The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies




2017 Annual Meeting


Registration Form

Hotel Reservations - Hyatt Regency Minneapolis - Link

Addendum to the program - 2/23/2017

Dear ASECS Attendees from Overseas:  

Given the state of U.S. immigration and visa rules, we feel compelled to share with our foreign colleagues the following advice, compiled by the Organization of American Historians.  The suggestions are based on discussions with immigration law professors. The OAH has graciously invited their sister societies to post this advice:

Overall, international travelers need to be well prepared before traveling to the U.S.
1. Be prepared to explain where you are from, why you are coming to the US, where you will be staying, and your plans for departing the US. 
2. Be able to explain who you are, what you do, and the purpose of your conference in one or two sentences. (It is okay to rehearse!).  
3. It is a good idea to have a paper copy of your itinerary and paper evidence of your conference or activities.  
4. Have your papers organized and accessible – not in your checked bag. It is best to have hard copies – don’t assume you can access information on your phone (and it may not be wise to do so).  
5. Be polite, well-mannered, and professionally dressed.  
6. Follow western cultural customs of eye contact. 
7. If you are receiving an honorarium or reimbursement of expenses, you may need to be able to explain how that is within the scope of your visa type and be clear that you are not coming in to the US “to work”. If receiving an honorarium, a pocket letter explaining this may also be wise. 
8. If you have any criminal history, you probably want to consult with an attorney.  
9. If you have traveled to one of the 6 countries listed in the travel ban or have ties to those countries, you probably should consult with an attorney.  
10. Be prepared for delays.

2018 Annual Meeting - Session Proposal Form - Link


2016 Annual Meeting

Program - 2016 Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting

2015 Program


Fall 2016 News Circular


Recent Books and Special Publications by ASECS Members: (New list as of 1/6/17)

Fame and Fortune by GS Rousseau - Link

Old Books / New Editions. Guest Series by Maureen E. Mulvihill ( Oct., Nov., Dec., 2016). Host, Rare Book Hub, San Francisco. Publisher's Preview. Three essays: < Anne Killigrew >. < Hester Pulter >. < Margaret Cavendish >. 

Antitheatricality and the Body Public by Lisa A. Freeman,




Elias Irish-American Fellowship - Press Release



Call for Papers and Upcoming Meetings:


Cowper and Newton Journal 2018 Special Issue: "Home and Away" - Link

"Music and Politics in Britian, c 1780-c.1850" - June 2-3, 2017, King's College, London - Link

Call for Papers – VariAbilities III: The Same Only Different?

Senate House, University of London.

Malet Street, London, WC1E, England

Tuesday and Wednesday

6 & 7th June 2017

In the third iteration of the Variabilities Series, we will take stock of the academic work done on

the “body” in “history”.

When we study the “Body” should we restrict ourselves to impaired bodies or make comparisons

with sports bodies? Or should a conference discussing the body entertain papers on both impaired

and sports bodies?

When we consider “history” we must ask ourselves when did history begin, and has it ended?

Variabilities III is casting its nets as widely as possible, with no methodological assumptions,

beginning or end dates, with as wide a scope for dialogue as possible.

Come and tell us what the “body” in “history” means to you.

For accessibility purposes we welcome Skype Presentations

Women, Money and Markets (1750-1850) - Link

Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society, June 7-9, 2017, Trinity College and Royal Irish Academy Dublin - Link

Boston Early Music Festival - Symposium - "Aristocratic Women Amateurs and the Politics of Virtuosity: Place the 18th-Century Pardessus de Viole in its Social and Cultural Context" Link

Jane Austen Summer Program - “200 Years of Persuasion,” June 15-18, 2017 - Link

Second World Congress of Scottish Literatures: "Dialogues and Diasporas," 21-25 June 2017, Vancouver Canada

Sixth joint conference of the British and Italian Societies for Eighteenth-Century Studies on the subject of  "Cesare Beccaria and   Eighteenth-Century Britain: A Two-Way Perspective."  We are looking for papers in Law, History, Philosophy, and especially Literature. 

Conference to be held at Sapienza University of Rome, 13-15 September 2017

Deadline for proposals: April 15, 2017

Call for papers - Link

CSECS / NEASECS Joint Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, 18-22 October 2017 - Link

Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies - October 10-13, 2018; Four Points Sheraton, Niagara Falls CANADA


Job Openings:




Announcing the creation of an 18th- and 19th-Century Studies Network

I am happy to announce the launch of the 18th- and 19th-Century Studies Network.  Based at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Network is open to faculty and graduate students from local and regional universities (broadly understood). All geographical, disciplinary, and methodological approaches are welcome. Persons interested in receiving updates are welcome to contact

More information can be found at


Please consider writing a review for the Nineteenth Century Studies Association’s online NCS forum. As we've done in the past, we’ve posted a list of possible review titles related to both our previous and our upcoming NCSA conference themes. If you are interested in reviewing a title to maintain momentum engaging with the topic of materiality, or if you want to start thinking about “the new,” check out for guidelines and the review lists. Contact Jennifer Hayward ( with ideas.

New Camden House Book Series: Women and Gender in German Studies


Special Issue of Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations: Transatlanticism's Influence on British Literary Study


The Eighteenth-Century Novel is an annual refereed publication dedicated to critical examination of the prose fiction of the "long" eighteenth century, roughly 1660-1830. Advantages of the annual format include a range of lengths in the articles we publish (7,000-25,000 words) and opportunities for scholars to work closely with the co-editors after receiving peer review. We invite submissions as well conversations with scholars who are working on original projects but who may not have completed drafts of their essays. Requests for further information may be submitted to the co-editors:
George Justice (Arizona State University)
Albert J. Rivero (Marquette University)



ASECS Awards and Prizes:

ASECS Awards and Prizes:

Clifford Prize - Deadline - January 1, 2018

Louis Gottschalk Prize - Deadline - November 15, 2017

The Biennial Annibel Jenkins Biography Prize - Deadline November 15, 2018

ASECS Innovative Course Design Competition- Deadline - October 1, 2017

Travel Grants - Deadline January 1, 2018


Graduate Student Awards:

Travelling Jam-Pot: Fund for Graduate Students  - Deadline: November 1, 2017

Graduate Student Research Paper Award - Deadline January 1, 2017

2016-17 Graduate Student Conference Paper Competition - Deadline April 3, 2017

ASECS Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentorship - Deadline: December 15, 2017

Race and Empire Caucus Essay Prize - Deadline - July 1, 2017


Lesbian and Gay Caucus:

The Hans Turley Prize - Deadline - November 1, 2017

Women's Caucus Awards:

Catharine Macaulay Prize Competition - Deadline September 1, 2017

ASECS Women’s Caucus Editing and Translation Fellowship - Deadline - January 15, 2017

Émilie Du Châtelet Award - Deadline January 15, 2017

Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture (HECAA):

Dora Wiebenson Graduate Student Prize - Deadline February 15, 2017


Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

The Pilar Sáenz Annual Student Essay Prize

The María Salgado Student Travel Grant


Oscar Kenshur Book Prize


Mozart Society of America:

Marjorie Weston Emerson Award - Deadline - May 1, 2017


Society of Early Americanists:

Essay Competition

Deadline - October 3, 2017



Southeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS):

Annibel Jenkins Prize in Performance and Theater Studies - Deadline November 29, 2017

An award of $500 will be given annually for the best article in performance and theater studies published in a scholarly journal, annual, or collection between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2017. Authors must be members of SEASECS at the time of submission. Articles may be submitted by the author or by another member.

The deadline for submissions is November 29, 2017. Please send submissions as PDF files, and address any queries about the prize to the Committee Chair:

Diana Solomon, Chair
English, Simon Fraser University


Society of Early Americanists:

Annual Essay Competition - Deadline - October 3, 2017


Women's Caucus Awards:

Catharine Macaulay Prize Competition - Deadline May 31, 2017

ASECS Women’s Caucus Editing and Translation Fellowship - Deadline - January 15, 2017

Émilie Du Châtelet Award - Deadline January 15, 2017