22nd Biennial New Chaucer Society Congress, Durham 2020

Provisional Timetable

All details are still subject to change!
The academic sessions of the Congress will run from Monday 13th July to Thursday 16th 2020 (with the Graduate Workshop, Teachers' Workshop and Trustees' Meeting on Sunday 12th, and excursions on Friday 17th). 

Anyone thinking about being in Durham on Saturday 11th July should be aware that this is the day of the Durham Miners' Gala. This is a major event in the city's calendar, and a colourful and lively occasion. However, it also means that the streets will be very full during the day, and that there will be various traffic closures. Accommodation in the city may also be more difficult to come by on the evenings of Friday 10th and Saturday 11th. 

Prince Bishops Durham City Run 2020: Thursday 16th of July

(Breaking news: January 2020): It has recently been announced that Durham City Council has given permission for the annual city fun run to use Palace Green as its Start/Finish point. This is an evening event (starting from about 7pm), but it means that the Green is going to be quite busy that day (so delegates attending the Dinner in Castle that evening should perhaps allow a little more time to get through). It will also mean that Saddler Street and Place Green will be closed completely to vehicle traffic (emergency vehicles excepted): even taxis are unlikely to be allowed through on the afternoon/evening of Thursday the 16th.

Durham is a small city, but it has a busy calendar of events. This means that there are inevitably competing demands. For some delegates, for whom access is a concern and who would like to attend a Castle Dinner, it may well be better to dine in Castle on the Tuesday, rather than the Thursday. For other delegates, it might be quite enjoyable to join the crowds, cheer on the runners and generally enjoy the atmosphere (which is likely to be quite festive).

The more active members of the NCS might even like to register to run in the event? If so, the City Run's registration-page is here. (There is a 5K race, and a 10K one, in various age-categories, including over-60s.) 

Would there perhaps even be enough fit(tish) Chaucerians for it to be worth considering running as an informal team (maybe in an appropriately Chaucerian T-shirt)? (The local organisers could perhaps receive race-packs on behalf of NCS runners, to save them having to register for the race on the day.) If there is anybody who might be willing volunteer to co-ordinate such a team, please get in contact with the conference's local organisers!

Events prefixed with a § are special events organised by the NCS (not open to all delegates)

Events prefixed with a £ are optional: delegates wishing to attend these events will need to pay for tickets via online registration

Events prefixed with !! are optional, but cost-free: delegates wishing to attend these events will need to register for them at the conference registration-desk (first-come, first-serve!)

Events in italic are not part of the conference itself: these are other events happening in Durham (which may or may not be of interest to delegates!)

***All other events are open to all delegates***

All events take place at the Teaching and Learning Centre [TLC] on South Road, unless stated otherwise


Saturday, 11th July 2020 
Durham Miners' Gala: the city will be very busy and difficult to navigate that day – please see above!


Sunday, 12th July 2020 
Preliminary events: for Trustees, and for participants in the Graduate and Teachers's Workshops.
§ 9:30-10:30 Graduate Student Workshop (Palace Green Library)
§ 9:30-10:30 Teachers’ Workshop (Pemberton Lecture Rooms) 
§ 9:30-10:30 Trustees' Meeting (Pemberton Lecture Rooms) 
§ 10:30-11:00 Coffee/tea break for Graduate-Workshop Participants, Teachers and Trustees (Pemberton Lecture Rooms)
§ 11:00-1:00 Graduate Student Workshop (Palace Green Library) 
§ 11:00-1:00 Teachers’ Workshop (Pemberton Lecture Rooms) 
§ 11:00-1:00 Trustees' Meeting (Pemberton Lecture Rooms) 
§ 1:00-2:00 Lunch for Graduate-Workshop Participants, Teachers and Trustees (Pemberton Lecture Rooms)
§ 2:00-3:30 Graduate Student Workshop (Palace Green Library) 
§ 2:00-3:30 Teachers’ Workshop (Pemberton Lecture Rooms) 
§ 2:00-3:30 Trustees' Meeting (Pemberton Lecture Rooms) 
§ 3:30-4:00 Coffee/tea break for Graduate-Workshop Participants, Teachers and Trustees (Pemberton Lecture Rooms)
§ 4:00-5:00 Graduate Student Workshop (Palace Green Library) 
§ 4:00-5:00 Teachers’ Workshop (Pemberton Lecture Rooms) 
§ 4:00-5:00 Trustees' Meeting (Pemberton Lecture Rooms) 
£ 6:00-8:00 (optional) Three-course buffet-style evening-meal (Collingwood College Hall)

Monday, 13th July 2020 
The main academic programme of the conference begins…
9:30- Registration – Teaching and Learning Centre, South Road, Durham
10:30-11:00 Coffee/tea break 
11:00-12:30 Welcome (by the Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, Professor Stuart Corbridge), Conference Opening and Presidential Address (TLC lecture-theatre 500)
12:30-2:00 Lunch 
2:00-3:30 Session 1 
3:30-4:00 Coffee/tea break 
4:00-5:30 Session 2 
£ 6:00-8:00 Three-course buffet-style evening-meal (Collingwood College Hall) 
7:30–9:00 Reception in the Cathedral Cloisters (sponsored by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies)
9:00–10:15 Concert in the Cathedral Nave (sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities)

Tuesday, 14th July 2020 
9:00-10:30 Session 3 
10:30-11:00 Coffee/tea break 
11:00-12:30 Plenary Session: Queer and Now (TLC lecture-theatre 500)
12:30-2:00 Lunch
1:00-1:45 Reading by Caroline Bergvall (TLC lecture-theatre 250)
2:00-3:30 Session 4 
3:30-4:00 Coffee/tea break 
4:00-5:30 Session 5 – i.e. Parallel Sessions 
!! 5:30-7:00 Guided walk around the Botanic Gardens (meet at the TLC)
!! 5:30-7:00 Guided walk around the city (meet at the TLC)
£ 6:00-8:00 Three-course buffet-style evening-meal (Collingwood College Hall)
5:30–11:00 Bar open (Collingwood College Bar)
7:30–8:30 Miller's Tale Readings (TLC lecture-theatre 500) 
£ 7:30-10:30 Dinner in the Great Hall of the Castle (with sit-down by 7:30)
 

Wednesday, 15th July 2020 
9:00–10:30 Session 6 
10:30–11:00 Coffee/tea break 
11:00–12:30 Session 7 
12:30–2:00 Lunch 
1:15–2:00 Members’ Parliament (TLC lecture-theatre 500)
2:00–3:30 Session 8 
3:30–4:00 Coffee/tea break 
4:00–5:00 Medievalists of Colour Event (Refugee Tales) (TLC lecture-theatre 500)
5:00–6:00 Reception (to follow the Reading) (TLC Top Floor)
£ 6:00–8:00 Three-course buffet-style evening-meal (Collingwood College Hall) 
5:30–11:00 Bar open (Collingwood College Bar)
8:00–10:00 LGBTQIA+ Event in Castle, Senate suite 

Thursday, 16th July 2020 
The last day of the conference itself…
9:00-10:30 Session 9 
10:30-11:00 Coffee/tea break 
11:00-12:30 Session 10 
12:30-2:00 Lunch 
2:00-3:30 Session 11 
3:30-4:00 Coffee/tea break – TLC 
4:00-5:30 Plenary Session: Biennial Lecture (TLC lecture-theatre 500) 
£ 6:00-8:00 Three-course buffet-style evening-meal (Collingwood Hall)
£ 7:00-10:30 Conference Dinner in the Great Hall of the Castle (preceded by drinks in the Tunstall Gallery: with sit-down by 20:00)
5:30-11:00 Bar open (Collingwood College Bar)

Friday, 17th July 2020 
A day for delegates to explore some of the local sights on (optional) excursions
£ 9:30- All-day excursion to Alnwick Castle and Gardens 
£ 9:30- All-day excursion to Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley – TBC
£ 9:30- All-day excursion to Hadrian’s Wall (Vindolanda and Housesteads) – TBC
7:30 Durham Brass Festival, Concert in the Cathedral. (TBC: This is not part of the NCS congress, but it is nevertheless strongly recommended!)
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