Executive Committee: 2023

President: Greg Clingham

Vice President: Jane Wessel 

1st. Past President: Anna Foy 

2nd. Past President: Joann Myers

3rd. Past President: John Heins

Web Wizard: Susan C. Beam (susancheriebeam@gmail.com)

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: Peter Staffel (staffelp@westliberty.edu)

Molin Award Winners: Jessica Banner

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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.


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​​​Kunst-und Raritätenkabinett (Art and Rarity Cabinet), c1630.

By Hans III Jordaens

(Flemish Baroque, 1590-1643),
figures by Cornelis de Baellieur

Painting, on oak panel. 86cm x 120cm. 

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Bilddatenbank
Sources: Wikimedia / Wikipedia

Image tracing, courtesy Maureen E. Mulvihill, with thanks to Nathan Bransford.  

Note: The painting combines two popular interests of the long eighteenth century: 
the art salon (exhibitions) and the 

wunderkammer (cabinet of exotic curiosities, see table display of sea shells, porcelain, etc., foreground left; e.g., the 
Duchess of Portland's famous 'museum', a special subject of Horace Walpole). MEM


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 Peter Staffel at staffelp@westliberty.edu

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 jem4@psu.edu.

The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer
N.S. Volume 36, Number 1: March 2022

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