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CFP: The Global Eighteenth Century (WSECS)

We are happy to announce that the 2019 meeting of the Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies will take place on February 15-16, 2019, at Arizona State University.

The conference will be centered around the theme, “The Global Eighteenth Century” and will feature a plenary panel to debate the question, “What Is a ‘Global Eighteenth Century’?”

Our goals are several: to explore global connections and developments across the eighteenth century; to emphasize the importance of attending to such connections and developments in our research and teaching; to highlight the work that is already being done in this vein and to create an environment that encourages more of it in the future; and for that purpose, to bring together fields of eighteenth-century and early modern study that do not normally talk to each other, or not sufficiently so.

We therefore now invite submission of proposals for individual papers as well as ready-formed panels or roundtables; proposals that fit the conference theme are particularly encouraged, but the conference is open to presentations on all aspects of eighteenth-century studies. We invite scholars from all disciplines on all aspects of eighteenth-century culture. We seek to encourage proposals in particular from scholars interested in a broad range of disciplines representing the whole of the world, including the music, art, history, literature, economies, and cultures of Asia, Africa, and South America.

For full consideration, please send a 250-word abstract by October 1, 2018, to organizers Victoria Thompson (, Sören Hammerschmidt (, and Young Oh (; proposals for complete panels and roundtables should also include a short rationale and goals for the panel.

For more information about the conference, please visit the official WSECS website (

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