The 45th Annual Meeting of the International T. S. Eliot Society: Call for Papers

20-22 September 2024

St. Louis, Missouri, USA

The International T. S. Eliot Society invites proposals for papers to be presented at our Annual Meeting, to be held September 20-22, 2024 in St. Louis, Missouri. 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 3 to tseliotsociety@gmail.com, 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 2020 or later for those not yet employed in a tenure-track position; 2022 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 Langdon Hammer, Niel Gray, Jr. Professor of English at Yale University. We’ll be updating our conference information on this site regularly on this page: check back often and forward this information to friends and colleagues.

We will be holding peer seminars, too: participants will pre-circulate short position papers to their seminars (c. 1200-1500 words) by September 2. These discussion-based seminars will meet in the morning of  the first day of the conference. Peer Seminar Leaders for our gathering this fall will be Patrick Query (“The Uses of Eliot”); Vincent Sherry (“Eliot and Revolution”); Megan Quigley & Kamran Javadizadeh (“Eliot and Epistolarity”); and Tony Cuda (“Eliot and Contemporary Poetry”). Enrollment is limited to 12 people per seminar, on a first-come basis. Please enroll by July 15th, by sending an email with the subject line “peer seminar” to tseliotsociety@gmail.com (include contact information in your email).

The Peer Seminars are in the very early stages of planning; details will be posted on our conference updates page.

A note about hotel reservations: The conference hotel will be familiar to any of you who have attended our gatherings in St. Louis. It’s no longer called “The Parkway” (it joined the Hilton Hotels group a couple of years ago). It’s now the Doubletree by Hilton, St Louis Forest Park, at 4550 Forest Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108. The link for making a reservation at the Conference Rate is here (the cutoff date for conference rates is 3 September); the room cost ($142.00 plus tax) includes a complimentary breakfast buffet and parking (at the rate of $15.00 per car per night).

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