IV International Congress of the John Gower Society
University of Durham, UK (July 9-15, 2017)

Due: 1 November 2016

The John Gower Society, conjointly with the Early Book Society, is pleased to announce that the IV International Congress of the John Gower Society will be hosted by the University of Durham, UK, 9-15 July, 2017. The conference is hosted by Elizabeth Archibald and Corinne Saunders, with co-chairs Martha Driver and Bob Yeager.


The Congress welcomes all proposals that discuss the work of Gower or related authors. Abstracts may address any topic reflecting the Congress theme, which may be interpreted broadly or narrowly. Special consideration will be given to proposals that address related issues of manuscript and/or print: MS sources and exemplars for the writing of Gower and his contemporaries more generally (or works that may have been influential upon or created a context for the writings of these authors); ideas of the author as conveyed in manuscripts and printed books (and perhaps beyond as in theatrical production); the ways in which later translators, editors, scribes and/or printers made sense of the work of Gower and other writers of his time.

Please include on your proposal:

  • your name
  • the title of your proposed talk
  • your addresses (preferred mailing address and preferred email address)
  • any computer requirements
  • abstract (250 word maximum)

Proposals should be sent electronically no later than 1 November 2016 to the conference email:  gowerebs2017@gmail.com.

Please also mail paper copies of proposals to:
Martha Driver, Departments of English and WGS
Pace University
41 Park Row
New York, New York 10038

Proposals organizing complete sessions of three or four papers are also welcome, and should be submitted as noted above. Conference updates, when available, will be posted to the Gower Society web site (www.johngower.org).

Please contact both organizers with any questions.