The Joseph Conrad Society of America was established in 1975 to provide a forum for professional scholars and other readers interested in Conrad Studies. The original undertaking was "to foster and promote study of Conrad's work and life, and to offer Conrad students at any level and to other interested persons an opportunity to participate in the activities of the Society." These are still our goals. The Society's dues make possible yearly awards to Young Scholars and to Lifetime Contributors as well as travel awards to those who need assistance traveling to conferences or other venues pertinent to Conrad Studies in the U.S. and abroad. The Society holds its major conference at the yearly Modern Language Association meeting where it hosts two panels; the Society also co-sponsors other Conrad Conferences in North America and Poland.
Since its inception, the Society has published a newsletter, Joseph Conrad Today, which is now a semi-annual publication. In JCT you will find reports and abstracts of papers presented at conferences in the U. S. and abroad, reviews of recent books of significance to Conrad Studies, and other news of interest to Society members. We also maintain close ties to the journal Conradiana as well as with Conrad Societies in other countries, including the United Kingdom, Poland, France, Italy, and Japan. After thirty-one years in existence, the Joseph Conrad Society of America is strong and growing. For information on membership, Calls for Papers, and other matters, see the appropriate links on this website. For more interactive venues, please e-mail your announcements or queries to the ModBrits listserv run by Kent State University, or to any of the Society's officers. We look forward to hearing from you.