Its purposes are to encourage study of the life and works of Laurence Sterne, and to facilitate and coordinate ways in which Sterne scholars may meet together. To these ends the ILSF publishes each year The Shandean, maintains a website and a Facebook group, e-mails a newsletter to members, and helps organise a Sterne conference every two years.
Anyone interested in the aims of The International Laurence Sterne Foundation may join by the payment of dues. The Membership ILSF enables one to keep close touch with current international Sterne scholarship and activities. Membership will be required for active participation in ILSF conferences; the November 2015 Sterne Conference has been hosted by Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne. The 2017 conference will be hosted by the University of Bydgoszsz, Poland, 25-28 October 2017. Students and general members of ILSF can subscribe to The Shandean at a discounted rate: http://shandean.org/foundationmembership.htm.
The International Laurence Sterne Foundation is registered in The Netherlands as a “stichting”, KvK 59379235.
Peter de Voogd, University of Utrecht, chair
Helen Williams, Northumbria University, secretary
Allan Ingram, Northumbria University, treasurer.