“Gower in Contexts: His Words, His Books, His Heritage”
University of St. Andrews, Scotland
7-11 July, 2023

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 scheduled to convene at the University of St. Andrews on the Bay of St. Andrews, looking toward the North Sea, in Scotland, 7-11 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.


Superior venues have been allotted to the Congress for sessions and social gatherings which will be ideally located on “Sallies Quad,” the center of the United College of St. Salvator and St Leonard, the oldest part of the university and the heart of the campus. The facilities available for conference presentations throughout the meeting rooms are state-of-the-art.


Accommodation will be offered in a block of rooms set aside for the Congress in Agnes Blackadder Hall, a modern comprehensive student residence. All rooms are en suite, with full-size (double) bed. Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are available, and there is a well-stocked pub in-house. A variety of hotels and bed-and-breakfast establishments are also available in St. Andrews. As St. Andrews is a renowned golf destination, and very popular in the summer, Society members desiring accommodation other than in Agnes Blackadder are advised to book private accommodation early. (Also worthy of note, for members who do golf, that very early morning tee times to play on the Old Course can be booked at a reasonable price, but this should be done soon.)

St. Andrews

St. Andrews is a sea-side town, located on the broad Bay of St. Andrews, approximately thirty miles from Edinburgh and ten miles from Dundee. It has no airport, but is accessible via a range of public transportation from major airports in Edinburgh, London, Manchester, and other points in the UK.

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.

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