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)

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

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 |

IASECS-involved Sessions at ASECS St. Louis 2023

The Call for Papers for the upcoming meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in St Louis, March 9-11, 2023, is out:

As you consider your paper proposals, we have listed below all the sessions that involve our Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, either by topic, or organizer. Please note that session 53 is our official IASECS session.

ASECS is centralizing how proposals are made this year. There will be a virtual “How-To” session this Friday, September 2 at 11am EST. Paper proposals are due Monday, October 3rd. Please see the above link for more information and links.

IASECS involved sessions in ASECS St. Louis 2023 Call for Papers

Please note that the proposal process is different this year. 

13. “Bodies in Motion” in the Eighteenth-Century, Mariselle Meléndez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 

18. Changing Course: Riverways in the Eighteenth Century, Kathleen Fueger, Independent Scholar,

53. Indigeneity across Spanish, French, Portuguese, and English Empires: Resistance, Negotiation and Collaboration [IASECS Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies] Karen Stolley (Emory University) and Elena Deanda-Camacho (Washington College), ,

54. Indigenous, Black, Asian and Mixed-Race Architects and Builders in the Eighteenth-Century Americas, Luis Gordo Peláez, California State University, Fresno, ; Juan Luis Burke, University of Maryland, 

85. Race and Identity in Afro-Iberian-Latin American Literary and Visual Texts during the Eighteenth Century, Oscar Ruiz Hernandez, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 

104. What’s Love Got to Do with It? Marriage and Money in the Eighteenth Century, Renee Gutiérrez, Longwood University, 

IASECS at ISECS Rome 2023

A message from IASECS member Yvonne Fuentes. Please contact her if interested.

Dear all,

I hope you are all doing well. Up to now I have four abstracts – enough to form a session. You can still send them to me until the end of next week, August 5th. Hopefully we’ll get enough for another session on the same broad topic: Whose Antiquity? Hispanic Questions and Reframing of Antiquity.

We will have to include the following information when we submit the panel(s), so please include:
Name, institutional affiliation, academic status and email
Title of your presentation
Short summary (abstract) of paper – max 300 words
Keywords – up to 6
Bionote: short biographical description of yourself in the 3rd person (max 100 words per author)

Baltimore Business Meeting Notes, ASECS Call for Submissions St. Louis, ASECS Town Hall

Minutes from IASECS Business Meeting
Friday, April 1, 2022

Members in attendance: Valentina Tikoff, Elena Deanda, Betsy Lewis, Enid Valle, Cathy Jaffe, Mehl Penrose, Mariselle Meléndez, Hazel Gold, Karen Stolley, Peggy Bonds, Luis Ramos, Francisco Robles, Allyson Poska, (virtual attendees) Renee Gutiérrez, Kathleen Fueger, Karissa Bushman (if you were present and not accounted for, please let Betsy know, she forgot the pass the attendance list!)

The meeting was led by outgoing IASECS president, Valentina Tikoff
I. Elections: The following members were elected as 2023 officers.
President: Elena Deanda, Washington College
Vice President: Mehl Penrose, University of Maryland
Executive Secretary/Treasurer: Elizabeth Lewis, University of Mary Washington (3-Year Term)
Member-at-Large: (3 years): Hazel Gold, Emory University
Member at-Large: (2 years): Mariselle Meléndez, University of Illinois at Urbanna-Champaign, replacing Nick Wolters
Member-at-Large: (1 year): Karissa Bushman, Quinnipiac University.

II. Reports:
A. Betsy Lewis (Membership and Financial report): We had 17 paying memberships in 2021, and a year-end balance of $4,398.

B. Enid Valle (Prizes and Grants): IASECS Essay Prize 2022 winner is María Carillo-Marquina (University of Delaware) for “Cajitas de Rapé: Miniature Social Landscapes and Imperial Dreaming.” Congratulations, María! We encourage María and all future winners of the essay prize to submit a proposal to present at ASECS the following year, and apply for our IASECS travel grant.

B. Cathy Jaffe (ASECS/ISECS update): 2023 meeting will be in St. Louis, 2024 Toronto, 2025 Philadelphia, 2026 Virtual (tentatively). Jaffe also mentioned that the international eighteenth-century studies conference (ISECS) would occur in Rome in 2023, and that the international Hispanists’ meeting in Neuchâtel originally scheduled for 2022 now also has been re-scheduled for summer 2023.

III. Re-examination of IASECS Constitution: The 5 newly elected 2023 IASECS Executive board (president, vice-president and members-at-large), along with IASECS members Cathy Jaffe, Enid Valle, Peggy Bonds, and Karen Stolley will work together over the coming year to examine our IASECS Constitution in light of the possibility of future hybrid or online meetings and any other adjustments that may be needed. (A vote was taken to charge them with this task.) Some people at the meeting recommended that this committee also give some thought to how to spend IASECS funds. Some ideas included support for contingent scholars, an event [e.g., concert] linked to an IASECS session at an ASECS meeting, etc. The committee will present a report (and motion if needed) for the next business meeting in St. Louis, 2023.

IV. Brainstorming for ASECS 2023, St. Louis. See below ideas for sessions. Guaranteed session submission date, April 25, 2022. All others due May 26, 2022 (Please see announcement below).

Please let Betsy know if your proposed session is accepted.

Possible sessions and proposers:

  • Indigeneity (IASECS official session): Elena Deanda and Karen Stolley
  • Dowries: Valentina Tikoff
  • Bodies in Transit: Mariselle Meléndez
  • Rivers and Peoples, Imaginary and Real: Kathleen Fueger
  • Literature and Language of Exile: Luis Ramos and Francisco Robles
  • Cities’ Patron Saints (tie-in with the St. Louis location of the 2023 conference): Karissa Bushman
  • What’s Love Got to Do with It? Marriage and Money in the Eighteenth Century: Renee Gutiérrez

ASECS 2023 St. Louis Call for Submissions:

We are pleased to share that the Call for Session Proposals for the. ASECS 2023 Annual Meeting in St. Louis is NOW OPEN. For all the details, see here: deadline for submitting proposals is Thursday May 26, 2022.

ASECS Town Hall Meeting May 11, 2022

We also want to remind you that next Wednesday, May 11, at 5pmET, ASECS is hosting a ZOOM Town Hallto discuss the ASECS Membership and Engagement Report. Register here ( to receive the Zoom link. The report itself is available on the ASECS website (, or directly via this link (

Business Meeting Agenda, Friday April 1, 1pm

Our Annual Business Meeting will take place during the ASECS conference in Baltimore, this Friday, April 1st from 1-2pm in Key 10. To request link for virtual attendance please request link below. We regret that at this time members in virtual attendance cannot vote or stand for election.

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I. Elections: The following members have been nominated as 2023 officers. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the meeting.

  • President: Elena Deanda, Washington College
  • Vice President: Mehl Penrose, University of Maryland
  • Executive Secretary/Treasurer: Elizabeth Lewis, University of Mary Washington (for a second, 3-Year Term)
  • Member-at-Large: (3 years): Hazel Gold, Emory University
  • Member at-Large: (2 years): Mariselle Meléndez, University of Illinois at Urbanna-Champaign, replacing Nick Wolters
  • Member-at-Large: (1 year): Karissa Bushman, Quinnipiac University. (last year of elected term in 2023. We do not need to vote on Karissa).

II. Reports:

  • Betsy Lewis (Membership and Financial report)
  • Enid Valle (Prizes and Grants)
  • Cathy Jaffe (ASECS update)

III. Re-examination of IASECS Constitution: We’d like to propose forming a committee to examine our Constitution in light of the possibility of future hybrid or online meetings and any other adjustments that may be needed. The committee present a report (and motion if needed) at the next business meeting in St. Louis, 2023. We thought of proposing that the committee be the 5 members of the newly elected Executive Board, plus 5 more volunteers.

IV. Brainstorming for ASECS 2023, St. Louis. 

IASECS at ASECS Baltimore: Important announcements!!

Our in-person conference in Baltimore is less than two weeks away! Read below for some very important information about the IASECS Business Meeting and Dinner, as well as some other good stuff!

Our annual business meeting will be Friday, April 1, from 1-2pm in room Key 10. This is during a lunch break, so bring you lunch with you if you like! At the business meeting we will elect new officers and brainstorm about sessions for 2023. Let me know if you have any agenda items. I will try to post an agenda on our website by the Monday, March 28th.

Later Friday there is also an ASECS and Affiliate Societies Bar at 6pm in the South Foyer.

The IASECS Dinner will be Friday, April 1, at 7:30pm at the Peruvian restaurant Puerto 511. We have a $69 fixed menu with 6 ‘entradas’, with vegetarian and vegan options. It is BYOB so plan accordingly. Please RSVP via the form by Friday March 25th if you intend to join us. All IASECS members and friends are welcome!

Lastly if you filter the program on the ASECS app for “Spanish” you will find our IASECS involved sessions listed.

RSVP for the IASECS Dinner:

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