurant on University Ave.), get off the streetcar at Cushing and Frontage Road, which is right next to the hotel after the Interstate 10): runs every 15 minutes


8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Reception, Riverpark Inn, Hospitality Suite 134. Hosted by A. Classen


8:30 p.m.: Roundtable Discussion: What have we achieved? Where do we go from here?


Preparation for publication in “Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture” (link is on my webpage under Middle Ages (right hand side), “Fundamentals”


Sunday: There are wonderful options to visit the Arizona/Sonora Desert Museum, which I strongly recommend, or of St. Xavier del Bac (transportation a bit difficult, but I’ll help with whatever I can). Inquire with the hotel about transportation options, or get together with some colleagues and get a taxi (ca. 15 min. across the Tucson Mountains)