Atlantic Routes and Roots: The Seventh Biennial Conference of the Defoe Society

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
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. 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.

See the conference page here for more information. Questions? Email

Past Conferences

The Sixth Biennial Meeting of the Defoe Society

Crusoe at 300: Adaptations, Afterlives and Futures
July 10-12, 2019 (University of York)

The Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Defoe Society
Tolerance and Intolerance in the Age of Defoe
September 7-9, 2017 (New Haven, Connecticut)

The Fourth Biennial Meeting of the Society Society
Nature in the Age of Defoe
July 22-23, 2015 (Bath, UK)

The Third Biennial Meeting of the Defoe Society
Global Defoe: His Times and His Contemporaries
August 9-10, 2013 (Normal, Illinois)

The Second Biennial Meeting of the Defoe Society

The Culture of Grub Street
July 14-16, 2011 (University of Worcester, UK)

The First Biennial Meeting of the Defoe Society

September 25-26, 2009 (Oklahoma State University)