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Call for Papers

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

53rd Annual Meeting

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch

March 9-11, 2023

The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) is pleased to announce our Call for Papers for our 53rd Annual Meeting, to be held March 9-11, 2023 at the St. Louis Hyatt Regency at the Arch. The Society, established in 1969, is the foremost learned society in the United States for the study of all aspects of the period from the later seventeenth through the early nineteenth century. 


We are committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming conference environment in which all members participate fully in the exchange of knowledge and ideas. We welcome scholars pursuing all aspects of eighteenth-century studies and in all careers and career stages: in graduate studies; in tenured, tenure track, or non-tenure track academic positions; in part-time or temporary positions in the academy; and colleagues in contexts beyond the academy including libraries, museums, publishing, and teaching, as well as independent scholars. Please join us whether you are a long-time member, or new to ASECS!


New this year! We are collecting submissions centrally. Chairs of sessions will review applications to their sessions as in past years and forward their decisions to the Executive Director, Benita Blessing ( You can find further instructions on the form itself (see below). Chairs have received separate instructions per email; contact the Executive Director if you need another copy.


  1. Please review the sessions to which you can apply via the link below. You can contact the chairs (emails are listed with each session) for further information:

1. Please apply to the session you are interested in on this form.

Applications not submitted through this form will not be considered. Should this requirement pose a technical obstacle for you, please contact the Executive Director Benita Blessing for assistance ( Thank you! ​


2. We will hold a “how to submit” virtual session on Friday Sept. 2 at 11:00am EDT. Advance registration is required: ASECS Submission “How To”. Scholars new to ASECS’s conference format with questions and returning ASECS conference members are welcome to attend! We will post a short video after the meeting with information for anyone who cannot make it. 

3. Deadline: EXTENDED to Monday, Oct. 24, 11:59pm EDT. Session organizers will consider all applications submitted through the submissions form up through the deadline. Acceptances will be sent out early November.

4. Submission guidelines: 

  • The Society’s rules permit members to present only one paper at the meeting. Members may, in addition to presenting a paper, serve as a session chair, a respondent, a workshop facilitator, or a roundtable, seminar, or workshop participant. No member may appear more than twice in the program (excluding sessions sponsored by ASECS).

  • Chairs may not present a paper at sessions they chair. 

  • No individual may submit paper proposals to more than two panels. Please indicate in each submission if you are applying to two sessions (you will need to submit 2 different online forms).

  • Since you can present only one paper at the meeting itself, you must notify both panel chairs if you are submitting two proposals for papers, whether or not the proposals concern the same topic. You must also notify both panel chairs if you are proposing both a paper and a roundtable version of the same material, since paper and roundtable versions of the same presentation may not be given at the conference.

  • All participants must be members in good standing of ASECS or of a constituent society of ISECS. Membership must be current as of December 1, 2022 for inclusion in the program. You can find the link to join or renew your membership, along with more information about the many benefits an ASECS membership includes, here: ASECS Membership

5. ASECS has published a statement about attending our conference in St. Louis in the aftermath of Roe v. Wade. You can read it here: 

6. ASECS is committed to providing a safe and healthy conference experience for all participants. We will continue to monitor the local, national, and international situations for COVID-19 and other health concerns, and will work to craft appropriate policies and guidelines. We will keep members informed via email, our website, and social media.

7. Requests for accommodations can be made on the submission form, or by contacting the Executive Director Benita Blessing directly ( at any time. Please note that requests made fewer than 2 weeks before the conference may be difficult to honor.

8. If you have questions or technical issues, please email the Executive Director Benita Blessing ( or the Program Committee Chair Andrew Graciano ( 


Finally, please join us in thanking this year’s committee members, without whom an annual conference would not be possible:


  • Chair: Andrew Graciano, U South Carolina, Art History,

  • Daniel O’Quinn, Guelph, English/Theater

  • Logan Connors, U of Miami, French

  • Danielle Spratt, Cal State Northridge, English

  • Franny Brock, UNC, Art History


Thank you for your interest in our conference. We look forward to an exciting, engaging, and community-building #ASECS2023. 


Benita Blessing | Executive Director |

Andrew Graciano | Program Committee Chair |

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