International Piers Plowman Society Conference, London, July 6-8, 2023

deadline for submissions: 
September 5, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
International Piers Plowman Society
contact email: 

The International Piers Plowman Society will meet in London on July 6-8, 2023.

The conference theme “Piers Plowman Today” invites participants to think about how and why we read Piers Plowman now and what future directions Langland scholarship might take. While the program committee welcomes proposals on any topic related to Langland studies, we particularly invite papers that engage with the conference theme, broadly construed. Possible topics include the history of Langland studies, the poem’s afterlives, approaches to pedagogy, issues of topicality and temporality, and Langlandian interventions in contemporary questions of social justice, post-pandemic recovery, and ecological concern. Building on insights generated by the Piers Plowman Expo (2021) and the Piers Plowman Reading Group (2020-22), we might consider not only how reading the poem now enables us to reflect on our contemporary moment, but also how contemporary concerns and interpretive practices can help us read Piers Plowman in new ways.

In addition to papers that address the conference theme, IPPS welcome papers on a wide array of topics, including the literary, historical, religious, intellectual, textual-codicological, and critical contexts of Piers Plowman and related poetry and prose in the traditions of didactic and allegorical alliterative writing. We also welcome papers on Langland’s contemporaries, including Chaucer.

Access the full CFP, including description of the Individual Sessions, here:

Submission Instructions:

  • Applicants are invited to submit paper abstracts either to the General Call (any topic) or to an Individual Session (see full CFP link above). Each applicant may submit one abstract. Abstracts that are not able to be included in an Individual Session will be referred automatically to the General Call for further consideration. 
  • All abstracts should be sent to the conference general mailbox rather than to session organizers. If you are sending your abstract to an Individual Session, please put the name of the session in the subject line of the email.
  • Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and should include the name and email address of the applicant.
  • Questions about particular sessions should be directed to the organizers. If you have more general questions or concerns about the program, please feel free to contact Rebecca Davis (