[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED for SCSECS (South Central ASECS) Feb 25-27 2016

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South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
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The deadline for abstracts of proposed papers for this year's SCSECS meeting (South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) in Oklahoma City has been extended to November 30, 2015.

An updated list of proposed panels is available at http://www.scsecs.net/scsecs/2016/panels.html Panel chairs have been asked to forward any proposals that will not fit on a full panel to the conference organizer.

A full description of the conference itself is available on our Call for Papers page: http://www.scsecs.net/scsecs/2016/cfp.html

The organization's website, with links to a registration form, hotel and travel information, and previous years' conference programs, is http://www.scsecs.net

The 2016 SCSECS conference theme is "East Meets West in the Eighteenth Century." The theme is meant to be evocative rather than exclusionary, so if you've got an idea for a paper or panel that doesn't quite fit with the east/west theme... Send it in anyway!

We will also consider complete panels (that is, panels that have three or four presenters already in place) up to November 30.

The meeting will take place at the historic Skirvin Hilton hotel in downtown Oklahoma City on February 25-27. We have been able to secure a fantastic sleeping room rate, but the number of rooms available in the block is limited so reservations should be made as soon as presenters hear back that their paper has been accepted.

If you have any questions, or if you have a proposal for a paper that does not fit any of the panel topics on the list, please contact the conference organizer:

Susan Spencer
Professor of English
University of Central Oklahoma
100 N. University Dr., Box 184
Edmond, OK 73034

Conference Bonus:

    The University of Central Oklahoma will host an Asian Studies Development Program workshop, to be held at the Skirvin Hilton all day on Thursday, February 25, and a follow-up series of panel discussions on various aspects of Asian culture, politics, and history on the following day. The sponsors have invited SCSECS members to attend any one of these talks on either day, so if you want to come a bit early or do some "corridor crossing" during our concurrent panels on Thursday or Friday, this might be a chance to increase your knowledge of Confucian philosophy, traditional music, or Chinese art and calligraphy.
    Both the ASDP group and SCSECS will enjoy a plenary luncheon at the Oklahoma City Petroleum Club, located directly across the plaza from the Skirvin Hilton: http://www.petroleumclubokc.com/ . The luncheon will feature a presentation by Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak of the University of Hawai'i. Professor Wichmann-Walczak is a leading expert in the United States on Jingjù, or "Beijing opera," which got its start in the reign of Emperor Quianlong (1711-1799), sixth emperor of the Qing Dynasty.
    Before the presentation we are planning a live east/west face-off between Beijing-style and western-style opera singers, which is bound to be an unforgettable event. The Petroleum Club itself--a private club for Oklahoma City's oil and gas executives, located at the penthouse of the second-highest building in the city with sweeping views of the capital building and other local landmarks--would be well worth the trip in itself.

We hope to see you in Oklahoma City this year!