DEADLINE EXTENDED: Asia in the 18th Century panel: ASECS conference, Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 2022, Baltimore MD

deadline for submissions: 
October 8, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
American Society for 18th-Century Studies
contact email: 

Seeking proposals for papers on any aspect of Asia for a 3-4 person panel at this year's American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual meeting at Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The original September deadline has been extended to October 8.


 Please send an abstract of 150-250 words to Susan Spencer, University of Central Oklahoma: sspencer@uco.edu

 The ASECS home page can be found at https://www.asecs.org/

 This year's conference information page can be found at https://www.asecs2022.org/

Asia in the long eighteenth century was a dynamic place. Widespread social and political upheaval, along with efficient, affordable new avenues for the dissemination of written material and household goods, created a ready market for novel commodities and fresh genres in art and literature. An increasingly affluent merchant class demanded luxury goods and commodities that reflected their own needs and interests rather than catering exclusively to the courtly tastes of the entrenched aristocracy. How did the creations of Asian artisans, artists, and authors question—or fail to question—traditional expectations for class and gender? How did they challenge aristocratic values charged with assumptions that privilege rank, property, and patriarchy? This panel welcomes reflections on these and other developments in eighteenth-century Asia.