“Gower in Contexts: His Words, His Books, His Heritage”
University of St. Andrews, Scotland
6-11 July, 2023

Proposals Due 1 Sept. 2022

Originally scheduled for 2020 at the University of Notre Dame (and cancelled due to the global pandemic), the V International Congress of the John Gower Society is on schedule to convene at the University of St. Andrews on the Bay of St. Andrews, looking toward the North Sea, in Scotland, 6-11 July, 2023.

Local arrangements for “Gower in Contexts: His Words, His Books, His Heritage” are under the direction of Margaret Connolly, Professor of Palaeography and Codicology in the Schools of English and History, Professor Julian Luxford of the School of Art History, and Audrey Bruce, Events Manager. Look for the formal Call for Papers to appear in late spring 2022.

Members of the Society who planned to present papers at the cancelled Congress slated for the University of Notre Dame in 2020 should recall that they have been offered the possibility of carrying over their papers to 2023. N.B.: Those wishing to take up this offer must notify the President of the Society, RF Yeager (rfyeager@hotmail.com), as soon as possible to ensure their place. A formal deadline for re-submissions will accompany the forthcoming formal Call for Papers.

The V Congress presently is planned for face-to-face gatherings at St. Andrews, although contingency planning is also underway to shift to all-virtual sessions if need be. Details of a registration package including on-campus double en suite accommodation, meals, drinks receptions, and Congress banquet will be available shortly, both via mailings to Society members and here on the Society’s website.

Founded in 1413, St. Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland, and third oldest behind Oxford and Cambridge in the UK. It consistently ranks with those two universities in the educational league tables, besting both in 2022 to be named the premier institution in Britain. Its libraries are particularly strong in later medieval manuscripts, and early printed books. The town itself is, of course, world famous for its golf courses, and for the St. Andrews Golf Club. Founded in 1843 as St. Andrews Mechanics Golf Club, it is one of the oldest in the world.