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Call for Papers

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Session Proposals for the 54th Annual Meeting

Sheraton Centre
Toronto, ON Canada
April 4-6, 2024

The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) is pleased to announce our Call for Papers for our 54th Annual Meeting, to be held April 4-6, 2024 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. The Society, established in 1969, is the foremost learned society in the United States for the study of all aspects of the period from the later seventeenth through the early nineteenth century. 

Round 4 (individual papers) and the Extended Deadline for Round 3 (sessions with availability) are now open for submissions to panels, roundtables, and special sessions (see below for the submission links).

We are committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming conference environment in which all members participate fully in the exchange of knowledge and ideas. We welcome scholars pursuing all aspects of eighteenth-century studies and in all careers and career stages: in graduate studies; in tenured, tenure track, or non-tenure track academic positions; in part-time or temporary positions in the academy; and colleagues in contexts beyond the academy including libraries, museums, publishing, and teaching, as well as independent scholars. Please join us whether you are a long-time member, or new to ASECS!

Our call for submissions has 4 rounds:

Round 1, due May 15 (completed and closed): Call for guaranteed sessions by caucuses and affiliate society chairs

Round 2, June 1-July 17 (completed and closed): Open call for session proposals by chairs (panels, roundtables, project sessions, special sessions). See “Submissions Explained” above for more information, and check the “Affiliate/Regional Society Submissions Guaranteed Sessions List” above to avoid duplication of session submissions.

Round 3, Aug. 4- Sept. 15: Open call for individual abstracts to chairs’ sessions

Round 4, Oct. 1-28: Open call for individual papers to become part of sessions (“rehoming” abstracts that were not accepted and inviting new individual papers) See link above for form.

Informational sessions:

Want to know more about what makes a good session proposal, or how to apply to a session? The Program Committee will be hosting regular informational sessions that we’ll record, as well.

The first will be Friday, May 26, 8am PT/11am ET. You can register for the meeting here: ASECS CfP Registration May 26 (Video recording will be posted soon!)

Feel free, too, to contact the Executive Director or the Program Committee by email, too!


We are collecting submissions again this year centrally via Google Forms. 

Important reminders: Passports and Visas for Canada

In addition to thinking about sessions (Round 2), abstracts (Round 3), and/or individual papers (Round 4), we also want you to be aware that next year’s meeting location in Toronto could possibly present some travel issues depending on your passport or visa status.

Please check the following well in advance of travel:

  • Is your passport up to date? If not, make sure you leave yourself enough time to renew it (in the US, allow for 9-12 weeks).
  • What kind of visa do you need? (Find more information here: Visit Canada; note the processing times and costs)

Please check with your colleagues and graduate students to ensure that any border crossings to and from Canada go as smoothly as possible. We need to make sure that everyone has enough time to get acceptances and letters of invitation as necessary – keeping on schedule with deadlines, especially, will help us reach that goal.

Thank you!

Benita Blessing, Executive Director (
The Program Committee
· Daniel O’Quinn, chair (
· Sarah Eron, Advisor for Accessibility, Disability, and Inclusion
· Dana Lew
· Robert Paulett
· Hanna Roman

Requests for accommodations can be made on the submission form, or by contacting the Executive Director Benita Blessing directly ( at any time. Please note that requests made fewer than 2 weeks before the conference may be difficult to honor.

Thank you for your interest in our conference. We look forward to an exciting, engaging, and community-building #ASECS2024.