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.


Spring 2017 Newsletter

Dear IASECS Members,
Hello again to all who attended ASECS in Minneapolis. To those who were unable to attend this year’s meeting, we hope to see you next spring in Orlando.
The ASECS program this year featured 20 (yes, 20!) sessions in which IASECS members were organizers and/or participants. The topics reflected the varied interests of our members, and many sessions included scholars from other disciplines and/or national literatures. The IASECS session this year was in honor of one of our founders, Ted Braun. Entitled “Ilustrados y Afrancesados: A Session in Honor of Professor Theodore E.D. Braun,” it was organized and chaired by Betsy Lewis. The high point of the session was the presentation by Ted himself, in which he spoke of his life and career. We all found his comments about his
family (his parents, his wife and daughter) especially touching. Paying tribute to Ted at a conference in Minneapolis was far more fitting than we realized
when Betsy initially proposed the session. As she looked into the history of our organization, she found that it had been was founded at an ASECS meeting in Minneapolis in 1991. So, in a way, we have come full circle, and Ted can be justly proud of the organization he helped bring into being. This year, rather than 4 people giving papers to one another, there were over 30! And each year we welcome new members.

The IASECS session was held immediately before the Business Meeting, and in Ted’s honor, the Wig Society made an early appearance at the session. For those of you not able to attend, this year the wigs—ravishing as always—were decorated with miniature sailboats and pooping moose (yes, you read that correctly), purchased at the Mall of America. Our tribute to Ted continued during the Business Meeting. Cathy Jaffe, Secretary-Treasurer, presented Ted with a Jefferson Cup on behalf of IASECS. It was engraved, “T.E.D. Braun, Ibero-American Society for 18th-Century Studies.” Longtime IASECS members Peggy
Bonds and Clorinda Donato both spoke in appreciation of Ted. As always, we elected new officers and discussed topics for sessions next year. Remember proposals are due by May 15.

Our annual dinner was held right after the meeting at Spoonriver, a restaurant located just a few blocks from the Mississippi River in the Old Mill section of Minneapolis. This year we had 33 in attendance. A special thank you to Cathy, who has been our Secretary-Treasurer and done the hard work of keeping things going for the past six years.
We will reconvene in Orlando, March 22-25, 2018. Get your mouse ears ready!
Un abrazo,
Madeline Sutherland-Meier

Recap of IASECS Business Meeting

2017 Officers:
President: Madeline Sutherland-Meier, The University of Texas at Austin
Vice President: Renee Gutiérrez, Longwood University
Secretary/Treasurer: Cathy Jaffe, Texas State University (1 year)
Member-at-Large: (3 years): Elena Deanda, Washington College
Member at-Large: (2 years): Clorinda Donato, California State University-Long Beach
Member-at-Large:(1 year): Mehl Penrose, University of Maryland
Immediate past President: Yvonne Fuentes, University of West Georgia
President 2 yrs ago: Hazel Gold, Emory University
Pilar G. Sáenz Student Essay Prize & María Salgado Student Travel Grants: Enid Valle, Chair of Committee, Kalamazoo College
Webpage editor: Betsy Lewis, University of Mary Washington
Members in attendance 2017
Welcome to our new members!
1. Mehl Penrose
2. Clorinda Donato
3. Hazel Gold
4. David Slade
5. Kevin Sedeño-Guillén
6. Kathleen Fueger
7. Margaret Ewalt
8. Karissa Bushman
9. Frieda Koeninger
10. Mehl Penrose
11. Betsy Lewis
12. Yolopattli Hernández Torres
13. Nicholas Wolters
14. Sean Gullickson
15. Renee Gutiérrez
16. Ana Rueda
17. Yvonne Fuentes
18. Pamela Phillips
19. Karen Stolley
20. Ana María Díaz Burgos
21. Susan Deans-Smith
22. Enid Valle
23. Gaby Miller
24. Mariselle Meléndez
25. Elena Deanda
26. Madeline Sutherland-Meier
27. Cathy Jaffe
28. Peggy Bond

Enid Valle reported that the María Salgado Travel Grant was awarded to Verónica Múñoz Nájar, University of California, Berkeley, who was unfortunately unable to attend the conference.

There were no submissions for the Pilar Sáenz Student Essay Prize. Please mentor your students and help them revise and submit essays for the award. We voted to raise the award amount to $300.
We have THREE prizes/grants. Please encourage your students to apply for the
student essay prize.
1. Pilar G. Sáenz Student Essay Prize ($300.00 + IASECS 1-year membership)
2. María Salgado Student Travel Grants (up to $400);
3. ASECS Registration Fee Grant (two awards). Funds for the travel and
registration grants are disbursed after reading a paper at the ASECS.
We held elections for calendar year 2018. Our bylaws stipulate that members must be present at the convention to be elected. Congratulations to our new officers for 2018:

Vice President, Frieda Koeninger, Sam Houston State
Member-at-large: (3 yrs): Kevin Sedeño-Guillén, University of Kentucky
Secretary/Treasurer (3 yrs.): Betsy Lewis, University of Mary Washington

We presented T.E.D. Braun, University of Delaware, with a commemorative Jefferson Cup to recognize his unflagging support for IASECS and his crucial role in its founding in 1990.

Panel proposals are due to ASECS by MAY 15, 2017. So that we can request that our sessions not be scheduled opposite each other, please also copy your proposal to Cathy Jaffe . Anyone may present a panel proposal. Suggested titles/themes for panels and those who will prepare abstracts are as follows:

  • 1808: Consequences of Aranjuez. Fables, Tales, and Caricatures of Opposition and Protest (Yvonne Fuentes)
  • Contesting Empires and Ports in the Caribbean (Renee Gutiérrez)
  • Goya (Elena Deanda) [official IASECS session]
  • Bull! Tauromachy in the Enlightenment (Ana Rueda)
  • Climate, Ecology, Natural Disasters (Mariselle Meléndez)
  • Multiconfessionality (Hazel Gold)

Betsy Lewis has launched an IASECS webpage and Facebook page.
NOTE: The official email distribution list is still
If you are not on the list, please write to Cathy Jaffe (

Dieciocho is now published digitally and is free.

The ASECS Women’s Caucus will hold its 2nd Masked Ball in Orlando. The first ball was a huge success in Williamsburg. Rumor has it that Doña Enid Valle was a much soughtafter dance partner. Get your wigs, fans, tricorns, and canes ready! Ask your theater departments for a costume or bring your own (Spanish or Latin American) 18th-century attire.

The Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (WSECS) will hold its conference “Conversing among the Ruins: the Persistence of the Baroque” February 16-17, 2018, at UNLV / Las Vegas, NV. For more information, visit

“La Ciencia Literaria Europea en Tiempos de Juan Andrés (1740-1817)”
(Historia de la literatura, literatura comparada, teoría y crítica literarias, retórica, bibliografía, edición de textos y hermenéutica ) de Salamanca , 29-30 de noviembre y 1 de diciembre de 2017. CONVOCATORIA Las propuestas de participación con comunicación serán enviadas antes del 30 de
abril de 2017 por correo electrónico a la dirección La aceptación de las propuestas se anunciará antes del 15 de mayo de 2017.

The journal Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture Vol 48 welcomes Ibero-American submissions. The SECC editor Eve T. Bannet (University of Oklahoma) especially asked us to remind IASECS members to submit articles based on papers presented at ASECS or any affiliate society conference this year. Individuals may submit 7,000-9,000 word articles, including endnotes. Articles are usually written in English but other modern European languages are also accepted. SECC also encourages joint submission of clusters of 3-4 5,000-
6,000 word papers from panels. These papers must be submitted together, with an introduction by the organizer. Guidelines for Submission: conference papers presented at regional and national meetings of ASECS and its affiliate societies between JULY 1, 2016 and JUNE 30, 2017 are eligible. The FIRM deadline for submission of single articles or clusters of articles is August 18, 2017.
Electronic submission is preferred.

Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Spring 2015 Newsletter

President’s message, Hazel Gold (Emory University)

This year’s ASECS meeting, held in Los Angeles, CA, marked another successful encounter among scholars and teachers of the long eighteenth century. IASECS members had the opportunity to share their work on panels dedicated exclusively to the history and culture of the Ibero-American eighteenth century as well as sessions that were transnational in scope. The ensuing dialogues that emerged as colleagues discussed their current research were intellectually exciting and reinforced the sense of scholarly community that IASECS has been able to foster.

This year there were somewhat fewer sessions that were officially sponsored by IASECS or organized by our members, and the number of members attending the conference was also somewhat smaller. Such annual fluctuations are not uncommon, but perhaps for next year’s meeting in Pittsburgh, PA we will have a stronger representation of our association. The date for submission of session proposals for the 2016 meeting is June 1, 2015, and I would encourage everyone to consider either proposing a session or responding to the calls for papers (abstracts are usually due by September 15). A number of ideas for sessions were discussed at the business meeting in LA, so look for the CFPs that will be posted on the ASECS website and included in Vickie Cutting’s regular weekly e-mails.

Of course, many IASECS members are also regular participants in the annual MLA convention. The MLA recently approved an overhaul of its structure of divisions and discussion groups—now called forums— which will be rolled out with the 2016 meeting in Austin, TX. These forums will be reviewed every five years; new additional forums may be proposed starting with the 2018 convention. There will also be a new kind of session—the three-year seminar—that is focused on specialized topics that demand sustained attention beyond what is offered by the current special session format. The three-year seminar will be introduced in the 2018 convention. Forums of particular interest to IASECS members include:

• 18th-Century (Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies)

• Romantic and 19th-Century (Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies)

• Atlantic (Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies)

• Hemispheric American (Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies)

• Colonial Latin American (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)

• 18th- and 19th-Century Spanish and Iberian (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)

There are two points of note that I would like to acknowledge, one looking to the future and the other to the past of our society. Thanks to David Gies’s hard work and foresight, the journal Dieciocho has transitioned to an exclusively electronic format ( As an open-access journal that is available to everyone, Dieciocho is assured of continuing in its role as one of the principal venues for the dissemination and exchange of scholarship dealing with the Ibero-American eighteenth century. And, thanks to Karen Stolley’s efforts, IASECS members officially recognized the the society’s founding mothers, Pilar Sáenz and María Salgado, through a generous donation made to the ASECS Shirley Bill Endowed Fund.

Just one more expression of thanks, to Betsy Lewis, who arranged our group dinner in Los Angeles at Ledlow’s: the food was terrific and the atmosphere was especially convivial. ¡Gracias, Betsy! I’m already looking forward to next year’s conference, and to seeing everyone. If you know of graduate students or fellow colleagues whose research is oriented to the Ibero-American long eighteenth century but are not yet members of IASECS, please do encourage them to contact Cathy Jaffe and join this wonderful scholarly community.

Recap of IASECS Business Meeting
Los Angeles, CA, March 20, 2015

2015 Officers:
President: Hazel Gold, Emory University-
Vice President: Yvonne Fuentes, University of West Georgia –
Executive Secretary/Treasurer: Cathy Jaffe, Texas State University— (3 years)
Member-at-Large: (3 years) Mehl Penrose, University of Maryland –
Member at-Large: (2 years): Madeline Sutherland-Meier, Univeresity of Texas at Austin—
Member-at-Large:(1 year): David Slade, Berry College—
Immediate past President: Kathleen Fueger:
President two years ago: Betsy Lewis:
Pilar G. Sáenz Student Essay Prize & María Salgado Student Travel Grants: Enid Valle, (Chair of Committee) Kalamazoo College –

Members in attendance 2015
Clorinda Donato
Yvonne Fuentes
Renee Gutiérrez Madeline Sutherland-Meier
Peggy Bonds Mark Malin
Elena Deana Gloria Eive
Karen Stolley Cathy Jaffe
Betsy Lewis Ted Braun
Enid Valle Hazel Gold

Hazel Gold welcomed the members of IASECS. She announced that IASECS members generously contributed to endow the Shirley Bill Endowed Fund in recognition of our great teachers Pilar Sáenz and María Salgado.

Regarding this endowment, Karen Stolley wrote:

Pilar, now retired from George Washington University, and María, now retired from the University of North Carolina, exemplify everything that the Shirley Bill Endowed Fund represents—excellence in scholarship, teaching, mentoring and leadership in the growing community of scholars of the Ibero-American eighteenth century.

Hazel noted that the $40 remaining from the donations will be donated to the IASECS travel funds. Thanks to Karen Stolley for coordinating this effort.

2. IASECS FINANCIAL REPORT 2014 (submitted by Cathy Jaffe, Secretary/Treasurer)
Balance January 2014 $1,952.09
Dues and donations collected:
(19 members paying dues $280
donations $740) +1020.00
payment out: student travel award ($300),
essay prize + Dieciocho subscription ($290),
IASECS Williamsburg concert payment ($1,500): -2,090.00
Balance December 2014 $882.09

Enid Valle reported that there were no applicants for the María Salgado Travel Grant.

The Pilar Sáenz Student Essay was awarded to María Virginia Acuña (Universityof Toronto) for her essay entitled “Ay, infelice de mi”: Love, Pain and Passion in the Zarzuela Apolo y Dafne (c. 1700).”

There was discussion regarding offering to pay for conference registration for the winner of the student essay award.

We now have THREE prizes/grants. Please encourage your students and your colleagues’ students to apply for the student essay prize.

1. Pilar G. Sáenz Student Essay Prize ($250.00 + IASECS 1-year membership)
2. María Salgado Student Travel Grants (up to $400);
3. ASECS Registration Fee Grant (two $120.00 awards). Funds for the travel and registration grants are disbursed AFTER reading a paper at the ASECS meeting and submitting the receipts.

Betsy Lewis offered to set up a basic IASECS webpage and Facebook page. We were informed that the ASECS webpage will shortly be updated and revamped. It will offer a place for affiliate societies to link their own pages. Cathy Jaffe will produce a basic newsletter to send through the list serve and to post on the webpage. The new IASECS webpage is:

5. IASECS SESSIONS AND OTHER PANELS FOR THE ASECS Conference in Pittsburgh, March 31-April 3, 2016.
Panel proposals are due to ASECS by June 1. Suggested titles/themes for panels and those who will prepare abstracts are as follows:

  1. Stories from the Archives (roundtable)(Yvonne Fuentes) ) [official IASECS session]
  2. Labor, Mining, Machines, Industry (Hazel Gold)
  3. Publishing Spanish Language Books: Elsewhere (Enid Valle) [official IASECS session]
  4. Comedias sueltas and Popular Culture (Madeline Sutherland-Meier)
  5. Eighteenth-Century Feminisms (roundtable) (Cathy Jaffe and Betsy Lewis)
  6. Unfinished Enlightenment Projects (Karen Stolley)

Elections for the 2015-2106 year were held. We were reminded that our bylaws stipulate that members must be present at the convention to be elected. Our new officers for next year will be:
Vice President, Madeline Sutherland-Meier, The University of Texas at Austin Member at-Large: (1 year): Renee Gutiérrez, Longwood University (to replace Madeline Sutherland-Meier)
Member-at-large: (3 yrs): Clorinda Donato


  • Dieciocho is now published digitally and is free.
  •  The XIX Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas (AIH) 2016 conference will be in Münster, Germany, 11-17 July, 2016. David Gies, editor of Dieciocho, is currently president.
  • The International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS) will hold the 14th International Congress for Eighteenth-Century Studies July 26-31, 2015, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Please vote in the elections for officers of ISECS.
  • Shrinking membership was a concern discussed at the ASECS business meeting and at theaffiliate societies meeting.
  • IASECS members voted to raise regular dues to $20. The IASECS Constitution states:

The society shall collect annual dues for membership for a calendar year, the amount of the dues to be determined at each annual meeting. Notices of dues will be mailed by the Executive Secretary in November or December of each year.

A message will be sent towards the end of 2015 informing members of the new dues structure.

  • Clorinda Donato reminded us of the MLA Call for proposals,Teaching Representations ofthe French Revolution.
    Special topic: essays sought on Ibero-American Echoes. Deadline June 1, 2015.

We seek contributions from experts in Ibero-American fields (Spanish or Latin American) around the theme of The Revolution and Global Reverberations: The Impact of Emigration and Radicalism. Abstracts and CVs should be sent to the volume editors by 1 June 2015. Please send e-mail submissions to Professor Julia Douthwaite (, Professor Catriona Seth (, and Professor Antoinette Sol ( with the subject line “Approaches to Teaching the Fr Rev.” Surface-mail submissions can be sent to Professor Douthwaite at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556.

  • Clorinda Donato reminded us that the journal Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture isinterested in receiving articles from areas other than British Studies. One of the SECC editors, Eve T. Bannet (University of Oklahoma) especially asked us to remind IASECS members to submit articles based on papers presented at ASECS or any affiliate society conference this year.

Guidelines for Submission: conference papers presented at regional and national meetings of ASECS and its affiliate societies between JULY 1, 2013 and JUNE 30, 2015 are eligible.
The deadline for submission is August 18, 2015.
Electronic submission is preferred:

Message from SECC Editor Eve Bannet:
*NEW* for SECC, vol 46 (2016): In addition to our usual practice of publishing individual papers, Call for Papers we invite panel chairs and/or participants to submit panels of 3- 4 papers (in the case of double or triple sessions on the same topic, these can be selected from different sessions). The papers should be revised into 5000-6000 word essays, and prefaced by a short introduction, situating the topic in the profession. We think that publishing at least one panel will help SECC to highlight new directions in 18C studies and give the journal some of the excitement of our conferences. We encourage those interested to send us a proposal ( and short abstracts of the suggested papers in advance of asking participants to revise papers– but please ensure that they are willing to revise them first.

To renew your membership or if you are interested in becoming a member of IASECS click here for the form

The Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (IASECS)

PRIZES AND GRANTS: For more information about one of our three prizes and grants, click here.


Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture Volume 46
Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture is an interdisciplinary journal published annually for the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) by the Johns Hopkins University Press. SECC publishes revised versions of papers read at national and regional conferences of ASECS and its affiliates (including the Society of Early Americanists, Early Caribbean Society, SHARP, etc.).

For the 2015-16 volume (46) the editors encourage theoretically informed, academically rigorous essays that reflect new directions for research in the field of eighteenth-century culture, including literature, history, art history, theater and performance studies, music, ethnic studies, women’s and gender studies, etc. Essays from previously under-represented disciplines are particularly welcome. Now digitized as part of Project Muse, SECC is included in the membership fees of Sponsors and Patrons of the Society, and is offered to all members at discount.

Guidelines for Submission: conference papers presented at regional and national meetings of ASECS and its affiliate societies between JULY 1, 2013 and JUNE 30, 2015 are eligible. Papers should be substantially revised from their conference version and use the Chicago Manual of Style for annotation. Submissions are normally written in English but may include other commonly-used modern European languages, and typically average 20 to 25 double-spaced pages in length. Contributions will be judged according to the highest standards of scholarship by blind review. Authors are thus asked to avoid identifying themselves throughout (any reference to one’s own scholarship should be made in the third person). The editors of SECC cannot consider papers already submitted to other journals.

The deadline for submission is August 18, 2015.

Electronic submission is preferred:

Hard copies can be sent to:
Eve Tavor Bannet
George Lynn Cross Professor
English & Women’s and Gender Studies
Dept. of English
University of Oklahoma
260 Van Vleet Oval, Rm 113

Norman, OK 73019-9240