International Piers Plowman Society Meeting


April 4-6, 2019

Thursday, April 04, 2019

 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Registration – Living Room


1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Piers Plowman Electronic Archive Workshop – ECR

The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive ( hosts this hands-on pre-conference workshop for anyone pre-registered to learn more about using the PPEA for scholarship and teaching. This is an introductory workshop, and no previous experience using PPEA resources is required.  Workshop leaders are Jim Knowles and Timothy Stinson: [email protected].


2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Coffee Break


2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions A

1. Editing Scribal Texts I – ECR

Organizers: Ian Cornelius, Loyola University, Chicago, and Jim Knowles, North Carolina State University

Chair: Patricia Bart, Hillsdale College

 Traugott Lawler, Yale University, Evidence of Revision in John of Garland’s Parisiana poetria

Thomas Sawyer, Washington University, “That Which We Would Otherwise Call the Z-Text of Piers Plowman

Timothy Stinson, North Carolina State University, “Scribes and Readers: Textual Communities and The Siege of Jerusalem


2. Theology I – MP B

Organizer: Thomas Goodmann, University of Miami

Chair: Thomas Goodmann

Adin Lears, Virginia Commonwealth University, “A Trick to Trick Trickery: Kynde Knowynge and Langland’s Lay Ethics of Craft in Piers Plowman

Laura Godfrey, University of Connecticut, “Visualizing Sensory Theology in Piers Plowman

Lora Walsh, University of Arkansas, “From Mother to Lady: Langland’s Holy Church and the Romanticized Metaphors of Reformist Ecclesiology”

DeVan Ard, University of Virginia, “Lyric Form and Vernacular Theology in Digby MS 102”


3. Romance – Library

Organizer: William Biel, University of Connecticut

Chair: William Biel

Noelle Phillips, Douglas College, Finding Your Way, Killing Your Monster: Romance-ing Piers Plowman

R.D. Perry, St Louis University, “French Romance and Langlandian Authorship”

Michael Madrinkian, University of Oxford, Biblical Romance and the Popular Reception of Piers Plowman


4. Queer Langland – MP C

Organizers: Micah Goodrich, University of Connecticut, and Wan-Chuan Kao, Washington and Lee University

Chair: Wan-Chuan Kao

Jamie Taylor, Bryn Mawr College, “Need, Unity, and Penetration: Langland’s Queer Ecclesiology”

Micah Goodrich, University of Connecticut, “Somatechnical Piers Plowman: Bodies Without Limbs Without Bodies”

Elizabeth Schirmer, New Mexico State University, “Coyote Pedagogy and Somatomorph Teachers in Piers Plowman

Respondent: Roberta Magnani, Swansea University


4:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Coffee Break


4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Conference Opening and Plenary Lecture MP C

Introduction: Heather Blatt & Tom Goodman

Welcome: Hugh Thomas

Plenary Lecture: Elizabeth Robertson, University of Glasgow, “Soulmaking in Piers Plowman (introduced by Jennifer Jahner)


5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

Opening Reception


7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Graduate Student and Early Career Social

Titanic Brewery and Restaurant

5813 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Graduate students and early career or contingent faculty have been been invited to register for this social event sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania. Come along to welcome others who are attending their first IPPS conference, catch up with friends in other graduate programs, and meet in person the profiles you’ve been following on Twitter!


Friday, April 05, 2019

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration- Living Room


9:00 am – 10:30 am

Concurrent Sessions B

5.  Voice I: Voice and Reification – MP C

Organizers: Katharine Breen, Northwestern University, Tekla Bude, Oregon State University, and Adin Lears, Virginia Commonwealth University

Chair: Katharine Breen

Katherine Zieman, Trinity College Dublin, “Speaking in the Pale: Representations of Langlandian Voice in MS Douce 104” 

Spencer Strub, Harvard University, “Voice Without Words: The Case of Anima”

Arwen Taylor, Arkansas Tech University, “‘Thorw here words awoke’: Speech Acts and the Structure of Piers Plowman” 


6. Rhetorics and Poetics I – Library

Organizer: Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania

Chair: Rita Copeland, University of Pennsylvania

Alexis Becker, Ithaca College, “Bodies and Castles”

Nicolette Zeeman, University of Cambridge, “The Hypocritical Figure”


7. Micro/Macro Langland or Questions of Scale – MP B

Organizer and Chair: Katharine Jager, The University of Houston-Downtown

Jim Knowles, North Carolina State University, “Critical Apparatus Workout: or, How to Massively De-Subordinate Piers’s Plenitude in 30 Minutes a Day”

Ian Cornelius, Loyola University Chicago, “Scales of Annotation”

Elizabeth Rambo, Campbell University, The Descent into Hell: Teaching Piers Plowman XVIII and Dante’s Inferno in Gen. Ed. Literature Surveys”


8. Activism I – ECR

Organizers: Mariah Min, University of Pennsylvania, Micah Goodrich, University of Connecticut, and Seth Strickland, Cornell University

Chair: Mariah Min

Katelyn Jaynes, University of Connecticut,  “The Labor of Love: Piers Plowman, Pedagogy, and the Radical Craft of Love”

Elizaveta Strakhov, Marquette University,  “Piers’ Half-Acre as Pedagogical Space”

Chase Padusniak, Princeton University, “Justifying Utopia in Piers Plowman

Respondent: Masha Raskolnikov, Cornell University


10:30 am – 10:45 am

Coffee Break


10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions C

9. Gender, Sexuality and Piers Plowman – Library

 Organizer: Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania

Chair: Elizabeth Robertson, University of Glasgow

William Biel, University of Connecticut, Knightly Dreams: Political (Non)Materiality in Late Middle English”

Samantha Seal, University of New Hampshire, “Hethene as to heveneward:” Piers Plowman and the Dream of a Christian Race”

Holly Crocker, University of South Carolina, “#MeToo, Langland? The Four Daughters of God, Anima, and Whatever Happened to Women in Piers Plowman


10. Reassessing Richard Rolle – MP B

Organizers: Andrew Albin, Fordham University, and Andrew Kraebel, Trinity University

Chair: Cristina Maria Cervone, University of Memphis

Andrew Kraebel, Trinity University, “Hermit Libraries”

Andrew Albin, Fordham University, “Sound Art”

Ann Killian, Yale University, “Versatile Lyrics”

Tekla Bude, Oregon State University, “Intersubjective Authorship”

Respondent: Nicholas Watson, Harvard University


11. Editing Scribal Texts II

Organizers: Jim Knowles, North Carolina State University,  and Ian Cornelius, Loyola University, Chicago.

Chair: Ian Cornelius

Patricia Bart, Hillsdale College, “Documenting Piers Plowman: The Practice and Significance of Electronic Textual Criticism for Langlandian Literary History”

Paul A. Broyles, North Carolina State University, “Manuscript–Multitext: Digital Approaches to Seeing Scribal Texts

George Shuffelton, Carleton College, Ashmole 61 Revisited: Looking Back on Editing a Scribal Text”

Tomonori Matsushita, Senshu University, “Lexical Diversity of Piers Plowman: the B-Version W, L and F Manuscripts”


12:15 pm – 2:00 pm


Publishing Workshop – MP B

All conference participants, but especially junior scholars, are invited to attend a workshop convened by past and present editors of YLS: Alastair Bennett, Katharine Breen, Rebecca Davis, Andy Galloway, Fiona Somerset, Emily Steiner, Lawrence Warner, Eric Weiskott. After brief presentations by the editors and a general discussion, we will break out into small lunch discussion groups, each led by one or two editors.


Concurrent Sessions D

12. Langland among the Lawyers – Library

Organizer and Chair: Arvind Thomas, University of California, Los Angeles

Jennifer Jahner, California Institute of Technology, “Langland Among the London Law Books”

Elise Wang, Duke University, “Robbery and the Robbere: The Felony of the Good Thief in Piers Plowman

Megan Perry, University of Kentucky, “Maistre Mede at the Nexus of Order and ‘Disordered’ Utility”

William J. Birnes, Esq., Chairman, Sunrise Counseling Center, “Satan’s Failure to State a Claim: Equitable Jurisdiction as a Legal Metaphor in Piers Plowman”


13. Facing Langland – MP C

Organizer and Chair: Wan-Chuan Kao

Roberta Magnani, Swansea University, “Changing Faces: Writing Piers on Skin”

Stephanie Trigg, University of Melbourne, “Looking at Faces: Gesture and Cognition in Piers Plowman


14. Thinking with Drama – MP B

Organizers and Chairs: Rebecca Davis (University of California, Irvine) and Ellen K. Rentz (Claremont McKenna College)

Alastair Bennett, Royal Holloway, University of London, “Theatrical Preaching in Theory, in Practice, and in Piers Plowman

Hope Doherty, Durham University, “The Stage of Punishment: Performing Abjection in Langland and the Lazarus Mystery Plays”

John Sebastian, Loyola Marymount University, “How to Perform Sorrow: A Lesson from the First Father”


3:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Coffee Break


3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions E

15. Activism II – MP B

Organizers: Mariah Min, University of Pennsylvania, Micah Goodrich, University of Connecticut, and Seth Strickland, Cornell University

Chair: Seth Strickland

Jennifer Garrison, St. Mary’s University, Calgary, “Conscience’s Banquet: Labour Politics, Public Humanities, and the Modern University”

Zachary E. Stone, University of Virginia, “Langland’s Little England: Piers Plowman, English Activism, and Brexit”

 Respondent: Wan-Chuan Kao, Washington and Lee University


16. Langland’s Reception – Library

Organizer: Michael Johnston, Purdue University

Chair: Heather Blatt, Florida State University

Thomas Kittel, University of Oxford, “Copying Piers Plowman and The Prick of Conscience Together: A New Point of Contact”

Lawrence Warner, King’s College London, “Maureen Duffy’s Piers Plowman

Michael Johnston, Purdue University, Marilynne Robinson Reads Piers Plowman


17. Langland’s Manual Labor – ECR

Organizer and Chair: Denise Baker, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Jessica Hines,  Birmingham-Southern College, “Conceiving Community: Familial models of the Trinity in Langland and the Late Medieval Pastoral Tradition”

Jessica D. Ward, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, “‘Here moneye and marchandise marchen togyderes’: Covetousness and The Corrosion of the Common Good in the Prologue to the C-Text of Piers Plowman

Grace Hamman, Duke University, “The Isolation of Patience in the C-Text of Piers Plowman


18. Theology II: Poetics of Liturgy and Grace (in Honor of M. Clemente Davlin, OP) – MP C

Organizers:  Thomas Goodmann and Elizabeth Robertson

Chair: Frank Grady, University of Missouri, Saint Louis

Ellen K. Rentz, Claremont McKenna College, “Doing Things with Liturgy”

Ruth Evans, Saint Louis University, “Speech and Making in Passus IX of Piers Plowman B

Jennifer Sisk, University of Vermont, “`Grace is a grasse’: Theological Uses of Metaphor in Piers Plowman

Rebecca Davis, University of California, Irvine, “`That al began:’ The Language of Grace in Piers Plowman


5:15 pm – 6:30 pm

Plenary Panel I: Langland Beyond England – MP C

Organizer: Zachary Stone, University of Virginia and Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania

 Chair: Zachary Stone

Marco Nievergelt, University of Warwick, ‘European Langland – Then and Now”

Lisa Lampert-Weissig, University of California, San Diego, “Medieval Jewry: There and Here” 

Michael Van Dussen, McGill University, “Tidings from England”

Rita Copeland, University of Pennsylvania, “Emotion Laboratory”



Saturday, April 06, 2019

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Breakfast and Registration


9:00 am – 10:30 am

Plenary Panel II: Langland and the Historians – MP C

Organizer: Michael Johnston, Purdue University, and Arvind Thomas, UCLA

Chair: Hugh Thomas

Sara Butler, Ohio State University, “Piers Plowman and Prison Forte et Dure

Katherine French, University of Michigan, “Piers Plowman and the First Post-Plague Generation” (read by Michael Johnston)
Richard Firth Green, Ohio State University, Piers Plowman and Demons”

Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, University of Notre Dame, Piers Plowman and Early Readership Beyond London: King’s Clerks, Convents, Cathedrals, and the Lesser Clergy” (read by Arvind Thomas)

Andrew Galloway, Cornell University, Piers Plowman and the Clothiers”


10:30 am – 10:45 am

Coffee Break


10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions F

19. Rhetorics and Poetics II – Library

Organizer: Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania

Chair: Nicolette Zeeman, Cambridge University

Larry Scanlon, Rutgers University, “Langland’s Samaritan: Caritas and Counter-Allegory”

Katie Walter, University of Sussex, “Pedalian Poetics”


20. Voice II: Voice, Silence, Gesture – MP C

Organizers: Katharine Breen, Northwestern University, Tekla Bude, Oregon State University, and Adin Lears, Virginia Commonwealth University

Chair: Tekla Bude, Oregon State University

Fiona Somerset, University of Connecticut, “Speaking in Person”

Hannah Byland, University of Pennsylvania, “Reading the Silences and Speeches in Piers Plowman” 

Annika Pattenaude, University of Michigan, “John Skelton’s Birdsong as Premodern Lyric Voice”

Katharine Breen, Northwestern University, “Agents of Thought: Nominalist Personification in Deguileville and Langland”


21. Langland’s Library – ECR

Organizers and Chairs: Ann Killian, Yale University, and Liam Cruz Kelly, Boston University

Eric Weiskott, Boston College, “Political Prophecy and the Form of Piers Plowman”

Mary Raschko, Whitman College, “Piers Plowman and the Poetics of Gospel Parables”

Bernardo Hinojosa, University of California, Berkeley,` “Augustine, Isidore, Langland, and the Shapes of History”

Eric Ensley, Yale University, “Remodeling Langland’s Library: Takamiya MS 23”


22. Disability and Medicine in Piers Plowman – MP B

Organizers: Richard Godden, Louisiana State University, and Laura Godfrey, University of Connecticut

Chair: Laura Godfrey, University of Connecticut

Sarah Star, Kenyon College,“‘Cristes creature’: Langland’s Anima and Late Medieval Medicine”

Seth Strickland, Cornell University, “‘Is there no physician there?’: Allegory and the Trauma of Survival in Piers Plowman B.20”

Julie Paulson, San Francisco State University, “Intelligence and the Figure of the Fool in Piers Plowman”

Respondent: Louise Bishop, University of Oregon


12:15 pm – 2:00 pm


Pedagogy Workshop – MP B & A

Continuing the very lively conversations on teaching Piers Plowman taking place in Kalamazoo sessions over the past two years, this workshop on pedagogy includes conveners Thomas Goodmann, Katharine Jager, David Lawton, William Revere, and Fiona Somerset. Participants will self-select into lunch discussion groups based on topics they propose and choose on the spot, THAT-camp style.


2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions G

23. Theology III: Ways of Reading (in Honor of M. Clemente Davlin, OP) – Library

Organizers: Thomas Goodmann, University of Miami, and Elizabeth Robertson, University of Glasgow

 Chair: Mickey Sweeney, Dominican University

Cristina Maria Cervone, University of Memphis, “Meditating on Modalities”

Daniel F. Pigg, University of Tennessee, Martin, “Langland and the Trinity: How Traditional Was Langland?”

Conor McKee, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, “The Tree of Patience”

Adam Horn, Columbia University, “The Figure of Nede and the Virtues of Apocalypse”


24. Post-Humanist Langland – MP C

 Organizers: Adin Lears, Virginia Commonwealth University and Wan-Chuan Kao, Washington and Lee University

Chair: Adin Lears

Danielle Allor, Rutgers University, “Interrupted Fruit: Diffusion of Plant Metaphor in Piers Plowman

Masha Raskolnikov, Cornell University, “Apocalypse and the Anthropocene or Surviving with Langland”  

Karl Steel, Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center, “Kyndes Craft: Animal Labor and Brute Rationality in Piers Plowman” 


25. Crowdsourcing Crowley – MP B

Organizer and Chair: Lawrence Warner, King’s College London

Josephine A. Koster, Winthrop University,“Crowley at Lehigh and Duke”

Elizabeth Scala and Zachary Hines, “Crowley in Austin”

Thomas A. Prendergast, College of Wooster,“Crowley on the Cape”

Larry Scanlon, Rutgers University, “Crowley at Columbia”

Ryan McDermott, University of Pittsburgh,“Crowley in The Swamp”

Curtis Gruenler, Hope College, “Rogers at Notre Dame and Grand Valley State”


26. New Directions in Middle English Alliterative Poetics – ECR

Organizer and Chair, Mike Rodman Jones, University of Nottingham

Megan Behrend, University of Michigan, “Letter for Letter: Alliterative Translation in Piers Plowman

Nicholas Myklebust, Regis University, “Thinking Through (and With) Langland’s Meter”

Katharine Jager, The University of Houston-Downtown, “Meddlyng with Makynge:” Idleness, Aesthetics and Identity in Langland’s Piers Plowman


4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Closing Remarks, Awards, and Plenary Lecture – MP C

Closing Remarks: Emily Steiner

Award of Graduate Student Essay Prize

Award of Anne Middleton Prize for 2015-16 and 2017-18

Plenary Lecture: Nicholas Watson, Harvard University, “ ‘The Reformacion of Holy Chirche’: The Logic of Vernacular Textual Proliferation, 1375-1415”  (introduced by Fiona Somerset)


5:15 pm – 6:30 pm




IPPS Statement of Professional Ethics:

IPPS is committed to building a supportive and positive professional environment for all participants at IPPS Miami 2019. We are committed to defending academic freedom, acknowledging and crediting prior research by others, and conducting our professional lives with personal dignity and respect for others. All interactive venues of the conference are shared professional spaces as defined by the Medieval Academy’s professional behavior policy, which we endorse and encourage participants to read: We also endorse the MLA’s Statement of Professional Ethics:

To report any adverse incident at the conference, or with questions or concerns, please contact Heather Blatt ([email protected]), Tom Goodmann ([email protected]), Fiona Somerset ([email protected]), or Emily Steiner ([email protected]).