ASECS Baltimore Updates

A few updates and reminders in anticipation of our upcoming annual meeting in Baltimore March 31-April 2.

Early-bird registration for ASECS in Baltimore ends today, February 7th! Here is the registration link: You can also find the draft program, and hotel information there.

Deadline for submissions to the Graduate Student Paper prize, as well as various travel grants are coming up on February 15th. Please see our page Prizes and Grants, or contact Enid Valle.

Remember to renew your dues, or join us if you haven’t done that officially yet. See the bottom of our website menu to mail in dues, or pay via Paypal under the “Donate” button.

Lastly, be on the lookout for information about our annual IASECS meeting and dinner, to be held on Friday, April 1, 2022 in Baltimore.

Updated Draft of IASECS-involved sessions at ASECS sessions in Baltimore

This post has been updated with the addition of a pre-conference teaching workshop led by Renee Gutierrez on March 30th.

Below is a listing of IASECS member involved sessions scheduled for our upcoming meeting in Baltimore, March 31-April 2, 2022. There are some of our sessions that coincide, so let Betsy know if you’d like to see if we could move a session that you chair. Some of you may know that the MLA just ended and was not a huge success with Omicron and snow. Hopefully we will fare better in March!

Sessions with IASECS members in draft ASECS program (as of 15 Dec. 2021, please let us know if we’ve missed someone)

March 30th, 1:00-4:00

Course Revision Workshop: Inclusive Approaches that Help All Students Achieve Learning Outcomes

Session II: Thursday, 31 March, 9:45-11:15 a.m.

CFP 149: Colonial Enlightenments of Enlightened Colonialisms (page [7] of draft program): Elena Deanda-Camacho & Mariselle Melendez

Session IV: Thursday, 31 March, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

CFP 163: Eighteenth-Century Port Cities (page [14] of draft program): Karen Stolley, Valentina Tikoff, & Mariselle Melendez

Session V: Thursday, 31 March, 4:15-5:45 p.m.

CFP 170: Roundtable: Early Caribbean Currents (page [17] of draft program): Omar Miranda

Session VI, Friday, 1 April, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

CFP 58: Women and Work in the Global Eighteenth Century I (pages [19-20] of draft program): Betsy Lewis & Yolopath Hernández-Torres

Session VII: Friday, 1 April, 9:45-11:15 a.m.

CFP 35: The Eighteenth-Century Last Will and Testament I (page [22] of draft program): Pamela Phillips & Yvonne Fuentes

CFP 58.1: Women and Work in the Global Eighteenth Century II (pages [22-23] of draft program): Betsy Lewis

CFP 174: Territoriality, language and power in the 18th-century Ibero-American World (page [24] of draft program) IASECS-sponsored session Cathy Jaffe & Gabriela Villanueva Noriega

Session X: Saturday, 2 April, 9:45-11:15 a.m.

CFP 87: North and South: Mapping the Eighteenth-Century Idea of Europe (pages [34-35] of draft program): Hazel Gold, Monica Bolufer, and Clorinda Donato

Session XI: Saturday, 2 April, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

CFP 147: The Unproductive—Sexualities (page [40] of draft program): Elena Deanda

Session XII: Saturday, 2 April, 3:45-5:15 p.m.

CFP 147: The The Eighteenth-Century Last Will and Testament II (page [40] of draft program): Pamela Phillips

ASECS Baltimore Paper Proposal Deadline Extended to October 8th

The Baltimore Program Committee has extended the deadline for submitting abstracts to session organizers through Friday, October 8th. We hope this will allow ample time for folks who have simply been overburdened at the start of this uncertain semester to apply to session organizers. 

IASECS involved sessions and their organizers are listed below. Please consider submitting your paper, and pass around this info to colleagues and students you think may be interested.

  • (Session 174) Territoriality, language, and power in the 18th-Century Ibero-American world. Catherine Jaffe, Texas State, University, This is our official IASECS session.
  • (Session 35) The Eighteenth-Century Last Will and Testament. Pamela Phillips, Department of Hispanic Studies, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, 46)
  • Trial by Combat: Paper, Pen, or Pistol. Yvonne Fuentes,
  • (Session 58) Women and Work in the Global Eighteenth Century. Elizabeth Franklin Lewis, University of Mary Washington,
  • (Session 81) Queerness as Contagion in Iberian and Latin American Literature Mehl A. Penrose, U of Maryland,
  • (Session 84) Out of the Shadows: Other Gothic Visions. Kathleen Fueger, Independent Scholar/Chapter 3 Copyediting & Translation,
  • (Session 87) North and South: Mapping the 18th-Century Idea of Europe. Hazel Gold, Emory University,
  • (Session 143) Castrati: Science, Surgery, and Sexuality (Roundtable). Clorinda Donato, California State University, Long Beach,
  • (Session 149) Colonial Enlightenments or Enlightened Colonialisms. Elena Deanda,
  • (Session 163) Eighteenth-Century Port Cities Karen Stolley (Emory University); Valentina Tikoff (DePaul University)
  • ASECS Town Hall August 18, CFP 2022 ASECS in Baltimore

    Wednesday, August 18 from 4-5:30pm ET, there will be a Town Hall discussion for ASECS members. The agenda is posted here: You may sign up to attend the Town Hall, by adding your name to this google form. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to write to this address:

    Also the Call for Papers for the 2022 ASECS Annual Meeting, to be held in Baltimore, March 31- April 2, 2022, is out. Proposals should be sent to session organizer by September 17, 2021.

    Below is a list of sessions proposed by IASECS members. If you organized a session that is not listed and would like it announced on this website, just let Betsy Lewis know (

    • (Session 174) Territoriality, language, and power in the 18th-Century Ibero-American world. Catherine Jaffe, Texas State, University, This is our official IASECS session.
    • (Session 35) The Eighteenth-Century Last Will and Testament. Pamela Phillips, Department of Hispanic Studies, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras,
    • (Session 46) Trial by Combat: Paper, Pen, or Pistol. Yvonne Fuentes,
    • (Session 58) Women and Work in the Global Eighteenth Century. Elizabeth Franklin Lewis, University of Mary Washington,
    • (Session 81) Queerness as Contagion in Iberian and Latin American Literature Mehl A. Penrose, U of Maryland,
    • (Session 84) Out of the Shadows: Other Gothic Visions. Kathleen Fueger, Independent Scholar/Chapter 3 Copyediting & Translation,
    • (Session 87) North and South: Mapping the 18th-Century Idea of Europe. Hazel Gold, Emory University,
    • (Session 143) Castrati: Science, Surgery, and Sexuality (Roundtable). Clorinda Donato, California State University, Long Beach,
    • (Session 149) Colonial Enlightenments or Enlightened Colonialisms. Elena Deanda,
    • (Session 163) Eighteenth-Century Port Cities Karen Stolley (Emory University); Valentina Tikoff (DePaul University)

    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!

    IASECS at ASECS 2021

    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”

    ASECS Orlando March 22-25, 2018 CFP IASECS related panels

    Please see the ASECS webpage for full submission details


    Call for Papers
    49th ASECS Annual Meeting
    Orlando, FL
    March 22-25, 2018

    Session Descriptions
    Proposals for papers should be sent directly to the session chairs no later than 15 September 2017. Please include your telephone number and e-mail address. The session chair should be informed of any audio-visual needs and special scheduling requests. Presentations by younger and untenured scholars are warmly encouraged. Session chairs are reminded that all papers received up to the deadline MUST be considered. Please do not announce that the panel is closed prior to the 15 September deadline.

    Chairs have until 30 September to send the names of participants, their e-mail addresses and the titles of their papers to the ASECS Business Office: (Fax: 716-878-5700).

    The Society’s rules permit members to present only one paper at the meeting. Members may, in addition to presenting a paper, serve as a session chair, or a respondent, or a panel discussant, but they may not present a paper in those sessions they also chair. No member may appear more than twice in the program. Please be reminded that if you submit a paper proposal to more than one session, you must notify all the chairs to whom you have made a submission. If you fail to notify the session chairs, they will have the right to decide between themselves in which session the paper will be presented or whether the paper will be excluded entirely. All participants must be members in good standing of ASECS or a constituent society of ISECS. Membership must be current by September 30, 2017, for a participant to be included in the printed program and to receive pre-registration materials. Members of constituent societies of ISECS must furnish a snail mail address (to to receive pre-registration materials.

    1. “Contesting the Caribbean: Caught between Empires” (Roundtable). Renee Gutiérrez, Longwood University;
    A confusion of influences from many empires roiled the Caribbean early on, even among competing indigenous tribes prior to the arrival of the Europeans, and those influences left their mark on the area throughout the 18th century. What happens when imperial powers collide on land and at sea? How can our disciplinary narratives be challenged by tracking different imperial agents and examining different protonational voices? This roundtable will be constructed so as to foster an interdisciplinary dialog across multiple
    academic fields, discussing the impact of imperial projects in the Caribbean. All disciplines are welcome: literature, history, art history, linguistics, etc. To start (but by no means limit) your thinking, consider these questions: Who were the winners and losers in the Caribbean? Who controlled Caribbean economies and how? How did power shift, and how were those shifts explained? Who ruled Caribbean ports and their cities? Who resisted the imperial reach of Spain, France, and England? How were contesting narratives constructed and how did they circulate?

    7. “Bull! Tauromachy in the Enlightenment” Ana Rueda, University of Kentucky;
    Bullfighting has generated abundant commentary and controversy. Rousseau credited bullfighting with keeping alive a certain “vigour” in the Spanish people, while other writers linked bullfights to Spain’s backwardness and refusal to embrace the Enlightenment. The Bourbons disapproved of them for their barbaric nature, but corridas were held in commemorative festivities and served to vindicate national identity against the foreign gaze. The spectacle waned among the aristocracy, yet grew in popularity among the masses in the Iberian Peninsula and parts of France. In Spanish America bullfighting prevailed as an uninterrupted local tradition since the conquistadores introduced it in the early 1500s. How does bullfighting in its different forms enlighten us about national identity in the Enlightenments of Spain, Portugal, France, Mexico
    or Venezuela? How do we reconcile the ferocity of bullfights with the demarcations between rationality and irrationality as epistemic and moral phenomena? Goya sketched colorful bullfighting scenes in his Tauromaquia series, but The Death of the Picador (1793), depicting gruesome agony in a moment of pure terror, suggests an aberration of the national pastime. This panel seeks to explore the ritual of tauromachy and the taurine subject in order to determine the place of this tradition in enlightened societies and nations.

    11. “Currents of Empire: Toward a Global Material Culture” Douglas Fordham, University of Virginia; Monica Anke Hahn, Temple University; Emily Casey, University of Delaware;
    This panel calls for papers that consider how the material turn can or should inflect the global turn in early modern cultural history. In art history, scholars have increasingly embraced the importance of things and their materiality to questions of cultural construction and exchange. Together, paintings, prints, and sculpture, alongside other types of visual and material culture, can be used as evidence to reconstruct complex networks of power, exchange, and identity performance that freshly illuminate the geographies and time periods of art historical study. “Currents of Empire” asks contributors to consider how the transoceanic movement of objects enlarges our understanding of the entangled histories of the empires of Britain, Spain, and France, and first nation communities in the Americas, Oceania, and the Pacific Rim. How do things support and trouble the performance of imperial and native colonial identities in a global world? Especially encouraged are proposals that expand traditional boundaries—geopolitical, cultural, art historical—in order to reexamine and enrich the growing interdisciplinary conversation around material culture and global exchange in the Age of Empires.

    28. “Here, There, or Anywhere: Eighteenth-Century Senses of Place” Pamela Phillips, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras;
    This panel considers the multiplicity of ways “sense of place” works itself out in the eighteenth century. Topics addressed may include but are not limited to: place attachment, abandonment, and dependence; the relation between individual or community identity and physical environment; the desire to stay vs. the start of a more
    mobile modern society; the process of assigning meaning to a physical space; the emergence of new communities alongside established places; eighteenth-century sense of responsibility to place; memory and place. Proposals from an array of disciplines are especially encouraged.

    29. “1808: The Peninsular War, aka The Spanish War of Independence” (Roundtable) Yvonne Fuentes;
    The abdication of Charles IV of Spain in favor of his son Fernando VII took place in March of 1808. On May 2nd, the people of Madrid rose against the French troops, and the retaliation of the following day would be immortalized in Goya’s painting, El tres de mayo. Consequently, by the end of that same month Joseph Bonaparte sat on the Spanish throne. The crisis in sovereignty caused by the collapse of the Spanish monarchy led the allied powers of Spain, Britain and Portugal to mount offensive attacks, counterattacks, and eventually defeat the great imperial forces in a war that lasted six long years; a war known as both the Peninsular War and the Spanish War of Independence. We invite participants from different disciplines to explore the many facets and actors in these theatres of war. Additionally, we would like to address the following questions: What does each space highlight? To whom would one or the other nomenclature appeal?
    Can they be physical and/or imaginary spaces? We are particularly interested in textual and visual representations of events that resulted in or from those circumstances, and especially those based on or containing conflicting interpretations.

    39. “They were Warned and Yet They Persisted” Yvonne Fuentes;
    Like today, opposition, resistance, and protest was everywhere in the eighteenth century and took many forms: caricatures, anonymous libels and lampoons, protest songs, and even street riots; and the real or imagined grievances were also multiple. For example, rising prices of bread and other food staples in England, France, and Spain were behind the many riots throughout the century. While the “new” policies on hats and coats resulted in the Esquilache Riots in Madrid, the displeasure with foreign competition and attacks on silk weavers’ looms in London brought about the Spitalfields riots and executions. Similarly, we must not forget that the taxes on lead, glass, paint, paper and tea would be one of the causes of our own Boston Tea Party. Eighteenth century public opinion was strong, and the will of the people was expressed in both indirect and direct ways. We invite papers that explore popular protest, opposition, and resistance in any medium. We are particularly interested in connections between real and/or fake news as part of the rise of the press and the attempt to shape public opinion, as well as scandals, and other causes of protests.

    43. “Art, Alchemy, and Royal Rivalry: The Eighteenth-Century Manufactory” Tara Zanardi, Hunter College, City University of New York;
    The long eighteenth century witnessed the foundation of countless royally-sponsored manufactories, including porcelain, tapestry, and glass. The majority of the objects produced were destined for royal consumption to decorate palatial residences in the crafting of fashionable interiors or to stage grand performances of royal prowess and taste. Many of these goods were used as diplomatic gifts, from individual works to large sets. The dissemination of these objects contributed to the intense rivalry that was inherent in the factories as one monarch attempted to outdo another. Thus, scientific experimentation, secrecy, artistic collaboration, and emulation were key components of these institutions as kings and queens fostered technical ingenuity. What were the different modes of production employed by royals to generate innovation? How did such manufacture suggest a monarch’s command over natural or man-made materials and help to forge a particular royal identity? What problems existed within the factories, such as the lack of commercial viability, the shortage of appropriate materials, and power struggles with guilds and non-royally sponsored manufactories? How did the production of these objects participate in economic debates or in broader geopolitical conflicts? Papers should engage with these or related issues surrounding the eighteenth-century manufactory.

    90. “Enlightenment Censorship” Theodore E. D. Braun, University of Delaware;
    Censorship was an international phenomenon during the long eighteenth century (identified here as 1650- 1850), not only in Catholic countries or by the Inquisition, but in all nations worldwide. Its targets varied but usually included interpretations of the dominant religion, attacks against the reigning monarch or the political establishment, pornography, varying moral judgments, and the like. This panel seeks three papers on
    censorship within this period and from more than just one nation or language group. Besides major authors censored it will be of interest to see less-known figures who were likewise censored, and what the results of the censorship were (suppression in part or in entirety of a work? imprisonment or even torture and/or death of the author involved? or other consequences, such as loss of patronage or of an office?).

    117. “Objects of Pleasure or The Pleasure of Objects” Enid Valle, Kalamazoo College;
    Notions of decoration, order, taste, imagination, meaning, commerce, and cultural exchanges, may be gleaned from objects that provide pleasure to all of society whether they be from the aristocracy or from the merchant classes. Material objects that can be found in royalty’s quarters, commercial outfits, and private residences, may reveal cultural appropriations, and creative designs such as the chinoiserie. Objects of pleasure can also be found in textual and visual representations, such as those that appear in newspapers, commercial documents, traveler logs, testaments and wills, letters, biographies, diaries, narratives and paintings. In both the public and private spheres, objects of pleasure are displayed, collected, hidden, bought, sold, exchanged, but most importantly are acquired and consumed. This session welcomes interdisciplinary proposals that weave together notions of aesthetics, business, consumerism, history, narratives and politics in order to explore the impact of these objects of pleasure.

    118. “Creeds, Confessions, and Conversions: Enlightenment Contact Zones Revisited” Hazel Gold, Emory University;
    While the Enlightenment has commonly been associated with the drive toward religious liberalism and secularism, conflicts among religious belief systems continued to exert significant influence over individuals and their societies: either through the existence of multiple religious communities within the nation state or as the result of religious encounters that occurred through travel in an increasingly global eighteenth century. This
    panel invites papers that consider anew how individuals, churches, and governments negotiated engagements that arose in Enlightenment contact zones where differing structures of religious belief (or non-belief) interacted in contexts of largely asymmetrical power relations. Based on specific instantiations – Catholic- Protestant rivalries; debates between followers of Deism and traditional Christianity; Christian interactions with
    Jews or Muslims; Western exchanges with indigenous religions, among other possible examples – what were favored strategies for expressing or repressing dissent by religious minorities? Did these encounters ever conclude in rapprochement or only in unresolved polemic or outright, sometimes violent containment? In an environment of multiconfessional rivalry, what role did conversion play? More generally, how might scholars rethink the place of religious enthusiasms in the political, cultural, or moral life of Enlightenment societies?

    123. “Letting the Cat out of the Bag: The Cultural Work of Eighteenth-Century Pets” Joanna M. Gohmann, The Walters Art Museum, AND Karissa Bushman, University of Alabama Huntsville; and
    Despite scientific, philosophic, and social efforts to define and preserve a clear boundary between humans and animals, eighteenth-century pets, like our modern-day companions, defied this categorization. Madame du Deffand’s cats, William Hogarth’s pug, and the Duchess of Alba’s bichon frise were integral to expressions of their owner’s identity. Owners indulged their creatures in human luxuries like miniaturized human furnitures,
    porcelain dishware, fancy outfits, and pricy jewelry, which firmly embedded the creature within the owner world. In Histoire Naturelle, Buffon explains that animals embody their masters’ traits, stating: “the dog is … haughty with the great and rustic with the peasant.” But, what do animals do for the owner? Do masters adopt traits of the pet? What cultural work do pets perform? Responding to such works as Martin Kemp’s The Human Animal in Western Art and Science (2007), Jacques Berchtold and Jean-Luc Guichet’s edited volume L’animal des Lumières (2010), and Louise Robbins’s Elephant Slaves and Pampered Pets (2002), this panel seeks to deepen the dialogue of Animal Studies by considering pets’ agency and impact on the material and historical world. This panel seeks to address a diverse array of domesticated, companion animals from many cultures and invites participants from all disciplines.

    141. “Theorizing Eighteenth-Century Disability” (Roundtable) (Disability Studies Caucus) Travis Chi Wing Lau, University of Pennsylvania AND Madeline Sutherland-Meier, University of Texas at Austin; and
    This panel continues a conversation that began at the 2017 ASECS Disability Caucus panel, “Crip Futurities.” As Chris Mounsey has suggested, disability studies has long depended on the nineteenth-century concept of the norm. Yet how do we theorize disability before it has become, to put it in Vin Nardizzi’s words, “the master trope of human disqualification”? We invite papers to theorize disability from the eighteenth
    century. Papers may consider representations of disability and disability writing in the eighteenth century and/or conceptualize a disability studies method from an eighteenth-century standpoint. How might the eighteenth century offer antecedents to the concepts of the normative or compulsory able-bodiedness? How do disabled writers like William Hay provide models of disability thinking and identity that might challenge more presentist understandings of disability that currently dominate disability studies methodologies? How do eighteenth-century representations of bodily variability help to better nuance histories of disability?

    151. “The Eighteenth Century and the Present Crisis” (Roundtable) (Race and Empire Studies Caucus)
    Sal Nicolazzo, University of California, San Diego;
    Scholars of race and empire will recognize in today’s political moment an intensifying of ongoing structures ofviolence and expropriation long subject to critical analysis. How can scholars of race and empire bring theircritical capacities to bear on the present political moment, at the most local level of our work as teachers and scholars? We may understand the narratives of “Western civilization” employed by fascists, white supremacists and nationalists, but what can we do about it? We may recognize the interplays of race, empire and capitalism underpinning the modern nation-state system, but what do we do when we, our students and our colleagues are targeted by anti-immigrant violence, state-sanctioned or otherwise? How might the texts, objects or histories we teach become sources of hope, resilience and even of a capacity to imagine a radically different future? This panel asks how we put our collective insight to work in our classrooms, campuses, and public spheres. We welcome practical roadmaps for action, lessons learned in organizing or teaching, critical/theoretical interventions in pedagogy, analytical insights that can mobilize, inspire, or caution us in our political work, and more. The format will be 7-8 minute flash talks that aim to stimulate discussion.

    152. “Life and Death, in and across Race and Empire” (Roundtable) (Race and Empire Studies Caucus) Tony Brown, University of Minnesota;
    Building on recent work concerned with biopolitics (Agamben, Esposito, Butler) and social death, afropessimism and necropolitics (Hartman, Sexton, Mbembe), this roundtable asks: What purchase does the bio or necro-political have in approaching questions of race and empire? We especially welcome proposals attending to empire beyond the Anglophone world (such as the Spanish, Portuguese, French, German or
    Dutch) or beyond the Western (such as the Algonquin, Mexica, Kalinago or Khoikhoi).

    173. “Back to Black: Goya and Color” (Ibero-American Society on Eighteenth-Century Studies (IASECS)
    Elena Deanda, Washington College;
    Taking the Black Paintings by Francisco de Goya as a point of departure, this panel will investigate the role played by color (or its lack thereof) in his work and/or the works of other eighteenth century painters and artists. From darkness to lightness passing through the whole gamut of colors, we welcome papers that explore the intersections of philosophy and color; morals, ethics, and color; psychology and color; and color and other disciplines, as they were expressed primarily in eighteenth century painting but also in other artistic expressions. As light became the central trope that defined a whole century, emanating from the seminal work by Sir Isaac Newton called Opticks, written in 1704, to the Theory of Color by Goethe in 1810, we will ponder the value and performance of light and darkness, chromaticism and perception, with the goal to better
    understand a unique dimension of el Siglo de las Luces.