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East Central/American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

Conference 2019*
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  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.



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

 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

  For information on membership or on the annual meeting, contact Executive Secretary Peter Staffel at

Executive Committee: 2019

President:  Matthew Kinservik

Vice President:  Sylvia Marks 

1st. Past President:  Eugene Hammond

2nd. Past President: Eleanor Shevlin

Web Wizard: Susan C. Beam (

ECI editor: Jim May

Past and Future Conference Chairs: 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: Ellen Moody (2019), Chair; Tony Lee (2018); Beth Lambert (2019). 

Exec. Sec't: Peter Staffel (

Molin Award Winners: Ms. Paige Deans and Mr. Daniel Froid


Future Fund 

  Support Graduate Student Registration