Graduate Students and ECRs

Call to graduate students and recent doctoral graduates for the NCS Congress 2022, University of Durham 

Eligibility: current postgraduate student or early career scholar who received their postgraduate degree after September 2019

Deadline: Friday 17 September

The New Chaucer Society will be holding its biennial meeting July 11th through 14th, 2022, at the University of Durham. The program for this event is being carried forward from the July 2020 event, cancelled due to the pandemic. Between the 2020 and 2022 events, a limited amount of space has opened up on the program, and the Program Committee of the 2022 Congress would like to make that limited space available to those who may have missed out on the initial call for papers. In a departure from our usual practice, we are therefore opening a special, targeted and time-limited call for papers to current postgraduates and those who received their postgraduate degree after September 2019. 

Papers are welcome to address any topic in the study of Chaucer and medieval literature and culture, but proposers may wish to consider the following subjects particularly: the senses; embodiment; feminism; queer studies; trans studies; global medievalism and global reception of Chaucer; premodern critical race studies; Black studies; aesthetics; and temporality. (Papers on any topic will receive equal consideration.) All panellists at the NCS Congress must be current members of the New Chaucer Society. A range of different panel formats will be used at NCS 2022, so please indicate the preferred format for your presentation: lightning talk / position paper (5–8 -minute paper) or paper panel (20-minute paper). We also have a few openings in the Research Expo, which involves presenting a poster or other visual materials; we welcome submissions for this as well. 

FYI, the original descriptions of the varied research formats are below, although they are unlikely to be as strongly distinguished as was originally anticipated. Because this is an unusual year, with a complicated program and many moving parts, we hope that prospective speakers will be willing to consider expanding or distilling their proposed paper if it would be particularly well suited to a panel of a different format.

Those who are eligible are invited to submit titles and 300-word abstracts to the Program Committee by emailing the co-chairs, Philip Knox and Julie Orlemanski ( / ) by the deadline of Friday 17 September. We are grateful for your understanding as we ask for a rapid turnaround in abstracts. 

Abstracts will be considered by the Program Committee, and assigned to suitable panels. Space is limited, but we hope to accommodate as many suitable submissions as we can.

Graduate students whose papers are accepted will be eligible to apply for financial support in the form of a Donald Howard Travel Scholarship.



Paper sessions showcase scholarly work in the form of extended presentations of 20 minutes each. A paper panel should include no more than 3 presenters total (either 3 papers or 2 papers and a respondent) and should allow for at least 30 minutes of open discussion.

Lightning talks sessions feature up to 6 speakers in short presentations of 5-7 minutes, allowing at least 45 minutes for open discussion. Presentations may be scripted but need not be. They might trail or precis a large project, zoom in on an element of research or open a provocative line of inquiry.

Position papers sessions address a single, focused question through a panel of up to 5 speakers and are specifically intended to foster debate and to consider the state of the field. Papers should be 7–8 minutes to ensure time for discussion.

Research Expo: The Research Expo will host research with strong visual or digital elements presented in a display or poster format. Presenters will discuss their display and the underpinning research during a single launch session.