Still time to submit a panel proposal for ASECS 2022 Baltimore

If you missed the deadline, there is still time:

The deadline for submitting session proposals for the 52nd Annual Meeting has been extended to June 27, 2021.

The 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies is less than a year away! The ASECS Annual Meeting will be held at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, in Baltimore, Maryland, March 31 – April 2, 2022. We hope to see you there.

For information on the session guidelines for ASECS Annual Meetings, click here. View the Reforms to the Program Committee here.

The 2022 Annual Meeting will include guaranteed sessions sponsored by caucuses and affiliate societies and general sessions. Before submitting your proposal, consult the lists of these sessions, available here, to confirm that the topic you are proposing is not already included in the program. This information may also be accessed via the annual meeting website, which is currently under construction.

Proposals for panels, roundtables and other sessions at the 2022 ASECS Annual Meeting are now being accepted! The online submission form is available here. The deadline for proposal submissions is Sunday, June 27, 2021. Please note that members now may propose no more than one session. If a member submits more than one session form, the Program Committee will consider the one with the earliest time stamp.

The Program Committee also invites proposals for sessions in other formats, as well as for pre-conference workshops. In addition to explaining what the session would contribute to the Annual Meeting, special proposals should include a detailed description of the format and logistical requirements (e.g., technology, type of meeting space, particular days/times); an estimate of additional costs to participants or to ASECS (if any); and an explanation of how people would be chosen to participate (if it is not open to all conference attendees). If the event is a workshop that would have a facilitator or main presenter(s), provide a brief description of their expertise. The Program Committee may contact proposers for additional information before deciding on whether special sessions will be included on the Annual Meeting program. Proposals that cannot be accommodated in Baltimore may be considered for later Annual Meetings. If you have any questions, please contact the ASECS Business Office at

ASECS 2022 Baltimore Panel Proposals Due 5/15

Hi everyone. Just a reminder that if you’d like to propose a session for Baltimore, this Saturday is the deadline.

More info about how to submit a proposal:

Proposals for panels, roundtables and other sessions at the 2022 ASECS Annual Meeting are now being accepted! The online submission form is available hereThe deadline for proposal submissions is Saturday, May 15, 2021.

Below are the ideas from our brainstorming session at the 2021 virtual conference:

• Trial by Combat: Duel by Pen and Sword (Yvonne Fuentes)
• Enlightened Sensorium (Elena) to include more than IASECS
• Language, territoriality, and power. Coordinate with another society? Race and Empire? (Karen Stolley and Cathy Jaffe to be proposed as our official IASECS session)
• Port Cities and Infrastructure (Valentina or Karen?)
• North and South in the 18th Century (Hazel)
• Out of the Shadow: Other Gothic Traditions (Kathleen Fueger)
• Issues of translation, maybe pre-circulate papers to facilitate (more innovative session) Valentina and Clorinda. Elena suggest use of Padlet
• Women working, women at work (Betsy)
• Representations of corpses in the 18th century (Karissa)
• Hispanists here to help workshop on course design (Renee Gutiérrez, Karen Stolley, and Adela Ramos)

Reports from 2021 Business Meeting and Brainstorming for 2022 Meeting in Baltimore

Below please find the minutes and reports from our IASECS Business meeting, as well as notes from the Brainstorming Session at the 2021 ASECS Virtual Conference.

Don’t forget to pay your 2021 dues, if you haven’t already. You may pay through the Paypal link on the website, or by mailing a check to Betsy, address on the website.

Note that one item discussed during the Brainstorming Session was to have some virtual get-togethers to socialize share our research throughout the year. Be on the look-out for an invitation to participate in an organizational meeting regarding this in mid-May.


Annual IASECS Business Meeting

Dear IASECS members: We are excited to see you at our upcoming IASECS Business Meeting next week, held during the 2021 ASECS Virtual Conference . The meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, April 8th from 2:50pm-3:30pm Eastern Standard time. You must be registered with the conference to have access to the meeting link.

Below is the meeting agenda:

I. Welcome from 2020 IASECS President, Valentina Tikoff

II. Secretary-Treasurer’s Report, Betsy Lewis

III. Report on IASECS prizes and grants, Enid Valle

IV. Motion to postpone elections of new IASECS leadership and to keep current officers until the 2022 ASECS meeting in Baltimore.

Our annual brainstorming session for 2022 panels will take place on Saturday April 10th: 3:55 pm – 4:55 pm. This will be our social gathering. Wigs and tinto welcome!!

Our Vice President Elena Deanda has prepared a listing of all IASECS involved sessions during the 2021 ASECS conference, which is published here:

If you are chairing a session next week, we would greatly appreciate it if you could invite participants and attendees to our virtual business and brainstorming/social gatherings.

Also, please remember to pay your 2021 dues! You can pay through the paypal link on our website menu under “Dues and Donations” , or you can click the link “Join or renew by mail” and mail a check to Betsy Lewis.

We look forward to seeing you online next week!


Below is a listing of IASECS members who are presenting at the ASECS 2021 Virtual Conference. Please let us know if we missed something. Also see the full program here:

Please note that IASECS will meet as a group twice during the conference:

Thursday, April 8th: 2:50-3:30 pm IASECS Business meeting

Saturday April 10th: 3:55 pm – 4:55 pm Session Planning for 2022 ASECS (March 31-April 2, Baltimore) Wigs and tinto welcome!

Please note that you must be registered for the ASECS 2021 conference to access the meeting links.



6. Roundtable: Recent Research on Voltaire. [Voltaire Society of America] Chair: Nathan BROWN, Furman University

1. Chloe EDMONDSON, Stanford University, “Voltaire’s Epistolary Invention and the Making of a Public Self” 2. Jytte LYNGVIG, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, “The Controversy between Voltaire and Maupertuis from Another Point of View” 3. Theodore E. D. BRAUN, University of Delaware, “Voltaire’s Debt to Dryden? Consider the Case of The Indian Emperour and Alzire” 4. Édouard LANGILLE, St. Francis University, “Discussion of his edition of Voltaire’s letters in English”

7. Spanish Sensorium Chair: Elena DEANDA-CAMACHO, Washington College

1. Lilian BRINGAS SILVA, Georgetown University, “Los bodegones de Goya” 2. Karissa BUSHMAN, Quinnipiac University, “Goya’s Illnesses and Deafness and the Impact on his Senses” 3. Meira GOLDBERG, Fashion Institute of Technology, CUNY, “The Space of Perfect Rhythm: Experiencing the Flamenco Circle” 4. Rachael Givens JOHNSON, University of Virginia, “Moving the Faithful: Hearing, Seeing, and Feeling in 18th -century Spanish-Atlantic Religious Festivals”

9. Dangerous Latin Chair: Joshua SWIDZINSKI, University of Portland

1. Karen STOLLEY, Emory University, “‘Some rather scattered things gathered from the fields of Mexico’: the ‘dangerous Latin’ of Rafael de Landívar’s Rusticatio Mexicana (1782)” 2. Bradford BOYD, Arizona State University, “‘Rebel Presbyterian’ and ‘Turkish Foe’: Jacobitism as Crusade in James Philip’s Grameid”


10. Built Form in the Long Eighteenth Century Chair: Janet WHITE, UNLV

1. Luis J. GORDO PELAEZ, California State University, “Grain Architecture in Bourbon New Spain” 2. Paul HOLMQUIST, Louisiana State University, “Une autre nature: Aristotelian Strains in Ledoux’s Theory of Architecture as Legislation” 3. Dylan Wayne SPIVEY, University of Virginia, “Building from a Book: James Gibb’s Book of Architecture and the Commodification of Architectural Style” 4. Miguel VALERIO, Washington University in St. Louis, “Architecture of Devotions: The Churches Afro-Brazilian Religious Brotherhoods Built in the Eighteenth Century”


22. Questioning Creole Revolutions: Watersheds and Continuities Chairs: Valentina TIKOFF, DePaul University, and Madeline SUTHERLAND-MEIER, University of Texas, Austin

1. Alexander CHAPARRO-SILVA, University of Texas, Austin, “‘Nuestra Revolución’: The Concept of Revolution and the Making of the Gran Colombian Republics (1781-1851)” 2. Scott EASTMAN, Creighton University, “Loyalty, Patriotism, and the End of Creole Revolutions” 3. Natalia SOBREVILLA PEREA, University of Kent, “From Loyalism to Independence in Peru: The Challenges of Building a New Nation from the Remains of Viceroyalty”

32. A Change is Gonna Come: Changes in Government and Policies in the Eighteenth Century Chair: Yvonne FUENTES, University of West Georgia

1. Matt J. SCHUMANN, Bowling Green State University, “‘To Publish a Map… Is a Most Strange Proceeding’: Publicizing the Work of the Anglo-French Boundary Commission, 1748-1754” 2. Peter C. MESSER, Mississippi State University, “From the Green to the Tavern: The Spaces and Places of Political Protest in Revolutionary America” 3. María Soledad BARBÓN, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, “The Expulsion of the Jesuits and Literary History in the Eighteenth Century” 4. Scott R. MACKENZIE, University of Mississippi, “Northanger Abbey and the Ends of Infinitude”


43. Roundtable: Scholarly Tourism: Traveling to Research the Eighteenth Century Chair: Ula Lukszo KLEIN, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

1. Meg KOBZA, Newcastle University, “Places of Privilege: Price and Practice in Private Archives” 2. Caroline GONDA, Cambridge University, “Strawberry Hill and Shibden Hall: Anne Damer and Anne Lister” 3. Laura ENGEL, Duquesne University, “The Archival Tourist” 4. Fiona RITCHIE, McGill University, “Mentoring Student Researchers in the Archives” 5. Yvonne FUENTES, University of West Georgia, “Eighteenth Century Gossip and News: The Archives of Spanish Parish Churches, Cathedrals, and Basilicas”

47. The Female Wunderkind in the Eighteenth Century: Learning Prospects and Gender Gaps in the Age of Enlightenment Chair: Jürgen OVERHOFF, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

1. Mónica BOLUFER, Universitat de València, “Knowledge on Display: Aristocratic Sociability, Female Learning and Enlightenment Pedagogies in Eighteenth-Century Spain and Italy” 2. Tim ZUMHOF, University of Münster, and Nicole BALZER, University of Münster, “‘Abschweifungen der Natur’ – On the Double Naturalization of the Female Wunderkind” 3. F. Corey ROBERTS, Calvin University, “Dorothea Schlegel’s Florentin as a Commentary on Women’s Role in Society”


72. Roundtable: Pedagogy in Practice Chair: Servanne WOODWARD, University of Western Ontario

1. Diane FOURNY, University of Kansas, “Teaching the French Enlightenment in Global Context” 2. Karin A. WURST, Michigan State University, “The Challenges of the Advanced Literature Course: Increasing Student Motivation and Engagement” 15 3. Jack IVERSON, Whitman College, “Survival of the Survey Course? A Survey of North American Programs” 4. A. Renee GUTIÉRREZ, Longwood University, “A Mini-Workshop—Professional Development in a Pandemic—Survey Courses” 5. David EICK, Grand Valley State University, “Reacting to the Past in French (and Other Foreign Languages)”


83. Women and the Institutions of Knowledge Chair: Julie Candler HAYES, University of Massachusetts Amherst

1. Angela HUNTER, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, “‘The spirit of laws is not the spirit of justice’: Louise Dupin and Networks of Critique” 2. Giorgina Samira PAIELLA, University of California, Santa Barbara, “‘The Skill to Strike Out a New Path: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Early Modern Knowledge Networks, and DH Mapping of The Turkish Embassy Letters” 3. Catherine M. JAFFE, Texas State University, “Madrid’s Junta de Damas as an Institution of Knowledge” 4. Chiara CILLERAI, St. John’s University, “‘Good Stars how unequally some things are blended!’: Private/Public Spaces in the Writings of Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson


96. Roundtable: Reflections on David Gies and Cynthia Wall, eds., The Eighteenth Centuries: Global Networks of Enlightenment Chair: Elizabeth Franklin LEWIS, University of Mary Washington

1. Jeanne BRITTON, University of South Carolina, “Using Global Networks of Enlightenment: Giovanni Piranesi and the Digital Eighteenth Centuries” 2. Valentina TIKOFF, DePaul University, “Using Global Networks of Enlightenment: How Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Multiple Geographies, and Linguistic Perspectives Help Us Navigate and Teach the Age of Enlightenment” 3. Carol GUARNIERI, University of Virginia, “Creating a Digital Companion to Global Networks of Enlightenment: ‘The Digital Eighteenth Centuries’ on” 4. Cynthia WALL, University of Virginia, and David GIES, University of Virginia, “Editing Global Networks of Enlightenment”

98. Roundtable: The World and Other Worlds: Imagining the Universe in the Eighteenth Century Chair: Arianne MARGOLIN, University of Maryland Global Campus

1. Charlee Redman BEZILLA, University of Maryland, College Park, “The Many Worlds of Rétif’s Les Posthumes” 2. Matthew J. RIGILANO, Pennsylvania State University, Abington, “Another World of Spirits: Cavendish and Swedenborg” 3. Theodore E. D. BRAUN, University of Delaware, “What did Cyrano Suggest to Voltaire, and did Voltaire Follow his Lead?” 4. Ryan VU, Duke University, “Alterity and the Plurality of Worlds in Early Modern Speculative Fiction”

107. Indigenous Alterities [New Lights Forum: Contemporary Perspectives on the Enlightenment] Chair: Jennifer VANDERHEYDEN, Marquette University

1. Shelby JOHNSON, Florida Atlantic University, “Bone of my Bone: Samson Occom and Cosubstantial Kinship” 2. Judith STUCHINER, New Jersey City University, “Intermarriage, Indigeneity, and the Golden Rule” 3. Gabriela VILLANUEVA, National Autonomous University of Mexico, “Absent Subjects: Mexican Indigenous Histories in the Age of Reason” 4. Adam SCHOENE, University of New Hampshire, “Trauma, Resilience, and Indigenous Alterity”



129. Roundtable: Rethinking the Archive in 18c Science Studies [Science Caucus] Chair: David ALFF, SUNY Buffalo

1. Tobias MENELY, University of California, Davis, “Geomythology, Catastrophism, Criticism” 2. Shifra ARMON, University of Florida, “Curiosity on the Spanish Stage” 3. Rajani SUDAN, Southern Methodist University, “De-Colonizing the Archive: Substance, Submergence, Submission” 4. Mark K. FULK, SUNY Buffalo State, “Ballooning in the Archive”

130. Roundtable: Hispanists Here to Help! Chair: Karen STOLLEY, Emory University

1. Hazel GOLD, Emory University, “Spanish Utopian Literature and the European Enlightenment Framework” 2. Mariselle MELENDEZ, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Food Studies and the Global in the Teaching of Eighteenth-Century Latin America” 3. Catherine M. JAFFE, Texas State University, “Spanish Feminist Texts in Interdisciplinary Courses on the Eighteenth Century” 4. David SLADE, Berry College, “Eighteenth-Century Knowledge Production in the Hispanic World: Archives, Libraries, Botanical Gardens, Museums” 5. Elena DEANDA-CAMACHO, Washington College, “Spanish Bawdy Literature: Expanding the Art of Teaching Sex and Gender in the Enlightenment”

133. Eighteenth-Century Italian Economies of Exchange [Italian Studies Caucus] Chair: Rachel WALSH, University of Denver

1. Shane AGIN, Duquesne University, “‘The street chatter of philosophy’: The Verri Brothers and the Philosophical Impact of the Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe” 2. Adrienne WARD, University of Virginia, “Italian Women Writers and their Reading Networks” 3. Clorinda DONATO, California State University, Long Beach, “The Controversy over Vesicants as Medical Malpractice in Eighteenth-Century Italy” 4. Irene ZANINI-CORDI, Florida State University, “The Cultural Business of a Venetian Ambassador in Paris (1780-1784)”

134. The Enlightened Mind: Education in the Long Eighteenth Century Chairs: Karissa BUSHMAN, Quinnipiac University, and Amanda STRASIK, Eastern Kentucky University

1. Franny BROCK, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “Madame de Genlis’ ‘New Method’ and Teaching Drawing to Children in Eighteenth-Century France” 2. Dorothy JOHNSON, University of Iowa, “Bodies of Knowledge? Teaching Anatomy to Artists in Enlightenment France” 3. Madeline SUTHERLAND-MEIER, University of Texas, Austin, “Raising and Educating Children in Eighteenth-Century Spain: Padre Sarmiento’s Discurso sobre el método que debia guardarse en la primera educación de la juventud” 4. Brigitte WELTMAN-ARON, University of Florida, “Exercising Body and Mind in Madame d’Epinay’s Conversations d’Emilie”


156. Waste Studies in the Eighteenth Century Chair: Enid VALLE, Kalamazoo College, Michigan

1. Pamela PHILLIPS, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, “Dead Space: Cemetery Policies in Eighteenth-Century Spain” 2. Sam KRIEG, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “Malísimamente estoy: Prostitution, Enclosure, and Disease in Eighteenth-Century Lima” 3. Megan GARGIULO, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Marginalizing Spaces: Race, Class, and Disrepair in Recogimientos de mujeres in Colonial New Spain, 1700-1821”


164. Music and Privilege [Society for Eighteenth-Century Music] Chair: Emily H. GREEN, George Mason University 34

1. Annelies ANDRIES, Oxford University, “Composers at the Institut de France: The Privilege of Technical Music Knowledge” 2. Catherine MAYES, University of Utah, “No Room at the Inn: Gender and the Public Musical Sphere in Enlightenment Vienna” 3. Faith LANAM, University of California, Santa Cruz, “Dichotomies of Privilege: Lifting Up and Holding Down Women in New Spain through Music Education” 4. Adeline MUELLER, Mount Holyoke College, “‘To Distinguish Themselves in the Arts’: Racial Exceptionalism in the Reception of Elite Musicians of African Descent”

No more IASECS on Yahoo Groups!

Hola amigas y amigos! Our beloved IASECS yahoo group will be disappearing December 15th, and we will be migrating our communications to our webpage On that page, from the menu on the left-hand side, you will see an area that says “Membership.” There you can subscribe to the webpage by adding your name and email. When we have new posts or announcements you will get an email update. There is also an IASECS forum. This is a place where individual members can post announcements or pose questions. Make sure you check “Notify me of follow-up replies via email” if you want to receive replies from other members this way. Lastly, there is a link to our Facebook group “Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.”
Nuestro querido grupo en yahoo desaparece el 15 de diciembre, y por lo tanto tendremos que migrar nuestras comunicaciones al sitio Allí, desde el menú a la izquierda, verás “Membership”  donde puedes entrar tu nombre y correo electrónico para subscribirte a las noticias del blog. También hay un foro donde puedes poner un anuncio o hacer una pregunta. Si quieres recibir noticia de respuestas al foro por correo electrónico, tienes que seleccionar “Notify my of follow-up replies”.  Por último, tenemos en el menú un enlace a nuestro grupo en Facebook “Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.” 

IASECS at St. Louis

Below please find highlighted the sessions related to IASECS. Please also note our business meeting on Friday at 6pm, and our dinner following at approximately 7:30pm.

Dinner is at and we have arranged for a private room. It’s a $63 prix fixe. If you’d like to join us, please respond on the yahoo email list, or by emailing


In Memorium: Pilar Sáenz, Founding Member of IASECS

Pilar González Sáenz passed away peacefully on October 6, 2018, at Brighton Gardens of Friendship Heights assisted living facility in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Born in 1927 in Madrid, Spain, she was raised and educated there, receiving a Licenciatura from the University of Madrid. In 1954, she moved to the U.S. to continue her studies, earning an M.A. at Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park with a focus on philology and Spanish literature. Dr. Saenz was active professionally and received a number of awards and grants, contributed to professional journals, was active in the Spanish community of Washington, DC, and taught at Case Western Reserve University and various institutions in the Washington, DC area. She was President of the Academic Association for the Quincentenary 1492-1992, organized under the auspices of the Spanish embassy to commemorate the 500-year presence of Spain on this continent. She retired from the Department of Romance Languages and Literature, George Washington University, in 1998 as Professor Emeritus. Dr. Saenz was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Albert W. Saenz, Ph.D., and her parents and siblings and is survived by a niece and nephew in Madrid.

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 27, 2018