Practicing Patience in the Middle Ages

deadline for submissions: 
April 24, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
2018 New Chaucer Society Congress

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:  “Practicing Patience in the Middle Ages” can be located under “Independent Sessions” in the final drop-down menu.  Questions can be directed to (but please note that proposals must be submitted at the website provided above).