John Donne Society



Welcome to the John Donne Society

The 36th Annual John Donne Society Conference will be held
8–11 February 2023
at the Lod and Carol Cook Conference Center
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Registration Forms,  Programs,  Calls for Papers,  and Newsletters  can be found on the Conference page.


Dear Fellow Donne Scholars,

While the past two years have shown us the vast potential of digital methods for research, teaching, and communication, I am sure we are all hungry for real-life encounters by now. Many scholarly communities have returned to in-person meetings — and so will the John Donne Society. I am very pleased to issue a call-for-papers for the 36th John Donne Society Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 8–11 February 2023.

Please note that this celebratory reunion is set to start already on the Wednesday, giving us time to properly meet and talk after all this distancing. We aim to accommodate all those papers already accepted to the unfortunately cancelled conference of 2022 (please confirm and send possible updates), but we are also looking forward to many new and exciting submissions.

The details of the conference are below and attached; please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions. May this coming John Donne Society Conference show that research in the Humanities and in literature will prevail, even through hard and frightening times, in order to build community, knowledge, and peace. I am very much looking forward to seeing many of you in Baton Rouge in February 2023.

Best wishes,
Dr Maria Salenius
The John Donne Society

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)