Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Egan

DFW 2022

Sponsored by the International David Foster Wallace Society

Join us in Austin, Texas, June 2, 3, 4, 2022 for a conference devoted to the study of David Foster Wallace’s work.

Events around Austin, The University of Texas at Austin, and Harry Ransom Center
(home of the David Foster Wallace Papers) include speakers, films, panels, and more.

Special Keynote Speaker: Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Egan / Thursday, June 2, 2022.

Check this page for registration info or follow us @dfwsociety on Twitter and Instagram.

#DFW22

Conference chair: Matt Bucher / matt@mattbucher.com

COVID-19 Update – January 6, 2022

Dear friends, on behalf of the International David Foster Wallace Society, I wish you all a happy and safe new year. As evidenced throughout the US, the world, and our local communities, the pandemic remains fluid. Our plans to hold an in-person conference in Austin in early June remain in effect for now, but planning for any gathering remains challenging. 

The University of Texas, site of our 2022 conference facility, is holding classes virtually until the end of January. You can follow UT’s COVID dashboard here: https://protect.utexas.edu/ut-austin-covid-19-dashboard/

Austin has returned to stage 5 restrictions due to the Omicron variant and hospital capacity.  

This is a bleak time to give an update for a conference six months away. Yet we are hopeful that this surge will pass quickly, vaccination rates will continue to increase, and, with the right precautions, more gatherings will be possible. Our COVID-19 policy for the conference will conform to that of the University’s, the city of Austin’s, and other local regulations.

After so long without a conference in the US, the Society is excited to gather together again in person. Our 2021 conference in Amsterdam, by all accounts, was a smashing success–and this gives us hope for June 2022 in Austin.

The call-for-papers for our DFW22 Conference in Austin is below. Papers and proposals accepted in 2020, but not given elsewhere, are accepted for the 2022 conference. Please email info@dfwsociety.org to confirm. 

Registration links and hotel info will be posted on this page soon.

All my best, 

Matt Bucher

Conference Chair


CFP: DFW 2022 – Austin, TX – June 2-4, 2022

The International David Foster Wallace Society Conference 

The International David Foster Wallace Society invites you to attend DFW 2022 in Austin, Texas. Special events at the Harry Ransom Center (home to Wallace’s archive), social events, and other presentations will be included, in addition to a wide variety of panels of Wallace criticism and commentary. 

Panels will be held at the University of Texas Glickman Conference Center. The keynote address by Pulitzer-winner Jennifer Egan will be held at Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall on Thursday, June 2. The keynote, sponsored by the Harry Ransom Center, is free and open to the public.

NOTE: submissions accepted for the canceled conference in 2020 are accepted for the 2022 conference, provided that the paper/talk has not been given at another conference.

Papers commenting on any aspect of Wallace’s work, thought, influence, or context are invited. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Wallace, gender, masculinity, misogyny, and sexualities
  • Wallace and race
  • Wallace and socioeconomic class
  • Thinking globally about Wallace
  • Wallace and climate change / the Anthropocene
  • Wallace as philosopher / religious writer / political writer
  • Reconsiderations of established lines of thinking about Wallace (e.g., irony and sincerity, entertainment, addiction, etc.)
  • Under-discussed short fiction and essays by Wallace
  • Wallace, canonicity, critical establishments, and anthologies
  • Teaching Wallace, especially in settings other than the undergraduate English major

Submission deadline: March 7, 2022

Submit paper abstracts of 300 words and brief biographical info to papers@dfwsociety.org. We welcome submissions from currently unaffiliated scholars, contingent faculty, faculty in settings other than higher education, and graduate and undergraduate students. Full panel proposals are welcome also, though we encourage panels that span a variety of faculty ranks and institutions.

Include in your submission your name, affiliation (if any), mailing address, and email address. Please specify any special AV or scheduling needs when submitting your proposal.

Contact us @dfwsociety on Twitter or via email at info@dfwsociety.org