CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

Chaucer and Vision

Source of Information: CFP 2003-11-24/2003-11-27, communication by Bob Mills 2004-04-07
Date of Event: 2005-03-30 to 31
Location of event: London, U.K.
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2004-12-15


"Chaucer and Vision"


You are warmly invited to participate in the Second London Chaucer
Conference, to be held in Senate House on 30-31 March 2005, under the
auspices of the London Old and Middle English Research Seminar and of
the Institute of English Studies. Plenary speakers will include Sarah
Stanbury and Laura Kendrick.

Following the success of the First London Chaucer Conference, and in
response to the encouragement of the participants, the occasion is
intended as an opportunity to meet and share ideas, for London
medievalists, for those in other UK universities, and for colleagues
from further afield, too, especially other European universities or
visiting scholars from the US.

The Second London Chaucer Conference will be taking place on 30-31
March 2005; there is a designated website at The site will be updated regularly.
Proposals for papers are welcome, preferably relating to an aspect of
the Conference theme.

Suggested topics include:

- Visibility and invisibility in Chaucer
- Chaucer, spectacle and performance
- Sight and embodiment in Chaucer
- Medieval optical theory in Chaucer and his contemporaries
- Looking and gazing in Chaucer and his contemporaries
- Gender, sexuality and sight in Chaucer
- Chaucer and the visual arts
- Chaucer's spiritual visions/visionary literature and Chaucer
- Medieval theories of images and the imagination in Chaucer and his
- Memory and image
- Sight and knowledge in Chaucer and his contemporaries
- Speaking looks - sight and non-verbal language in Chaucer
- Chaucer criticism as a site of re-vision
- Looking at the overlooked in Chaucer

Papers that address the visual representation of Chaucer's writings in
manuscripts and early print, and those of his European contemporaries,
will also be welcomed.


Papers will be limited to 20 minutes. Abstracts of approximately 200
words should be submitted by 15 December 2004, together with any
special requests for audio-visual requirements. A second call for
papers, including registration details, will be issued in Spring 2004.
We look forward very much to hearing from you. Details about the
programme and registration will be circulated in due course. In the
meantime, please address any queries or send paper proposals with an
abstract of 200 words to:

Ardis Butterfield, email: or at Department of
English, University College, London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
(Tel. +44 (0)20 7679 3137); OR Rosamund Allen, email: or at School of English and Drama, Queen Mary,
University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS Tel. +44 (0)20 7882
5012; OR Robert Mills, email:, or at English
Department, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS (Tel. +44
(0)20 7848 2072).

Organising committee:
Ardis Butterfield, UCL
Rosamund Allen, Queen Mary, London
Robert Mills, King's College, London

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