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


Printable CFP: please share widely!!


Proposals are invited for fully comprised panels, for roundtable sessions,
and for alternative format sessions as well.

Panel proposals should be submitted to by 1 October, 2020.

These will be circulated prior to the deadline for complete panels on 1 January 2021.

Please limit abstracts to 200 words and include a brief biography of the organizer.


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.

To reserve your room at the conference rate, use this link for the group rate. Reservations must be made by Tuesday, June 22, 2021.


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