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Announcements - December 6, 2017- HIGHLIGHTED AND NEW ITEMS

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Recent Books and Special Publications by ASECS Members:

Annotation in Eighteenth-Century Poetry -- MICHAEL EDSON -- Lehigh University Press

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Satire, Celebrity, and Politics in Jane Austen JOCELYN HARRIS

In Satire, Celebrity, and Politics in Jane Austen, Jocelyn Harris argues that Jane Austen was a satirist, a celebrity-watcher, and a keen political observer. In Mansfield Park, she appears to base Fanny Price on Fanny Burney, criticize the royal heir as unfit to rule, and expose Susan Burney’s cruel husband through Mr. Price. In Northanger Abbey, she satirizes the young Prince of Wales as the vulgar John Thorpe; in Persuasion, she attacks both the regent’s failure to retrench, and his dangerous desire to become another Sun King. For Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, Austen may draw on the actress Dorothy Jordan, mistress of the pro-slavery Duke of Clarence, while her West Indian heiress in Sanditon may allude to Sara Baartman, who was exhibited in Paris and London as “The Hottentot Venus,” and adopted as a test case by the abolitionists. Thoroughly researched and elegantly written, this new book by Jocelyn Harris contributes significantly to the growing literature about Austen’s worldiness by presenting a highly particularized web of facts, people, texts, and issues vital to her historical moment.

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The Wreckage of Intentions: Projects in British Culture, 1660-1730, by David Alff (U of Pennsylvania P, October 2017).

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Rousseau on stage: playwright, musician, spectator, Ed. Maria Gullstam and Michael O’Dea

Following his opposition to the establishment of a theatre in Geneva, Jean-Jacques Rousseau is often considered an enemy of the stage. Yet he was fascinated by drama: he was a keen theatre-goer, his earliest writings were operas and comedies, his admiration for Italian lyric theatre ran through his career, he wrote one of the most successful operas of the day, Le Devin du village, and with his Pygmalion, he invented a new theatrical genre, the Scène lyrique (‘melodrama’). Through multi-faceted analyses of Rousseau’s theatrical and musical works, authors re-evaluate his practical and theoretical involvement with and influence on the dramatic arts, as well as his presence in modern theatre histories.

List of illustrations

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: a theatre and music chronology

Maria Gullstam and Michael O’Dea, Introduction: ‘La vérité est que Racine me charme’

Part I. Rousseau as theorist of theatre and opera

1. The anthropological foresight of the Lettre sur les spectacles, Felicity Baker

2. The dramaturgy of Rousseau's Lettre à d’Alembert and its importance for modern theatre, Patrick Primavesi

3. The voice of nature in Rousseau’s theatre: reconstructing a dramaturgy, Jørgen Langdalen

4. Rousseau’s Pygmalion and the limits of (operatic) expression, Jacqueline Waeber

Part II. Rousseau as playwright

5. Pygmalion’s power struggles: Rousseau, Rameau and Galathée, Maria Gullstam

6. Rousseau and his early comedies: the concept of the comic, Marie-Emmanuelle Plagnol-Diéval

7. Rousseau’s Pygmalion and the theatre of autobiography, David Marshall

Part III. Rousseau’s operatic and theatrical posterity

8. The melodic language of Le Devin du village and the evolution of opéra-comique, David Charlton

9. Rousseau’s ghost: Le Devin du village at the Paris Opera, 1770-1779, Michael O’Dea

10. A theatrophobic dramatist: J.-J. Rousseau’s position in theatre historiography and on today’s stage, Willmar Sauter

11. The judgement of Rousseau: Paride ed Elena by Gluck and Calzabigi (Vienna, 1770), Magnus Tessing Schneider




September 2017, Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment

ISBN 978-0-7294-1199-8, xxx+310 pages, 40 ills

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

The Papist Represented: Literature and the English Catholic Community, 1688-1791, by Geremy Carnes (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2017).

Minds in Motion: Imagining Empiricism in Eighteenth-Century British Travel Literature, by Anne M. Thell (“Transits,” Bucknell University Press, Sept. 2017).

New Books:

T. Odumosu

Africans in English Caricature 1769–1819: Black Jokes White Humour

223 p., 49 b/w ill. + 88 colour ill., 220 x 280 mm, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-909400-50-4

Languages: English

Retail price: EUR 100,00 excl. tax

Between 1769 and 1819 London experienced an unprecedented growth in the proliferation of texts and images in the popular sphere, engaging learned citizens in discussion and commentary on the most pressing social and political issues of the day. From the repeal of the Stamp Act to the French revolution, the local Westminster election or the abolition of the slave trade, these prints, political pamphlets, plays, novels and periodicals collaborated (sometimes intentionally) in critique, praise and assessment of the country’s changing socio-economic climate. African people were a critical aspect of this world of images, and their presence conveyed much about the implications of travel, colonialism and slavery on the collective psyche. Whether encountered on the streets of the city, in opulent stately homes, or in tracts describing the horrors of the slave trade, the British paid attention to Africans (consciously or not), and developed a means of expressing the impact of these encounters through images. Scholarship has begun to interrogate the presence of Africans in British art of this period, but very little has been written about their place in visual and literary humour created in a metropolitan context. This book fills this scholarly lacuna, exploring how and why satirical artists both mocked and utilized these characters as subversive comic weaponry.

Dr. Temi Odumosu is an art historian, educator, and cultural strategist focused on diversifying and transforming communications practices. Her international research and curatorial interventions have been concerned with identity politics, Black aesthetics, and the psychosocial consequences of distorted representations. Working in the spaces between archives, memory and the creative imagination, she also uses technology as a tool for activating and bringing to life history and culture in the present.



The Harvard Art Museums have received a spectacular gift of 330 master drawings from the Dutch Golden Age. The gift was announced by George S. Abrams (Harvard A.B. ’54, LL.B. ’57), the esteemed Boston-based collector, at a dinner held in his honor last night. At the event, Abrams was also appointed Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The museums’ press release is available online:

An exhibition of drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection is on display through January 14, 2018:

Note: The Boston Globe covered the news this morning:


Applications Invited for 2018-2019 Visiting Fellowships and Travel Grants at the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

The Lewis Walpole Library, a department of Yale University Library, funds four-week visiting fellowships and two-week travel grants to support research in the Library’s rich collections of eighteenth-century materials (mainly British). In addition, the Library administers two jointly funded residential fellowships: The LWL / ASECS Library Fellowship is awarded to an ASECS member in good standing for up to four weeks of research at the Lewis Walpole Library, and The LWL / Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Fellowship is awarded to support up to eight weeks of research in the collections of both libraries.

The Lewis Walpole Library is a research center for eighteenth-century studies and an essential resource for the study of Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill. Its collections include important holdings of eighteenth-century British prints, drawings, manuscripts, rare books, paintings, and decorative arts. It is located in Farmington, Connecticut, in several eighteenth-century buildings on a fourteen-acre campus.

Scholars pursuing postdoctoral or advanced research, as well as doctoral candidates at work on a dissertation, are encouraged to apply. The fellowship year runs from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, and all fellowships must be completed within the fellowship year.

All fellowship recipients are expected to be in residence at the Library, to be free of other significant professional obligations during their stay, and to focus their research substantially on the Lewis Walpole Library’s collections. Fellows also have access to additional resources at Yale, including those in the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Yale Center for British Art.

Application materials must be submitted directly through the listing in the Yale Grants Database. Search for Visiting Fellowships Lewis Walpole. Please note you will need to login to access the application form. Decisions are based on a number of factors, including the merits of the project and fit with the collections.

Applications for 2018-2019 will be accepted beginning Monday, November 6, 2017, and the application deadline is Monday, January 8, 2018.

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The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) sponsors the International Visitor Program—a fellowship program that supports a member of JASNA to work on a creative or scholarly project for four to six weeks, while also using his or her talents to serve the Austen-related institutions in Jane Austen’s village of Chawton, Hampshire.

Fellowship applications are assessed based on the applicant’s need to have access to materials in or near Chawton; the importance and viability of the project (in terms of project parameters, time, resources, and so on); and the skills that the applicant brings to the Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton House Library, and St. Nicholas Church.

The duties of the fellowship involve spending up to two days per week working either at Chawton House Library, the Jane Austen House Museum, or St. Nicholas Church (or some combination thereof, as needed), and attending the annual meeting of the UK Jane Austen Society in July, and assisting as needed. The fellowship stipend is $3,250.

For more information and application materials, please visit

For JASNA membership, see

Applications are due on December 15, 2017.

For inquiries, please contact Marilyn Francus at


THE HARRY RANSOM CENTER, an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, invites applications for its 2018–2019 research fellowships. The fellowships support projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.

ONE- TO THREE-MONTH FELLOWSHIPS $3,500 PER MONTH (DOMESTIC) • $4,000 PER MONTH (INTERNATIONAL) One- to three-month fellowships are available for postdoctoral or independent scholars whose projects require extensive use of the Ransom Center’s collections.

TRAVEL STIPENDS $2,000 (DOMESTIC) • $2,500 (INTERNATIONAL) Travel stipends are available for postdoctoral or independent scholars whose projects require less than one month’s use of the Center’s collections. Travel stipends may not be combined with other Ransom Center fellowships.

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS $2,000 (DOMESTIC) • $2,500 (INTERNATIONAL) Dissertation fellowships are available for graduate students whose doctoral dissertations require use of the Center’s collections.

For details and application instructions, visit

The Newberry is now accepting fellowship applications for the 2018-19 academic year!


The Newberry Library's long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. In addition to the Library's collections, fellows are supported by a collegial interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. An array of scholarly and public programs also contributes to an engaging intellectual environment.

We invite interested individuals who wish to utilize the Newberry's collection to apply for our many fellowship opportunities, including the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship, a short-term opportunity that supports scholars who wish to use the Newberry's collection to study the period 1660-1815.

Many of the Newberry's fellowship opportunities have specific eligibility requirements; in order to learn more about these requisites, as well as application guidelines, please visit our website. Questions should be addressed to

Long-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars for continuous residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 9 months; the stipend is $4,200 per month. Applicants must hold a PhD by the application deadline in order to be eligible. Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the fellowship program. The deadline for long-term fellowships is November15.

Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. Short-Term Fellowships are generally awarded for 1 to 2 months; unless otherwise noted the stipend is $2,500 per month. These fellowships support individual scholarly research for those who have a specific need for the Newberry's collection and are mainly restricted to individuals who live and work outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. The deadline for short-term opportunities is December 15.

Call for Papers and Upcoming Meetings:

CFP: Religion and the Life Cycle, 1500-1800

Queen Mary University of London, Friday 6th July 2018


Professor Elaine Hobby (Loughborough): ‘ “We have an example in Scripture” (Jane Sharp, The Midwives Book): Women, Religion, and the Early-Modern Life Cycle’ Dr Adam Sutcliffe (King’s College London): ‘The Children of Israel and the Passage to Adulthood in Early Modern Europe’

Call for Papers The Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English (QMCRLE) welcomes proposals for twenty minute papers on the theme ‘Religion and the Life Cycle, 1500-1800’ for a one-day interdisciplinary conference. We interpret the term ‘Life Cycle’ broadly, to include biological transition points such as birth and death, social transition points such as coming of age ritual, marital and employment status, life-stages such as childhood or adolescence, and indeed the passage of time and the process of aging. This conference seeks to explore institutional religious ceremonies and prescriptions relating to the life cycle, as well as more personal and informal religious beliefs and responses.

We welcome papers from all disciplines, and we especially welcome submissions from postgraduate students. Postgraduate bursaries are available. Please send abstracts of up to 300 words and a brief bio to Emily Vine by 26th January 2018.



The MACBS -- the mid-Atlantic affiliate of the NACBS, the main organization for British Studies in Canada and the United States – is soliciting proposals for papers and panels on all areas of British Studies for our annual conference. We welcome participation from scholars of Britain, the British Atlantic World, and the British Empire broadly defined, and we are open to proposals ranging from the ancient to the contemporary and from scholars of history, anthropology, literature, art, politics, economics and related fields. Senior faculty, junior faculty, and graduate students are all encouraged to participate.

Proposals for both individual papers and full panels are welcome. Paper proposals should include a brief (no more than 250 words) abstract of the paper and a curriculum vita. Full panel proposals should also include a one-paragraph description of the panel’s overall aim and indicate which panel member will serve as the organizer and primary contact.

All submissions must be received by 3 January 2018.

Send proposals via email to:

Prof. Nicholas Popper, Program Co-Chair

Dept. of History

College of William & Mary

Prof. Katie Hindmarch-Watson, Program Co-Chair

Dept. of History

Johns Hopkins University

For additional information, please see the MACBS website:

We are seeking paper proposals for 25-minute papers for a panel, Dangerous Portraits in the Early Modern World, at the 2018 Association for Art History Annual Conference. Please include a title and abstract (250 words maximum), your name, and your institutional affiliation with your submission.

CFP: Romanticism Goes to University

A Two Day Symposium, hosted by Romanticism @ Edge Hill University, including workshops on editing the Romantics, teaching Romanticism, digital humanities, and impact in and of long nineteenth century studies, 19th-20th May 2018.

‘Romanticism Goes to University’, a two day symposium hosted by Romanticism @ Edge Hill University, aims for a two-fold focus: firstly, a space for discussion and debate about the role of higher education – pedagogy, didacticism, the Romantic lecture and essay, and the university as an institution – in the Romantic period itself; and secondly, an opportunity to scrutinize the state of the discipline in today’s university: what does it mean to teach and research Romanticism now? How is the Romantic period presented in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes? What are the major trends in Romantic research at the moment? To what extent does what is taught in Romantic period courses reflect and / or motivate research?

Alongside academic papers and panels, our symposium will offer a space to discuss teaching and research concerns through a mixture of expertly led workshops and roundtable discussions. These workshops will be of especial interest to Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers, although more established staff would be more than welcome to attend.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words for individual papers, or panel proposals / innovative presentation formats of 500 words (including a brief introduction and details of each paper), along with a short biography of presenters, to by Friday 2nd February 2018.

There will be the opportunity for selected papers to be revised for a special edition of Romantic Textualities, as well as the publication of themed entries in the blog series ‘Teaching Romanticism’.

Call for Papers: BGEAH and BrANCH joint postgraduate and Early Career conference IHR in London Friday 23 MARCH 2018 Call For Papers

In 2018, the British Group in Early American History Postgraduate and Early Career Conference enters its 4th year, and for the first time, joins forces with the British American Nineteenth Century Historians’ postgraduate community for a joint event. This will take place on Friday 23rd March 2018 at the London-based Institute of Historical Research, the UK’s national center for history. London, with its unique colonial archival resources and lively research student populati¬¬on, is one of the leading centers of American scholarship in Europe, and the IHR is a natural location for this event. The IHR Library’s North American Room houses one of the foremost UK collections of published material relating to the early history of the United States, Caribbean, and Canada. The day-long BGEAH & BrANCH Postgraduate and Early Career Conference will be a key forum for the discussion of individual research as well as themes and issues emerging in the field of American research in the UK.

PROPOSALS & PANELS: This conference caters specifically to the needs of postgraduates and early career historians. We invite proposals for speakers/panels or roundtables that focus on practical and vocational skills such as writing, publication (both within and outside the UK), the Research Excellence Framework, job and post doc applications, interviewing, public engagement, digital history, social media, non-academic career pathways, or any other relevant professional development topic. Proposals could also be ideas for sessions that attendees would like to see included in our programme. The deadline for these is Friday 24th November 2017.

WORKSHOPS: The conference will include PG and ECR workshop sessions based upon pre-circulated works-in-progress. A submission could be a proposed journal article, or portion of a chapter embracing any aspect of the broad field of North American history, including the Caribbean, from the seventeenth through to the end of the nineteenth century. This is an opportunity to have your work discussed in a constructive, convivial environment where you will benefit from the insights of fellow PGs and ECRs, as well as faculty members. At this stage, please provide a 200-word summary of your proposed submission by Friday 22nd December 2017.

As part of BGEAH, BrANCH, and the IHR’s ongoing commitment to national engagement, speakers are encouraged from across the UK, and some funds are available to assist attendees from outside the Southeast of England with their travel expenses.

Please email proposals, ideas and summaries to the Conference Organiser, Gareth Davis, at with the subject line BGEAH & BRANCH 2018. Proposals (with the name of the submitter and BGEAH & BrANCH in the file name) should be sent as an attachment. Individual submissions should include a summary of between 250 and 350 words and a brief (1-2 pp) C.V. Panel submissions should include a one-paragraph overview in addition to individual CVs.

CFP: 2018 ISECS Seminar for Early Career Scholars, Silence in eighteenth-century arts, history and philosophy, Università della Tuscia, Viterbo, 10–14 September 2018

Proposals due by 30 January 2018

The International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS) is pleased to announce the 2018 International Seminar for Early Career Eighteenth-Century Scholars. Colleagues from all fields of eighteenth-century studies are invited to submit abstracts for this one-week event. Formerly called the East-West Seminar, the International Seminar for Early Career Eighteenth-Century Scholars brings together young researchers from a number of countries each year. The 2018 meeting will take place in Viterbo, Italy and will be organized by Prof. Francesca Saggini and the Dipartimento di studi linguistico-letterari, storico-filosofici e giuridici – DISTU.

The seminar will be held from Monday, September 10 to Friday, September 14, 2018 in Viterbo, under the direction of Francesca Saggini (English Literature, Tuscia), with Antonella Del Prete (History of Philosohy, Tuscia), Paolo Procaccioli (Italian Literature, Tuscia), Saverio Ricci (History of Philosophy and Intellectual History, Tuscia), Gino Roncaglia (Digital Humanities, Tuscia). The seminar’s focus on praxis will give early career scholars the opportunity to work closely with these specialists, individually or in small groups, during workshops devoted to theoretical issues, bibliographic research and research methodologies. More specific training opportunities will include know-how sessions and discussions on professionalisation (getting published, the activities and publications most valued by employers in the education sector, the peer-review system), digital methods, editorial skills. The seminar will also be an opportunity to engage with international scholars who will present their research in areas cognate to the Seminar Aims and Themes: Prof. Rosamaria Loretelli (Emerita, Napoli Federico II/Vice-President ISECS), Prof. Peter Sabor (McGill University, Montréal), and Dr. Anne Toner (Trinity College, University of Cambridge). The 2018 ISECS International Seminar for Early Career Scholars will engage discussions on the forms, representations and modalities of silence in the eighteenth century.

Silence, of individuals and cultures, of the physical voice or of the written word and information deleted from the page, has historically taken many forms. It may be reticent, dissembling or imposed by others. Voluntary or coerced, it might be the silence of women, of marginal social and religious groups, of communities that are denied the right to speak. There are other silences as well: the interruption of sound in a musical pause and the silence of religious practices, which speak to, and of, the inner life. All these forms of silence were present in the eighteenth century, as they had been throughout history, but perhaps for the first time, some of them were singled out for special scrutiny. Works on aesthetics, for example, investigated the use of silence and the implicit in rhetorical writing, or dwelled on reverie, and how it might be induced in the reader. In rhetoric, attention was paid to discursive figures and strategies capable of making silence more eloquent than the word. Conduct books devoted many pages to the art of conversation, emphasising the essential role of silence to ensure the correctness of social interactions, especially for women, but also for politicians. Censorship – whether institutional or self-imposed – also produces silences, as do the more or less conscious failures of memory found in life writing and in historical discourse: one need only think of the revisions required to write the history of colonialism, wars or slavery. Eighteenth-century historiography attempted to remove some of the silences it found in history, often filling in the lacunae through conjecture. Silence is also represented in the visual arts and, signally, in the novel, which devised new narrative techniques for the purpose, whether to evoke the silences in characters’ conversations, and the contexts and landscapes in which silence reigns (a hallmark of the picturesque, for example), or to leave the reader in suspense by strategically withholding information. And then there is the theatre, where after the triumph of pantomime and the illegitimate spectacles that deployed a hybridized combination of body, speech, stage machinery and lighting effects, the century comes to a close with the rise of melodrama, which replaced the spoken word with music and revolutionised the notion of acting as the art of speech, while giving new prominence to silent characters and heroes. Finally, there is the silence that becomes firmly and widely established in the eighteenth century through the practice of reading narrative texts for oneself, replacing the social activity of reading aloud for a group of listeners with a solitary, interiorized experience. On these and other silences, on silence in all its forms and meanings in the eighteenth century, the seminar calls for contributions. The theme of the conference, “Silence in eighteenth-century arts, history and philosophy,” must thus be understood in the broadest terms possible to include:

- anonymity

- silence, reflection, meditation

- social silence, silence and social interaction

- negation: denials, disclaimers, disavowals

- silence and secrets

- censorship and self-censorship

- ellipses, omissions, blank pages, hyphens, asterisks

– the typographical and linguistic modes of silence

- ghost chapters (deleted, lost, rewritten)

- silenced characters, characters that disappear

- quiet spaces: the loci of silence

- reading and silence

- silence as resistance and rebellion

- scripting silence and muteness

- the performativity of silence

- silence and the canon

- silence and history

- silence in relation to cultural memory studies

- silence and/as remembrance

A detailed description of this theme (English, French, Italian), with a list of abstracts will be available online.{dedicated page to be made accessible in Distu’s homepage} The seminar is limited to 15 participants. The proposals (approx. 3 pages, double-spaced, max 1,000 words) should be based on an original research project (e.g. a doctoral dissertation) which addresses one of the aspects mentioned above. Because this is a seminar rather than a conference, each participant will be given approximately one hour to present the texts and questions that will then form the basis of a group discussion led in turn by one of the participants. Preference will be given to scholars who are at the beginning of their academic career (ABD; PhD or equivalent for less than six years, including ECRs). The official languages of the seminar are English, Italian, French. Translations of abstracts and various seminar materials not in English will be made available to participants.

Accommodation costs (Sunday night to Friday night included), lunches and dinners (Monday dinner to Friday lunch included) will be covered in full by the organizers, who will be responsible for reserving rooms in the students’ hall of residence. Other travel costs are currently under evaluation for a grant from the University of Tuscia. If the seminar should benefit from such funding, transfers from Orte train station (on the Rome-Milan train line) or the Rome airports (Ciampino and Fiumicino) to Viterbo will be covered in full or in part. In that case, in order for travel expenses to be considered, participants are asked to coordinate, to the extent possible, their times of arrival and departure, so as to enable group transfers to/from Orte train station or the Rome airports .

As is the case each year, the proceedings of the seminar will be published by Honoré Champion (Paris) in the Lumières internationales series.

Applications should include the following information: a brief curriculum vitae with date of PhD (or equivalent); a list of principal publications and scholarly presentations; a brief description of the proposed paper (approx. 3 pages, double-spaced, max 1,000 words); and one letter of recommendation. Colleagues are invited to submit proposals by January 31, 2018. Please send abstracts by e-mail to Francesca Saggini:, ccing into the conversation Alberta Boschi . If your email programme supports the delivery receipt option we encourage you to request delivery receipt. We will attempt to notify all correspondents before February 28, 2018 regarding the status of their submission.

North American British Music Studies Association Call for Papers

The North American British Music Studies Association will hold its Eighth Biennial Conference from Monday, 30 July to Wednesday, 1 August 2018, in Logan, Utah, hosted by Utah State University.  For more information, visit:

Call for Papers: Cosmopolitan Endeavours

This special issue invites articles on works by women writers of the long eighteenth century that reflect cosmopolitan values, strategies, and futures. In the long eighteenth century, the cosmopolitan ethos is manifold: it informs historiographic and philosophical articulations of an “enlightened moral love of mankind”, as Mary Wollstonecraft puts it in A View of the French Revolution (1795), practices that transcend the boundaries of national literature such as travel writing, translation, and salon culture, depictions of cosmopolitan communities in utopian literature as well as of environment and scientific progress. Such wide-ranging proliferations have rightly been celebrated in recent criticism as evidences for a cosmopolitan counter-narrative to the rise of nationalism. However, this celebration has obfuscated the difficulties a cosmopolitan position faces, perhaps best captured in Amelia Opie’s Adeline Mowbray (1804), where the mother of the protagonist, “while professing her unbounded love for the great family of the world, suffered her own family to pine under the consciousness of her neglect”. Rather than couching an un-cosmopolitan impulse, this critique raises the stakes of what cosmopolitan ethos must accomplish. For critics, it imposes the need for further explorations of the cosmopolitan position in the long eighteenth century with a special focus on gender and on the process in which cosmopolitanism becomes its own critique, thus, distinguishing itself from the merely international, transnational and multicultural. This special issue seeks to refine insights put forward by literary critics such as Thomas Schlereth, Karen O’Brien, Galin Tihanov, Esther Wohlgemut and Anne Mellor, reflecting and expanding on the renewed interest in cosmopolitan thought and practices.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, explorations of cosmopolitanism in travel writing; educational, abolitionist and children’s literature; translations and adaptations; salon culture; scientific advancement and eco-systems; utopian literature; the concept of hope; representations of cosmopolitans.

We invite essays of 5000-7000 words (including notes).

Please submit abstracts of 400 words to Dr Enit Steiner (University of Lausanne) by 20 December 2017. Completed essays are due 31 August 2018.

Please prepare your essays according to MLA style and in accordance with the journal’s author guidelines and style sheet (to be accessed on this page:


Call for Applications:

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Faculty

College and university faculty: NEH’s 2018 Summer Programs are now accepting applications to participate in one- to four-week summer study and professional development programs.

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes provide college and university faculty opportunities to explore topics relevant to higher education in the humanities. This summer, NEH grants will support 20 programs across the United States on a wide range of subjects including: Cold War era art, music, and film; teaching Shakespeare; women's suffrage in the Americas; and Enlightenment philosophy.

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes:

focus on the study and teaching of significant texts and other resources;

provide models of excellent scholarship and teaching;

contribute to the intellectual growth of the participants; and

build lasting communities of inquiry.

Participation in NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes is tuition-free. Selected participants receive stipends to help cover travel and living expenses.


For a list of the seminars and institutes to be offered in the summer of 2018, along with eligibility and application requirements, please visit:


We are pleased to announce the launch of a new website: "Legacies of the Enlightenment: Humanity, Nature, and Science in at Changing Climate" at

This site explores the legacies of the Enlightenment by gathering material on topics that continue to inform and even haunt our current worldviews. By building a database of teaching and research materials, we hope to provide a useful tool to students, teachers, and researchers interested examining how and why we continue to practice and embody the legacies of the Enlightenment. Such topics include (but are not limited to):

• The evolution of social and political relations

• Theories of climate, as well as the relation between the natural world, the human, and society

• The nature of matter and objects

• The structures of authority and institutions

• The questioning of accepted notions of race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and citizenship through political upheavals and natural catastrophes

• How dualistic notions of embodiment (splitting the mind from the body) are crucial for understanding the origins and the continued presence of racism and sexism

• How taxonomic practices influences our relation to each other, as well as to other (non-human) animals

This website is part of a larger project that has been funded by a Humanities Without Walls grant and that aims to bring together scholars from various fields and at all levels of their academic trajectory - both virtually and in person - to respond to these questions. To learn more about the project, visit the About page and click on Project History. /

Please check out the website and let us know what you think. If you are interested in contributing, please use the "Contact Us" form on the site and we will be happy to let you know how to get involved.




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, 2018

Biennial Annibel Jenkins Biography Prize - Deadline November 15, 2018

ASECS Innovative Course Design Competition- Deadline - October 1, 2018

Travel Grants - Deadline January 1, 2018


Graduate Student Awards:

Traveling Jam-Pot: Fund for Graduate Students  - Deadline: November 1, 2018

Graduate Student Research Paper Award - Deadline January 1, 2018

2017-18 Graduate Student Conference Paper Competition - Deadline April 3, 2018

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

Race and Empire Caucus Essay Prize - Deadline - July 1, 2018


Lesbian and Gay Caucus:

The Hans Turley Prize - Deadline - November 1, 2018

Women's Caucus Awards:

Catharine Macaulay Prize Competition - Deadline September 1, 2018

ASECS Women’s Caucus Editing and Translation Fellowship - Deadline - January 15, 2018

Émilie Du Châtelet Award - Deadline January 15, 2018

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, 2018


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, 2018


Society of Early Americanists:

Essay Competition

Deadline - October 3, 2018

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

Annibel Jenkins Prize in Performance and Theater Studies - Deadline November 29, 2018

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 November 2016 and November 2018. 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, 2018. Please send submissions as PDF files, and address any queries about the prize to the ASECS Office:

1300 Elmwood Avenue, KH213

Buffalo, NY 14222

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