NEASECS 2015 will be October 8-10 in Hartford CT, hosted by Trinity College
Giuseppe Vasi and Giovanni Battista Piranesi, The Remains of the Portico of the Temple of Jupiter and of the Temple of Fortune," by Courtesy Lombard Antiquarian Maps and Prints, Scarborough, Maine.

Texts and The City

We invite participants to reflect upon representations and meanings of urban space in the long eighteenth century.

Possible directions of enquiry: the place of cities in literature and in the arts during the eighteenth century ; the city as utopic / dystopic space;  thinking the city — urbanism in the age of the philosophes ; Cities as locus of political, economic and colonial power ; trajectories in time — historiography, cinema, lieux de mémoire ; trajectories in space — exile, travel, (self) discovery.

Organizers of panels and roundtables should submit a CV and a 100-200 word summary of the topic.  Once a session has been approved, it will be posted to the conference website; individuals should submit abstracts and CVs directly to the organizer. Individual paper proposals should include a CV and a 250-word abstract.

As always, in keeping with NEASECS tradition, panels and papers addressing elements of the long eighteenth century not directly related to the conference theme are also welcome.

  • Panel proposals should be submitted by April 16, 2015;
  • Complete panels must be submitted by June 10, 2015;
  • Individual papers can be submitted until June 10, 2015

All submissions should be emailed to to

The 2014 NEASECS meeting was held on Syracuse University campus in Syracuse, NY from September 25-28, 2014.  The theme was "Commemoration, Memory, Posterity." 

The meeting featured two plenary speakers:   Michael Burden (Musicology, Oxford), and Andrew Curran (French, Wesleyan). 

Edna Steeves Prize
for Best Graduate Student Paper

The Edna Steeves Prize is an award of $300 for the best paper delivered by a graduate student at the Annual Meeting. This prize, established in 1994, honors the memory of the late Edna L. Steeves of the English Department at the University of Rhode Island, a founding member who served as Secretary-Treasurer of NEASECS from 1989 until her death in 1995. The winner of the prize is selected by an interdisciplinary committee appointed by the President of NEASECS. Rules for submission of papers for the prize are announced on the Annual Meeting web site and in the materials distributed for the Annual Meeting.

John H. O'Neill Bursaries

The John H. O'Neill Bursaries are awards of up to $300 to graduate students to assist them with the cost of travel to the Annual Meeting. In 2002 the Society voted to name these bursaries in honor of John H. O'Neill of the English department of Hamilton College, who has served as editor of the NEASECS Newsletter since 1989. Up to six awards per year may be made. The chairs of the Annual Meeting decide to whom the awards are made. Graduate students who are presenting papers at the Annual Meeting and wish to apply for John H. O'Neill Bursaries should send their inquiries to the Annual Meeting chairs.

NEASECS 2014 September 25-28 at Syracuse University, Syracuse NY
NEASECS 2013 October 3-6 at Yale University, New Haven, CT
NEASECS 2012 October 11-13 at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
NEASECS 2011 October 27-29 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
NEASECS 2010 October 21-23 in Buffalo, NY
NEASECS 2009 November 5 - 8 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
NEASECS 2008 October 30 - November 2 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York
NEASECS 2007 October 25-28 at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
NEASECS 2006 November 9-12 at Salem State College, Salem, Massachusetts
NEASECS 2005 30 September - 2 October 2005, Fredericton, New Brunswick
NEASECS 2004 4-6 November 2004, Univ. of Vermont.

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