Crusoe at 300: Adaptations, Afterlives & Futures

Crusoe at 300

Wednesday 10 July 2019, 4.00PM to 12 July 2019

The Sixth Biennial Meeting of the Defoe Society

Plenary Speakers: Barbara M. Benedict, Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Trinity College; Nicholas Seager, Senior Lecturer, Keele University

Conference organizers: Chloe Wigston Smith, University of York and Gabriel Cervantes, University of North Texas

The year 2019 marks the tercentenary of the publication of The Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. The Defoe Society will mark this milestone by holding its sixth biennial conference in York, England, Crusoe’s birthplace.

The 2019 meeting will be held July 10-12 at the University of York and the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the historic King’s Manor. York is 2 hours, by train, from London King’s Cross and 2.5 hours from Edinburgh. It’s about a 50-minute drive from Leeds Bradford airport and just under 1.5 hours, by train, from Manchester International Airport.


We are currently working on the draft programme for the conference and plan to open registration in January. The conference will begin the afternoon of 10 July with the keynote from Dr Nicholas Seager and conclude Friday evening on 12 July with the keynote from Professor Benedict, followed by the conference dinner.

July is a very busy season in York and we recommend reserving accommodation sooner rather than later. In January, we will post a link to a limited number of students rooms on the main university campus in Heslington. We have also a compiled a list of local accomodation in York.

Please be in touch with questions at

Image: Robinson Crusoe, Bernard Picart (workshop of), after Bernard Picart, 1720. Rijksmuseum. 

Location: The University of York

Admission: Ticketed event. Further information to follow.