[DEADLINE EXTENDED] "The Immaterial 18th Century"--NEW DEADLINE April 12

full name / name of organization: 
Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies/ Northeast Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies/Aphra Behn Society

Call for Papers
Joint Meeting of CSECS/NEASECS/Aphra Behn Society
Hosted by McMaster University
Hamilton, ON, 27-29 October, 2011

"The Immaterial Eighteenth Century"

In response to the sustained scholarly focus on the material aspects of eighteenth-century culture, the core concern of this interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and French) conference will be reactions to instability in the material realm, including but not limited to the emergence of an affective public sphere; a revaluation of labour; cosmopolitanism; sensibility; the new spiritualism; political radicalism and rights discourse; supernaturalism and the rise of the gothic; and anti-slavery and anti-imperial movements. Papers on these and any topics related to the material and the immaterial in the period will be welcomed. Panels dedicated to new theoretical models are particularly encouraged: looking beyond "thing theory" and "interiority," enquiries that have dominated the field for the last decade, what approaches can raise the ethical and political stakes in the study of eighteenth-century literature and culture?

As is traditional with CSECS, NEASECS, and the Aphra Behn Society, proposals not on the conference theme are also welcome.

Paper proposals should be emailed directly to or Peter Walmsley .

CSECS/SCEDHS liaison, Armelle St-Martin:
Aphra Behn Society liaison, Martha Bowden:
NEASECS liaison, Catherine Gallouet:

Deadline: April 12, 2011