Dear Members and Friends of the George Herbert Society:
Here is the latest news about our rescheduled Sixth Triennial Conference of the George Herbert Society at Cambridge University.
First and foremost, mark your calendars for Thursday-Sunday 17-20 June 2021! Our theme will remain ‘Lovely Enchanting Language: George Herbert and Eloquence’.
Second, we are delighted to announce that all of our plenary speakers (Sidney Gottlieb, Helen Wilcox, Rowan Williams, Malcolm Guite, and Seamus Perry) have re-committed;
Third, we also are very pleased to announce many of the same confirmed venues: Magdalene College, Girton College, Leighton Bromswold, and Little Gidding; along with new venues also at or near the heart of Cambridge: Murray Edwards College and Little St Mary’s Church adjacent to Peterhouse. Although Trinity College has been unable to reschedule our space, we certainly will plan a tour of Herbert’s alma mater;
Fourth, our revised and updated Conference Programme, including some new submissions in response to our recent Supplementary Call for Papers, will be announced in February 2021.
In addition to this excellent news about speakers and venues, we wish to reiterate the following policies already announced:
–All panelists for 2020 automatically were offered berths for 2021;
–All currently paid registrants who requested it have been rolled over into 2021 at no further charge, and registrants who needed to withdraw have received refunds;
–Refunds consist of all meal charges plus 75% of each particular registration fee—and by special application, 100%;
–Those cancelling may, if they wish, treat their fees as donations to GHS, for which they will receive giving receipts;
–Those with papers accepted who have not yet registered for 2020 will be allowed to register beginning in February 2021 at the same rates as for 2020;
—In the event of future COVID or similar crises in 2021: This conference will meet at these places on these dates unless governmental or institutional policy makes it impossible—or unless further developments make it unwise—to do so; in such cases, GHS will make plans to offer the conference online, with similar policies as those outlined above for registration rollovers, cancellations and refunds.
We ask that the large majority who now have recommitted to the conference bear in mind that the 2021 program inevitably will be shaped somewhat differently from the one currently posted at https://english.uncg.edu/george-herbert-society/; nevertheless, the 2021 gathering will reflect a similar scope and variety, and we can hope for a good deal of continuity.
We hope that this good conference news continues to find you well, and perhaps more sympathetic towards conditions in George Herbert’s time, when “health closings” (The Plague) not infrequently interrupted public life, emptying churches, schools, ‘cities, theatres, gardens, parks, and courts’. We are particularly grateful for your loyalty and patience—a large majority of you have recommitted—and we also wish to thank our plenary speakers and the staff at each venue for their extraordinary kindness and cooperation. As Her Majesty the Queen observed earlier in 2020, “We will meet again.”
For questions, concerns, and suggestions, please contact email@example.com.
The Conference Planning Committee:
Adele Davidson, Kenyon College
Sidney Gottlieb, Sacred Heart University
Kenneth Graham, University of Waterloo
Malcolm Guite, Girton College, Retired, Cambridge University
Christopher Hodgkins, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Simon Jackson, Peterhouse, Cambridge University
Anne Myers, University of Missouri-Columbia
Michael C. Schoenfeldt, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor