Conferences

Current CFPs

Modern Language Association 2025: 21st-Century  Eliot: Recent developments in Eliot studies, including the release of the Eliot/Hale letters and the publication of Eliot’s complete prose in digital format, as well as the new editions of his poetry and new scholarly biographies and collections, promise to transform Eliot studies for the foreseeable future. 21st Century Eliot brings together Eliot scholars with a focus on digital methodologies and/ or approaches drawing on the new materials available for research. Send abstracts of 200 words and a brief CV to Dr. John McIntyre at jmcintyre@upei.ca by 10 March 2024.

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The International T. S. Eliot Society is accepting proposals for a panel at the annual Midwest MLA conference in Chicago, IL to be held November 14-16, 2024. Any proposal on a subject reasonably related to Eliot studies will be considered. Papers drawing from relatively recently released materials from the Hale correspondence, The Complete Prose, or Letters would be especially welcome. If you are interested in participating, please send abstract proposals (250-300 words) to Professor Edward Upton (edward.upton@valpo.edu). Submissions must be received no later than April 15. Please note: the Society does not provide funds for travel to and from the conference.

The T. S. Eliot Society is sponsoring two sessions at the 2024 annual conference of the American Literature Association, May 23-26, 2024, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. Nancy Gish has organized and is chairing an especially appealing pair of panels: see the panelists and paper topics here. For information on the ALA and its 2024 meeting, please see the ALA website.

Modern Language Association, 2024, Eliot panel: “T. S. Eliot Unsealed.” Megan Quigley organized chaired a session of interest to us all. Here are the participants and their paper titles: Anderson Araujo, “The Political Economy of Eliot’s Complete Prose Tony Cuda, “Abstraction and Empathy”; Frances Dickey, “Eliot and the Doctrine of Pipit”; Justin Stec, “Eliot’s Epistolary Form and the Transmutation of Personal Feeling.”

American Literature Association 2024 (23-26 May)

The British Association of Modernist Studies is holding a conference in Leeds, from 27-29 June (right before the T. S. Eliot Summer School). Here’s the website, which includes the CFP.

SAMLA 2023 (9-11 November)

The study of T. S. Eliot is enjoying an unprecedented renaissance, thanks to a wealth of new primary and critical materials. New biographies of Eliot and the key people in his life, the Complete Prose, new editions of his poetry and plays, important new translations, and the publication of thousands of new letters have opened up countless new possibilities for the investigation of Eliot’s life and work. This session invites proposals on any topic reasonably related to T. S. Eliot. Preference will be given to proposals that engage with any of the new materials mentioned above. Submit abstracts of no more than 300 words along with a brief bio to John Morgenstern at jdmorgens@gmail.com by 17 July 2023.

NeMLA 2024 (7-10 March)

The study of T. S. Eliot is enjoying an unprecedented renaissance, thanks to a wealth of new primary and critical materials. New biographies of Eliot and the key people in his life, the Complete Prose, new editions of his poetry and plays, important new translations, and the publication of thousands of new letters have opened up countless new possibilities for the investigation of Eliot’s life and work. This session, the first for the International T. S. Eliot Society as a NeMLA Allied Organization, invites proposals on any topic reasonably related to T. S. Eliot. Preference will be given to proposals that engage with any of the new materials mentioned above. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a brief bio to Patrick.Query@westpoint.edu by 4 September 2023.

The Modern Language Association Meeting 2024: “T. S. Eliot Unsealed”

(MLA 2024, Philadelphia, PA, January 4-7)

With more of Eliot’s work and life available to view than ever before—nine volumes of letters as well as the letters to Emily Hale; new biographies of Hale, Vivien Haigh-Wood Eliot, and T. S. Eliot himself; all eight volumes of the Prose; and a documentary film—a new era of Eliot studies is underway. What can we expect?

Please send 200-word abstracts and a brief CV to Dr. Megan Quigley at megan.m.quigley@villanova.edu by 20 March. 

Eliot Society MMLA Revised CFP 2023

The International T.S. Eliot Society is accepting proposals for a panel at the 2023 Midwest MLA conference in Cincinnati, OH, to be held November 2-5, 2023. Any proposal on a subject reasonably related to Eliot studies will be considered. Papers drawing from relatively recently released materials from the Hale correspondence, The Complete Prose, or Letters would be especially welcome. Accepted papers pertaining to the Hale letters will be considered for publication in the T.S. Eliot Studies Annual. If you are interested in participating, please send abstract proposals (up to 250 words) to Professor Edward Upton (edward.upton@valpo.edu). Submissions must be received no later than April 15, 2023. For more information on MMLA 2023, please visit the website.

The American Literature Association 2023

The T. S. Eliot Society is sponsoring two sessions at the 2023 annual conference of the American Literature Association, May 25-28, 2023, at The Westin Copley Place in Boston. Professor Emerita Nancy Gish, University of Southern Maine, is pleased to announce that both sessions have come together wonderfully. The first session, “Post Nature, Post Human: Figures in Eliot’s Desolate Landscapes,” features talks about The Waste Land by Todd Tietchen and Christopher McVey; Frances Dickey and LeeAnn Derdyn will present papers in the second session, “Sensory and Aesthetic: Eliot’s Contexts of Separation and Connection.” The conference program will be posted in mid-March.

Midwest MLA 2023

The International T.S. Eliot Society is accepting proposals for a panel at the 2023 Midwest MLA conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, to be held November 2-5, 2023. Any proposal on a subject reasonably related to Eliot studies will be considered. Papers drawing from relatively recently released materials from the Hale correspondence, The Complete Prose, or Letters would be especially welcome. If you are interested in participating, please send proposals (up to 250 words) to Professor Edward Upton. Submissions must be received no later than April 15, 2023. For more information on MMLA 2023, please see the conference website.

“The Functions of Criticism”

An interdisciplinary conference on the theme of The Functions of Criticism will be held at King’s college, Cambridge on 19-20 May 2023. Confirmed keynote speakers are Rita Felski (University of Virginia), Jonathan Kramnick (Yale University) and Sarah Dillon (University of Cambridge). The conference organizers–Rhona Jamieson, Ally Louks, Alex Hobday, Michael Rizq and Tanya Kundu–are hoping to return, with an additional emphasis upon plurality, to the question of “the function of criticism” (Matthew Arnold, T. S. Eliot, Terry Eagleton).

Annual CFPs

The organizations below all have recurring panels reserved for our Society (and generously organized by Society members). We’ll post on this page the CFPs for each of these annual conferences just as soon as the panel organizers pass them on to us.