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

Student Essay Prize Deadline Extended for 2018

The Pilar Sáenz Annual Student Essay Prize is awarded to the best essay dealing with eighteenth-century Spain, Portugal or Ibero-America. The prize is open to graduate students enrolled in a North American university. Advanced undergraduate work could be considered provided it is accompanied by the recommendation of their professor.

All entries received by APRIL 30th, 2018, will be considered for the current year’s prize. The IASECS Essay Prize Committee will announce the award at the ASECS annual meeting. The winner will receive:

(1) $300.00

(2) a two-year membership in the IASECS

The revised version of the essay will be considered for publication in Dieciocho

Instructions: Students need to submit the essay by APRIL 30th, 2018 as a Word document attachment.  The essay has to be double-spaced, with numbered pages, and its length between 4,000 and 8,000 words including endnotes and list of works cited. 

For inquiries and submissions contact: Professor Enid Valle []

RSVP for IASECS Dinner in Orlando, March 23rd

Dear IASECS Colleagues,

I’m very much looking forward to seeing everyone at the IASECS business meeting on March 23rd at 6:00PM, in the Sago 3 Room at the Hilton conference center. After the meeting, we share dinner at Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar. I’ve copied most of the specifics on the meal below.

If you plan on attending the meal, please take a minute to sign up for the dinner here​. We need a head count soon, so please respond this week. If you can’t easily access the Google form because you don’t have an account, please email Renee Gutiérrez directly at; she can enter your information for you. Link doesn’t work? Use this URL:

Cuba Libre Restaurant

Cost for Dinner: $65.50 (includes a glass of wine)

Address: 9101 International Drive in Point Orlando

Transportation: We’ll share a short Uber or cab ride; the restaurant is 6 miles away from the conference hotel, about a 15 minute trip. We’re told it’s well worth the drive!

Menu: Appetizers, salad, a choice of Ropa Vieja , Arroz con Pollo, Salmon a la Plancha, or a vegetarian Chef’s Choice;  two choices for dessert.

A note on dessert. I would like to revive a previous IASECS tradition: when dessert is served, half of us will get up and switch tables, so we can get to know a broader range of scholars within our community.

Renee Gutiérez

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.

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.

IASECS at ASECS Minneapolis, March 29-April 1, 2017

We look forward to a stimulating ASECS conference in Minneapolis, MN, March 29-April 1, 2017.

Please plan to attend the IASECS Business Meeting will be held Friday, March 31, 6-7 PM in Greenway Ballroom A. We will elect next year’s officers and brainstorm session proposals for next year’s ASECS conference in Orlando, FL – March 22-25, 2018.

We hope everyone can attend the IASECS dinner that will be held Friday evening after the business meeting. Please let our current president Madeline Sutherland know if you plan to attend and if you have any dietary needs.

The Renewal of Membership and Dues form is available, which can be mailed to Cathy Jaffe or turned in at the conference. IASECS membership is on a calendar year basis.

There is still time for graduate or advanced undergraduate students to submit an essay for the Pilar Sáenz Annual Student Essay Prize. Essays are due February 15.

See you in Minneapolis!



SESSIONS I 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

  1. “Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and Other Sins of the Flesh”

(Roundtable) Greenway Ballroom E

Chair: Margaret EWALT, Wake Forest University

  1. Corey GOERGEN, Emory University, “‘Honourable Scars’:

Rochester’s Syphilitic Authority”

  1. Dawn NAWROT, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, “Dangerous

Occupations: The Feme Sole as Rape Accomplice in the Eighteenth-

Century Domestic Novel”

  1. Nichol WEIZENBECK, University of Denver, “Willed Away: Incest

and Inheritance in Mary Davys’s The Reform’d Coquet

  1. Mehl PENROSE, University of Maryland, “Refusing Carnal

Knowledge: Women Warriors, Gender Inversion, and Cross-Dressing in

Ramón de la Cruz’s La república de las mujeres

  1. Joseph D. ROCKELMAN, Hampden-Sydney College, “Incest as

Punishment in Ludwig Tieck’s ‘The Blond Eckbert”’

  1. James MULHOLLAND, North Carolina State University, “The

Dancing Boys of Mysore: Captivity, Coercion, and Sexual Knowledge

in Late-Eighteenth-Century India”

  1. Yvonne FUENTES, University of West Georgia, “Antonio Xavier

Pérez y López’s Rationale for ‘Loving’ a Sibling but not a Parent”

  1. “New Jews: Debating Modernity in the Long Eighteenth

Century” Greenway Ballroom G

Chair: Hazel GOLD, Emory University

  1. Sarah STEIN, Arkansas Tech University “Hebrew without Jews:

Sublime Hebrew as a Christian Inheritance in Eighteenth-Century


  1. Ann Luppi VON MEHREN, Drexel University, “Debating the

Jewish Naturalization Bill (1753) in the English Press: Samuel

Johnson Responds to the Brothers Warton”

  1. Zoe BEENSTOCK, University of Haifa, “Back to Jerusalem:

Conjectural History and the Enlightenment Holy Land”

  1. Waltraud MAIERHOFER, University of Iowa “The Representation

of the Jew in the Satirical Picture Story of ‘Strunk the Upstart’”


SESSIONS II 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

  1. “Women of Power and the Power of Women: Rethinking

Female Agency in Honor of Maria Theresa” – I

Nicollet D-2

Chair: Rita KRUEGER, Temple University

  1. Kate MULRY, California State University, Bakersfield, “Mary

Rich’s ‘Strong Cryes for Mercy’: Signing, Groaning, and Fasting

on Behalf of the Nation”

  1. Kelsey RUBIN-DETLEV, Queen’s College, University of Oxford,

“The Epistolary Strategies of Catherine the Great and Maria


  1. Mandy PAIGE-LOVINGOOD, University of North Carolina at

Chapel Hill, “Marie-Antoinette: Une Identité Melange”

  1. Yolopattli HERNÁNDEZ-TORRES, Loyola University Maryland,

“Women and Productivity in Late Colonial Mexico”

  1. Amanda STRASIK, Eastern Kentucky University,

“Revolutionizing Royal Motherhood: Marie-Antoinette and her


  1. “Disease, Disability, and Medicine in the Ibero-American

World” Greenway Ballroom H

Chair: Madeline SUTHERLAND-MEIER, The University of Texas at


  1. Stan BOOTH, University of Winchester, “The Language of

Vilification” 11

  1. Karissa BUSHMAN, University of Alabama in Huntsville, “Illness

and Medicine in Goya’s Works”

  1. Cindy ERMUS, University of Lethbridge, “The Plague of

Provence and Bourbon Reform in the Eighteenth Century”

  1. Silvia ROCHA, Washington University in St. Louis, “Theorhetoric

of Disease: Appealing to Saints from the Head to the Toe in

Colonial Mexico”

  1. “The Library as Institution in the Long Eighteenth-Century

Atlantic World” (The Bibliographical Society of America and the

Community Libraries Network) Greenway Ballroom J

Chair: Rob KOEHLER, New York University

  1. Gabriella ANGELONI, University of South Carolina, “‘Carefully and

Deliberately’: Personal Libraries and the Cultivation of Identity in

Eighteenth Century South Carolina”

  1. Kevin SEDEÑO-GUILLÉN, University of Kentucky, “From Baroque

Library to Enlightened Library: The Cuban Mestizo Manuel del

Socorro Rodriguez and the Royal Public Library of Santafe de Bogota”

  1. Marta KVANDE, Texas Tech University, “Dedications and Prefaces

16601700: Institutions of Print and Manuscript Cultures in Fiction”

  1. Omar MIRANDA, New York University, “Francisco de Miranda’s

Library of Exile and Revolution on Grafton Street


SESSIONS III 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  1. “Empire and the Antique in Art and Design” Greenway Ballroom E

Chairs: Jocelyn ANDERSON, Independent Scholar AND

Holly SHAFFER, Dartmouth College

  1. J. Cabelle AHN, Harvard University, “Arcadia ‘sous la latitude des

Iroquois:’ Representing Indigenous Canadians in the Salon”

  1. Susan DEANS-SMITH, The University of Texas at Austin, “‘This

Mexican Marvel:’ Manuel Tolsá’s Bronze Equestrian Statue of Charles

IV All’Antica”

  1. Amelia RAUSER, Franklin & Marshall College, “Neoclassical Dress

and Imperial Cotton”

  1. “Illustrating the Ilustración/Iluminismo: Visual Culture and

Transnational Enlightenment in Iberia and Ibero-America”

Greenway Ballroom I

Chair: Nicholas WOLTERS, Wake Forest University

  1. Tijana ZAKULA, University of Utrecht, “Gerard de Lairesse in

Portuguese: from Lisbon to Rio”

  1. Gabrielle MILLER, Baylor University, “Illustrating the Eighteenth-

Century Spanish Press: The Grabados of Espíritu de los mejores diarios

que se publican en Europa (17871791)”

  1. Verónica MUÑOZ-NÁJAR, University of California, Berkeley, “Art

and Civility: Moxos and the Implementation of the Bourbon Reforms”

  1. Catherine JAFFE, Texas State University, “A Woman’s Enlightenment

Trajectory: Portraits of María Lorenza de los Ríos and her Two


SESSIONS IV 2:30 – 4 P.M.

  1. “The Birds and the Bees (and Other Beasts) : Thinking and

Writings about the Human-Animal Connection” – II

Chair: Mary E. ALLEN, University of Virginia Greenway Ballroom D

  1. Adela RAMOS, Pacific Lutheran University, “‘This Admirable

Machine’: Mousers and Mousetraps in William Gutherie’s The Life

and Adventures of a Cat

  1. Peter DEGABRIELE, Mississippi State University, “An (Un)

Limited War Against Brutes: Pufendorf, Animals, and the Natural

Law of War”

  1. Pamela PHILLIPS, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, “Cats
  2. Mice: The Feline Debate in Eighteenth-Century Spain”


SESSIONS V 4:15 – 5:45 P.M.

  1. “Humor in Spain and its Colonies during the Enlightenment”

Chair: Elena DEANDA, Washington College Nicollet D-1

  1. Ana María Díaz BURGOS, Oberlin College, “‘Honest Entertainment:’

Humor, Satire and the Tertulia Eutropélica (17921794)”

  1. Sean GULLICKSON, University of Kansas, “Looking in from the

Outside: Satire, National Identity and the Other in José Cadalso’s

Cartas marruecas

  1. Álvaro ALCÁNTARA, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios

Superiores en Antropología Social, México, “La burla y denuncia de un

diablo observador: Prácticas sociales y cultura festiva en el puerto de

Veracruz en la segunda mitad del siglo XVIII” 26


FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017

SESSIONS VI 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

  1. “Eighteenth-Century Habits: Nuns in Fact and Fiction, in the

Cloister and Beyond” (Roundtable) Greenway Ballroom A

Chair: Tonya MOUTRAY, Russell Sage College

  1. Ana RUEDA, University of Kentucky, “Convents in Flames: Sexual

Encounters and the Ruse of Letters in Spanish Romantic Novels”

  1. Sabrina Norlander ELIASSON, Stockholm University, “‘Saggia

Donzella, onor del Tebro e della nostra etade’: Becoming an Elite Nun

in Eighteenth-Century Rome”

  1. Preea LEELAH, Oberlin College, “Nuns in French Enlightenment and

Counter-Enlightenment Literature: Fact as Fiction/Fiction as Fact?”

  1. Jennifer VANDERHEYDEN, Marquette University “Illegitimate

Reality Makes for Legitimate Fiction: The Convenience of Convents”

  1. Frieda KOENINGER, Sam Houston State University, “The Letters of

María Ignacia de Aslor: A Nun’s Determination Confronts Male


  1. Barbara ABRAMS, Suffolk University, “Obscure But Not Hidden: The

‘lettres de cachet’ (hidden letters) and Diderot’s La Religieuse

  1. “The Postsecular Enlightenment” Greenway Ballroom E

Chair: David ALVAREZ, DePauw University

  1. Jeffrey GALBRAITH, Wheaton College, “Defoe’s Secular Faith: A

Postcritical Reading of The Shortest Way with Dissenters”

  1. Rachael Givens JOHNSON, University of Virginia, “Forging

‘Pure’ Religion: Collisions between Baroque and Enlightenment

Devotional Imaginaries in Eighteenth-century Iberian Catholicism”

  1. Roger MAIOLI, University of Florida, “David Hume and the Specter

of Relativism”

  1. Juliette PAUL, Christian Brothers University, “Aphra Behn and the

West Indian Church”


SESSIONS VII 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

  1. “Science Fiction” – I Greenway Ballroom B

Chair: Jeff LOVELAND, University of Cincinnati

  1. Crystal MATEY, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, “Science

Fiction without Science? Speculation and the Problem of Terminology in

Understanding Eighteenth-Century Science and Literature About


  1. Theodore E. D. BRAUN, University of Delaware, “Cyrano de Bergerac,

Precursor of Swift and Voltaire”

  1. Shifra ARMON, University of Florida, “Halfway There: Fictions of

Science in Eighteenth-Century Spain”


SESSIONS VIII 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  1. “Rococo Queens” Nicollet A/B

Chair: Melissa HYDE, University of Florida

  1. Tara ZANARDI, Hunter College, City University of New York, “Surface

Play and Rococo Ambition: Isabel de Farnesio’s Lacquered Bedroom

  1. Christina LINDEMAN, University of South Alabama, “Composing the

Rococo: Representations of Musical Princesses in Eighteenth-Century


  1. Amy FREUND, Southern Methodist University, “Killer Queens: Royal

Women and Hunting Guns in Rococo Europe”

  1. Susan WAGER, University of New Hampshire, “Van Loo, Pompadour,

Rococo: A Material Media Event”


SESSIONS IX 4:30- 6 p.m.

  1. “Ilustrados y Afrancesados: A Session in Honor of Professor

Theodore E. D. Braun” Greenway Ballroom A

(Ibero-American Society on Eighteenth-Century Studies (IASECS)

Chair: Elizabeth Franklin LEWIS, University of Mary Washington

  1. Gloria EIVE, San Leandro, California, “Francisco Barbieri y Asenjo’s

zarzuela Jugar con Fuego (1851) and its Consequences for Spanish

Popular Theatre”

  1. Elena DEANDA, Washington College, “French Porn/Spanish Porn:

Mimesis and Difference”

  1. Madeline SUTHERLAND-MEIER, The University of Texas at Austin,

Los franceses generosos: An Unfinished Comedia by Antonio

Valladares de Sotomayor”

  1. Theodore E. D. BRAUN, University of Delaware, “An Aspect of the

Spanish Enlightenment: Jorge Juan y Santacilia and Antonio de Ulloa”


  1. “A Case for the Italian Enlightenment” (Roundtable)

(Italian Studies Caucus) Nicollet D-3

Chair: Francesca SAVOIA, University of Pittsburgh

  1. Cecilia MILLER, Wesleyan University, “On the Italian Enlightenment”
  2. Clorinda DONATO, California State University, “The (Unknown)

European Networks of the Italian Enlightenment”

  1. Irene ZANINI-CORDI, Florida State University, “Enlightened Salons

as Faulty Social Media”

  1. Paolo PALMIERI, University of Pittsburgh, “Muratori and Vico,

Champions of Galileo Against Descartes”

  1. Rebecca MESSBARGER, Washington University, “Italy and the

Making of a Post-Secular Enlightenment”

  1. Adrienne WARD, University of Virginia, “The Italian Theatre”
  2. Shane AGIN, Duquesne University, “The Varied Fortunes of the

Milanese Enlightenment”

  1. Sabrina FERRI, University of Notre Dame, “Defining the Italian

Eighteenth Century: Hegemony and Anachronism”


6 -7 p.m.

Friday, MARCH 31, 2017

Business Meeting

Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Greenway Ballroom A




SESSIONS X 8:00 -9:30 a.m.

  1. “Cities and Disasters in the Eighteenth Century” Nicollet D-2

Chair: Cindy ERMUS, University of Lethbridge

  1. Yaron AYALON, Ball State University, “Confronting Natural Disasters

in Ottoman Cities”

  1. Quinn DAUER, Indiana University Southeast, “Catastrophes and

Urban Landscapes: State and Societal Responses to Natural Disasters in

Eighteenth-Century Chile”

  1. Andreas K.E. MUELLER, University of Worcester, “Collective Trauma

and the Mimetics of Pain: Remembering London in Defoe’s A Journal

of the Plague Year

  1. Kristin TREMPER, Lehigh University, ‘“Tempest of Mortality:’ Social

and Political Responses to Mass Casualties in Early Urban America”


  1. “Ecology and Natural Disasters in Eighteenth-Century Spanish

America” Greenway Ballroom A

Chair: Mariselle MELÉNDEZ, University of Illinois

  1. Karen STOLLEY, Emory University, “‘The Earth Shook:’ Natural

Disasters and Enlightened Lessons in Rafael de Landívar’s Rusticatio

Mexicana (1782)”

  1. Rocío CORTÉS, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, “Hunger,

Epidemics and Survival in Colonial Mexico”

  1. Santa ARIAS, University of Kansas, “On Public Health, Population and

the Environment: Jose Hipólito Unanue’s Revolutionary Geography”

Respondent: David F. SLADE, Berry College.


SESSIONS XI 9:45 -11:15 a.m.

  1. “The Enlightenment since Besterman: Exploring 60 Years of

Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century” (Roundtable) Greenway Ballroom I

Chair: Melissa HYDE, University of Florida

  1. Nicholas CRONK, Voltaire Foundation/ University of Oxford,

“Gustave Lanson and Theodore Besterman, Studies on Voltaire and the

Eighteenth Century

  1. Karen STOLLEY, Emory University, “Françoise de Graffigny, ‘Lettres

d’une péruvienne’ as a Source for Eighteenth-Century Latin American


  1. Gregory BROWN, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Voltaire

Foundation/ Oxford, “Frank Kafker, ‘The Encyclopedistes,’ and the

Social History of the Enlightenment”

  1. Kelsey RUBIN-DETLEV, University of Oxford, “Christiane Mervaud,

‘Voltaire et Frédéric II’ as a Turning Point in Epistolary Studies”

  1. Geoffrey TURNOVSKY, University of Washington, “JoAnn

McEachern, ‘Bibliography of the Writings of J-J Rousseau’ as a Work

of Scholarship”


SESSIONS XII 2 -3:30 p.m.


SESSIONS XIII 3:45 -5:15 p.m.

  1. “Disciplined Mobility and Carceral Spaces in the Eighteenth-

Century Atlantic World” Nicollet D-3

Chair: Jonathan NASH, College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University

  1. Michael BRADLEY, Eastern Illinois University, “Incarcerated,

Transported, and Bound: Deference, Resistance, and Assimilation,

Constructing Community among Transported Convicts from London to

the Chesapeake, 17391776”

  1. Eva M. MEHL, University of North Carolina Wilmington, “Trans-

Oceanic Connections in a Polycentric Monarchy: Convict

Transportation and Military Recruitment in the Spanish Empire, 1765


  1. Tristan J. SCHWEIGER, University of Chicago, “‘Among a Parcel of

Wretches’: Roderick Random and the Prison of Empire”

  1. Jeffrey A. MULLINS, St. Cloud State University, ‘“Liberia is a Prison

and Charnel House’: Debating African Colonization as Carceral

Colonies or Provinces of Freedom, 17801840”


  1. “The Delusional Self or the Artful Self” Greenway Ballroom F

Chair: Enid VALLE, Kalamazoo College

  1. Kathleen FUEGER, Independent Scholar, “Staging the Self: Play,

Performance, and Delusion in the Comedies of Moratín”

  1. Katherine MULLINS, Vanderbilt University, “Sensory Signs:

Perception, Passion, and Identity in Eliza Haywood’s Fantomina

  1. Elizabeth Franklin LEWIS, University of Mary Washington, “An Old

Woman’s Guide to Love: María Gertrudis Hore’s Amor caduco

  1. Amber LUDWIG, Independent Scholar, “Anne Damer, Identity, and

the Practice of Collecting”

  1. Susan SPENCER, University of Central Oklahoma, “Saikaku Ihara’s

Amorous Woman and the Cash Nexus in Genroku-era Osaka”