John Donne Society



Welcome to the John Donne Society

The 31st Annual John Donne Society Conference will be held
18–20 February 2016
at the Lod and Carol Cook Conference Center on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.

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


MLA 2015:
Radical Empiricism, Pneumatic Inspiration, and Augustinian Dialogue in Donne’s Anniversaries

For details, see the Conference page.


CFP: Reconsidering Donne
23-24 March 2015, Lincoln College, Oxford

An international conference to consider past, present, and future critical trends in Donne Studies. Please send proposals by 1 October 2014 to

For more details, see the Conference page.

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:

Kate Narveson, President (2015-2016)

Sean McDowell, Executive Director


Membership dues for 2015 are: Professors $50, Associate Professors $40, Assistant Professors $30, students $10, and all others (retirees, independent scholars, adjuncts) $20.

Professor Gregory Kneidel
Department of English
University of Connecticut—West Hartford
85 Lawler Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117