CFP, John Gower: Language, Cognition and Performance, University of Rochester, 30 June – 3 July 2014

Deadline: 1 July 2013

III John Gower Congress, University of Rochester, 30 June – 3 July 2014

The John Gower Society will hold its third International Congress on the campus of the University of Rochester, in beautiful upstate New York, 30 June-3 July, 2014.

The Congress title, “John Gower: Language, Cognition, and Performance,” defines a wide focus: “Language,” in all its many aspects, and languages, translations, specialized discourses, dialects, idiolects, and influences, as well as manuscript printed, and digital texts—and Digital Humanities, generally, with application to Gower; “Cognition,” including medieval memory and ideational theory, cognitive science, mental (and physical) health and models of therapy, general modes of perception and more specialized (e.g., Gower and suffering, political, salvific and emotive discourses—“Gower and the non- / supra-human world”); “Performance,” anticipating sessions on performance and performance theory, on the staging of ideas, on philosophy (people/characters “staged” by deeds and choices, etc.), narrativity.

Plenary speakers will include Derek Pearsall, Gurney Professor of English Literature emeritus, Harvard University; Russell A. Peck, John Hall Deane Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature, University of Rochester; and Ardis Butterfield, Senior Research Scholar, Yale University.

Those who would like to present papers or participate on panels at the Congress should send a one-paragraph abstract (@150 words) by 1 July 2013 to the organizer(s) at the following email addresses:

R.F. Yeager (

and Russell Peck (

All proposals are welcome! Please indicate any specific audio-visual/digital needs. Session organizers will select papers and panels and reply to all submitters by 15 July 2013. Names of the Congress participants will be announced in an upcoming John Gower Newsletter.


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