An interdisciplinary conference to be held at the National Library of Wales / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru (14-16 April, 2014)

From glass case to cyber-space: Chaucerian manuscripts across time / Syrffio'r silff: hynt a helynt llawysgrifau Chaucer

To celebrate the digitization of the Hengwrt manuscript of The Canterbury Tales (available from April 2014 on the National Library’s Digital Mirror), The School of English, Bangor University and IMEMS (the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities) is delighted to host an interdisciplinary conference devoted to Chaucerian manuscripts and editions of Chaucer’s works.

We welcome abstracts from postgraduates and colleagues on all aspects of Chaucerian studies, and from a broad range of disciplines, including history, book history, literature, art history, and the digital humanities.

  • Papers are particularly welcome on, but not limited to:

  • The palaeography and codicology of Chaucerian manuscripts

  • From manuscript to printed text; Chaucer and his contemporaries

  • Owners and users of Chaucer’s works

  • Chaucer and medieval Wales

  • Medieval story telling

  • Post-medieval production and reception of Chaucer’s works

  • Digitizing medieval manuscripts

  • Digital Chaucer in the classroom

  • Chaucer in the Twenty-first century

In addition to the panels, confirmed speakers include Lorna Hughes (University of Wales), Roberta Magnani (Swansea University), Ceridwen Lloyd Morgan (Bangor and Cardiff Universities), Andrew Prescott (King’s College, London), Liv Robinson (Oxford University) and Estelle Stubbs (Sheffield University). We are pleased also to announce that the conference will include a tour of the multi-faceted exhibition at the National Library of Wales showcasing the Hengwrt Chaucer – one of the treasures at the National Library of Wales. Papers submitted may also be considered for a special edition of English: The Journal of the English Association (OUP).

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words, for papers lasting 20 minutes, or proposals of panels comprising three papers, no later than 1 December 2013 to Dr Sue Niebrzydowski, for consideration by the conference committee.

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From glass case to cyber-space: Chaucerian manuscripts across time/ Syrffio’r silff: hynt a helynt llawysgrifau Chaucer

The National Library of Wales / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, 14-16 April, 2014

Programme / Rhaglen

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Monday 14 April

1.15 - 2.00pm                     Registration

2.00 – 3.15pm                    Session 1: Chaucerian Texts in the Middle Ages Chair: Dr Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan

Sheri Smith, PhD candidate, School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University

‘The Britoun Book: An answer to the prayer of an exile in The Man of Law’s Tale’

Elisa G. Pastorello, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Padua

‘Rhyme Royal and the Reception of Chaucer in the Fifteenth Century’

Sarah Gorman, MA student, School of English, Bangor University

‘A reconsideration of Chaucer’s The House of Fame’

3.15 – 3.45pm                    Tea/Coffee

3.45 – 4.45pm                    Keynote Speaker: Dr Estelle Stubbs, Sheffield University

‘The Canterbury Tales: "a half-assembled kit with no directions" (Derek Pearsall). An exploration ofChaucer's half-assembled kit in the light of new contexts for the earliest manuscripts’

5.00 – 6.00pm    Wine reception hosted by The National Library of Wales/Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru and tours of the exhibition


Tuesday 15 April

9.30 – 10.15am                  Dr Roberta Magnani, University of Swansea

                                                ‘The Queer Margins of Chaucer’s Manuscripts’

10.15 – 11.30am                Session 2: Medieval Manuscripts  Chair: Dr Maredudd Ap Huw, National Library of Wales

Professor Helen Fulton, York University

‘English Prophecy in Welsh Manuscripts: Authors and Anthologies’

Holly James-Maddocks, Doctoral Researcher, York University

‘The Illuminator of Chaucer’s Romaunt of the Rose (Glasgow University, Hunter MS 409) and the Context of its Production’

Professor Helen Philips, School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University

‘Chaucer’s unstable Wife of Bath in the manuscripts’

11.30 – 11.45am                Tea/Coffee

11.45 – 12.30pm               Dr Liv Robinson, Brasenose College, University of Oxford

                                                ‘Defining the Chaucerian Manuscript’

12.30 – 2pm                        Lunch

2.00 – 3.00pm                    Keynote Speaker: Dr Ceridwen-Lloyd Morgan

                                                'Reading Chaucer in Early Modern Wales'

3.00 – 3.30pm                    Tea/Coffee

3.30 – 5.00pm                    Session 3: Digital Editions Chair: Professor Lorna Hughes, The University of Wales

Professor Peter Robinson and Dr Barbara Bordalejo, University of Saskatchewan

‘Taking the Manuscripts of the Tales outside the Academy’

Dr Malte Urban, Queen’s University Belfast

‘Crossing the Divide: Bringing Gower into the 21st Century’

5.15 – 6.15                      Professor Dafydd Johnston, Dr Ann Parry Owen and Dr David Parsons,

University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies / Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd Prifysgol Cymru ‘Electronic Editions of Medieval Welsh Literature’


Wednesday 16 April


9.15 – 10.15am                  Session 4: Chaucer in the Early Modern Period Chair: Professor Helen Wilcox, Bangor University


Emily Buffey, Doctoral Researcher in English Literature, The University of Birmingham

‘Barnabe Googe's Chaucer: Poetry, Prophecy and 'Pope Holye'


Dr Sue Niebrzydowski, School of English, Bangor University

‘”Ye know eek that in forme of speche is change withinne a thousand yeer’:  Chaucer, Henryson and the Welsh Troelus a Chresyd’


10.15 – 11.15am                Session 5: Chaucer in Schools Chair: Dr Sue Niebrzydowski, Bangor University


Kieran Homer, MA, The Chaucer Project (2012-13)

‘“Experience though noon auctoritee/ Were in this world, is right ynough for me”: Chaucer and the influence of A level exam boards’


Becki Moss, MA student, The Chaucer Project (2013-14), Bangor University

‘The use of the digitalized images of Chaucer’s manuscripts as a teaching technique for the modern multi-media classroom’


11.15 – 11.30                      Tea/Coffee


11.30 -   12.30                     Keynote Speaker: Professor Andrew Prescott

                                                ‘Manuscript Digitisation: some retrospective thoughts’


2.00 – 3.00pm                    Medieval Manuscripts – Graduate Training Session

Professor Andrew Prescott, Drs Estelle Stubbs, Maredudd Ap Huw and Sue Niebrzydowski




The Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections

You will find a downloadable version of the programme here