Newsletter: 2022 Conference registration now open!

Members will be receiving our newsletter in their inboxes about now, which includes news about our upcoming conference. More info via links below:

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Preliminary Program for EBSN 2022

Click the link to see the awesome line-up for this year’s conference, 28-30 Sept. in Murcia, Spain:

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The Beat Studies Association 2022 Conference: The Jack Kerouac Centenary

Our friends over at the BSA have just announced this great event for later this year:

The Cultural Arts Committee at Harper College Presents:

The Beat Studies Association 2022 Conference: The Jack Kerouac Centenary

November 3-4, 2022 

Harper College
1200 West Algonquin Road 
Palatine, IL 60067-7398
Building E Room 106

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 invites presentation proposals for its 2022 conference in honor of the 100th anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s birth. We are inviting proposals on any aspect of Kerouac’s life or work, with particular interest in “new directions” for Kerouac studies. 

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 as a single Word attachment to Kurt Hemmer, Secretary of the BSA: 

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. 

The BSA welcomes submissions from graduate students! 

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

For more information about the Conference, including registration fees and hotel information, please visit the BSA website:

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Interview with Thomas Antonic on his book “Amongst Nazis: William S. Burroughs in Vienna 1936-37”

New scholarship! – Excellent new interview with Thomas Antonic on his book Amongst Nazis by David Holzer, up on the site now.

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American Joyride: 100 Lines for the Kerouac Centenary

Follow this link HERE for an amazing video homage to Jack Kerouac by Tom Knoff and Kurt Hemmer, marking the centenary of Kerouac’s birth in Lowell, Massachusetts, March 12, 1922.

still from the video –
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Data Rescue Effort – Ukraine

We have been asked to share the following message – apologies for the short notice, though you can also check the link to find out more about this effort.

Anna E. Kijas and Francesca Giannetti (Digital Humanities Interest Group, Music Library Association) and Andy Janco (Digital Humanities Interest Group of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies) are organizing a rapid-response Digital Humanities intervention to secure Ukrainian cultural heritage materials.

They are requesting volunteers to participate in data rescue session on Saturday, March 5th, time to be determined. No programming experience is necessary and you do not have to speak Russian or Ukrainian to participate. Please forward to anyone who may be interested.
Register via GoogleForms at the link below:

Additional information:
“This urgent appeal relayed by Purdue University concerns a rapid-response digital action to secure Ukrainian heritage materials that risk being lost otherwise due to the present conflict. One of the main phases of this action has already happened.  However, in view of the accelerating pace of events on the ground, some actions are already ongoing and can be joined with immediate effect.

As academics and scholars, preservation of culture is one of the tasks that only we can shoulder when no one can or will.

So please urgently relay this appeal to your institutional library head and ask them to get a qualified digital humanities librarian to join.  And perhaps volunteer yourself and join one of the salvage operation slots tomorrow.

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EBSN 2022 Murcia, Spain

Proposal deadline now extended to 15 March!
Send us your proposal and come see us in Spain!
CFP and more info here:

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We are mortified to hear about the crisis in Ukraine. Our thoughts are with the Ukrainian people, both those who are fleeing the hostilities and those who are fighting to defend their freedom. Our thoughts are also with the countries bordering Ukraine, including Poland – a planned site for a future EBSN conference.

We are thinking also of our Ukrainian members and colleagues and hope they are not in peril despite the grave situation. Stay safe everyone.

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New Podcast Episode

The latest episode of “Playback – The EBSN Podcast“, featuring Panel 2 “Art and the Beat Generation” of our EBSN2021 Conference, is now available to view on YouTube:

or hear via Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.

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CFP Journal of Beat Studies – Kerouac Centenary

The Journal of Beat Studies volume 10 will be a special issue focusing on Jack Kerouac in honor of his centenary.  The coeditors of this issue, Ronna Johnson and Tim Hunt, invite proposals for critical and scholarly essays, including archival studies and work in mid-twentieth century art and literary communities and schools – Black Mountain, San Francisco Renaissance, and New York School, as well as Beat generation – all with a focus on Jack Kerouac and his writing.  

Proposals (your title, a 250-word description, and short CV) are due April 1.  Please email proposals to both of the coeditors at and  Accepted essays will be due June 15, 2022.  JBS essays and articles are typically 25-30 pages and not to exceed 9,000 words, including notes and works cited.  

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