Thursday, October 12, 2017

Welcome!

DFW18: Call for Proposals Coming Soon!

Welcome to the homepage of the International DFW Conference.  Each year, our conference provides a forum for discussions on writing and culture, with an emphasis on themes and topics related to works by David Foster Wallace.

The Fifth Annual Conference: June 7-9, 2018

Please use the tabs above to learn more about Wallace, view the Conference Schedule, Submit a Proposal, or Contact Us.

Call for Proposals - Coming Soon!

The International DFW Society

Want to join an international community of scholars?  Looking for opportunities to publish in a peer-reviewed journal of DFW Studies?  Visit the new DFW Society Homepage!

(Yes, I know...the DFW Society homepage is way, way cooler than the conference webpage...all the more reason you should join today! --Ryan)

Deadlines

Proposal Deadline: December 10, 2016
Early Registration Deadline: April 30, 2018
Final Registration Deadline: 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.

Early Registration (by April 30, 2018)

Faculty + Sponsorship: $150*
Faculty / Full-Time Employment: $100
Students / Part-Time Employed: $75
Students: $40



*$75 of each Sponsorship registration will be applied to Registration Waivers for student presenters with financial need.  In 2017, we were able to award waivers to seven presenters.

Add-Ons:

Dorm Stay: $40/night for 3 nights ($120 total).  Bring Your Own Blankets and Towel!  The dorms only provide sheets!
Book Fair Table: $50 (plus individual registration)

Late Registration (Starting May 1)

Faculty: $120
Students/Part Time: $90
Students: $50
Book Fair: $60

Sunday, May 28, 2017

DFW17 Panel Schedule

The DFW17 Panel Schedule is here!  To help ease access, we're making it available in multiple formats.  An interactive version (complete with presentation abstracts and bios) is coming soon!

Complete Panel Abstracts and Schedule

Presenter Bios

View/Download PDF of Program and Bios


Schedule Overview:

View Fullscreen Webpage Version (recommended)

Download PDF Version

Download Excel Version

(We'll also be providing a print versions when you check in at Registration.)


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More About DFW17:

2017 Theme: "Legacies of Complexity"

The Fourth Annual DFW Conference will explore the diversity of perspectives surrounding Wallace’s literary and scholarly legacy. The 2017 Conference features three categories of proposal: General PresentationsSpecial Sessionsand Creative Writing.  Given the limited size of the Special Sessions, all Special Sessions proposals will be also be considered among General Proposals.

View Call for Proposals


Deadlines

Proposal DeadlineDecember 10, 2016  Now Extended to January 15th!
Early Registration Deadline: April 30, 2017**
Final Registration Deadline: May 30, 2017

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

General Presentations: DFW Studies, Contemporary Literature and Culture

We encourage proposals considering, but not limited to: innovative/experimental literature; the future of literature and/or publishing; digital vs. traditional publishing/literature; the field of publishing in relation to contemporary literature and/or culture; and creative works exhibiting any of the above issues and/or engaging their subjects from original, committed, and humane perspectives.  Click to Submit a General Presentation


Creative Writing: Continuing Wallace's Legacy Through Creative Expression

Works in all creative forms and mediums will be considered.  Please submit a complete current draft of your work.  For multimodal presentations, a through description (preferably with a link to your work) will suffice.  Click to Submit Creative Writing

Special Sessions: Applying Diverse Perspectives to David Foster Wallace

To further explore themes connecting Wallace’s work to the broad horizons of English Studies and the Humanities, we’ve introduced the following Special Sessions. Works addressing the following topics are highly encouraged (suggested works by Wallace are included in parentheses): Click to Submit to Special Sessions
  • Feminism: Literature and Misogyny (e.g. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men)
  • Critical Race Theory: Privilege and Linguistic Variation (e.g. “Tense Present”)
  • Queer Theory: Sexuality and Sociality (e.g. “Adult World”)
  • Politics: Nationalism and Political Deconstruction (e.g. “9/11: View From the Midwest”)
  • Disability Studies: (Dis)Ability and Mental Illness (e.g. “Good Old Neon”)
  • Philosophy: Ethics and Empathy (e.g. "Consider the Lobster")
  • Religion: Conversion and Conformity (e.g. The Pale King)
  • Pedagogy: Teaching Language and Writing (e.g. "Authority and American Usage")