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IPPS Kalamazoo 2017

The IPPS is sponsoring or co-sponsoring four sessions at Kalamazoo: 327, 'Posthuman Piers' (with Medieval Ecocriticisms); 345, 'Piers Plowman and Disability'; 445, 'Know(en) and Biknow(en), Knowlich(en): Piers Plowman and the Poetics of Epistemology'; 496, 'Langland's Women' (with the Gender and Medieval Studies Group).

See also session 172, 'Piers Plowman and Langland Studies: Where Are We Now (A Roundtable),' sponsored by the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive and SEENET.


Seventh International Piers Plowman Conference, 4-7 April 2019 will be held in Miami, Florida. Co-convenors are Tom Goodmann (U of Miami) and Heather Blatt (Florida International University), whose respective institutions will be our co-hosts. Call of Papers and further particulars to follow.


Sixth International Piers Plowman Conference, 23-26 July 2015

Many thanks to the organizers of the terrific conference in Seattle, especially Mí?eál Vaughan and his colleagues at the University of Washington!

The Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper --free access to a selection of Brepols journals (Viator, New Medieval Literatures) plus membership in the IPPS for a year--has been awarded to Michael Madrinkian of the University of Oxford for his paper 'Regional Circulation, Coteries, and Scribal Collaboration in the Piers Plowman Manuscripts': congratulations Michael!


50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 14-17, 2015

The International Piers Plowman Society sponsored three sessions at Kalamazoo 2015 (see for the whole program):

• 'Langland's Library' with M. Leigh Harrison, Karrie Fuller, and Nicholas Watson; organized by Michael Johnston and Ellen K. Rentz

• 'Secular Piers Plowman' with Nicole Nolan Sidhu, William M. Rhodes, Curtis Gruenler, and Spencer Strub, organized by Jennifer Sisk and Rosemary O'Neill

• 'Langland's Words', with Tim Machan, Jennifer Jahner, James Knowles, and Tomonori Matsushita, organized by Ian Cornelius


49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 8-11, 2014

The International Piers Plowman Society sponsored four sessions at Kalamazoo 2014:

Langland in Time (organizer: Ellen K. Rentz, Claremont McKenna)

  • Alastair Bennett (Royal Holloway, University of London), “Langland, Ricoeur, and the temporal experience of teaching and learning”
  • Michael Madrinkian (Hertford College, Oxford), “Piers Plowman and the Psalms: Langland’s Typological Treatment of Time”
  • Mark Miller (University of Chicago), “Apocalypse, Teleology, Demand”
  • D. Vance Smith (Princeton University), "Time's Arrow"

Teaching Piers Plowman (roundtable) (organizer: Jennifer Sisk, University of Vermont)

  • Katharine Breen (Northwestern University) "The Pedagogy of Piers Plowman"
  • Michael Calabrese (California State Univesity-LA), "Piers Plowman and Diversity"
  • Bryan Davis (Georgia Southwestern State University), "Piers Plowman and the Common Core Curriculum for 11th and 12th Graders"
  • Gina Brandolino (University of Michigan), "Super(Plow)man"
  • Sr. Mary Clemente Davlin (Dominican University), "Some Pedagogical Problems and Teaching Strategies for Piers Plowman"
  • Thomas Goodmann (University of Miami), "Twenty-four ways of Looking at Langland"

Piers Plowman and the Rich (organizer: Ian Cornelius, Yale)

  • Sarah Wood (St. Hilda's College, Oxford) "‘Ita [in]possibile diviti…’: Versions of advice for the rich in Piers Plowman"
  • Rosemary O'Neill (Kenyon College), "Piers Plowman and the Mammon of Iniquity"
  • Andrew Galloway (Cornell), "Rockele Economics"

Langland's Line (organizer: Ian Cornelius, Yale)

  • Eric Weiskott (Yale), "The B-Verses of Piers Plowman and the Alliterative Tradition"
  • Kristin Cole (Penn State York), "A Tale of Three Williams: Meter and Authorship at the Beginning of the Alliterative Revival"
  • Ian Cornelius (Yale), "Langland's Latin B-Verses"
  • Thomas Cable (Texas), Respondent: "Responding to Recent Developments in Langland's Prosody"






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