EC/ASECS 2011 Conference


EC/ASECS 2011 Conference

The annual meeting of the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth- Century Studies, hosted by the Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus, was held at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College, Pennsylvania, on November 3, 4, 5, and 6, 2011.

Founded in 1855, The Pennsylvania State University has a system of statewide campuses and five special-mission units and offers undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in 12 academic colleges. With regard to eighteenth century studies, the Pennsylvania State University Libraries has a Special Collections Library of rare books and manuscripts with materials dating from the Middle Ages and a relatively intact 18th-century library of books, pamphlets, image collections, maps, newspapers, thematic collections, and the resources of digitized collections of eighteenth-century books and documents. The faculty and students have demonstrated their dedication to eighteenth-century studies and remain on the forefront, including The ECCB: The Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography, a publication of reviews and studies on these topics, The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, a Center for the Book at the Library of Congress to promote reading, libraries, and books, with some publications dating from the eighteenth-century, and the "C18-L," comprising resources for 18th-century studies across the disciplines, which since 1990 has circulated posted messages via e-mail.

The theme for ECASECS 2011 was "Liberty" in all its aspects from 1660 to 1815. In the long eighteenth century, the hopes and aspirations of many people in the Americas and the transatlantic and transpacific world were inspired by not only dreams of liberty and freedom, but they realized their creativity and resourcefulness in representing these ideas through their actions. We invite panels and papers across disciplines that capture these ideas and actions from different perspectives, and wish that the theme of liberty, "liberté," "libertad," or "Freiheit," would inspire research and dialogue in our panels on how liberty and freedom were manifested. The Organizing Committee considered panel proposals submitted by April 15 and proposals for papers submitted by the deadline, June 15, 2011. Please address the panel proposal or abstract with your contact information and affiliation, if any, to:

Christine Clark-Evans, Department of French & Francophone Studies, 237 Burrowes Building, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, tel. 814-865-1960, fax 814-863-1103, email: