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.

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Egan

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

Update May 12, 2022

Registration for the conference is now closed. If you have any questions about attending, please contact info@dfwsociety.org

For the Jennifer Egan keynote, you can reserve a copy of her new novel, The Candy House, to be signed at the event here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jennifer-egan-keynote-lecture-book-signing-tickets-321537917567

All registered attendees of the conference are guaranteed seats at the keynote so there is no need to register again at this EventBrite link – only if you want the book signed.
Roommate Finder – if you are interested in sharing room with someone at the conference, please reach out to me directly and we will try to find you a roommate to share costs – mattbucher@gmail.com

Update March 8, 2022

CFP Deadline Extended to March 28, 2022

If you haven’t yet submitted an abstract for a paper at the conference, the deadline has been extended March 28. The full CFP is posted on this page below. If you have any questions about speaking at the conference or submitting an abstract, please email info@dfwsociety.org

Updated list of speakers

We are happy to announce the following writers who will be presenting special sessions during DFW 22.

Brandon Hobson, PhD. National Book Award Finalist and author of The Removed, Where the Dead Sit Talking, and other books. His fiction has won a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in the Best American Short Stories 2021, McSweeney’s, American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, NOON, and many other publications. Dr. Hobson teaches at New Mexico State University. He is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation Tribe of Oklahoma. 

Jim Gauer, author of Novel Explosives. Gauer is a mathematician, widely published poet, and possibly the world’s only Marxist Venture Capitalist.

More speakers will be announced soon!

Visiting the Ransom Center

Due to high demand and COVID restrictions, reservations are requested to visit the reading room at the Harry Ransom Center. Several materials from the Wallace archive will be on display in the galleries of the Ransom Center as part of their “Stories to Tell” exhibition. Updated information about visiting the reading room will be posted here: https://www.hrc.utexas.edu/research/

Please let me know if you plan to do research at the Ransom Center while you are in Austin or if you have any questions about visiting the reading room. Email info@dfwsociety.org

“Women and the Making of Ulysses” will also be on display in the main gallery of the Ransom Center throughout the month of June. https://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/2022/women-and-the-making-of-ulysses/

Thank you to our sponsors

Our conference is supported by the following sponsors: Zerogram Press, Sideshow Media Group, University of Texas Department of English, Harry Ransom Center. 

If your business or institution would like to sponsor the event, please see the details here: https://www.dfwsociety.org/sponsors/

Update: February 16, 2022

Hotel information:

We have reserved a block of rooms at the DoubleTree on 15th Street. This is an all-suite hotel and most rooms are two queen beds with a sofa bed in the living room, $229/night. There are a few two-bedroom suites available at $329/night. I realize these are more affordable if they are shared.

Here is the direct booking link https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/rooms/?ctyhocn=AUSFLDT&arrivalDate=2022-06-01&departureDate=2022-06-05&room1NumAdults=1&cid=OM%2CWW%2CHILTONLINK%2CEN%2CDirectLink

You are, of course, welcome to find your own accommodations in Austin. There are a lot of good Airbnb options in the West Campus area, but they do fill up fast.

Hotels near UT Campus that I would recommend: The Otis Hotel, The Pearl, The Hampton Garden Inn on 17th Street.

I would strongly advise against these hotels: Rodeway Inn on I-35, Days Inn on I-35

If you want to get my advice on a hotel or Airbnb before you book, please do not hesitate to reach out to me: info@dfwsociety.org or mattbucher@gmail.com

Update: February 2, 2022

Registration now open: https://forms.gle/To2fifncmg21Mw1UA

DFW 22 Conference registration – Full price: $100

DFW 22 Conference registration – Discounted price: $50

DFW 22 Conference registration – Pay what you can: Send PayPal to info@dfwsociety.org or email us to arrange alternative payment.

(Includes breakfast and lunch all three days, dinner on your own.)

Note: prices go up after March 21.

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