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The annual meeting of the East-Central/American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies will be held on 2-4 November 2017 at Howard University, in Washington, D.C.
Inspired by the location, the meeting’s theme, “Capital Culture and Cultural Capital,” invites papers on any aspect of the many meanings of capital and culture.

We welcome papers on…

  • the spatial and geographic meanings of capital: as seats of government and metropolitan centers; spaces within capitals (neighborhoods, coffeehouses, theaters, pleasure gardens, and more); the relationship of capitals to those they govern in nations and empires, …
  •  people who populate, represent or are at the margins of these spaces: tastemakers, rakes, fops, coquettes, milliners, merchants, designers, artists, improvers, cartographers…
  • objects and material culture: the everyday and the rare; the exotic and domestic; the needs and the wants; conspicuous consumption and invisible labor; the literary, visual, and performing arts…
  • capital as finance, money, and trade: the literary and figurative role of the monetary, banks, stocks, bubbles and busts, fortune…
  • high and low culture, and anything in-between: poetry, doggerel, opera, camp, satire, appropriation, adaptations, evolutions…

We welcome papers that explore these themes within the eighteenth century and those that consider the cultural capital of that era’s afterlife; that represent a variety of approaches, methods, disciplinary mixes; that display our scholarship and our pedagogies.

We welcome papers on knowledge, literature, the fine arts, music, science, law, medicine, history, government, philosophy, economics, religion, entertainments, daily life, and any other capital idea you conceive. As always, we will also do our best to find panels for papers addressed to different themes and questions.

Dr. Tara Ghoshal Wallace, our 2017 keynote speaker, is a Professor of English and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at George Washington University. The author of Imperial Characters: Home and Periphery in Eighteenth-Century Literature (Bucknell Univ Press 2010) and Jane Austen and Narrative Authority (Macmillan 1995), as well as the editor of Frances Burney’s A Busy Day (Rutgers Univ Press 1984), her work stretches from the Stuarts to Sir Walter Scott, and delves into issues of gender, imperialism, history, and monarchy.

Panel proposals are due March 15 [NEW DATE]and will be posted to the conference website: ECASECS2017.wordpress.com.
Proposals for individual papers and completed panels are due June 15. 

Send both panel and individual paper proposals to: ECASECS2017@gmail.com

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Image: Plan of the City of Washington, March 1792 by Andrew Ellicott, revised from Pierre Charles L’Enfant (via the Library of Congress)