Upcoming Affiliate and Regional Society Meetings
Samuel Johnson Society of the West
November 24, 2019
San Marino, California
Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, will deliver the twenty-sixth Daniel G. Blum Lecture with a talk on Johnson and Shakespeare at the Samuel Johnson Society of the West dinner meeting Sunday, 24 November 2019. Dr. Witmore has published extensively in early modern studies; his books include Passing Strange: Reflections from Shakespeare, with Rosamond Purcell; Shakespearean Metaphysics; Pretty Creatures: Children and Fiction in the English Renaissance; and Childhood and Children’s Books in Early Modern Europe (1550-1800). Among his current projects is a study of early modern wisdom literature.
South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
February 7-8, 2020
Embassy Suites Hotel, St. Augustine, FL
The conference theme is “The Speedy Enlightenment: Moving, Racing, Quickening, and Otherwise Accelerating the Long Eighteenth Century,” held in St. Augustine, Florida.
Mozart Society of America
February 13-16, 2020
The American Bach Society and the Mozart Society of America invite proposals for papers and panels to be offered at a joint conference that will take place 13-16 February 2020 at Stanford University. We are interested in exploring the many fruitful connections between generations of composers in the Bach and Mozart families, the patterns of influence and inspiration that emerged from their works and their artistic milieus, and the pathways opened by their music and musical cultures.
Western Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies
February 14-15, 2020
Colorado State University
WSECS (www.wsecs.org) invites proposals from all disciplines on the general topic of “The Eighteenth-Century Anthropocene and Biodiversity,” scheduled for Friday and Saturday of Presidents’ Day weekend, February 14-15, 2020. The Plenary Speaker is Dr. Joyce Chaplin, Professor of Early American History at Harvard University.
Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
February 20-22, 2020
SEASECS will hold its 46th annual meeting at the Macon Marriott City Center. The theme for this year's meeting is "Encounters in the 18th Century: Maps, Materials, and Media." In addition to panels and plenary sessions, special events include tours to historic sites including the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds National Historic Park, the 1869 Hay House, the Tubman Museum, historic Rose Hill Cemetery, and the Allman Brothers’ “Big House.” Host institutions include Georgia College & State University, Middle Georgia State University, and Wesleyan College.
Society of 18th Century Music
March 19–22, 2020
Royal Swedish Academy of Music, Stockholm
The Society for Eighteenth-Century Music will hold its eighth biennial conference on Thursday March 19 through Sunday, March 22, 2020, in Stockholm, Sweden, in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society
June 4–7 2020
Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey
A decade after its memorable 2010 conference on “The Science of Mind and Body in the Scottish Enlightenment,” ECSSS returns to Princeton Theological Seminary for a conference focused on religion and Enlightenment. We invite proposals for 20-minute papers (or 90-minute panels or round tables) on any aspect of this topic, including approaches that are philosophical, theological, literary, historical, scientific or medical, social or political. Papers on other aspects of eighteenth-century Scottish thought and culture are also welcome, as are papers on connections (especially religious and philosophical) between Scotland and North America.
North American Kant Society
June 5-7, 2020
The conference theme is “Kant and the Value of Humanity,” hosted at Binghamton University.
The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing
June 15-19, 2020
The written word has immense power. Manuscripts, books, newspapers, pamphlets, internet and even graffiti can define and spread knowledge as well as form tools for emancipation and liberation. Yet it can also break down communities and fuel discontent. Some argue that new technologies and strategies have enhanced the power of the written word in a negative sense. Others answer that fake news, manipulation, and ever-changing technologies have always played a role in history. Moreover, the power of the written word seems threatened by the preponderance of visual technologies in the spread of information. The conference theme explores how and to what extent the power of the written word has manifested itself in past, present and future. Scholars from a range of disciplines are invited to elaborate on the subject – from text creation, illumination and editing to dissemination and distribution of written and printed documents. Big data, digital humanities, codicology, history – whatever the method, we invite you to examine the theme from its beginnings in Sumeria and far into the future. What is the power of the written word? What has it achieved?
Society of Early Americanists
24-27 June 2020
The Society of Early Americanists Special Topics Conference “What Does It Mean to Remember?” will be held in Exeter, UK, 24-27 June 2020. Hosted by University of Exeter, 24-26 June and University of Plymouth, 27 June.
North American British Music Studies Association
July 23–26, 2020
The North American British Music Studies Association invites proposals for the Ninth Biennial NABMSA Conference hosted by Illinois State University from July 23–26, 2020. Presentations on topics related to all aspects of historical and modern British music and musical life throughout Britain, the Empire/Commonwealth, and beyond are welcome. Those that draw upon interdisciplinary or broader cultural contexts are particularly welcome. Presentations may take a variety of formats, including twenty-minute individual papers, workshops involving group participation, roundtable discussions, lecture-recitals, and themed panel sessions. The program committee actively seeks submissions from senior, mid-career, and early-career scholars, those serving within and outside of academia, as well as graduate students. Students selected to present papers are eligible for the Nicholas Temperley Prize and may also apply for the Byron Adams travel grant.
Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture