The Fifth Annual David Foster Wallace Conference

Illinois State University
June 7-9, 2018

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Contemporary literature and culture, with an emphasis on David Foster Wallace.

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Call for papers

The 2019 call for papers is now live!

The conference invites both critical scholarship and creative writing. Papers and panels should focus on literary works published since the 1950s and/or in the works of David Foster Wallace. Creative writing proposals in all genres are welcome.

View the call for papers for DFW19


Proposals due

Jan 16, 2018

Early registration ends

Apr 30, 2018

Late registration ends

May 30, 2018

All presenters must register by April 30th to be included in the schedule.

Registration fees

In recognition of differing financial situations, we offer different registration tiers. It typically costs $70 per person to cover catering, classroom reservations, and speaker fees—the higher fees paid by full-time faculty help subsidize student attendees.

Type of registration Early (April 30) Late (May 30)
Faculty + Sponsorship
This will allow us to waive registration fees for a student presenter in financial need. In 2017, we were able to award waivers to seven presenters.
$150 $150
Faculty / Full-time employment $100 $120
Students / Part-time employment $75 $90
Students in financial need $40 $50
Table at the book fair
In addition to individual registration.
$50 $60

Want to join an international community of scholars? Looking for opportunities to publish in a peer-reviewed journal of DFW Studies? Join The International David Foster Wallace Society today!