John Donne Society



Welcome to the John Donne Society

Dear fellow Donne scholars,

While the start of 2022 did not yet give us the opportunity to meet in person for our annual conference earlier this year, life is slowly returning to more pre-pandemic routines. We are also keenly hoping that peace will prevail, and that this spring can be a true return to friendly encounters and collegial reunions all over the world. We have socially distanced for long enough now.

However, in order not to completely forget some of the good practices of the years of distancing and virtual contacts, we want to continue to offer occasional John Donne Society Webinars, where we can touch base between real-life encounters and meet for shorter session on-line. Furthermore, the next Webinar also addresses just that theme: how to make use of the digital skills we have refined during the pandemic.

The Fourth John Donne Society Webinar is titled Donne Digitally, and it gives an update on resources available to the scholarly community. The team led by Brent Nelson and including Joel Salt, Jesse Sharpe, and Matt Sherman, will introduce us to the latest developments of the Digital Donne Project, and we will have an opportunity to learn and discuss ways of applying digital sources and virtual environments to enhance our own work. Many Universities are now exploring new methods to support more traditional forms of teaching and research, and both staff and students seem more ready to take on new tools.

This Webinar will take place on Friday 22nd April 2022, at 7 pm to 9 pm GMT, 2 pm to 4 pm EST, and 11 am to 1 pm PST. To attend, sign up beforehand via the John Donne Society Webpage here.

While we started our Webinar series discussing teaching Donne in our exceptional circumstances, we will now explore ways in which digital tools can bring us forth from these ‘emergent occasions’ and open up new avenues for teaching and research.

I am very much looking forward seeing you on-line in April. Please feel free to share the invitation.

On behalf of the Executive Committee and the Webinar Programme Committee,
Dr Maria Salenius
The John Donne Society

To find out more, click here.

The John Donne Society was formally organized in 1986, inspired in part by scholarly meetings of the editors of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne, the multi-volume edition now in process of publication by Indiana University Press.

Love, all alike, no season knowes, nor clyme,
Nor houres, dayes, moneths, which are the rags of time

After meeting for nineteen years at the Gulf Park Conference Center of the University of Southern Mississippi in Long Beach, the society held its twentieth anniversary meeting in February of 2005 at the Lod and Carole Cook Conference Center on the campus of Louisiana State University, which will be the site of meetings into the foreseeable future.  

No man is an Island, entire of it self

Each year scholars and students of Donne gather from throughout the United States and Canada and around the globe to explore and discuss Donne's life and writing.  Participants range from promising students to distinguished scholars, some presenting 20-minute papers in panel/discussion format, some giving lengthier invited talks, and all united by their interest in discussing Donne's writings and their multiple contexts.

Is not thy sacred hunger of science
Yet satisfy'd?

In addition to the annual conference, the Donne Society, an Allied Member of the Modern Language Association, sponsors two sessions at the annual MLA meeting. Typically, one session has a specific topic, while the other is an open session.

Like gold to ayery thinnesse beate

In its twenty-year existence, the John Donne Society has proven to be a convivial and intellectually engaging organization for students of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in general and of John Donne in particular.


We welcome inquiries about and participation in the Society's various activities:

Maria Salenius, President (2020-2021)

Sean McDowell, Executive Director


Yearly dues for the John Donne Society are currently:
$50 for full professor or equivalent;
$40 for associate professor or equivalent;
$30 for assistant professor or equivalent;
$20 for retired, non-tenure-track academics, independent scholars;
$10 for graduate students.

To pay with a credit card, click here.

Please note: if you are paying with credit card, you will need to submit a *billing* address to PayPal. You can either 1) share this address so that we can use it for the next issue of The John Donne Journal; or 2) decline to share it and email me directly ( with your preferred mailing address.

Alternatively, you can send a check payable to The John Donne Society, along with your preferred mailing address, to:

Professor Greg Kneidel
UConn English
37 Steep Hollow Lane
West Hartford, CT 06107

That thankfullnesse your membership has begot
In us, emblames us; that we doe not rot.
                                                      (BedfDead 5-6)