Atlantic Routes and Roots: 2-4 December 2021

The seventh biennial conference of the Defoe Society will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, homeland of the Taíno people and a site of imperial contests reaching from the fifteenth century to the present.

Our meeting embraces the fully transatlantic nature of our membership and author with the theme: Atlantic Routes and Roots.

The conference, organized in partnership with the Early Caribbean Society, invites proposals for panels on any topic related to the study of Defoe and his contemporaries, broadly defined as the Restoration period to the mid-eighteenth century; we particularly welcome proposals that underscore our theme through a focus on:

  • transoceanic crossings
  • the Caribbean
  • Circum-Atlantic influences
  • texts and contexts for race, ethnicity, and African-descended and Indigenous peoples

We are thrilled to announce our plenary speakers:



Printable CFP: please share widely!!


Registration information coming soon.



Proposals for individual papers or complete panels should be submitted to by 1 January 2021.

Please limit abstracts to 500 words and include a very brief biography.


The meeting will be held 2-4 December 2021 at the Marriott San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Reservations must be made by Saturday, October 2, 2021 for the conference rate. Rate applies between 29 November 2021 and 8 December 2021. To make a reservation using the conference rate, contact reservations directly: 1-787-722-7000, or email Christina Sanchez.


Questions? Email


Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

© 2021 Purdue University | An equal access/equal opportunity university | Copyright Complaints | Maintained by CLA

If you have trouble accessing this page because of a disability, please contact the College of Liberal Arts Webmaster.

Some content on this site may require the use of a special plug-in or application. Please visit our plug-ins page for links to download these applications.