Please remember to fill out ASECS survey

As you may know, ASECS has partnered with Gladiator Consulting to undertake a survey of the Society’s membership. It is imperative that a broad cross-section of the Society’s membership complete the survey, the results of which will help set ASECS’s agenda for the future. I am writing to encourage you to complete the survey. You should have received a link through the email address associated with your ASECS account—you might need to check your SPAM filter. The subject line of the email is “ASECS Membership Survey” and it will come from If you have not received the link, or have any issues, please contact

The survey will assist ASECS in:
● understanding our member demographics, disciplines, working conditions, and
conference preferences
● shaping our mission, vision, and purpose as a scholarly organization
● understanding what is working for members and where we might enhance
member experience and benefits
● understanding membership perceptions around diversity and inclusion at ASECS
● gathering diversity and inclusion information with respect to member experience

ASECS Baltimore Session “Castrati: Science, Surgery, and Sexuality”

See message for IASECS member Clorinda Donato below:

Hi All, 
I hope you are all well.  I am looking for a few more speakers for my roundtable on castrati.  Remember, you can give a paper, and present in a roundtable.  Here is the description:

Castrati: Science, Surgery, and Sexuality

The vocal mystique of the castrati, immortalized in the celebrity of Farinelli, has been the subject of important monographs by Martha Feldman, as well as novels, such as Helen Berry’s The Castrato and His Wife. Throughout Europe, the talents of the castrati were praised to the same degree that the means of achieving their vocal excellence were decried. These decried means and their outcomes in terms of sexuality and gender identity constitute the topic of this roundtable, which seeks short presentations on the science and surgery of castration in the interest of shedding new light on this form of sexual surgery and its outcomes related to the castrato’s sexuality, identity, and gender. The presentations may also engage the topic transnationally to discover whether the loci of surgery were always Italian, and whether young boys from outside of Italy were sent to Italy for surgery, including how those trips were arranged and negotiated. Treatises on the science and surgery of castration as well as existing translations and their reception might also be addressed in this session. Topics exploring how the science of sexuality in the twenty-first century informs our understanding of castrati in the eighteenth century are also sought for this roundtable.
Looking forward to hearing from you!

Urgent: Proposals needed for IASECS-involved sessions at ASECS Baltimore, March 31 – April 2, 2022

Several of our IASECS proposed sessions are still seeking proposals to present at the ASECS annual meeting in Baltimore, March 31-April 2, 2022, including our IASECS official session, which CURRENTLY HAS NO PROPOSALS!

  1. Territoriality, language, and power in the 18th-Century IberoAmerican world
    ORGANIZERS NAME, AFFILIATIONS, EMAIL ADDRESS: Catherine Jaffe, Texas State University, Karen Stolley, Emory University,

Although the deadline is technically September 15th, please take a look at the CFP and submit your proposal as soon as possible!

Still time to submit a panel proposal for ASECS 2022 Baltimore

If you missed the deadline, there is still time:

The deadline for submitting session proposals for the 52nd Annual Meeting has been extended to June 27, 2021.

The 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies is less than a year away! The ASECS Annual Meeting will be held at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, in Baltimore, Maryland, March 31 – April 2, 2022. We hope to see you there.

For information on the session guidelines for ASECS Annual Meetings, click here. View the Reforms to the Program Committee here.

The 2022 Annual Meeting will include guaranteed sessions sponsored by caucuses and affiliate societies and general sessions. Before submitting your proposal, consult the lists of these sessions, available here, to confirm that the topic you are proposing is not already included in the program. This information may also be accessed via the annual meeting website, which is currently under construction.

Proposals for panels, roundtables and other sessions at the 2022 ASECS Annual Meeting are now being accepted! The online submission form is available here. The deadline for proposal submissions is Sunday, June 27, 2021. Please note that members now may propose no more than one session. If a member submits more than one session form, the Program Committee will consider the one with the earliest time stamp.

The Program Committee also invites proposals for sessions in other formats, as well as for pre-conference workshops. In addition to explaining what the session would contribute to the Annual Meeting, special proposals should include a detailed description of the format and logistical requirements (e.g., technology, type of meeting space, particular days/times); an estimate of additional costs to participants or to ASECS (if any); and an explanation of how people would be chosen to participate (if it is not open to all conference attendees). If the event is a workshop that would have a facilitator or main presenter(s), provide a brief description of their expertise. The Program Committee may contact proposers for additional information before deciding on whether special sessions will be included on the Annual Meeting program. Proposals that cannot be accommodated in Baltimore may be considered for later Annual Meetings. If you have any questions, please contact the ASECS Business Office at

ASECS 2022 Baltimore Panel Proposals Due 5/15

Hi everyone. Just a reminder that if you’d like to propose a session for Baltimore, this Saturday is the deadline.

More info about how to submit a proposal:

Proposals for panels, roundtables and other sessions at the 2022 ASECS Annual Meeting are now being accepted! The online submission form is available hereThe deadline for proposal submissions is Saturday, May 15, 2021.

Below are the ideas from our brainstorming session at the 2021 virtual conference:

• Trial by Combat: Duel by Pen and Sword (Yvonne Fuentes)
• Enlightened Sensorium (Elena) to include more than IASECS
• Language, territoriality, and power. Coordinate with another society? Race and Empire? (Karen Stolley and Cathy Jaffe to be proposed as our official IASECS session)
• Port Cities and Infrastructure (Valentina or Karen?)
• North and South in the 18th Century (Hazel)
• Out of the Shadow: Other Gothic Traditions (Kathleen Fueger)
• Issues of translation, maybe pre-circulate papers to facilitate (more innovative session) Valentina and Clorinda. Elena suggest use of Padlet
• Women working, women at work (Betsy)
• Representations of corpses in the 18th century (Karissa)
• Hispanists here to help workshop on course design (Renee Gutiérrez, Karen Stolley, and Adela Ramos)

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.


IASECS at St. Louis

Below please find highlighted the sessions related to IASECS. Please also note our business meeting on Friday at 6pm, and our dinner following at approximately 7:30pm.

Dinner is at and we have arranged for a private room. It’s a $63 prix fixe. If you’d like to join us, please respond on the yahoo email list, or by emailing


In Memorium: Pilar Sáenz, Founding Member of IASECS

Pilar González Sáenz passed away peacefully on October 6, 2018, at Brighton Gardens of Friendship Heights assisted living facility in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Born in 1927 in Madrid, Spain, she was raised and educated there, receiving a Licenciatura from the University of Madrid. In 1954, she moved to the U.S. to continue her studies, earning an M.A. at Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park with a focus on philology and Spanish literature. Dr. Saenz was active professionally and received a number of awards and grants, contributed to professional journals, was active in the Spanish community of Washington, DC, and taught at Case Western Reserve University and various institutions in the Washington, DC area. She was President of the Academic Association for the Quincentenary 1492-1992, organized under the auspices of the Spanish embassy to commemorate the 500-year presence of Spain on this continent. She retired from the Department of Romance Languages and Literature, George Washington University, in 1998 as Professor Emeritus. Dr. Saenz was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Albert W. Saenz, Ph.D., and her parents and siblings and is survived by a niece and nephew in Madrid.

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 27, 2018