Past Clifford Lecturers & Plenary Speakers
James L. Clifford Lecturers
1984 Donald Johnson Greene, "Samuel Johnson After Two Centuries"
1986 Norman Thrower, Simon Schaffer, and G.S. Rousseau, "Halley and His Comet"
1987 Ralph Cohen, "Replacing Critical Furniture: Mirrors, Lamps, Pictures, etc."
1988 Patricia Meyer Spacks, "Energies of Mind: Plot's Possibilities in the 1790's"
1989 Robert Darnton, "The Literary Revolution of 1789"
1990 Barbara Maria Stafford, "Physiognomics as Corporeal Connoiseurship"
1991 Georges May, "Travelers from Elsewhere"
1992 Claude Rawson, "'Existence is a Covert Operation': From the Garment of Style to the Sans-Culottes"
1993 Eugene V. Genovese, "The Intellectual Foundations of Southern Republicanism: The Slaveholders' Contribution to the Constitution"
1994 Peter Holland, "David Garrick: 3dly, as an Author"
1995 Michael McKeon, "Surveying the Frontier of Culture: Pastoralism in Eighteenth-Century England"
1996 Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, "Divine Art/Infernal Machine: The Eighteenth Century Confronts the Printing Press"
1997 Earl Miner, "A Voyage to Laputa and Japan; or, Conceiving an Eighteenth Century"
1998 Margaret Anne Doody, "Death and the Novel"
1999 Lynn Hunt, "The Psycho-Cultural Origins of Human Rights"
2000 Walter Rex, "Notable Contrarieties in the French Enlightenment: Bayle, Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot"
2001 Thomas Crow, "Chardin and Fragonard: the Career of the Brush
2002 Susan Staves, " Rhetorics, Problems, and Solutions in the Literary History of Women's Writing"
2003 None - met jointly with International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
2004 Pierre Saint-Amand, "The Pursuit of Laziness: Idleness and the Philosophes"
2005 Robert Levin, “ Redeeming Mozart’s Vow: The Unfinished Mass in C minor, K.427, and a New Completion”
2006 Isobel Grundy, "Eighteenth-Century Women and the Digital Turn"
2007 Lawrence Klein, "The Decline of Politeness and the End of the Eighteenth Century"
2008 Howard D. Weinbrot, “The Thirtieth of January Sermon: Swift, Johnson, Sterne, and the Evolution of Culture”
2009 Mary Sheriff, “The King, the Trickster, and the Gorgon Head: On the Illusion of Rococo Art”
2010 Ruth Hill, “Race and the Atlantic Divide”
2011 Thomas Kavanagh, "Brillat-Savarin and Post-Revolutionary Pleasure"
2012 Joseph Roach, “Dangerous Men and Smart Women” The Persistent Eighteenth Century”
2013 Felicity Nussbaum, “Unaccountable Pleasure : The Subject of Tragedy”
2014 Marcus Rediker, “Prophet Against Slavery : Benjamin Lay, Atlantic Abolitionist”
2015 Ann Bermingham, "Coffee-House Characters and British Visual Humor at the End of the Eighteenth Century"
2016 John Brewer, "Fire and Ice: Travel and the Natural Sublime in the Age of Enlightenment"
2017 - David Shields
March 25-28, 1982 ~ Houston, Texas
Plenary Session I - Aram Vartanian, Kenan Professor of French, University of Virginia,
"The Annales School of History and the Enlightenment"
Plenary Session II - Peter Boerner, Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Indiana University-Bloomington, "'Nations Evolve and Behave Like People': Goethe Looks at European Cultures"
Plenary Session III - Sylvia Frey (Commentator), Tulane University, Discussion will follow a viewing of the BBC film, "Culloden"
Presidential Address - Earl Miner (Welcoming Address)
14th Annual Meeting
Plenary Session I - Authenticity and Connoisseurship in Eighteenth-Century
Music and Art
Plenary Session II - Revolution
Plenary Session III - Theoretical Frameworks for
Studying the Augustans
Presidential Address -
Roger Hahn, University of California-Berkeley
15th Annual Meeting
Plenary Session II -
Michael Steinberg, San Francisco Symphony, "Haydn's Handel and Mozart's Bach"
Plenary Session III - Dennis Diderot and Samuel
Presidential Address -
Jean Perkins, Swarthmore College, "The First Fifteen Years of ASECS"
April 18-21, 1985 ~ Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Plenary Session I - Roland Mortier, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, "Les variations du dialogue en France au dix-huitieme siecle"
Howard D. Weinbrot, University of Wisconsin, "An Ambition to Excel: The Aesthetics of Emulation in the Eighteenth Century"
Plenary Session II - George Clarke, Stowe School, "How Tall the Grass Grew in the Elysian Fields: Problems of Research and Reconstruction in the Gardens of Stowe"
Plenary Session III -
Margaret A. Doody, Princeton University, "'Those Eyes are made so Killing': Eighteenth-Century Murderesses and
Plenary Session IV -
Michel Baridon, Universite de Dijon, "Historicism, Local Colour and the Development of Eighteenth-Century
Plenary Session V -
F. Kenneth Hare, University of Toronto, "George Hadley, F.R.S.: An Enduring Eighteenth-Century Innovator"
Presidential Address - Harry C. Payne, Colgate University, "The Task of Eighteenth-Century Studies"
Plenary Session VI - Women in the Eighteenth-Century:
The New Scholarship
March 13-16, 1986 ~ Williamsburg, Virginia
Plenary Session I - Nicholas A. Pappas, FAIA, Foundation Architect, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, "The Restoration of Williamsburg and the Expanding Definition of History"
James L. Clifford Lecturers - Halley and his Comet
Plenary Session III -
Goya & Piranesi
Plenary Session IV - Constitution & Rights
Presidential Address - Gita May, Dept. of French & Romance Philology, Columbia University
April 22-26, 1987 ~ Cincinnati, Ohio
Plenary Session I - Philip R. Shriver, Miami University, "Freedom's Proving Ground: The Heritage of the Northwest Ordinance"
Joel M. Jones, University of New Mexico, "The Winds in the Wilderness: Walter Havighurst's Vision of Freedom and Society"
Walter Havighurst, Miami University (Emeritus), "Travellers' Tales: The Land Beyond the Mountains"
Plenary Session II - A Foundation of Freedom:
The U.S. Constitution and the
Declaration of Independence in Pre-Revolutionary France
Plenary Session III -
Donald Posner, New York University, "Madame de Pompadour as a Patron of the Arts"
Presidential Address - Ronald Paulson, Johns Hopkins University
James L. Clifford Lecture - Ralph Cohen, University of Virginia, "Replacing Critical Furniture: Mirrors, Lamps, Pictures, etc."
April 20-24, 1988 ~ Knoxville, Tennessee
Plenary Session I - 18th Century Roots of Appalachian Folk Music or the Beginnings of Bluegrass
Alan Jabbour, Director, American Folklife Center, The Library of Congress, "Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier"
Horace Clarence Boyer, University of Massachusetts, "The Church and the Corn Field: Black American Music in the Eighteenth Century"
James L. Clifford Lecture - Patricia Meyer Spacks, Yale University, "Energies of Mind: Plot's Possibilities in the 1790's"
Plenary Session III - Stanley N. Katz, President, ACLS, "Constitutional Equality in Revolutionary America and France"
Plenary Session IV - French Literature and Criticism
Presidential Address - Gloria Flaherty, University of Illionois-Chicago
March 29-April 2, 1989 ~ New Orleans, Louisiana
Presidential Address - Isaac Kramnick, Cornell University
Plenary Session I - Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Administrateur General de la Bibliotheque Nationale, "The Bibliotheque Nationale - Concepts for a French National Library"
Plenary Session II - "Northrop
Frye and the Literature of Process Reconsidered"
Plenary Session III - Nicholas Spitzer, Folklorist, Office of Folklike Programs, Smithsonian Institution, "Eighteenth-Century Life and Twentieth-Century Folklife: The Tradition of Creolization on the French Gulf Coast"
James L. Clifford Lecture - Robert Darnton, Shelby Cullom Davis Professor Director, Program in European Cultural Studies, Princeton University, "The Literacy Revolution of 1789"
April 25-29, 1990 ~ Minneapolis, Minnesota
Plenary Lecture I - Northrop Frye, Univ. of Toronto, "Varieties of Sensibility in the Eighteenth Century"
Plenary Lecture II - Marie-Hélène Huet, Amherst College, "Margins of Reason: The Power of Imagination in Eighteenth-Century Medical Philosophy"
Plenary Lecture III - Marcus Rediker, Georgetown University, "The Maritime Frontier of Freedom: Sailors, Slaves, and the Underground Railroad by Sea in the Eighteenth Century"
Presidential Address -
Paul Alkon, Bing Professor of English, University of Southern
April 10-14, 1991 ~ Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Presidential Address - Aram Vartanian, University of Virginia, "The Separation of Religion and Politics: The Enlightenment Updated"
Plenary Lecture I - Wye J. Allanbrook, St. John's College, Annapolis, "'All'usanza teatrale': Mozart and Representation"
Plenary Lecture II - Laura Brown, Cornell University, "Africans and Amazons: Gender, Race, and Empirein Daniel Defoe"
James L. Clifford Lecture - Georges May, Yale University, "Travelers from Elsewhere"
Plenary Lecture IV -
Roy Porter, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London
March 25-29, 1992 ~ Seattle, Washington
Plenary Lecture I - Richard Popkin, University of California-Los Angeles, "New Views on the Role of Scepticism in the Enlightenment"
Plenary Lecture II - Catherine Gallagher, University of California, Berkeley, "Nobody's Story: Gender, Property, and the Rise of the Novel"
James L. Clifford Lecture - Claude Rawson, Yale University, "'Existence is a Covert Operation': From the Garment of Style to the Sans-Culottes"
Presidential Address - Jane Perry-Camp, Florida State University, "Play-Time and Progress: When to Say When, How to Say Now, and the Eternal Mozart"
April 21-25, 1993 ~ Providence, Rhode Island
Plenary Lecture I - Marie-Hélène Huet, Commonwealth Professor of French, University of Virginia, "Debt, Denial, and Monstrosity in Diderot"
Plenary Lecture II -
Ralph Cohen, Kenan Professor of English, University of Virginia,
James L. Clifford Lecture -
Eugene D. Genovese, Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, University
Center in Georgia, "The Intellectual Foundations of Southern Republicanism:
Presidential Address - Paula Backscheider, Auburn University, "The Cavalier Woman"
March 9-13, 1994 ~ Charleston, South Carolina
Plenary Lecture I - Richard Leppert, University of Minnesota, "Performing Identity (Social Harmony and the Paradox of the Musical Body)"
Plenary Lecture II - Margaret Jacob, New School for Social Research, "The Mental Landscape of the Public Sphere: A European Perspective"
James L. Clifford Lecture - Peter Holland, Director in Studies in English, Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, United Kingdom, "David Garrick: 3dly, as an Author"
Presidential Address - Lawrence Stone, Princeton University, "Twenty-Five Years of English Social History: A Retrospect"
April 5-9, 1995 ~ Tucson, Arizona
Plenary Lecture I - J. Douglas Canfield, Regents Professor of English, University of Arizona
"The Usefulness of a Generic Border along the Frontier between Subversive Comedy and Comicall Satyre in Restoration Drama"
Plenary Lecture II - Mary D. Sheriff, Hohen Chair of Art, 1994-95, The University of Memphis; Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Co-Editor of Eighteenth-Century Studies, "Letters: Painted/Penned/Purloined"
James L. Clifford Lecture -
Michael McKeon, Professor of English, Rutgers University
Plenary Lecture IV -
Ramon Gutiérrez, Professor of History and Ethnic Studies and
Presidential Forum - Ronald C. Rosbottom, Amherst College, "What Does It Mean to Be Disciplined?"
March 27-31, 1996 ~ Austin, Texas
James L. Clifford Lecture - Elizabeth Eisenstein, Professor Emerita, History Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, "Divine Art/Infernal Machine: The Eighteenth Century Confronts the Printing Press"
Plenary Lecture II - Research Opportunities for
Eighteenth-Century Scholars at the
Presidential Forum - Barbara Stafford, William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago, "The Public Duties of Our Profession"
April 5-9, 1997 ~ Nashville, Tennessee
James L. Clifford Lecture - Earl Miner, Townsend Martin, Class of 1917 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Princeton University, "A Voyage to Laputa and Japan; or, Conceiving an Eighteenth Century"
Plenary Lecture II -
Peter Reill, Director, Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies,
Presidential Forum - "As
Others See Us: Institutional Perspective on Interdisciplinarity"
Getty Center Forum - "Getty
Forum on the Challenges to Learned Societies and Relations of Intellectuals
and Their Publics"
April 1-5, 1998 ~ Notre Dame, Indiana
James L. Clifford Lecture - Margaret Anne Doody, Andrew W. Mellon Professor Humanities, Vanderbilt University, "Death and the Novel"
Plenary Lecturer I - J.G.A. Pocock, Johns Hopkins University, "The Tell-Tale Article: Reconstructing (. . .) Enlightenment"
Plenary Lecturer II - Daniel Heartz, University of California-Berkeley, "Haydn, Mozart, and Free Masonry: In Celebration of The Creation"
Plenary Lecturer III -
Roy Porter, The Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine
Presidential Address - Margaret C. Jacob, University of Pennsylvania, "The Populist Origins of the Enlightenment"
March 24-28, 1999 ~ Milwaukee, Wisconsin
James L. Clifford Lecture - Lynn Hunt, University of California, Los Angeles, "The Psycho-Cultural Origins of Human Rights"
Plenary Lecturer I - Donald Posner, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, "The Visual Arts and the Civilizing Process in Eighteenth-Century Europe"
Plenary Lecturer II - Martin Battestin, University of Virginia, "Historical Criticism and the Question of Contemporaneity"
Presidential Address -
Carol Blum, State University of New York-Stony Brook, "Celibacy in Eighteenth-Century France: 'Sacrifice to God' or 'Scourge
31st Annual Meeting
Plenary - Adam Potkay, College of William and Mary and Vincent Carretta, University of Maryland, "Writers of the Black Atlantic"
Presidential Address - Ruth Perry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Home Economics"
(Clifford) Plenary - Walter E. Rex, "Notable Contrarieties in the French Enlightenment: Bayle, Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot"
Plenary - Robert Ferguson, Columbia University and Jay Fliegelman, Stanford
32nd Annual Meeting
(Clifford) Plenary - Thomas Crow, Getty Research Institute, "Chardin and Fragonard: The Career of the Brush in Eighteenth-Century France"
Presidential Address - Keith Baker, Stanford University, "Saturn's Offspring: On the Political Languages of the French Revolution"
Dena Goodman, University of Michigan; Toby Ditz, Johns
Hopkins University; Madelyn Gutwirth, University of Pennsylvania;
Susan Lanser, University of Maryland
ASECS/BSECS Lecturer - Amanda Vickery,
33nd Annual Meeting
(Clifford) Plenary - Susan Staves, Brandeis University, " Rhetorics, Problems, and Solutions in the Literary History of Women's Writing"
Presidential Address - Daniel Brewer, University of Minnesota, "Lights in Space"
Plenary - J. Paul Hunter, University of Virginia, "The Work of J. Paul Hunter
ASECS/BSECS Lecturer - David Fairer, University of Leeds, "Organic Matters: Georgic and Gothic in Eighteenth-Century Britian"
34th Annual Meeting
35th Annual Meeting
(Clifford) Plenary- Pierre Saint-Amand, Brown University, "The Pursuit of Laziness: Idleness and the Philosophes"
(Presidential) Plenary- Joan Landes, Pennsylvania State University, “Enlightened Bodies”
Plenary – Madelyn Gutwirth, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, “The Work and Method of Madelyn Gutwirth” (Sponsored by the Women’s Caucus of ASECS in Celebration of its 30th Anniversary)
36th Annual Meeting
(Clifford) Robert Levin, Harvard University, “Redeeming Mozart’s Vow: The Unfinished Mass in C minor, K.427, and a New Completion”
(Presidential) Margaret Anne Doody, University of Notre Dame, “Play, Time, Chance, Games: The Eighteenth Century Revealed”
(Plenary) Wole Soyinka, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Keynote Address
(Plenary) Colin Jones, University of Warwick, “French Dentists and English Teeth in the Long Eighteenth Century”
(Plenary) Robert Folkenflik, University of California-Irvine, “Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure and the Literary Culture of Eighteenth-Century Britain”
37th Annual Meeting
(Clifford) Isobel Grundy, "Eighteenth-Century Women and the Digital Turn"
(Presidential) Sarah Maza, Northwestern University, " Interdisciplinarity: Beyond the For-orAgainst Debate"
38th Annual Meeting
(Clifford) Lawrence Klein, "The Decline of Politeness and the End of the Eighteenth Century"
(Presidential) Felicity Nussbaum, "The Arabian Nights in the Eighteenth Century: Other Empires, Other Slaves"
39th Annual Meeting
(Clifford) Howard Weinbrot, "The Thirtieth of January Sermon: Swift, Johnson, Sterne, and the Evolution of Culture
(Presidential) Bernadette Fort, "Arresting the Gaze: Greuze's Self-Portraits"
40th Annual Meeting
(Clifford) Mary Sheriff, "The King, the Trickster, and the Gorgon Head: On the Illusions of Rococo Art"
(Presidential) John Richetti, "Performance in Eighteenth-Century English Verse: Form and Expressiveness"
41st Annual Meeting
(Clifford) Ruth Hill, "Race and the Atlantic Divide"
(Presidential) Peter Reill, "Vitalism and the Construction of the Human Sciences in the Enlightenment: Johann Gottfried Herder and Adam Smith"
42nd Annual Meeting
March 17-20, 2011, Vancouver, British Columbia
(Clifford) Thomas Kavanagh, "Brillat-Savarin and Post-Revolutionary Pleasure"
(Presidential) Heather McPherson, "Thinking Heads': Deciphering Enlightenment Portraits"
43rd Annual Meeting
March 22-25, 2012, San Antonio, TX
(Clifford) Joseph Roach, "Dangerous Men and Smart Women: The Persistent Eighteenth Century"
(Presidential) Laura Brown, "Non-Human Genres: Love, Paradise, and the Rise of the Animal"
44th Annual Meeting
April 4-7, 2013, Cleveland, OH
(Clifford) Felicity Nussbaum, "Unaccountable Pleasure: The Subject of Tragedy"
(Presidential) Julie C. Hayes, Philosophical About Marriage: Women Writers and the Moralist Tradition"
45th Annual Meeting
March 20-23, 2014
(Clifford) Marcus Rediker, “Prophet Against Slavery : Benjamin Lay, Atlantic Abolitionist”
March 19-22, 2015
(Clifford) Ann Bermingham, "Coffee-House Characters and British Visual Humor at the End of the Eighteenth Century"
(Presidential) Kathleen Wilson, "The Lure of the Other: Performing Sheridan in Kingston and Calcutta"
March 31 - April 3, 2016
(Clifford) John Brewer, "Fire and Ice: Travel and the Natural Sublime in the Age of Enlightenment"
(Presidential) Srinivas Aravamudan (given by Felicity Nussbaum) "From Enlightenment to Anthropocene"
March 30, April 2, 2017
(Clifford) David Shields
(Presidential) Dena Goodman