East Central/American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

EC/ASECS A Brief Intermission 

Join us for two days of EC/ASECS Traditions and New Favorites!

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 23, 2020

Teaching & Research Roundtable 4 to 5:30 pm

Aural/Oral Experience 7:30 to 9 pm

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Molin Graduate Panel 10 to 11:30 am

Business Meeting 1 pm

Presidential Address (after Business Meeting)

John Paul Heins, PhD, “Both Here and There in Wörlitz”

More details will be posted over the coming weeks and months on the conference website, EC/ASECS A Brief Intermission

Questions?  Please contact the conference co-organizers, Drs. Sylvia Marks and Eleanor Shevlin at ecasecs2020@gmail.com.


While registration is free, we do need you to register for security reasons. (Form will be available in August). We will send registrants the Zoom link the week of October 19th.

While you do not need to be a member of EC/ASECS to join us for “A Brief Intermission,” we do hope you will consider becoming a member.


​​Current Research and Teaching Roundtable

We invite untenured and non-tenure track scholars in the East Central region to submit brief “roundtable” talks on their current research or on creative teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. We anticipate gathering a group of 6-7 speakers, each of whom will speak for five minutes. We will then open things up for a broader conversation arising from connections amongst the speakers’ comments. We look forward to having a broad variety of topics and approaches represented. Please send an abstract of your proposed comments (maximum 250 words) to Joanne Myers (jemyers “at”gettysburg.edu) by 15 August 2020.

The Aural/Oral Experience

We will have a modified version of have a modified version of our long-running Oral-Aural Experience (OAX), from 7:30 to 9:00 PM on Friday, October 23rd. Thus, our much appreciated membership secretary, Prof. Peter Staffel, is seeking volunteers. to read passages of poetry they love or even of brief prose passages. If you know in advance, PLEASE let him know what you have in mind, so he can construct a sort of program. That said, he has assured us that anyone attending can take the mic and hold forth as well. We’ll see what happens. Please contact Peter Staffel with your reading selection at staffelp@westliberty.edu. Heck, songs are fine, too, best when self accompanied.

The Molin Award

If you are a graduate or advanced undergraduate interested in submitting for the 2020 Molin Award, please see guidelines or visit the Molin Award link above.