South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, February 21-23, 2013

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The SCSECS Planning Committee and Sam Houston State University welcome you to our 2013 conference. The theme will be "Frontiers of Friendships, Close and Distant" and will be held February 21-23 in Austin, Texas, the "live music capital of the world."

Our conference organizers have negotiated a bargain rate with one of Austin's most attractive and luxurious of hotels, no less than the Courtyard Marriott. Located in the heart of ever-lively Austin at 300 E. 4th Street, this top-level accommodation will be available as a veritable steal for SCSECS participants at an easygoing $ 174. Those eager to make early reservations should call the Marriott Nationwide Reservation number 1-800-321-2211 or, better still, call the helpful staff directly on the property at 512-236-8008. Be sure to explain that you are booking a SCSECS room so that we can keep our facilities costs low and thereby benefit the organization, and in order for you to get the treatment reserved for honored conferees. Please reserve as soon as possible; after January 30, 2013, the rate will be higher.

The hotel is very conveniently located, across from the Metro Rail, near the Metro Bus line and within walking distance of interesting sites, such as O'Henry's home, the Paramount Theater, Austin Museum of Art, the Texas State Capitol and the State History Museum. Famed Barton Springs is a hike away, as is beautiful Zilker Gardens Nature Center. There will be food and music for all tastes that you can easily walk to: the Warehouse Entertainment District, the Sixth Street Entertainment District and the South Congress area. For your dosage of political humor, don't miss Esther's Follies magic and musical comedy troupe, only a block from the hotel. Further away, on the campus of the University of Texas, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Harry Ransom Center and the LBJ Library and Museum offer a variety of interesting exhibits. Also, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a lovely trek for all you nature lovers.

For the banquet on Saturday night, February 23, our plenary speaker will be Caroline Crimm, historian of tejanos and the southwest. Speaking on "Romantic Interludes in Eighteenth-Century Northern New Spain," she will bring to light her recent archival research in Texas, Mexico and Spain. For our entertainment and fun, the delightful group from Oklahoma, Ladies at Play, will perform music from their English country dance and regency repertoire, and perhaps will even inspire some to kick up their heels and toes for an 18th-century hoedown.

Our conference aims to explore how people in the long eighteenth century conceived of and experienced friendships. What philosophical changes developed with regard to the idea of friendship? How did class and gender affect attitudes toward friendship? What personal, political and societal virtues supported friendship? In SCSECS's tradition of friendly openness, we welcome panels and papers on other topics as well. Our presenters typically come from a variety of disciplines covering the period 1650-1850.

In a sneak preview, we are happy to say that Catherine Jaffe is planning a panel on "Women's Friendship and Networks in the Long Eighteenth Century," Gloria Eive is organizing a panel on "Frontiers and Engagements: Friends, Lovers and Anti-Heroes," Colby Kullman, the distinguished retiree, has agreed to continue offering his panel on "Overlooked Tests" and James Mock will present a panel of philosophers on "Hume and the Usual Suspects." Kevin Cope promises an exciting panel called "Best Friends by Mail: The Past and Present Role of Electronic, Postal and Other Correspondence in Eighteenth-Century Studies."

DEADLINES: Please send proposals for panels by October 20 and proposals for individual papers by December 10, 2012, to Frieda Koeninger,

Dept. of Foreign Languages
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, Texas 77340-2147