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Reminders & Upcoming Events

12 Sept. 2022

Dear colleagues,

It has been a busy couple weeks for ASECS! We have submissions to sessions for #ASECS2023 coming in every day, and so far we’ve had a smooth roll-out of our centralized submissions system. We had a good turn-out last week for our informational meeting on applying to ASECS, with great questions and suggestions. Thanks especially to Andrew Graciano, our Program Committee Chair, who helped us understand guidelines and offered advice to both chairs and submitters – see the video recording link below.

I’ve started meeting with ASECS Caucus Chairs, and plan to meet with other Caucus Chairs throughout the fall term. If you haven’t heard from me yet, I’ll reach out to you, or feel free to email me.

Events, Deadlines, & Updates:

· Membership:

o Don’t forget to renew your membership for the 2022-2023 membership period. You can do that and read about the benefits of membership here: ASECS Membership.

o Need to update your membership email or address? You can do that on your member profile page or you can email our membership partners at Johns Hopkins University Press:

o While you’re there, consider joining me in donating to one of our endowed funds, which are made possible by the generosity of members and grants. Contact me if you have any questions on how you can give to support the mission of ASECS for years to come.

· ASECS CfP: The 53rd Annual Conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, March 9-11, 2023.

o Submissions to panels, roundtables, and special sessions are due Oct. 3, 2022. More info here: ASECS #2023

o Help us plan by submitting your abstract to a session soon!

o Please tag @asecsoffice and use the hashtag #ASECS2023 on social media when advertising sessions and we’ll like and repost!

o Thank you to everyone who attended our info panel on “How to Apply to ASECS” last week. You can find an edited recording of that session here: ASECS “How to” Submissions 2 Sept 2022. You can also find that link on our Annual Meeting page, where we’ll be posting updates about registration, events, and more!

· ISECS CfP: International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 16th Conference in Rome, Italy, Monday, July 3 to Friday, July 7, 2023.

o Sept. 15, 2022: 1st round of proposals for panels and roundtables due

o Oct. 15, 2022-Jan. 31, 2023: CfP for individual papers for open panels and for new panels (arranged by the Program Committee). Proposals may be in English, French, or Italian.

o More information here: ISECS-Roma 2023

· Meetings with the Executive Director:

o Attending the German Studies Association Conference in Houston Sept. 15-18? I’ll be chairing the panel “Enlightenment Thoughts and Ideals” on Friday 9/16, 2-3:30pm. Join me for the panel, or meet up with me in the book exhibit afterwards, or email me if you’d like to chat.

o Drop-in Hours with the Executive Director: I’ll be holding virtual drop-in hours approximately twice a month. Registration is required. The first September date is now available: Wednesday Sept. 21 8am PDT/11am EDT. Drop in for a few minutes, or stay the whole hour.

o Do you live in St. Louis? I’ll be visiting our conference hotel Oct. 24-26. I’d love to meet with our local members. Send me an email or DM us on Twitter if you’re interested, and I’ll provide updates with details as I know them.

· Social media: Have you always wanted to interact more with ASECS members on social media but weren’t sure where to start? Every Saturday is #Caturday at @ASECSOffice Twitter! Post a photo of your favorite 18th-century feline, or show us how your cat is helping you with your research, teaching, or service!

Thanks to everyone for all you do – from chairing panels, to getting the word out about the conference, to suggesting creative ways to offer members year-round engagement with ASECS colleagues. As always, I’m an email, Zoom call, or phone call away. Contact me with questions, suggestions, and feedback – I’m grateful for it all.

Bien à vous,


Benita Blessing, PhD | Executive Director |