Alongside panel sessions, we will be organizing a series of roundtables. These will be centered on one or two set primary texts. Instead of using these texts in order to apply some theoretical method, we ask that roundtable presenters treat these texts as theoretical works in themselves. Abstracts should consider the methodological mechanics of the text. What methods, in other words, do the texts themselves ask us to consider? What can they teach us about medieval or modern theoretical methods?

Strand A: Modes of Knowledge (plenaries: Alexandra Gillespie and Patricia Ingham)

  • Roundtable text: Geoffrey Chaucer, Parliament of Fowles

Strand B: Philosophy and Form (plenaries: Russ Leo and Kellie Robertson)

  • Roundtable texts: Julian of Norwich, Showings; Geoffrey Chaucer, House of Fame

Strand C: History and Literature (plenaries: Steven Justice and Emily Steiner)

  • Roundtable text: St. Erkenwald

Please submit abstracts of no more than one page to by November 1, 2015. For more information about the goals and organization of the conference, please see the full CFP here.