NEASECS 2021 Call for Panels-Traffic in the Global Eighteenth Century

deadline for submissions: 
April 21, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies
contact email: 

Thank you for considering chairing a panel for the NEASECS2020/2021 conference. Thank you to all of you who submitted panels or papers to the NEASECS 2020 conference “Traffic in the Global Eighteenth Century.” We have made the decision to postpone the NEASECS 2020 conference to November 5-7, 2021. All accepted papers and panels will be automatically accepted and included in the program for the fall 2021 conference. The NEASECS 2020/2021 conference will be held in hybrid mode (both in-person and online). 

The good news is that we are still accepting more panel proposals by April 21, 2021.

Potential topics include the traffic in the global eighteenth century, the circulation of goods and people, the traffic of ideas as well as objects of knowledge and aesthetic beauty (art objects, fashion, curiosities…), the smuggling of books, arms, drugs, commodities, the Atlantic slave trade and other forms of human trafficking, currency conversions and money traders, the effects and affects of traffic/trafficking including the sonic (noise, music, etc.) the infrastructure (or lack thereof) that shaped local, transnational and colonial circuits of exchange and, finally, modes of transport and the material forms of gridlock in congested urban areas. Although in the tradition of NEASECS conferences, others subject matters are also acceptable.

A Panel Session typically has 3-4 panelists and a panel chair that leads the discussions. The duration of a Panel is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Panels should not have more than 4 presenters and should allow for at least 20 minutes of discussion. Panels can have respondents if desired. Panels can be in languages other than English.

Interested scholars are encouraged to submit their Panel proposal to NEASECS2020/2021. Potential panel organizers need to prepare the proposals including the following information:

  • Title of the panel
  • Panel description (1-2 ¶)
  • Format for submissions (title, abstract, institution, email, etc.)
  • Contact information of the organizer/s (institution, email)
  • Bio of the organizer/s (1 ¶)
  • Possibility of follow-up publications, edited books, special issues, etc.
  • If your panel will have special needs, please indicate these as well

Proposal Submission & Decisions 

Please submit your proposals as a doc or pdf file to Lina Jiang (, no later than April 21, 2021.

Notification of the acceptance of your panel will be made no later than April 22, 2021.


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