One of our members, Kevin J. Berland, is the founder, owner, factotum, etc., of the Eighteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Discussion Bulletin Board (C18-L).

Membership Information

  For information on membership or on the annual meeting, contact Executive Secretary Kevin Cope at

The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer

The Society's newsletter, the Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer, formerly the East-Central Intelligencer, is the most substantial of the ASECS-affiliate societies' newsletters, averaging over 70 pages for each of its two annual issues. The editor is James E. May; he can be contacted at

The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer
ECI Volume 37, Number 1: March 2023 - full text

To read or download the latest issue of EC/ASECS’s renowned bi-annual publication, click here.

  The East-Central/American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies held its first meeting in 1970, a few months after the inaugural meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ACECS), of which it is an affiliate. EC/ASECS's region includes most of the Mid-Atlantic area: Delaware, Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, and West Virginia.   

  The Society meets every fall, usually in October or November. Members represent virtually every discipline related to eighteenth-century studies. Our members hail from coast to coast, from Canada to Mexico, and from various points overseas.


Welcome to EC/ASECS

East Central/American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

EC/ASECS Annual Conference comes to

Lancaster, PA!

[image at left: HMS Swallow, under Chaloner Ogle, at the Battle of Cape Lopez against pirate Black Bart (Bartholomew Roberts) in his ship Royal Fortune, in which Roberts was killed. Painted by Charles Edward Dixon.

Executive Committee: 2024

President: Jane Wessel 

Vice President: Brett Wilson

1st. Past President: Greg Clingham 

2nd. Past President: Anna Foy

3rd. Past President: Joann Myers

Web Wizard: Susan C. Beam (

ECI editor: Jim May

Past and Future Conference Chairs: Brett Wilson (2023), Eleanor Shevlin/Sylvia Marks (2020/2021/2022), Joann Myers (2019), Peter Staffel (2019/2018), Emily Kugler (2017), Marie McAllister (2016), Eleanor Shevlin (2015), Cheryl Wanko (2015), Rodney Mader (2015), Don Mell (2014), Matt Kinservik (2014)

Elected Board Members & Molin Prize Judges: David Palumbo, Brett Wilson, and Linda Merians

Exec. Sec't: Kevin Cope (

Molin Award Winners: Jessica Banner

Future Fund 

  Support Graduate Student Registration