NCS 2020: Social Media(eval) Studies Now AND Afterlives I: Chaucer’s Englishness in Chaucerian Afterlives

deadline for submissions: 
May 20, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Anna Wilson, Harvard University


CALLS FOR PAPERS: 22nd Biennial Congress of the New Chaucer Society, 12-16 July 2020, Durham, UK.

 Proposals due by 20 May 2019 to Anna Wilson (, please read the official guide for submissions on the Conference CFP here: You may submit to only one session.


Social Media(eval) Studies Now

Position papers

This session invites panellists to answer the question: what is the role of social media in medieval studies now? What impact has it had? What is its future? What are its challenges and opportunities? Questions for consideration: how do the different interfaces, privacy settings, demographics, and formats of Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and more traditional blogs shape the kinds of medievalist engagements, networks, activisms, and knowledges that take place there? What is the relationship of social media to the changing shape of the academic marketplace, labour practices, virtual communities, and online teaching for medievalists at different career stages? How do we balance scholarly outreach with digital ephemerality, support networks with professional conduct, transparency of public discourse with ethical research practices? How—and can—threads on various platforms constitute a scholarly conversation to be engaged with in more traditional published work?


Afterlives I: Chaucer’s Englishness in Chaucerian Afterlives


This session invites papers on negotiations of issues of national, racial, religious, and cultural identity in Chaucer’s afterlives. ‘Afterlives’ might encompass literary continuations, adaptations, fanfictions, editions, or translations of Chaucer’s work by writers such as John Lydgate, Robert Henryson, Dan Simmons, Baba Brinkman, or Patience Agbabi; or Chaucer’s continued presence in the classroom. Such negotiations might also take place between the literary afterlives of Chaucer and Chaucer scholarship, in classroom discussion, or in creative responses assignments. Papers might also think about haunting, memory, ruins, relics, and other kinds of afterlives engaging with Chaucer’s legacy as an English poet.