Rethinking the Academic Conference – Notes from ASECS 2016

Rethinking the Conference" reconfigures the room as a circle so we can all interact. Photo courtesy of Mattie Burkert.

Prefatory Note: What follows is a working outline of suggestions generated at the “Rethinking the Academic Conference” workshop held at the 2016 ASECS meeting in Pittsburgh. In addition to the notes taken during that workshop, I asked that remote members use the #myasecs hashtag to provide further suggestions and comment. I am grateful to David…



Call for Papers 47th ASECS Annual Meeting and the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society Pittsburgh, PA March 31-April 3, 2016 Proposals for papers should be sent directly to the seminar chairs no later than 15 September 2015. Please include your telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address. You should also let the session chair know of…

18th-Century California: An Unhealed Wound

Carte de la Californie: suivant I. la Carte manuscrite de l’Amérique de Mathieu Néron Pecci olen dresses à Florence en 1604, II. Sanson 1656, III. De l’Isle Amérique Sept. 1700, IV. le Pere Kino Jesuite en 1705, V. la Société des Jésuites en 1767 (1770)
By Didier Robert de Vaugondy (1723-1786)
Library of Congress Geography and Map Division

With the recent American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) conference held in California, we here at ABOPublic discovered recent news regarding eighteenth-century California. Research led me to learn that Pope Francis announced on 15 January 2015 that he plans to canonize Junipero Serra(1713-1784). Serra was a Spanish Franciscan priest responsible for the conversion of approximately…

Colonial Williamsburg: May the Future Learn From the Past

“During Colonial Williamsburg’s evening program, “Cry Witch,” guests are invited to question the witnesses, weigh the evidence and determine the guilt or innocence of Grace Sherwood, “the Virginia Witch.” Image and caption via History.org

If you’re looking for neat know-how of Colonial America, look no further than Colonial Williamsburg, located in Williamsburg, Virginia. If you’re a history buff looking for both an educational and entertaining historical experience, visiting Colonial Williamsburg is a great option. You can visit the local silversmith to learn how furnishings and such were made in the eighteenth century…

ASECS Roundtable: From Dissertation to Publication

Proposing Men: Dialectics of Gender and Class in the Eighteenth-Century English Periodical (1998) By Shawn Lisa Maurer Stanford University Press

In this post, we publish Shawn Maurer’s valuable talk from the ASECS 2011 Women’s Caucus roundtable, “From Dissertation to Publication.” It is largely unedited, and we are grateful to Professor Maurer for allowing us to reopen this conversation here on ABOPublic.   ASECS 2011 Vancouver Good afternoon. I want to start by thanking Misty Anderson for…