Timeline since 1988 - conference organisers

The first conference was organised by Claire Larrière in the form of a colloquium at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, February 1988.

Members of the Planning Committee for the 2nd conference (University of Northern Iowa & Iowa University, 1992) were: Mary Rohrberger, Susan Lohafer, Stephen Pett, Barbara Lounsberry, R.C. Feddersen, Claire Larrière.

In 1994, at the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University, the Executive Director was Mary Rohrberger, Founder of the Society which was inaugurated in 1992. Conference Director was Maurice A. Lee.

In 1996, Cedar Falls and Iowa City, organisers were the National Founder, Mary Rohrberger, Director Maurice A. Lee, President of the Society for the Study of the Short Story, Susan Lohafer, and B. Eric Kinman, Farhat Iftekharuddin, James Kurtzleben, R.C. Feddersen, Greg Wahl and Paul Kotrodimos.

In 1998 the conference was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, with Mary Rohrberger, Executive Director, Maurice A Lee, Director and Program Coordinator, Cynthia Hallett.

The conference returned to Iowa City in 2000 where it was jointly sponsored by the renowned Iowa Writers' Workshop of the University of Iowa and the Society for the Study of the Short Story: Mary Rohrberger, Executive Director of the Society for the Study of the Short Story, Maurice A. Lee, Director of the Conference and Susan Lohafer, President of the Society for the Study of the Short Story.

The 2002 conference was held in New Orleans: Mary Rohrberger, Executive Director, Society for the Study of the Short Story, Maurice A. Lee , Conference Director and Susan Lohafer, President, Society for the Study of the Short Story.

The 2004 conference took place at the Institute for North American Studies, University of Alcala, Alcalá de Henares (Spain), returning to Europe for the first time since 1988.  Dr. Mary Rohrberger, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Maurice A. Lee, Director, Dr. Farhat Iftekharuddin, Associate Director, Dr. Carmen Flys-Junquera, Director Europe and Dr. Clark Blaise, Chair, Society for the Study of the Short Story.

The 2006 conference was held at the University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. Conference Director: Maurice A. Lee, University of Central Arkansas; Lisbon Directors:Teresa F. A. Alves, Teresa Cid; Program Coordinator: Susan Lohafer, University of Iowa. Board Members: Clark Blaise (President), Bharati Mukherjee, Maurice A. Lee, Allan Weiss, Claire Larrière, Velma Pollard, Juani Guerra.

The 2008 conference was held at University College Cork and Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland. Conference Director: Maurice A. Lee, University of Central Arkansas; Local Directors: Colbert Kearney, Chair, English Department, University College Cork. Ann Luttrell, Literature Programmer, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork; Program Director: Susan Lohafer, University of Iowa. Board Members: Clark Blaise (President), Bharati Mukherjee, Maurice A. Lee, Allan Weiss, Claire Larrière, Velma Pollard, Juani Guerra, Teresa Alves.

The 2010 conference was held at York University, Toronto, Canada: Conference Director: Maurice A. Lee, University of Central Arkansas; Local Co-Director: Allan Weiss, York University; Committee Members: Arthur Redding. Julia Creet, and Rishma Dunlop, York University; Program Director: Susan Lohafer, University of Iowa. Board Members: Clark Blaise (president), Teresa F. A. Alves, Juani Guerra, Claire Larrière, Maurice A. Lee, Bharati Mukherjee, Velma Pollard and Allan Weiss.

The 2012 Conference was held in North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. Conference Director: Dr. Maurice A. Lee, University of Central Arkansas; Associate Director: Hazel Hernandez, North Little Rock Visitors Bureau; Committee Members: Maurice A. Lee, Hazel Hernandez, Karen Trevino, Barbara Brockway, Donna Hardcastle, John Gaudin, and Paula Morell; Program Director: Dr. Susan Lohafer, University of Iowa. Board Members: Clark Blaise (chair), Bharati Mukherjee, Maurice A. Lee, Allan Weiss, Claire Larrière, Velma Pollard, Juani Guerra and Teresa Alves.

In 2014 the Conference was held at the University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, co-hosted by the Departments of Education and English. Co-Director Vienna: Sylvia Petter assisted by Tanja Werkl, University of Vienna; Program Director: Susan Lohafer, University of Iowa. Board Members: Clark Blaise (Chair), Bharati Mukherjee, Maurice A. Lee, Allan Weiss, Claire Larrière, Velma Pollard, Juani Guerra and Teresa Alves.

In 2016 the Conference will be held at East China Normal University, Shanghai, China. Conference Director: Maurice A. Lee, University of Central Arkansas;Co-Director Shanghai, Dr Hengshan Jin.