Expo 2021


The next New Chaucer Society (NCS) biennial congress will be in Durham, England, in July 2022. NCS remains committed to the Biennial Congress and the value of our in-person meetings.

In the summer of 2021 NCS will offer an Expo of research-driven papers and presentations on Chaucer, literature, and culture in the age of Chaucer, and medieval studies.  Expo2021 is not an online congress. but rather a digital showcase. Expo2021 is an opportunity for us to explore new ways of coming together in the wake of the difficulties of the last year, and to reaffirm NCS’s values of building a diverse, inclusive, and progressive scholarly society.

All Expo2021 events are free and open to all, but you must register first in order to join each event by following the links below. All Expo2021 events will be recorded and made available subsequent to the Expo. Zoom support for Expo2021 is generously provided by the University of MiamiTimings are given here in BST (British Summer Time) – the Eventbrite booking page should automatically update to your local timezone.

Day 1

Sunday 18th July 2021, 15:30BST
Introduction to Expo2021, by Anthony Bale (President, NCS) and Thomas Goodmann (Executive Director, NCS)

Medieval Scholarship in Precarious Times. Organizers: Patty Ingham and Holly Crocker. Contributors: Nahir Otaño Gracia; Dan Kline; Helen Young; Rick Godden; Usha Vishnuvajjala.

Register for 18th July here


Day 2

Monday 19th July 2021, 15:00BST
Digital Humanities for Chaucer Scholars: New Data Organizers: Laura Morreale and Ben Albritton. For further details please follow this link

Register for Digital Humanities for Chaucer Scholars: New Data here


Monday 19th July 2021, 16:30BST

‘Future Forward: Political Organizing in the Academy’. Organizers: Seeta Chaganti, Bobby Meyer-Lee, Emily Steiner. Contributors: Boyda Johnstone; Eduardo Ramos; Anita Raychawdhuri
Further details and Register for ‘Future Forward’ here

Day 3

Tuesday 20th July 2021, 14:30BST
‘Teaching Chaucer in the High School’. Organizers: Alex Mueller and Kara Crawford. Contributors: Jessica Rezunyk ; Charlotte Richer; Deborah Stokol; MK Waterman.

Further information and register for ‘Teaching Chaucer in the High School’ here


Tuesday 20th July 2021, 16:00BST
A Reading by Caroline Bergvall. Organizer: Thomas Goodmann. Poet Caroline Bergvall, introduced by Ruth Evans

Further information and register for Caroline Bergvall here


Day 4

Wednesday 21st July 2021, 15:00BST
Queer and Now panel. Organizers Steven Kruger and Glenn Burger. Contributors: Blake Gutt, Cary Howie, Carissa Harris, Karma Lochrie, Roberta Magnani

Further information and register for Queer and Now here


Wednesday 21st July 2021, 16:30BST
A Conversation with Authors. Organizer Mary Flannery. Contributors: Bruce Holsinger, Matthew Kneale, Kim Zarins. Chair: Matthew X Vernon.

Further information and register for A Conversation with Authors here


Wednesday 21st July 2021, 18:00BST
Back Talk: Chaucer’s Silent Characters Speak Out.

Organizer: The Zeds. Full contributors and registration for Back Talk here


Day 5

Thursday 22nd July 2021, 14:30BST, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, ‘Chaucer and Criticism’ panel

Organizers: Sebastian Sobecki and Michelle Karnes.

Textura: Megan Behrend and Joe Stadolnik; chair Sebastian Sobecki

Scientia: Arvind Thomas and Lora Walsh; chair: Michelle Karnes

Prospectus: Lisa Lampert-Weissig and Kathleen Kennedy; chair: Shazia Jagot

Register for SAC ‘Chaucer and Criticism’ panel here


Thursday 22nd July 2021, 16:30BST, Presidential Lecture 2021

Ruth Evans (Saint Louis University), NCS President 2018-20, presents the 2021 New Chaucer Society Presidential Lecture, ‘On Not Being Chaucer’

Register for Presidential Lecture here


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