The International Ralph Ellison Symposium 2017

The Rothermere American Institute, TORCH, and the Ralph Ellison Society are pleased to announce the first International Ralph Ellison Symposium. The symposium will bring together Ellison scholars and readers from the United States, the United Kingdom, and other international locales. The symposium will explore a variety of themes vital to Ellison’s life and work, in particular the relevance that his self-fashioned American and African-American identity has around the world.

The symposium will open the afternoon of Thursday, September 28th and close the evening of Saturday, September 30th, 2017. The Ellison Society anticipates that the first International Ellison Symposium will give rise to an edited collection of essays. The conference is underwritten by a grant from the Ralph and Fanny Ellison Trust and is also supported by TORCH and the Rothermere American Institute. 

Registration for the Symposium is now open. For registration and for the provisional programme please go to:

Contact: Tessa Roynon -