This organization of international scholars began in France in 2006. It holds an annual conference in May, alternating between North America and Europe or other locations. At the conference in May 2014 in Paris, Norman Sims became president of IALJS and served two years, for the conferences in Minneapolis and in Brazil.
The International Association for Literary Journalism Studies is a multi-disciplinary learned society whose essential purpose is the encouragement and improvement of scholarly research and education in literary journalism (or literary reportage). For the purposes of scholarly delineation, our definition of literary journalism is “journalism as literature” rather than “journalism about literature.” Moreover, the association is explicitly inclusive and warmly supportive of a wide variety of approaches to the study and teaching of literary journalism throughout the world.
Literary Journalism Studies, a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS), invites submission of scholarly articles on literary journalism, which is also known as narrative journalism, literary reportage, reportage literature, New Journalism, and the nonfiction novel, as well as literary nonfiction and creative nonfiction that emphasizes cultural revelation. In other countries it can go by still other names. The journal is international in scope and seeks submissions on the theory, history, and pedagogy of literary journalism throughout the world. All disciplinary approaches are welcome.
More information at www.ialjs.org.