EC/ASECS 2013 Conference


EC/ASECS 2013 Conference

November 7-9, 2013
Doubletree Hotel, 237 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

"Retirement, Reappraisal, and Renewal in the Eighteenth Century"

Retirement was an important term with many applications in the Eighteenth Century; it had then and continues now to have resonances in fields as disparate as philosophy and politics, art history and literature, military affairs and country living. It is also a subject that almost invariably leads to many open-ended questions. Retirement from what or to what, or more simply, what next? Is retirement even possible? Is retirement an end in itself, a momentary pause, a strategic withdrawal, an evasion, or a new beginning? Is retirement a necessary fiction, and if so, necessary for whom? Is retirement enough to hope for, or is there something more to be wished?

We invite papers and panels from all academic fields in which retirement, reappraisal, and renewal are important themes of continuing interest. And, as always, we will do our best to find panels for papers addressed to entirely different themes and interests. Please join us in the City of Brotherly Love for intellectual stimulation, good company, and a chance to check out Philadelphia's celebrated Avenue of the Arts.

Proposals for panels were due by March 15, but will continue to be accepted until the program is full. Please send panel proposals to the conference chairs: Geoff Sill ( Doreen Saar ( or Peter Briggs ( Please send abstracts of papers by June 15 to the panel chairs, with copies to the conference chairs (in case they cannot all be accepted by the panel chair to which they were directed). We will try to find a place for all papers suited for presentation.