Twenty-second Biennial Congress of the New Chaucer Society
Durham, 12–16 July 2020
The NCS Program Committee invites proposals for sessions for the Societyʼs 2020 Congress in Durham. Sessions may be proposed either for the open portion of the program or directed at one of the six thematic threads described here.
We are very excited about the upcoming congress, which will consist of threaded and unthreaded sessions. About half the program will be independent sessions, with the remaining half comprising threaded sessions.
Session proposals should be sent to 2020NCSproposals@miami.edu by 21 December.
A session proposal should include a brief description of the session suitable for the Call for Papers (100 words), an indication of thread (non-)affiliation, and designation of preferred session format(s) (Paper/Lightning/Position--see here). A short bio of the proposer should also be included (2‒3 sentences). Proposers should submit a maximum of two proposals each.
The session formats successfully introduced at our last Congress have been retained for Durham, but the Program Committee has decided to rest the Seminar format. Instead, the committee hopes that participants in all sessions, of whatever type, will pursue the goals of that venerable format through collaboration before and after the conference, including precirculation of materials where session participants agree.
A Research Expo to showcase research with strong visual or digital elements will feature again. Its launch will constitute one session on the program.
Each thread will, we hope, contain all the standard session formats, and we encourage members to consider all of these formats when designing a session proposal, whether threaded or free-standing. We also encourage members to submit sessions on pedagogy, especially in relation to thread topics.
After the closing date, thread organizers and the Program Committee will select sessions for the open program and threads and finalize session descriptions in consultation with session organizers. The Call for Papers will follow in February 2019. Please note that members will be permitted to submit only one proposal (including Expo presentation proposals) to this call.
Before then, we are very much looking forward to seeing your ideas for sessions at Durham.
Elliot Kendall and Robyn Malo
Program Committee co-chairs