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 2023 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:

Meeting of the IASECS Executive Board, and ad hoc Committee to revise the IASECS Constitution

October 12, 2022 4-5pm, via Zoom

In attendance: Elena Deanda, Luis Ramos, Mehl Penrose, Hazel Gold, Karen Stolley, Enid Valle, Betsy Lewis

This meeting of members of the IASECS Executive Board plus volunteers appointed at the Business Meeting in Baltimore met virtually via Zoom to discuss amendments to the IASECS Constitution to allow for virtual business meetings in the future.
Elena Deanda (IASECS President) circulated a google doc copy of the current constitution, with suggested wording for prior comment. The members in attendance at the Zoom meeting went through the suggested changes and comments on the document, which we will present at the next IASECS Business meeting in St. Louis. If passed by the membership present in St. Louis, these changes will allow for conducting business and elections in person or virtually in the future. Elena circulated recordings of the meeting and the google doc again to members who were not able to attend the virtual meeting.

The group also discussed ways to encourage more graduate student and young scholar participation in IASECS, as well as more collaboration with international colleagues. Ideas included increasing the number or size of travel grants, hosting virtual presentations (possibly jointly with international colleagues), and extending a travel award to an international scholar.

The group agreed to meet again in mid-November and mid-January, and to send out a formal motion to amend the constitution to the membership in February, ahead of our in-person business meeting March 10, 2023 in St. Louis, when we will vote on the changes.

New issue of Dieciocho, ASECS deadline for St Louis proposals extended to October 24

The latest issue (45.2) of Dieciocho Hispanic Enlightenment is available. Here is the direct link: Articles include:

Jaffe, Catherine M. and Elisa Martín-Valdepeñas Yagüe. “Enlightenment Utility and Feminine Community: The Junta de Damas de Honor y Mérito of the Real Sociedad Económica Matritense.” 191-214.

Ruiz Hernández, Óscar. “Aberraciones ilustradas: Economía, educación moral y discapacidad en el teatro español de finales del dieciocho.” 215-242.

Cebrián, José. “Texto crítico de La toma de Granada de Viera y Clavijo.” 243-284.

Salas Salgado, Francisco. “La presencia del mito clásico en El beso de Abibina de Graciliano Afonso Naranjo.” 285-306.

Carrillo-Marquina, María. “Cajitas de rapé: Miniature Social Landscapes and Imperial Dreaming.” 307-322

Given the impact of Hurricane Ian on colleagues’ lives on the East Coast, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies has decided to extend the deadline for submissions for the spring conference in St. Louis to Monday, Oct. 24, 2022 11:59pm ET.

Reminders: ASECS Proposals Due October 3rd

See message below from the Executive Director of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies:

26 Sept. 2022

Dear colleagues,

I know it’s a busy time of year, and it’s easy to forget a deadline, so let me remind you: the deadline for submissions to #ASECS2023 is just a week away: Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.

  • If you have already submitted an abstract, thank you so much! Chairs will be reviewing submissions through the deadline, and you’ve helped them get started on that process.
  • If you haven’t submitted an abstract yet, chairs are looking forward to seeing your abstracts and will consider all submissions through the deadline!

A couple reminders:

  • Our conference is March 9-11, 2023, and will take place at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in St. Louis. We’ll update our conference website with information as we have it in addition to sending out emails: ASECS Annual Meeting
  • All applications must be submitted through our online system this year. You can find the link on our website and the list of available sessions: CfP ASECS 2023. You can upload your abstract there, or just copy/paste it in the text box. It’s very easy, and you can email the chairs if you have questions. (Email me if you have technical questions or needs!)
  • You can apply to up to two sessions. Here are some guidelines:
    • Make sure you note that you are submitting two separate applications, and that you note that you’re applying to two sessions – that will help us stay organized.
    • You can only present one paper, so if you’re accepted to two panels, you and the chairs can work together to help you select the one you participate in.
    • You may present one paper and sit on a roundtable (or any other non-panel sessions, like poster sessions and special sessions). 
  • Memberships are based on the fiscal year and not the calendar year (July 1-June 30). You can see how to renew your membership (or check the state of yours via your profile) on our membership page: ASECS Membership
  • Our Twitter and Facebook accounts are increasingly active – thank you to everyone who follows us, reposts and shares our messages, tags us, and uses the hashtag #ASECS2023 to highlight our conference!
  • I’ll be in St. Louis for a site visit Oct. 24-25, 2022. If you’re in that area, please send me an email and I’ll follow up with an invitation to get together with other colleagues.
  • I’m always happy to answer questions and get feedback on the conference or any other part of the work we do, or just to chat. Send me an email, or suggest a time we can chat on the phone or via Zoom.

Distinti saluti –


Benita Blessing, PhD | Executive Director |