East Central/American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

EC/ASECS 2020 CONFERENCE

Material Matters in the Long Eighteenth Century

Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, Delaware

22 — 24 October 2020


Call for Papers


In keeping with our conference setting at Winterthur, whose particularly strong collection of American decorative arts and material objects from 1640-1860 reflects our period, the 2020 EC/ASECS conference theme is “Material Matters in the Long Eighteenth-Century.” We call for papers that address material objects of our period and matters material either literally or figuratively—found in literature, music, sculpture, painting, home arts, exploration, scientific experimentation, or in other arenas—not only in American and British settings, but in international settings as well. We interpret “material” in the largest sense, that is, the materials required, and that matter, for any endeavor of our period. And, of course, if your idea does not fit the conference theme, feel free to submit a proposal detailing it, and we will find a place for it if accepted.


Please submit proposals for panels and papers to ecasecs2020@gmail.com . Panel proposals are due by March 31st; the deadline for individual paper proposals is June 1st; and the deadline for finalized panels is June 15th. For more information, please visit our conference website: https://ecasecs2020.wordpress.com/



Questions? Please contact the conference co-organizers, Drs. Sylvia Marks and Eleanor Shevlin at Ecasecs2020@gmail.com.


For more information, please visit our conference website: https://ecasecs2020.wordpress.com/




Panels Seeking Papers

see 2020 conference site: https://ecasecs2020.wordpress.com/panels-seeking-papers/


John Gay at 300

300 hundred years ago, John Gay’s Poems on Several Occasions was published. This panel intends to celebrate to greatness of this satircal master by presenting papers on his work, life, and cultural milieu. All approaches are welcome: Gay as poet, Gay as dramatist, Gay as prose writer. Gay as Scriblerian, Gay as cultural marker, etc. Please send 250-word abstracts to Dr. Anthony Lee (lee.tony181@gmail.com) by June 1, 2020.

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 “Material Matters” 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.