Conference Updates

The annual meeting of IALJS is an international conference devoted to the scholarly study, teaching, and practice of literary journalism. The deadline for submission of research papers, abstracts, and panel proposals for the conference is early November, and the two-and-a-half day event, open to faculty and students, is traditionally held in mid-May. In addition, IALJS actively participates in the conferences of a number of other learned societies, sponsoring sessions focusing on related aspects of literary journalism.

Information on IALJS-18 in 2024

Literary Journalism and the wond’rous glory of the everlasting stars
The Eighteenth International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS-18)
27-30 May 2024

Hosted by:

Macquarie University, Sydney
Deakin University, Melbourne
University of South Australia, Adelaide

Convened at:

Macquarie University City Campus
Level 24
123 Pitt Street
Sydney, Australia

More IALJS Conference Information

  • Conference Payments
  • IALJS Newsletter: Looking Ahead to IALJS-18
  • Visas Required to Visit Australia
  • If you are planning to attend IALJS-18, you will need a visa. All visitors to Australia are required to obtain a visa before they leave home. The type of visa varies depending on the country you are traveling from. More information can be found on the Australian Government’s Visa Finder.

    Please be aware that all travelers to Australia must have more than six months left on their passport. If your visa is due to expire within six months, you will have trouble entering the country.

    This post by International Conference Alerts may also be of interest.

    The conference organizers cannot give visa advice. However, if you need to provide information on the visa form about the conference host, then feel free to use these details:

    Dr. Willa McDonald
    Dept. of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language and Literature (MCCALL)
    Faculty of Arts
    Macquarie University, 2109, NSW
    Office Tel: +61 2 98502151
    Mobile: +61 426174101

  • Getting Around Sydney
  • The conference venue is at Macquarie University’s city campus, which is in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. It is easily reached by train, bus or ferry. Sydneysiders use either their credit card or an Opal card to get around the city by public transport.

    The conference hotel is the Holiday Inn at Potts Point. It sits above the Kings Cross train station and is a short trip from the conference venue. It is only one stop to Martin Place (3 minutes on the train), and a 5-minute walk from there to the conference venue.   

  • Hotel Information
  • The dates of IALJS-18 coincide with Sydney’s Vivid, a major light festival held annually on the harbour. Accommodation at this time is very difficult to secure, both around the harbour and in the city’s CBD.

    For this reason, we recommend delegates book into the conference hotel — the Holiday Inn at Potts Point. A 4-star hotel, it is conveniently located only a short train trip from MQ’s city campus, in an area known for its clubs, restaurants and cafes.

    The hotel is giving our members a special deal — AUD219 per night for a queen-bed room. For AUD30 extra per night, more spacious king-bed rooms are available on the side of the building with views across Woolloomooloo to the harbour. Accommodation suitable for families is also available at the hotel.

    Guests can book directly with the hotel through the website, by calling the hotel and quoting the code IAL, or by emailing the hotel at

  • Student Travel Fund Award Information
  • Application for Student Travel Fund Award – 2024

Pre- and Post-Conference Information

  • Pre-Conference Workshop
  • This one-day pre-conference workshop on “Literary Journalism and War in the Asia-Pacific” will be held on 24 May 2024. It is jointly sponsored by Macquarie University and the Université de Lorraine (Nancy, France) and will be held at the IALJS-18 venue on the Friday before the conference begins (giving delegates a weekend in between to enjoy some of Sydney’s attractions).

  • Post-Conference Symposium
  • And to continue the fun, the IALJS is collaborating with Macquarie University’s Centre for Media History on a short symposium immediately following IALJS-18. The theme of the symposium is “Hybrid Histories.” It will be held on Friday, 31 May 2024 at the same venue as the conference, MQ’s city campus. Registration for the symposium is free.

Additional Information

Past Conferences

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