William Gilmore Simms's Place in the Development of
September 27- 29,
The University Libraries of South Carolina
of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Conference information, including registration information and
hotel accommodations, is included below!
A PDF version of the conference information is available
The University Libraries of the University of South Carolina
and the William Gilmore Simms Society invite all interested
scholars, society members, and friends to a conference exploring the life and works of
William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870), the antebellum South’s most
prolific writer and one of its best-known public intellectuals
as novelist, poet, critic, and historian.
Papers for the conference have been selected and a list of
participants and presenters will be posted soon, along with
a schedule for all conference events. A gala opening
reception and final evening celebratory banquet will
highlight the three day event.
While the conference papers will address Simms and his works from
all perspectives, one theme will focus on placing Simms’s life
and career in the context of the development of American
letters. Presenters will examine such topics such as
Simms’s role in the Young America movement, the development of
American cultural and literary nationalism, Simms as an
originator of literary styles and forms, Simms’s involvement
in the world of publishing and the early literary marketplace,
the author’s aesthetic theories, and Simms’s career and
writings in relation to his contemporaries.
Papers presented at the conference will also be considered for a volume of The Simms
Review, a refereed journal published by the Simms Society.
A prize for the best student paper will be offered as well.
Please join us at the historic campus of the University of
South Carolina for this exciting three-day event, Sept. 27-Sept.
Conference Schedule (PDF) (Forthcoming)
Conference Abstracts and Presenters (PDF) (Forthcoming)
Attendance at the William Gilmore Simms Society Biennial
Conference is open to all interested Simms scholars, family
members, and others who are interested in Simms's life and
writings. Registration includes access to all sessions in
the program, the opening reception, and the celebratory
banquet. Regular registration is $150 for Simms Society
members or $175 for non-members; graduate student
registration is $80, or for those students who are members
of the WGSS and wish to only attend the programs (no
reception or banquet), $25.
registration can made by sending checks to:
Gilmore Simms Society
University of South Carolina
sure to include the full name of all attendees. Registration
will also be accepted at the doors of the conference, though
for the purposes of planning the catering, please RSVP to
firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us of your
intention to attend.
The conference program--which
will include titles of papers and presenters as well as
information about the dates and times of the opening
reception and banquet--will be posted soon, so check back
for updates as the conference approaches.
The Inn at USC
1619 Pendleton Street, Columbia,
South Carolina 29201
The Inn at
USC is the official conference hotel and can be reached by
calling 1-866-455-4753. We have a block of rooms available
at a discounted rate for conference attendees. When you
call, please tell them you are attending the Simms Society
Conference. Please do not delay in making your
reservations, though, as it looks like the Inn is going to
sell out for that weekend. Rooms may not be available
for much longer.
Other Hotel Accommodations:
Clarion Hotel Downtown
Phone: 803-771-8711 OR
The Inn at Claussen's
2003 Greene Street
Columbia SC 29205 Phone: (803)
Reservations: (800) 622-3382
1200 Hampton Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Phone: (803) 771-7000
Reservations: (800) 880-1885
Columbia, SC 29201
Direct Telephone: (803) 231-2000