The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies


As the ASECS Business Office prepares to transition to Buffalo State College in the next few days,  we want to thank you for your support and friendship over the nearly twenty years we have had the privilege of being a part of this wonderful organization.

Effective July 1, you can reach the Business Office at:

English Department
SUNY Buffalo State College
Ketchum Hall 327A
Buffalo, NY 14222


Executive Director, Lisa Berglund -
Office Manager, Aimee Levesque -

Byron and Vickie


2018 Annual Meeting -

Call for Papers - Link

General Information - Link

Hotel Reservations - Link

2017 Annual Meeting


2016 Annual Meeting

Program - 2016 Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting

2015 Program


Recent Books and Special Publications by ASECS Members: (New list as of 5/8/17)

Transculturality and German Discourse in the Age of European Colonialism by Chunjie Zhang -

Jean-Jacques Rousseau face au public: problèmes d’identité by Masano Yamashita Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, May 2017 ISBN 978-0-7294-1194-3, 260 pages

Questioning Nature: British Women's Scientific Writing and Literary Originality, 1750-1830, by Melissa Bailes (U Virginia P, May 2017),  Here's a link:

The Routledge Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama by Kristina Straub, Misty Anderson, and Daniel O’Quinn

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,




The ASECS Executive Board is pleased to announce that Rivka Swenson (Virginia Commonwealth University) has been appointed Affiliates Coordinator and Cheryl Nixon (University of Massachusetts, Boston)  ECS Book Review Editor for a three-year terms beginning July 1, 2017.


Call for Papers and Upcoming Meetings:



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

Call for papers - Link

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

The Call for Papers for the joint meeting of the Aphra Behn Society and the Burney Society of North America, to be held in Pittsburgh, PA, November 2-3, 2017, can be found here. 

‘Writing Romantic Lives’

A One Day Postgraduate Symposium, hosted by Romanticism @ Edge Hill University & Keele University

CFP for a one-day postgraduate symposium on 25th November 2017

 ‘The best part of human language, properly so called, is derived from reflection on the acts of the mind itself. – S. T. Coleridge
This postgraduate conference is held in celebration of the 200th anniversary of S. T. Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria (1817), an experimental combination of life writing, philosophy, and literary criticism. Coleridge’s interest in the self, creativity, imagination, and the relationship between poetry and cultural life forms part of the wider Romantic exploration of individuality and collectivity.

This one-day symposium, co-organised by Edge Hill and Keele Universities, asks: what kind of value is placed on auto/biographical writings of the Romantic period? How does life writing in the Romantic period engage with philosophical, theological and literary critical theories? What would Romantic writers have to say now, if given the chance?

Postgraduate (MA/MRes/PhD) students are invited to submit proposals for individual papers, panels of 3 speakers and a chair, or innovative presentation formats, on the following topics (although they are certainly not limited to them):  

 Please submit:

Keynote Speaker: Felicity James, Leicester University

‘Writing Romantic Lives’ will be a further opportunity for postgraduate research students of MA, MRes and PhD levels to present works, gain professional conference experience, and develop their research through feedback and discussion with peers and with professional academics. The conference also presents the opportunity for selected papers to be re-submitted for journal publication after the event.

Both organising institutions, Edge Hill University and Keele University, have excellent reputations for research and scholarship in Romantic Studies. ‘Writing Romantic Lives’ will build on the success of previous activities at the two participating universities, e.g. the Romanticism at Edge Hill research seminar series (EHU 2010-17); the Student Byron Conference (EHU 2011-13); ‘Romanticism on Edge’ (EHU 2016); ‘Byron and the Romantic World’ (Keele 2016); ‘Romanticism takes to the Hills’ (EHU April 2017).

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

The Society for American Music invites proposals for (a) individual papers, (b) organized panels of 2-4 papers, (c) lecture-recitals, (d) written papers related to one of the seminar topics, (e) scholarly posters, and (f) interest groups for its 44th Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, to be held 28 February - 4 March 2018. All proposals must be submitted via the SAM web site by 11:59 pm PDT 1 June 2017.

For complete information, please visit

"Fact and Fiction in Eighteenth-Century Britain" Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, 8-9 December, 2017 -- Link

 Theatre and Performance in the French Atlantic Slave Colonies - proposals due June 30, 2017 - link


Job Openings:





ASECS Awards and Prizes:

ASECS Awards and Prizes:

Srinivas Aravamudan Prize - Deadline - January 1, 2018

Clifford Prize - Deadline - January 1, 2018

Louis Gottschalk Prize - Deadline - November 15, 2017

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

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):

The Mary D. Sheriff Research and Travel Award - Deadline January 15, 2018 - Link

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:

Jack DeRochi (Winthrop University)

Email is


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