The 44th Annual Meeting of the International T. S. Eliot Society

22-24 September 2023

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Call for Papers

The International T. S. Eliot Society invites proposals for papers to be presented at our Annual Meeting, to be held September 22-24 2023 on the campus of Harvard University. Clearly organized proposals of about 300 words (submitted in MS Word, Google Docs, or PDF form), on any topic reasonably related to Eliot, along with brief biographical sketches, should be emailed by June 2 to, with the subject heading “conference proposal.”

Each year the Society presents the Fathman Young Scholar Award to the best paper given by a new Eliot scholar. Graduate students and recent PhDs are eligible (degree received in 2019 or later for those not yet employed in a tenure-track position; 2021 or later for those holding a tenure-track position). If you are eligible for the award, please mention this fact in your submission. The award, which includes a monetary prize, will be announced at the final session of the meeting.

This year’s keynote speaker will be the poet and critic Linda Gregerson, Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. In addition to our scholarly offerings, we are planning a Sunday trip to visit the Eliot family’s summer home at Eastern Point and environs in Gloucester as well as an Eliot-focused walking tour of Cambridge on Saturday morning.

We will be holding peer seminars, too, with topics and leaders to be announced later this spring. Participants will pre-circulate short position papers to their seminars (c. 1200-1500 words) by September 1. These discussion-based seminars will meet in the morning and the afternoon on the first day of the conference. Enrollment is limited to 12 people per seminar, on a first-come basis. Please enroll by July 14th, by sending an email with the subject line “peer seminar” to (include contact information in your email).

The conference hotel, conveniently located near all of our events, is The Harvard Square Hotel, 110 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA  02138 (P) 617-520-3730. Here is the booking link for Society members. The rate is guaranteed as long as rooms are available, but we cannot hold a block of rooms: early booking is advisable!

We would be grateful if you would circulate this CFP widely to colleagues and groups who might be interested in joining us in the fall!

By John Whittier-Ferguson

John Whittier-Ferguson is Professor of English at the University of Michigan and is the current president of the International T. S. Eliot Society