Practicing Patience in the Middle Ages
Proposals for short presentations exploring the nature of medieval patience and its performance in secular and devotional contexts are invited for a session at the New Chaucer Society Congress at the University of Toronto from July 10-15, 2018. Patience is a complex and even paradoxical virtue. It intersects with agency and, to borrow Sara Ahmed’s term, willfulness, but it is also defined by restraint. It can describe an immediate response and/or a sustained practice. It involves affect as well as intellect. It exists on a continuum (someone can have no, little, or much patience), yet it exhibits a tipping point (when it runs out or is lost).
The format will be “lightning talks,” with up to 6 speakers giving presentations of 5-7 minutes each to present a range of perspectives and allow for substantial open discussion. Abstracts should be 250 words or fewer and submitted by April 24, 2017 via the NCS web form: https://newchaucersociety.org/2018-call-for-papers. “Practicing Patience in the Middle Ages” can be located under “Independent Sessions” in the final drop-down menu. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org (but please note that proposals must be submitted at the website provided above).