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The 28th Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature

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Dordt University

700 7th St. NE

Sioux Center, IA, 51250

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The 28th Annual Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature (NPCEBL) will take place at Dordt University on April 24-25, 2020.

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Conference registration is $75. This cost covers access to all conference events, except for Friday's banquet, which is an additional $20 to attend.


All sessions will be located in the Terrace Room and Board Room on Friday and Saturday unless otherwise noted. Some event locations are TBA.


Registration | 8:30 am-2:30 pm | Terrace Room, Lower Level Campus Center

Continental Breakfast | 8:30-10:30 am | Terrace Room

Session 1 | 9:00-10:15 am

Morning Break | 10:15-10:30 am

Session 2 | 10:30 am-11:45 am

Lunch | 12:00-12:45 pm | Dordt University Commons

Session 3 | 1:00-2:15 pm

Session 4 | 2:30-3:15 pm

Afternoon Break | 3:15-3:45 pm

Keynote Address | 3:45-5:00 pm | SB 1606

Banquet* | 6:00-7:30 pm | West Commons

*Cost to attend the banquet is $20. If you have food allergies or dietary concerns, please contact Mindi Sneller at mindi.sneller@dordt.edu.


Continental Breakfast | 8:30 -10:30 am | President's Lounge, Upper Level Campus Center

Session 5 | 9:00-10:15 am

Morning Break | 10:15-10:30 am

Session 6 | 10:30-11:45 am

Business Lunch | 12:00-1:15 pm


NPCEBL is excited to feature Dr. Mark Rankin, the 2019-20 Roop Distinguished Professor of English at James Madison University, as our keynote speaker. His address is titled “The Illustrations of Foxe's Book of Martyrs and their Publication History."

The editor of Reformation, Dr. Rankin regularly teaches Tudor literature, English Reformation literature and culture, and the early English Bible. He is contributing editor of Sermons at Paul's Cross, 1521- 1642 (Oxford, 2017) and co-editor of Henry VIII and His Afterlives: Literature, Politics, and Art (Cambridge, 2009). He is currently completing a new census of surviving copies of the first four editions of John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments of these Latter and Perilous Days, and his critical edition of William Tyndale's The Practice of Prelates (1530) is under contract with Catholic University of America Press.

Rankin is the Principal Investigator of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant, 2016-19, on “The Independent Works of William Tyndale,” and has codirected NEH Summer Seminars for College and University Teachers on "Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603" and "The Formation and Re-formation of the Book: 1450-1650.” His articles have appeared in Renaissance Quarterly, English Literary Renaissance, Erasmus Studies, the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, The Library, Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, Reformation, Studies in English Literature, The Yearbook of English Studies, and The Sixteenth Century Journal. He regularly offers presentations at the Renaissance Society of America's annual meeting, and at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. He is a member of the Bibliographical Society and the Renaissance English Text Society.


In its third decade offering a convivial and stimulating atmosphere for teachers and scholars of Early British Literature, the conference invites abstracts for 20-minute conference presentations on all aspects of Early British Literature from its beginnings through the 18th Century, including teaching, interpretation, and scholarship. Proposals for complete sessions as well as individual or group presentations are welcome. In honor of our keynote presenter, topics touching on material studies as well as religion are encouraged.

Please submit abstracts to bob.desmith@dordt.edu no later than February 15, 2020.


New to Dordt's campus? Need a quick refresher on where everything is located? Check out our campus map to familiarize yourself with where exactly you'll be during NPCEBL.


Dordt University is located in Sioux Center, IA. Sioux Center has several hotels available for lodging, including a Holiday Inn Express and an Econolodge. The English Department has reserved blocks of rooms at both the Holiday Inn Express and the Econolodge.

Rooms are available for $129/night at the Holiday Inn Express for conference attendees; the Holiday Inn Express is located at 100 Saint Andrews Way, Sioux Center, IA 51250. To make a reservation, visit their webpage or call 712.722.3500. The cutoff date for this block is April 1, 2020.

Econolodge has rooms available for $94 and $99/night for conference attendees. The Econolodge is located at 86 9th St Cir NE, Sioux Center, IA 51250. To make a reservation, visit their webpage or call 712.722.4000. The cutoff date for this block is April 1, 2020.

For more information about local hotels, please visit Dordt's lodging information page.


Flying to NPCEBL? Here are our nearby airports:

  • Sioux Falls Regional Airport is an approximately one-hour drive from Dordt's campus.
  • Sioux Gateway Airport is an approximately 45-minute drive from Dordt's campus.
  • Omaha Airport Authority is an approximately two-and-a-half hour drive from Dordt's campus.

Need a ride to campus? We can pick you up! For more information, please contact Dr. Bob De Smith at bob.desmith@dordt.edu.

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