Thursday, August 9, 2018

Wanted: DFW Proceedings Reviewers

We're currently starting the DFW17 and DFW18 Proceedings!  All papers submitted for consideration will be evaluated through a peer-review process to ensure that they reflect the quality of the conference.  If you'd like to be a reviewer, please Read More.  Or open our Online Application in a new window.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

2003 Interview with German TV

Here's the full-length interview from 2003, when Wallace sat down to discuss his views on fiction.



Thanks to Andrea Laurencell Sheridan for the link!

DFW Conference Online Presentation Gallery

To provide a lasting record of the conference presentations, we're putting together an online gallery of past presentations.

Submit to Presentation Gallery

DFW18 Proceedings

Did you present at the 2018 David Foster Wallace Conference?  We're pleased to (finally!) invite submissions for the DFW17 Proceedings.  Any presentation given at DFW18 is eligible for consideration.  We'll use blind review to review the submissions - before uploading a copy of your presentation, please remove all identifying information.  Ensure that the title provided in the file matches the title you include on your submission form.

Please use our Submission Form to have your presentation considered.  Deadline is September 30, 2018.

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DFW17 Proceedings

Did you present at the 2017 David Foster Wallace Conference?  We're pleased to (finally!) invite submissions for the DFW17 Proceedings.  Any presentation given at DFW17 is eligible for consideration.  We'll use blind review to review the submissions - before uploading a copy of your presentation, please remove all identifying information.  Ensure that the title provided in the file matches the title you include on your submission form.

Please use our Submission Form to have your presentation considered.  Deadline is September 30, 2018.

Back to Submissions

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Problem with Irony - Television and David Foster Wallace

An overview of Wallace's critiques of excessive irony and postmodernism, and then a discussion of how we see the movement away from pure irony to new sincerity in contemporary television.

This Is Water - Full version-David Foster Wallace Commencement Speech

David Foster Wallace interview with Terry Gross (03/1997) NPR's Fresh Air

A deep, wide-ranging conversation between Wallace and Terry Gross.  They cover "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again," parts of Infinite Jest and The Entertainment, and Wallace's thoughts on self-consciousness.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

DFW18 Schedule

Logo by Wendy Liu
The Fifth Annual David Foster Wallace Conference took place at Illinois State University from June 7-9, 2018, and has been dedicated to the memory of Charlie Harris.  The late Professor Harris was the ISU department chair who hired David Foster Wallace and one of the most important supporters of our conference.

For more information about the conference, click Read More.  Or use the following links to open the schedules in a new window:

Highlights of DFW18:
  • Our keynote by Clare Hayes-Brady, author of The Unspeakable Failures of David Foster Wallace.
  • A talk and workshop by Sean Allen Pratt, renowned audiobook narrator of Infinite Jest.
  • A remembrance of Charlie Harris.
  • Documentary project by Ben Kolak of Scrapper's Film Group.

Clare Hayes-Brady is the author of The Unspeakable Failures of David Foster Wallace
The audiobook version of Infinite Jest was narrated by Sean Allen Pratt
Charlie Harris was one of the most important supporters of the DFW Conference.  He provided guidance and encouragement to keep the organization running.
Scrapper's Film Group filmed footage for their documentary on the conference, completion expected in Fall 2018.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

DFW17 Panel Schedule

The Fourth Annual David Foster Wallace Conference took place from June 8-10, 2017, at the campus of Illinois State University.  Highlights of the conference included:
Logo by Chris Ayers
  • Our keynote by Jeffrey Severs, author of David Foster Wallace's Balancing Books: Fictions of Value.
  • A live production of The Great Concavity Podcast by Matt Bucher and David Laird, featuring guests Charlie Harris and Jim Plath.
  • Our first Diversity Roundtable, featuring Andrea Sheridan, Danielle Ely, and Ryan Lackey, moderated by Diego Báez.
  • A rather nondescript game of Eschaton on a nearby basketball court.

Eschaton:
The brutally civilized game
of thermonuclear war.

Complete Panel Abstracts and Schedule

Presenter Bios

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