CFP: Magical Eighteenth-Century Workshop

The Center for Eighteenth-Century-Studies has hosted a Spring Workshop every year (excepting 2020) since 2002. The typical format consists of intense discussion of pre-circulated papers and an occasional lecture, interspersed with ample opportunities for socializing and refreshment. We typically cover travel costs for all participants, who are selected by an interdisciplinary committee of scholars. It is a really great, interdisciplinary, collegial conference, and I would love to work on increasing the presence of hispanists!


CFP: “CreadorAS en la Educación Literaria e Intercultural” Alicante, 11-13 de julio, 2024

Estimadas/os colegas

Como continuación de las tres ediciones anteriores celebradas en la Universidad de Valencia con notable éxito, el Instituto Universitario de Investigación de Estudios de Género y el Departamento de Filología Española, Lingüística General y Teoría de la Literatura de la Universidad de Alicante se complacen en anunciar elIV Congreso Internacional “CreadorAS en la Educación Literaria e Intercultural” (CICELI), que tendrá lugar en la Sede Universitaria Ciudad de Alicante entre el 11 y el 13 de julio de 2024. Les invitamos a enviar sus propuestas de participación antes del 8 de marzo de 2024.

Adjuntamos a este correo la primera circular, con las líneas temáticas principales y las fechas relevantes. Podrán encontrar la información completa del evento en la página web: 

Les agradecemos que den la máxima difusión a este mensaje y confiamos en poder disfrutar de su participación. 

Un saludo cordial,
El comité organizador

ASECS 2024 Toronto CfP

See below a message regarding the Call for Proposals for next year’s ASECS meeting

Dear ASECS members and friends,

Today’s the day! Round 2 submissions for chaired sessions for our 54th Annual Meeting (April 4-6, 2024, in Toronto) are due Monday, July 17, 2023 11:59pm ET. It’s easy to submit a session. You can find more information, including the submission form, here: Annual Meeting CfP.

The Program Committee will review sessions and we’ll send out acceptances soon thereafter.

Next up: 

Round 3, Aug. 1- Sept. 15: Open call for individual abstracts to chairs’ sessions 

Round 4, Oct. 1-15: Open call for individual papers to become part of sessions (“rehoming” abstracts that were not accepted, and inviting new individual papers) 

Make sure to check passport and visa requirements. US citizens will typically only need a valid passport for Canadian travel (check the expiration date!). Holders of other passports should check with their home countries’ state departments and the Visit Canada website for possible visa requirements.

May 2023 Announcements

ASECS Elections: Don’t forget to vote by May 23rd!

Election Slate 2023, ASECS Executive Board

As announced at the Business Meeting of the 53rd Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO, the new dates for the delayed Executive Board elections are as follows:

  • March 21st-April 18th: Publish nomination slate; open petition period
  • May 9th-May 23rd: Election period.
    Use this link to log in, using your member credentials: 2023 ASECS Elections. You can retrieve your log in information or reset your password by logging in to your profile here: ASECS Membership. Note that only members in good standing (i.e. membership dues are up to date) may vote. 

IASECS member Karen Stolley (Emory U) is running for the At-Large#2 seat.

From Madeline Sutherland-Meier for the Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas

Please contact Madeline for the Zoom link.

Estimados/as  socios/as, 

Es un placer anunciar el segundo encuentro de Coloquios del Hispanismo, la nueva actividad telemática de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas, que tendrá lugar el miércoles, 31 de mayo de 2023, a las 20 horas (horario de Europa Central).  

El título del Coloquio es Confrontando barreras de género en el siglo XIX español: literatas, filántropas y solteronas. Participarán las profesoras Catherine Jaffe (Texas State University), Gabrielle Miller (Baylor University) y Ana Rueda (University of Kentucky).  

Les mandaré el enlace unos días antes del Coloquio y lo pondré en la página web de la AIH también. 

Espero que este e-mail les encuentre bien a todos/as. 

Un cordial saludo, 


Madeline Sutherland-Meier
Secretaria General, Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas

Minutes from St. Louis, Virtual Retreat

Meeting IASECS
March 10, 2023
St Louis, MO

Attendance: Clorinda Donato, Cathy Jaffe, Oscar Ruiz Hernandez, Sahai Couso, Luis Ramos, Mariselle Melendez, Maria Carrillo Marquina, Amit Yahav, Enid Valle, Kathleen Fueger, Valentina Tikoff, Hazel Gold, Karen Stolley, Peggy Bonds, Renée Gutiérrez, Mehl Penrose, Betsy Lewis, Elena Deanda.


Travel prizes and grants (Enid Valle): 2023 María Salgado Student Travels Grants given to María Carrillo Marquina (Tulane U), Anahit Manoukian (U California – Berkeley)

Membership and finance report (Betsy Lewis): 14 regular memberships paid in 2022. End of the year balance of $5617.

ASECS Executive Committee (Cathy Jaffe):

  • ASECS 2024 Toronto: Forthcoming two models for next ASECS meeting–A thematic panel lead by a chair (usual format) or a single paper proposal to go to a pool to be organized into panels.
  • Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture is seeking clusters for publication, David Brewer is SECC editor.

Elections of 2024 Officers

President: Mehl Penrose (University of Maryland, College Park)

Vice-President: Mariselle Meléndez (U of Illinois Urbana Champaign)

At Large Members: Luis Ramos (NYU), 1 year; Hazel Gold, (Emory University), 2 years; Oscar Ruiz Hernández (U of Massachusetts Lowell), 3 years

Executive Secretary/Treasurer (2 years): Elizabeth Lewis, (University of Mary Washington)
Immediate Past President: Elena Deanda (Washington College)
Pilar G. Sáenz Student Essay Prize & María Salgado Student Travel Grants: Enid Valle, Chair of Committee (Kalamazoo College)

Webpage editor: Elizabeth Lewis, University of Mary Washington

New Business

Amendments to the IASECS Constitution approved (see attached) : Voted to accept amendments to the IASECS Constitution to allow for virtual attendance if future ASECS meetings are held virtually.

Creation of an IASECS Endowed Fund within ASECS:

Approved making a deposit from IASECS account of $4,000 to create an IASECS endowed fund. This first deposit will be made in the 2024 ASECS fiscal year which begins July 1, 2024. It is anticipated that fund will begin generating approximately $400 a year, beginning in 2027.

This fund will require three years before funds can be disbursed. In the interim, we will continue gathering yearly dues and donations to award the essay prize and travel grants.

Kathleen Fueger reported that an anonymous donor has pledged a $1000 matching donation. We will announce this challenge after the fund has been established and begin our first fundraising campaign. Donations to the endowed fund will be tax deductible (which is not the case for current donations to IASECS).

Brainstorming for Toronto

Some preliminary ideas included the following. These will be finalized at our virtual retreat in April

a. Black Legend: Cathy and Karen
b. Triangular collaborations: African, Indigenous, and European Knowledge in the Americas.
c. Channeling the Ancients: Normative representations of classical sexualities in Enlightenment Literature (“channeling” inspired by the etymology of Toronto [Mohawk “Tkoronto” meaning channel between lakes Simcoe and Couchiching).

IASECS Virtual Retreat

IASECS is planning a virtual retreat for next Wednesday, April 26, at 5pm EDT. Check your email for the Zoom link. If you don’t receive it and would like to join us, please email or message Betsy and she’ll send the link.

Agenda for IASECS Retreat on 4/26/23

1.     Brainstorming on IASECS sessions for the ASECS conference in Toronto in 2024

2.     Online Symposium: “The Spanish and Spanish American Eighteenth-Century Lecture Series” (book presentations, thematic series, stand-alone talks, etc.) 

3.     NEH grant (discussion based on Clorinda Donato’s ASECS 2023 session)

Atención a los jóvenes dieciochistas: Convocatoria IV JORNADAS INTERNACIONALES DE INVESTIGACIÓN DE JÓVENES DIECIOCHISTAS Instituto Feijoo de Estudios del Siglo XVIII (Universidad de Oviedo)


CFP MLA 2024 18th and 19th Century Iberian

Reminder of Calls for Papers for MLA 2024: Abstracts due March 17.

LLC 18th- and 19th-Century Spanish and Iberian: Calls for Papers

Politics of Celebration in 18th- and 19th-Century Spanish and Iberian Performance

We invite papers that address forms of celebration and expressions of collective joy or sorrow throu … See more

Dr. Yvonne Fuentes, PhD, U of West Georgia

Posted Tuesday, 17 January 2023

Childhood in 18th- and 19th-Century Spanish Culture

We invite papers that explore expressions of joy/sorrow through childhood in texts of Pérez Galdós a … See more

Sara Munoz-Muriana, Dartmouth C

Posted Monday, 23 January 2023

The Joy and Sadness of Traveling in 18th- and 19th-Century Spanish and Iberian Literature and Visual Culture

We invite papers addressing various forms of travel as manifested in literature and visual cultural … See more

Nicholas Wolters, Wake Forest U

Posted Monday, 30 January 2023

See you in St. Louis!!

We are looking forward to seeing many of you in St. Louis in a couple of weeks. Here are some details about our IASECS involved panels and activities during the conference. See the conference program for more details and room numbers.

IASECS Business Meeting

On Friday, March 10, following our IASECS sponsored session 4:30-6pm. (see below), we will hold our annual business meeting. Please note also that there is an Affiliates Society Reception at 6pm. We’ve been invited to get a drink and some food before our meeting. Still waiting on a room assignment for the meeting, and will update this post as soon as we know. We will do our best to get through our agenda in 45 minutes.


  • Reports (president, secretary/treasurer/awards and grants)
  • Election of Officers
  • Proposed change to the IASECS Constitution to allow for virtual meetings. See original language and proposed changes here.
  • Brief discussion of 2024 panels for Toronto and recruitment
  • Proposal to hold “Virtual Retreat” April 24 or 25, 6-7:30pm EST to finalize session panels, discuss recruitment

To be followed by dinner at Yemanja Brasil Restaurant, 2900 Missouri Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118. Price per person $51 plus tip. See menu below.


2024 IASECS-Member involved sessions in the ASECS Conference Program

Thursday, March 9:


Session 7. What’s Love Got to Do with It? I – Marriage and Money in the Eighteenth Century . Chair: Renee GUTIÉRREZ (Valentina Tikoff)


Session 39. Bodies in Motion in the Eighteenth Century
: Mariselle MELÉNDEZ (Elena Deanda)

4:30 pm

Session 60. Indigenous, Black, Asian and Mixed-Race Architects and Builders in the Eighteenth-century Americas
: Luis Gordo PELÁEZ, California State University, Fresno, and Juan Luis BURKE, University of Maryland

Session 69. Christianity, Religion, and Community-Building
: Kelly KAELIN (Luis Ramos)

Friday March 10


Session 76. Roundtable: Epistolarity; Or, The Lost Art of Letter-Writing
: Catherine JAFFE


Session 87. Race and Identity in Afro-Iberian-Latin American Literary and Visual Texts during the Eighteenth Century
: Oscar Ruiz HERNANDEZ

Session 89. Changing Course: Riverways in the Eighteenth Century
Chair: Kathleen FUEGER


Session 115. Ecologies and the Sublime [Science Studies Caucus]
: Thomas BEACHDEL (Elizabeth Lewis)

Session 125. Indigeneity across Spanish, French, Portuguese, and English Empires: Resistance, Negotiation and Collaboration. IASECS Official Session

Chair: Elena DEANDA-CAMACHO, Washington College
Respondent: Karen STOLLEY, Emory University

Saturday March 11


Session 131. Building the 18th Century: Histories of Physical Form
: Janet R. WHITE, UNLV School of Architecture (Luis GORDO PELÁEZ)


Session 149. Roundtable: Rethinking Eighteenth-century Italian Culture and Its Transnational Connections: An NEH Planning Grant Project
Chair: Clorinda DONATO, California State University, Long Beach

ASECS in St. Louis, IASECS and ASECS Dues, Join an ASECS Committee, and some sad news…

Hi everyone. We’re looking forward to seeing you in St. Louis March 9-11, 2023. Our annual IASECS business meeting will be on Friday, March 10, followed by dinner. Stay tuned for info about the dinner.

Whether you come to St. Louis or not, please remember to pay your IASECS and ASECS Dues. To pay the IASECS dues, just hit the “Donate” button on the left hand menu. That will take you to a paypal site where you can pay your $20 dues, and add a donation if you wish. We suggest at least $1 to cover the transaction fee.

Please see below a message from Cathy Jaffe, who is on the ASECS Executive Board about the St. Louis conference, ASECS dues, and volunteering for an ASECS committee:

Dear IASECS colleagues,

I hope everyone’s semester or term is off to a good start.

Our ASECS conference in St. Louis is approaching and it is very important that everyone pay their ASECS dues and register. Make your reservation at the conference hotel, because ASECS will lose money if we don’t meet our block of rooms.

ASECS depends on our membership dues! Even if you’re not able to attend the conference, you need to stay current with ASECS dues to continue to have access to ECCO, receive news and other programming, apply for awards, and vote in elections.

Join, renew, or check your membership status here:

How can YOU make a difference to our field? ASECS really wants to diversify committee membership. The Steering Committee has asked me to reach out especially to our wonderful IASECS members so that our field and interests are represented on these important committees.

If you would be willing to volunteer for a committee, you can sign up here:

Looking forward to seeing everyone in St. Louis in March!

Cathy Jaffe
ASECS Executive Board, 2020-2023.

Theodore E.D. (Ted) Braun 1933-2022

We were saddened to learn recently of the death of IASECS founder and cheerleader, Ted Braun, in December 2022.

Here is a link to a nice piece about Ted, his life, and career from the Voltaire Foundation: