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2022 BSA Conference - The Beat Studies Association

Beat Studies Association Conference:

The Jack Kerouac Centenary

November 3-4, 2022

Harper College

Palatine, IL


Keynote Speaker: Ann Charters


Special Presentations by:

Holly George-Warren

Tim Hunt

Paul Marion
Dennis McNally
Jim Sampas
John Suiter
Matt Theado
Regina Weinreich


The Beat Studies Association is excited to announce its upcoming conference (November 3-4, 2022): The Jack Kerouac Centenary. Please join us for what is sure to be an exciting event with a stellar line-up of Kerouac scholars!


Call for Papers:


We invite presentation proposals on any aspect of Kerouac’s life or work, with particular interest in “new directions” for Kerouac studies. The BSA welcomes submissions from graduate students!


Submission Instructions:

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short (100 word) bio by July 1st, 2022. Conference presentations should be no more than 20 minutes, and the BSA will group papers into panels as appropriate. Please indicate in your proposal whether you will require special audio/visual equipment.

Send all proposals and your bio as a single Word attachment to Kurt Hemmer:

Accepted proposals will be announced by August 1st, 2022.


While you do not have to be a member of the Beat Studies Association to submit a proposal, you must be a member to register and present at (or attend) the conference.


Conference Registration


   Full-Time Instructors: $90

  Graduate Students/Part Time Instructors: $50


Conference Hotel

Holiday Inn Chicago—Schaumberg


If you have any questions, please direct them to Kurt Hemmer our Conference Coordinator:

Conference Coordinator:

Kurt Hemmer, Harper College

Beat Studies Association Board

President — Matt Theado, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
Vice President — Hassan Melehy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Treasurer — Steven Belletto, Lafayette College
Secretary – Kurt Hemmer, Harper College

At-large Board Member — Mary Paniccia Carden, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

At-large Board Member — Deborah Geis, DePauw University

Communications Manager — John Whalen-Bridge, National University of Singapore

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