The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies


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2017 Annual Meeting


Registration Form

Hotel Reservations - Hyatt Regency Minneapolis - Link

Addendum to the program - 2/10/17

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)


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,





Newberry Library Eighteenth Century Seminar Speakers, 2016-2017



Saturday, March 41-3 pm

Sean Silver, University of Michigan, "Crafts of Enlightenment: Laboring Alongside Locke (and Others)"


Elias Irish-American Fellowship - Press Release



Call for Papers and Upcoming Meetings:

Eighteenth Century Studies -

Special Issue:  Empires

Call for Submissions

Eighteenth-Century Studies, a cross-disciplinary journal committed to publishing the best of current writing on all aspects of eighteenth-century culture, is planning a special issue dedicated to the theme of empires.  Topics might include the role of politics in empire; the movement of people, commodities, or information within and between imperial spheres; the impact of empires on literature and the arts; indigenous encounters; slavery; and issues of identity, among many others. What was distinctive about eighteenth-century empires? Broadly speaking, what was the role of the state and of non-state institutions? How did imperial regimes differ or not differ in terms of their organization, policies, and interactions with indigenous peoples? By what processes did imperial encounters shape cultures and physical environments? In what ways did visual, theatrical, and literary representations of peoples and places enable, promote, or critique empire? We invite submissions that reflect on topics related to these themes or on other ways in which contemporaries interpreted, experienced, and enacted empire.

Submissions may originate in any of the disciplines and research methodologies encompassed by eighteenth-century studies, broadly construed (history, philosophy, literature, social sciences, and the arts); those which focus on the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Asia, or Oceania are especially encouraged. 

Submissions should be 7,000–9,000 words, including notes, and may be sent to  The deadline for consideration for this issue is February 1, 2017.  Please contact the Managing Editor at with any questions.


SECC, vol 47 (2016)

In addition to our usual practice of publishing individual papers, Call for Papers we invite  panel chairs and/or participants to submit panels of 3-4 papers (in the case of double or triple sessions on the same topic, these can be selected from different sessions).  The papers should be revised into 5000-6000 word essays, and prefaced by a short introduction, situating the topic in the profession. We think that publishing at least one panel will help SECC to highlight new directions in 18C studies and give the journal some of the excitement of our conferences.  We encourage those interested to send us a proposal ( and short abstracts of the suggested papers in advance of asking participants to revise papers-- but please ensure that they are willing to revise them first.

Call for Papers

Style Sheet

Nomadic Objects: Material Circulations, Appropriations and the Formation of Identities in the Early Modern Period - International Conference, March 2-4, 2017, Paris - Link

The Society of Early Americanists invites session proposals for its 10th biennial conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 2-4, 2018.

The conference web site is here:

Proposals for traditional or experimental format sessions on all aspects of early America are welcome, but we will be especially attentive to the question of the public in early America as well as the public place of early American studies today. Our two plenary talks by Chadwick Allen and William Warner will be open to the public, as well as a panel the evening of Wednesday, March 1, on the topic of “The Public and the Past: Finding and Connecting with Early America.” 

Optional public outreach activities, especially involving local schools and teachers, will be available to interested attendees, with most of these activities taking place on Wednesday, March 1. Travel fellowships will be available for graduate students, adjunct faculty, schoolteachers, tribal historians, and curators.


The Legacy and Ghost of Pope, A symposium organised jointly by Pope's Grotto Preservation Trust
and Strawberry Hill Trust - 17 March 2017, 9.30am - 4.30pm - Link

Registration is now open for "Jane Austen & the Arts" a bicentenary conference at SUNY Plattsburgh, 23-25 March 2017

Peter Sabor will be the keynote speaker. An English Country Dance and pre-dance workshop will take place on Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m.

Additional information and online registration is available at the conference website. 

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

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:


The Department of English at Santa Clara University invites applications for a tenure-track position in British Literature of the Long 18th Century, with additional desirable expertise in Digital Humanities. Successful candidates must have a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates and be able to establish an active research program, possibly including undergraduates. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory and advanced courses in the Long Eighteenth Century (including possibilities such as Jane Austen studies, genre studies, empire studies, Romanticism, book history, print culture and digital approaches to literary studies) as well as first-year critical thinking and writing courses. The successful candidate will teach six courses spread over three quarters and will have Ph.D. in hand by September of 2017.

For more information or to apply for the position visit the SCU HR website here.


Additional Information


Huntington-UC Program for the Advancement of the Humanities. The College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences at the University of California, Riverside, in partnership with The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, announces a search for two beginning Assistant Professors to be appointed in the departments of Art History, English or History.

Additional Information




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

CFP: Aphra Behn Online Special Issue  for 18th-Century Camp!

Ula Lukszo Klein, Texas A&M International University, and Emily Kugler, Howard University

In Susan Sontag’s now-classic essay, “Notes on ‘Camp,’” Sontag argues for a critical dimension of the term “camp.” Camp, for Sontag, is “one way of seeing the world as an aesthetic phenomenon.” For her, Camp emphasizes a blend of the silly and the extravagant, making the serious and the ridiculous equal to one another. She cites the beginnings of the Enlightenment period as an important moment for the establishment of this sensibility:

“The soundest starting point seems to be the late 17th and early 18th century, because of that period’s extraordinary feeling for artifice, for surface, for symmetry; its taste for the picturesque and the thrilling, its elegant conventions for representing instant feeling and the total present of character…the late 17thand early 18th century is the great period of Camp: Pope, Congreve, Walpole, etc., but not Swift; les précieux in France; the rococo churches of Munich; Pergolesi. Somewhat later: much of Mozart.”

And while many writers and thinkers since Sontag have criticized her arguments—about the disengaged, depoliticized or apolitical stance of Camp, for example—her essay began a conversation about this term as one that has the potential to re-focus and de-stabilize our critical understanding on a variety of topics. Camp has the powerful potential to suggest new readings and understandings of literature, art, culture, and historiography through its world-upside-down viewpoint.

Building off the 2016 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies innovative workshop session “Eighteenth-Century Camp”  (scroll down for more details about the original session), we seek contributors for a special issue of Aphra Behn Online: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 that explores the concept of “camp” with regards to eighteenth-century studies, broadly conceived. Papers may consider any aspect of eighteenth-century life and culture, using Sontag’s essay as a starting point, but drawing on other relevant discussions of Camp as a critical tool of inquiry.

We welcome papers on a broad range of topics, including, but not limited to, some of the following questions:

Please submit 750-word abstracts to the special issue editors, Emily MN Kugler,, and Ula Lukszo Klein,, no later than December 1st. Please also include the following in your submission:

We anticipate a Fall 2018 publication date.

FMI: See the website:



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