Saturday, June 9, 2018

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Register for DFW18

This site is strictly for conference registration and travel information.  For most web browsers, use the links to the left to register.  For mobile browsers, Click Here to Register!

For additional information about the conference and the David Foster Wallace Society, please see the following links:

Conference Homepage
Presentations, Proposals, and Schedules
DFW Society Homepage
The International Society for DFW Studies

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

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*The sliding scale is based upon employment status.  If you have a full-time job with health benefits, then you would pay the $100 rate.  If you are employed part-time or you are a student with a stipend and tuition waiver, then you only pay the $75 rate.  If you are a student without a tuition waiver, then only pay the $40 rate.

*$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.

Reserve a Book Fair Table ($50)

In case you can't attend, we're happy to take care of a table for you - no additional fees or registration will be charged aside from the $50 table fee.  The DFW Conference cannot be responsible for lost or misplaced items at the book fair.

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Add-On (Coming Soon!):
Dorm Stay: $40/night for 3 nights ($120 total).  Bring Your Own Blankets and Towel!  The dorms only provide sheets!

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!

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Schedule Overview:

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(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.

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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")