25 October 2010

CFP: New Chaucer Society 2012 call for session proposals

The 18th Biennial Congress of the New Chaucer Society (NCS) will take place in Portland, Oregon, USA, in 2012 (the exact date has not yet been set, it seems).

Call for session proposals

The congress will be comprised equally of sessions tied to a particular thematic thread and open sessions. The thread "Neighbor" invites proposals for sessions on political theology.

Description: "The neighbor is uniquely situated between friend and enemy, and long linked to the golden rule – the imperative to love the neighbor as the self. This thread welcomes sessions considering aspects of neighbors, neighborhoods, or neighborliness, including but not limited to the following: the vicissitudes of community, the ethics of charity, recent theoretical work on the political theology of neighbor love, borders between human and divine, unusual neighborhoods of people or texts; relations of proximity between peoples, cultures, authors, languages, or literatures. This thread will conclude with a session on 'Neighbor/Oceans,' bringing together different ways of thinking about propinquity and community."

Sessions may be proposed in any of the following formats: Paper Panels (either three papers at 20 minutes each or four papers at 15 minutes each); Roundtables (discussions between 5-7 speakers on a topic of common interest; speakers do not deliver papers, though they may speak from notes); Seminars (limited to ten participants; convened to consider works in progress by participants, or some text of common interest); Working Groups (extended seminars that convene virtually in advance of the congress, with a culminating session in Portland).

Proposals for sessions should be sent to the thread convenor (and programme co-chair), Patricia Ingham (Indiana University): pingham@indiana.edu

Deadline: 22 November 2010

After the sessions and session organizers have been determined by the programme committee, a call for papers will be announced in early February 2011. Session organizers are expected to select session participants from among proposals submitted in response to the February CFP.

More information on the NCS is to be found here:


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