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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 (

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