American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
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History and Purpose

The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is an interdisciplinary group dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in all aspects of the period . . . from the later seventeenth through the early nineteenth century.

Established in 1969, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies advances study and research in the history of a time that has profoundly influenced our world. ASECS is a pioneer in interdisciplinary investigation, and it therefore welcomes as members those working in all areas of scholarly inquiry pertinent to eighteenth-century studies.


Annual Meeting

One of the Society's most visible and exciting activities is its annual meeting, held in the spring under the auspices of a host college or university. Meeting sites have ranged across the United States and Canada. A typical meeting attracts more than 600 delegates representing a variety of different academic disciplines.

Annual Meeting

Past Meeting Sites


Participating with eleven leading research institutions, ASECS currently sponsors a fellowship program intended to promote and sustain research in the eighteenth century. In addition, the Society awards several travel-to-collection fellowships.

Joint Research Fellowships

Travel Fellowships

Financial Information

Annual Audit

Great Teachers

The Shirley Bill Endowed Fund recognizes the centrality of teaching to everything we do in our academic life. What better way of endowing funds that proclaim the importance of teaching to us as individuals and as a Society than by rewarding teaching and by honoring teachers who have had a profound influence in our development as scholars and teachers? Nearly all of us have had at least one professor who has served as a model as a teacher, a scholar, an advisor--or perhaps all three--and have wished for a way to honor this teacher and to show our appreciation for that teacher’s inspiration, time, wise comments, and encouragement. We can honor and acknowledge those teachers by contributing $300 in the name of a particular teacher and designating that contribution to the Shirley Bill Teaching Fund. If you would like to honor other great teachers, please send contributions to: ASECS, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, KH213, Buffalo, NY 14222



Historical Information

Membership and Dues

ASECS offers individual memberships in several categories that begin July 1 and continue through June 30 of the following year. Information on institutional memberships is available upon request.

Membership Application



ASECS awards a series of prizes for outstanding work. Annually the James L. Clifford Prize is given to the author of the best article and the Louis Gottschalk Prize to the author of the best book in eighteenth-century studies. Biannually, the Annibel Jenkins Biography Prize is awarded to the author of the best book-length biography of a late seventeenth-Century or eighteenth-century subject. The Society awards to a graduate students prizes for the best paper given at the annual meeting as well as the best research paper.. The Society sponsors an annual innovative course design award that supports the development of three new college-level courses on the eighteenth century. Prizes are also award by several caucuses and affiliate societies.

Awards and Prizes


The Society sponsors two publications that make available today's best interdisciplinary work; the quarterly journal Eighteenth-Century Studies (ECS) and the annual volume Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture (SECC). In addition, the Society publishes a newsletter and the Innovative Course Design proposals are available online.


Keep ASECS Alive and Growing

The primary mission of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is to advance the study and teaching of the eighteenth-century and encourage scholarly work that crosses the boundaries between different academic disciplines. To achieve this, a number of endowed funds have been established from which awards are made to recognize achievements in scholarship and teaching and to assist members needing to travel to special collections or wishing to spend a residency at a major research library with which ASECS sponsors a joint fellowship. These programs are not funded through the regular operating budget of the Society but are made possible exclusively by the generosity of our members. All contributions are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged in writing. Please consider making a gift that will allow ASECS to maintain and expand the opportunities and benefits offered to its membership.

Fund Descriptions

Donation Form



E-mail address:
Telephone: (716) 878-3405
Fax: (716) 878-5700

Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Avenue, KH213
Buffalo, NY 14222

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