The Society's History

Although empirical studies of literature have a longer history, the Society was founded fairly recently (1987). The Society's international and interdisciplinary history is evident in the sites of its previous biennial conferences and the professional affiliations of its past presidents.

Previous Conferences (with programs where possible)

  • 1987: Siegen, Germany
  • 1990: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1992: Memphis, United States
  • 1994: Budapest, Hungary
  • 1996: Edmonton, Canada
  • 1998: Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 2000: Toronto, Canada
  • 2002: Pécs, Hungary
  • 2004: Edmonton, Canada
  • 2006: München, Germany
  • 2008: Memphis, United States
  • 2010: Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 2012: Montreal, Canada, with program
  • 2014: Torino, Italy, with program
  • 2016: Chicago, United States, with program
  • 2018: Stavanger, Norway

Past Presidents