Medieval romance conference – abstract deadline 29 November

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The 17th Biennial Medieval Insular Romance Conference, Durham University, 21-23 April 2020

Proposals for the 2020 Medieval Insular Romance conference are now warmly encouraged.

The 2020 conference will feature a plenary lecture by Professor Siân Echard (University of British Columbia) on ‘Romancing the Margins: Material Transformations of Medieval Histories’. Papers may address any aspect of romance composed in any of the languages of medieval Britain and Ireland; insular romance’s engagement with continental texts and traditions; or its post-medieval afterlives. (Please note, however, that the focus of this conference series has traditionally been on non-Arthurian, non-Chaucerian romances that have tended to receive less exposure elsewhere.) Papers addressing interactions between languages, and transformations into/away from romance works, are especially welcome, in line with Professor Echard’s plenary focus.

Proposals for 20-minute papers, complete sessions, or roundtables can be sent to Venetia Bridges ( should include: name, affiliation, email address, title of paper or roundtable, and an abstract of no more than 250 words. The deadline for submitting proposals is 29 November 2019.

Any general questions regarding the conference can be addressed to Venetia Bridges at The web address for the conference is

Dr Venetia Bridges

Assistant Professor in Medieval Literature
Co-Director of Postgraduate Research
Department of English Studies
Durham University
Hallgarth House
77 Hallgarth Street
Durham DH1 3AY

Phone: +44 (0) 191 33 46581


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