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Frequently Asked Questions

Must my panel or paper proposal be about Defoe?

No. While Defoe is the central figure for the Defoe Society and our biennial meetings, we welcome and encourage panel topics and papers on any aspect of early eighteenth-century culture. And while we look forward to reading proposals pertinent to this year's theme of globalism, we will also consider proposals on a range of topics and figures.

What is the Defoe Society?

Please go to our society website at for an overview of our history, mission, projects, and membership.

Must I be a member of the Defoe Society to attend the conference?

Yes. In order to serve you best during the conference, and because current economic pressures for university sponsors have decreased campus support, the Defoe Society will now require membership and the payment of Society dues in order to attend the conference. Dues may be payable on the conference registration form or separately through the Defoe Society website.

What will the registration fee be?

Defoe Society Officers will base registration costs on the number of attendants but are already working hard to keep fees below what is typical for an international conference. We do know that registration will include most meals, beverage service, and a lunch and dinner reception. The Saturday evening dinner will be optional, for an additional cost that you can enter on your registration form.

Will graduate students be offered a decreased registration fee?


Will registration be payable online or on paper?

We will offer both online and paper registration options, which will be available early in 2013. ISU Conference Services can also support international wire transfers.

Will there be any publishing opportunities for my conference paper?

Yes! Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries, the Defoe Society online, peer-reviewed journal, encourages conference presenters to revise their papers as article-length essays or even multimodal compositions. Submission guidelines and information about the journal are located on the Digital Defoe website at

Will there be places to eat and relax in Normal, between or after panels?

Yes. There are approximately 21 coffee shops, bars, and restaurants within a short walk from the Marriott. The Illinois State University campus is also less than a block away, where you will find two food courts. Less than a mile to the west is Main Street, which also includes many restaurants.


Page last updated on June 19, 2012.