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

October 12, 2022 4-5pm, via Zoom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reminders: ASECS Proposals Due October 3rd

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

26 Sept. 2022

Dear colleagues,

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

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

A couple reminders:

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

Distinti saluti –


Benita Blessing, PhD | Executive Director |

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)

ASECS 2023 St Louis Session Proposal Deadline extended

The deadline to submit session proposals for the 2023 ASECS Annual Meeting has been extended to Tuesday, June 21. For submission information and instructions visit: The Annual Meeting will take place in St. Louis, March 9–11, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, St. Louis, MO. The room rate will be $165/night. ASECS will share reservation details in the fall.

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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Upcoming CFP, Grant deadlines March and April

CFP to MLA 2023 (San Francisco) DUE TODAY 3/15:

Dissent and Dissension in Spanish and Iberian Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Literary and Visual Texts. We invite abstracts that explore dissent & dissension at the micro/macro levels. Examples include actors, artists, artisans, craftsmen, writers who pushed back against decrees & social norms while expressing dissent or dissension. 250-word abstracts. Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, 15 March 2022. Nicolás Fernández-Medina, Penn State U ( ) Yvonne Fuentes, U of West Georgia ( )

The Power of Ridicule in Spanish and Iberian Political Satire of the 18th and 19th Centuries We invite 250-word abstracts that explore satire’s function as preserver of the established order; or that question whether it conserves important structures while allowing the collective a therapeutic release of tension. Is satire inherently subversive? Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, 15 March 2022
Yvonne Fuentes, U of West Georgia ( ) Nicolás Fernández-Medina, Penn State U, University Park ( )

Eterno provocador: Reading Spain with Goya We invite 250-word abstracts that explore the figure of Francisco de Goya as a critical reader of the 18th-19thcenturies and a world in crisis. Topics might include illness, violence, death, political repression, working conditions. Deadline for submissions: Friday, 18 March 2022
Maria Elena Soliño, U of Houston ( ) Sara Munoz-Muriana, Dartmouth C ( )

Childhood in 18th- and 19th-Century Spanish and Iberian Culture We invite abstracts that explore childhood, infancy and adolescence in literary and visual representations; failures of the education system; nature vs. nurture; games and toys; children as subjects in culture, politics, and medicine; parenting; gender.
Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, 15 March 2022 Sara Munoz-Muriana, Dartmouth C ( )

UT – LA Studies Travel Fellowship due March 21

LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections at The University of Texas at Austin announces the availability of travel fellowships for faculty from community colleges and qualified Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) across the U.S. to conduct research at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, one of the premier libraries in the world focused on Latin America. In accordance with Title VI National Resource Center guidelines, this funding is limited to projects that focus on countries in Latin America, and does not include the United States and Puerto Rico.


·       PhD from an accredited institution preferred; MA or equivalent considered for faculty of community colleges

·       Current faculty appointment at a community college or qualifying MSI*

·       Research and teaching interest in Latin America

Applications are due on or before 5:00 PM CST on Monday, March 21, 2022. Please submit applications, in PDF format only, by e-mail to Luis Baeza.

Newberry Library Conference, CFP due April 15

Attending to Women, 1100-1800: Performance

September 30-October 1, 2022
Newberry Library

We welcome proposals for workshop sessions. The extended submission deadline is Friday, April 15, 2022.

Workshops are 90-minute sessions organized by a group of two to four leaders who circulate readings, questions, and other materials in advance through the conference website. Leaders spend no more than twenty minutes framing the issues and opening up the conversation, then facilitate active participation and focused discussion. The best workshops are often comparative and interdisciplinary, and all allow participants to share information, pass on knowledge, ask advice, and learn something new. All workshop organizers are expected to register for, attend, and participate in the entire conference, not just their workshop.

For more information about the conference, including a list of plenary speakers and information about submitting a workshop proposal, please visit the conference website here:

If you have any questions about the conference, please send an email to