Call for Papers – Brut Narratives, Lawman’s Brut, and the Conception of Britain

The International Lawman’s Brut Society and Brigham Young University invites scholars of all ranks who specialize or have interest in Lawman, Brut narratives, and Britain’s legendary history, to come together for a conference in the mountains of the American West. Presentations of scholarly work on any aspect of Lawman’s vibrant and compelling early Middle English verse chronicle are welcome. But especially encouraged are paper proposals that address comparatively the way that Lawman, Wace, Geoffrey of Monmouth, and/or any other relevant or illuminating Brut narrative, imagine the conception of Britain. For our purposes in this conference “conception” can mean origins, beginnings, and genealogies; the concepts and conceits Lawman and other writers turn to in order to constitute Britain as a distinct political, ethnic, and cultural entity; and finally how Lawman and other writers conceptualize Britain as meaningful and significant—indeed, as an historical and literary place of special meaning and significance in the world.

Proposals of 300 words or less should be submitted by Oct. 15, 2016 to:

Joseph Parry
Undergraduate Education
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602

We ask that conference presentations not exceed 20 minutes (10–11 double-spaced pages read at a comfortable pace). For further information or specific inquiries please feel free to contact Professor Parry (Joe) directly at We look forward to being with you where the conversation and the place itself will be highly elevated (6570 feet/2002 meters above sea level).

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