East Central/American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

EC/ASECS 2019 Conference: Crossroads and Divergences


Deadline for Panel Proposals: March 15, 2019
Deadline for Individual Proposals: June 1, 2019

In 2019, EC/ASECS will meet in Gettysburg, PA, from 24-26 October. Our Thursday evening and Friday sessions will convene at the Gettysburg Hotel, in the center of town, and Saturday sessions will be held on the campus of Gettysburg College.

:  Capitalizing on the conference’s Gettysburg location, the conference’s theme is “Crossroads and Divergences.”  We invite papers that consider the range of connections, including missed connections, symbolized by the crossroads. In this period, what paths – intellectual, aesthetic, and personal – cross in surprising ways? How are high roads and low roads mapped, and do they ever intersect? What key moments in the eighteenth-century culture served as a crossroads for the period and have not yet been fully considered, or should be reconsidered? What do divergences from the period’s well-trodden paths teach us? Papers that reflect on ‘crossroads’ in eighteenth-century studies, historically and today, are also welcome.

Speaker:   Professor Tita Chico, University of Maryland, will be our keynote speaker. Professor Chico has written about the history of domestic architecture and private life and co-edited, with Toni Bowers, an essay collection on the role of seduction and sentimental narratives in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world. She  edits The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation and is the author of the recent The Experimental Imagination: Literary Knowledge and Science in the British Enlightenment (2018), published by Stanford University Press.

Panel Proposals 

Bibliography, Book History, and Textual Studies           


 This panel seeks papers that explore any aspect of bibliography, book history, or textual studies. The term ‘book history’ is broadly conceived and includes issues of authorship, reading, publishing, literacy, censorship, illustrations, the book as a material artifact, libraries, and other forms of print such as periodicals, newspapers, tracts, ephemera, and the like. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, papers that focus on these topics and themes within the context of “Crossroads and Divergences” are especially welcomed.

 Please send 250-word abstracts/proposals to Eleanor Shevlin (eshevlin@wcupa.edu) by June 1st.

While electronic submissions are preferred, submitters may also send hard copies by snail mail to Eleanor at 2006 Columbia Road, NW, Apt. 42, Washington, DC 20009.