The International David Foster Wallace Society


INTERNATIONAL DAVID FOSTER WALLACE CONFERENCE IN AUSTIN

June 6-8, 2024

University of Texas, Austin

CALL FOR PAPERS

#DFW24

The field of David Foster Wallace studies is now approaching two decades of scholarly and academic development. Stephen J. Burn’s guide to Infinite Jest appeared in 2003 and the first conference dedicated to Wallace Studies was organized by David Hering in Liverpool in 2009. In the ensuing years, hundreds of devoted scholars and readers have enriched and benefited from the field of work. Our annual conference is the showcase of this work—and the valuable opportunity to meet others in the field. For the 2024 conference in Austin, home of the Harry Ransom Center and Wallace’s archive, we invite papers commenting on any aspect of Wallace’s work, thought, influence, or context.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

    • New considerations of the stories from Oblivion (2024 marks twenty years since the publication of Wallace’s last book of stories).
    • In recent conferences, we’ve seen a continued focus on Infinite Jest, so we are always interested in papers investigating new approaches to Wallace’s masterwork.
    • Wallace and/or related works in relation to race and/or socioeconomic class.
    • Wallace and/or related works in relation to gender, masculinity, misogyny, and sexualities.
    • Politics, philosophy, and/or religion in Wallace and/or related influential works.
    • The role and influence of contemporary films and television in and around Wallace’s writing.
    • Creative approaches to interpreting themes from Wallace’s work.

 

The International David Foster Wallace Society is committed to promoting and fostering a greater inclusion of women scholars, scholars of color, and otherwise historically underrepresented scholars in the fields under discussion at this conference, and we welcome proposals that specifically engage these issues.

We encourage submissions from established scholars as well as postdoctoral researchers, currently unaffiliated scholars, contingent faculty, faculty in settings other than higher education, and graduate and undergraduate students. Full panel proposals and roundtable proposals are welcome as well. We encourage panels that span a variety of faculty ranks and institutions.

Submit a paper abstract of 300 words (for a max. 20-minute presentation) and brief biographical info to [email protected] by February 26 March 17, 2024.

Include in your submission: your name, affiliation (if any), and email address. Please specify any special AV or scheduling needs when submitting your proposal.

Further details about the conference, including keynotes and accommodations, will be posted at https://dfwsociety.org/DFW24.

We intend to communicate decisions on paper selection before April 1, 2024.