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.
Theme: 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.