ASECS 2015: Calls for Papers (Due 15 September)

The Annual Meeting of American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) will be held March 19-21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California:

From the Official CFP: "Proposals for papers should be sent directly to the seminar chairs no later than 15 September 2014. Please include your telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address. You should also let the session chair know of any audio-visual needs and special scheduling requests. We actively encourage presentations by younger and untenured scholars."

I'm involved in organizing three sessions this year:

“Women on the Wrong Side of History?” Co-Organizer with Nicole Wright (University of Colorado at Boulder).

Building on past scholarship in recovery projects featuring female authors, and drawing on work in postcolonial and subaltern studies, this panel seeks new approaches to research on women who may be perceived as falling on “the wrong side of history.” When we study contested sites of memory, such as the slave economies of the Atlantic or colonial South Asia, into whose histories are we intervening, and how do structural asymmetries continue to impede such negotiations, rendering common ground difficult to find? We seek a broad range of approaches, and welcome different formats and scholarly platforms (such as intersections with architecture, art history, historical musicology, history of science, law, digital humanities, network analysis, visual arts, music history, etc.).

This session shares the theme from the upcoming Special Session Dr. Wright and I organized for MLA 2015.

Email your submission to Women on the Wrong Side of History

“Beyond Orientalism: Consumer Agency and Producer Adaptation in Asia-Europe Exchanges” Co-Organizer with Samara Cahill (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore). 

Due to early modern globalization, Chinoiserie, curry, Persian poetry, calicoes, and other "exotic" imports entered European markets, where they were adapted and imitated. In the eighteenth-century world of goods, how did the importation and/or representation of foreign goods reflect cultural exchanges that complicate our ideas of European-Asian relations? As Prasannan Parthasarathi and Brijraj Singh have recently observed (independently), much more research is needed on the reception of European imports in Asia: Europeans were not the only consumers. How were European imports (textile designs, music, painting, fashion) adapted within Asian contexts to suit local tastes? How did Asian technologies advance European industries? This panel is particularly interested in papers and projects that complicate conflations of a colonized East with passivity and imitation.

This panel is related the the Southeast Asian Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, an ISECS-affiliate.

Email your submission to Beyond Orientalism

“Queering Richardson,”  Richardson Society’s Traditional Panel. 

Amidst her fainting spells, Pamela’s verbal and epistolary self-representations frequently align her virtue with the moral and physical force of male figures. Clarissa, too, recognizes herself in terms of a masculine heroism, which scholars have tied to the construction of an androgyny that rejects gender essentialism. The possible virtues of polygamy found in Richardson's letters are mirrored in Sir Charles Grandison. Beyond homophobic caricatures like Pamela’s Mrs. Jewkes, how can we connect Richardson’s work and the responses it generated to histories of queer genders and sexualities? The Samuel Richardson Society invites proposals dealing with Richardson’s novels and other writing, as well as those focusing on readers and their responses; proposals dealing with sequels and parodies are encouraged.

Email your submission to Queering Richardson

Although I am not organizing it, I wanted to draw attention to other Richardson Society Panel.

“Richardson and Materialism” (Samuel Richardson Society) Richardson Society Seminar. Organizer Kate Parker (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse).

The Samuel Richardson Society invites papers dealing with any aspect of Richardson’s work from the perspective of eighteenth-century and/or new materialism. How, we will ask, did Richardson’s texts engage (New) science, empiricism, the body, desire, objects, agency, action? This open-access seminar will pre-circulate papers in the weeks leading up to the ASECS conference in Los Angeles. An invited respondent will open the seminar with remarks on the papers and engage the panel and audience in a workshop-style discussion. Papers (works-in-progress especially invited) will be requested by February 1st and should be no more than 15 pages in length. Graduate students and non-tenure track faculty particularly welcome.

Email your submission to Richardson and Materialism


Women's Caucus Panels for ASECS 2015

All other CFPs for this conference


Also remember, if you are a graduate student presenting at an ASECS-affiliated conference on a feminist, women's studies, gender or queer studies topic, consider submitting it to the Catharine Macaulay Prize.

Writing for Wadewitz

A Wikipedia Memorial Edit-a-Thon

May 21-22, 2014

Boston and Providence

For more on the global tributes to Adrianne Wadewitz, see my post on this site and cross-posted on HASTAC.

Northeastern University (Boston, MA)

Wednesday, 21 May 2014, 4:00 to 9:00pm

Digital Scholarship Commons at Snell Library

Wikipedia Meetup Northeastern/Boston Event Information


Brown University (Providence, RI)

Thursday, 22 May 2014, 1:30 to 6:00pm

Digital Scholarship Lab at Rockefeller Library

Wikipedia Meetup Brown/Providence Event Information


What it is: Participants from around New England are invited to gather at Brown and Northeastern to edit and create Wikipedia entries on women and other underrepresented subjects. Resources will be available, especially for Massachusetts and Rhode Island topics, to use as citations in your entries.

What to bring: Your laptop and a power adapter.
Cost: Free
You do not need to be an experienced Wikipedia editor in order to attend, just bring a willingness to learn.
Hashtags: #wadewitz and #wikiwomen
RSVP: Sign up on the Wikipedia Event pages using your username or the alternative methods found on the event pages.


Writing for Wadewitz is part of a global event to memorialize eighteenth-century scholar and Wikipedian Dr. Adrianne Wadewitz, who died suddenly in April. Her work is recognized internationally as helping to encourage more women to contribute to Wikipedia to tackle the gender gap and systemic bias in its content. Wadewitz was one of the first academics to bring Wikipedia into the classroom as part of the Wikipedia Education Program, working with her students to improve Wikipedia instead of writing traditional term papers. She had over 50,000 edits and wrote numerous featured and good articles, including Mary Wollstonecraft. You can read more about Wadewitz and her contributions via The Wikipedia Signpost, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and the Omaha World-Herald.

If you cannot make the May events, there's also a June 25th Boston Meetup scheduled.

Questions? Contact Co-Organizer, Emily MN Kugler.


Call For Graduate Student Papers: Catharine Macaulay Prize

The Catharine Macaulay Prize

Deadline for submission: May 31, 2014

Participating in Women's Caucus has been one of my most rewarding experiences at a member of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS). The annual meeting's luncheons offered a place for me to get to know other scholars in my field. I don't think I would have gone to so many ASECS conferences over the past seven years if I hadn't found this community of scholars.

During the past three years, I served on the judges' committee for the Macaulay Prize, so now that I'm Caucus secretary, I am invested in making sure this prize keeps growing in terms of the quality and quantity of submissions.

Please share this information as the May 31st deadline is new and the award has been raised from $350 to $500 this year. 

Here's the prize's official description:

The Catharine Macaulay Prize is an annual award made by the Women’s Caucus of ASECS for the best graduate student paper on a feminist or gender studies subject presented at the ASECS Annual Meeting or at any of the regional meetings during the academic year.In addition to special recognition, the prize carries a cash award of $500.

To be eligible for the prize, papers must advance understanding of gender dynamics, women’s experience, and/or women's contributions to eighteenth-century culture, or offer a feminist analysis of any aspect of eighteenth-century culture and/or society. 

The paper you submit for the prize should be the one you presented at the conference without expansion or significant revision.

Submissions for the Catharine Macaulay Prize must be sent directly to the ASECS office for consideration:


PO Box 7867
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

or as an email attachment (Word):

The winner of the prize will be notified soon after the committee has made its decision and will be announced at the following year’s annual meeting and the Women's Caucus luncheon.

For more details see the Women's Caucus Website.

More updates on the other prizes will be coming, too! But until then, read about them on the new and lovely Women's Caucus website: 

Émilie Du Châtelet Award for Independent or Adjunct Scholars 
Deadline for submission: January 15, 2015

Editing and Translation Fellowship
Deadline for submission: January 15, 2015

The Catharine Macaulay Prize
Deadline for submission: May 31, 2014

Call for Participation

Call for Participation: Transnational Eighteenth-Century Group

I'm organizing a group to look at transnational connections in the eighteenth century, tentatively named Transnational Eighteenth Century. When we gather enough members, we will apply for affiliate status with ASECS. If interested, please contact me

CFP: MLA15 "Women on the Wrong Side of History?

"Women on the Wrong Side of History?"  MLA15 Special Session CFP

This deadline has past

In Emma Rothschild’s recent study of what she terms “the inner life of empire,” she uses the microhistory of one family to tell “a story of the multiple or multiplier effects of empire.” Building the case that these “minor figures” were emblematic of “the vast changes of the times.”

How can further research on women on “the wrong side of history” and their literary contributions, material traces, and political work, (broadly defined) contribute to our understanding of literary and cultural sites ranging from the long eighteenth century through the present day?

When we study contested sites of memory, such as the slave economies of the Atlantic or colonial South Asia, how do we negotiate further the study of women on “the wrong side of history”? Into whose histories are we intervening, and how do structural asymmetries continue to impede such negotiations, rendering common ground difficult to find?

Building on past scholarship in recovery projects featuring women writers, and drawing on work in postcolonial and subaltern studies, this panel seeks new approaches to research on women who could be perceived as falling on “the wrong side of history.” Of particular interest are projects that recognize the complexity and ambivalence of these authors and their texts, and avoid understandable inclinations to chastise, ignore, or redact in order to render these figures more acceptable to today’s readers. Possible approaches include, but are not limited to:

  • discussions of either production or content (i.e., women writing as well as representations of women)
  • textual and visual methods of tracking networks involving women in the peripheries of empire and the metropole.
  • reflections on women as strong historical actors—that is, proposals moving beyond (or complicating) emphases on domesticity, or on women’s roles as consumers.

We seek a broad range of approaches, and welcome different formats and scholarly platforms (such as intersections with the digital humanities, network analysis, etc.) Of particular interest are ongoing projects whose topics fall into liminal spaces in terms of their subject, discipline, geographic focus, or methodology.

Abstracts due by 15 March 2014; appx. 300-500 words.

Emily MN Kugler:

Nicole M. Wright:

A shorter version of this CFP is on the MLA Special Sessions CFP page: