Call for papers: ASECS March 22-25: "Bellies and Underbellies: Waste, Consumption, and the Eighteenth Century"

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43rd ASECS Annual Meeting San Antonio, TX March 22 – 25, 2012

"Bellies and Underbellies: Waste, Consumption, and the Eighteenth Century"


The Eighteenth Century has been dubbed the nascent moment of consumerism and consumer society. Yet, in an ever increasing world of goods, what becomes of the bad? How does an expanding Empire and an increasingly urbanized populace deal with the aftermath of its excesses? This panel seeks to ponder issues of waste in the Eighteenth Century. In seeking to understand how notions of excess and excrement might inform larger concerns of the period proposals considering both personal issues of waste and societal issues of waste are encouraged.

Proposals of 300-500 words should be sent no later than 15 September 2010. Please include your telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address. Please also let me know of any audio-visual needs and special scheduling requests. ASECS actively encourage presentations by younger and untenured scholars.

Please be reminded that if you submit a paper proposal to more than one session, you should notify all the chairs to which you have made a submission. If you fail to notify the session chairs, they will have the right to decide between themselves in which session the paper will be presented or if the paper will be excluded entirely.

All participants must be members in good standing of ASECS or a constituent society of ISECS. Membership must be current as of November 1 in order to receive pre-registration materials. Those members of constituent societies of ISECS MUST furnish a snail mail address to to receive pre-registration materials.