CSECS – Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
NEASECS – Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Joint Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, 18-22 October 2017

Proposals for individual papers due by 30 March 2017

Across the long eighteenth century virtually every form of visual and textual representation and almost every area of intellectual enquiry was transformed by a changing sense of the world and its inhabitants. That change came in response to the practical experience of intercultural communication and exchange arising from both increased commerce and increasingly global conflict. Narratives of travel and contact, images depicting cultural difference both small and large, fictions of worlds new, old and exotic flooded the cultural marketplace. Theorists of statecraft and governance both then and now recognize this period as a crucial moment where conceptions of nationhood, empire, citizenship, diplomacy and globality were first broached. Kant’s desire for a cosmopolitical future was partly spurred by a century of almost continual war.

For their joint annual meeting, the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies invite panel and paper submissions that address this topic in all of its complexity. The meeting will be held in Toronto, Ontario, 18-22 October 2017 and is co-hosted by colleagues from the University of Toronto and local institutions including Humber College, Ryerson University and York University. The meeting will be held at the Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, 18-22 October 2017.

We invite proposals that investigate the cosmopolitan in a range of fields, including but not limited to literature, art and architecture, book history, education, geography, history, history of science, indigenous studies, law, linguistics, music, philosophy and political science. Among the many issues raised under this topic the organizing committee is interested in panels and proposals that address the definition of cosmopolitanism itself both in the eighteenth century and within our current critical moment, the practice of intercultural exchange that leads to the assertion or cancellation of cosmopolitan identity, the circulation of goods and peoples that impinge on emergent and disappearing understandings of the “world” and its citizens, the theorization of the desire for identities beyond that of nation, tribe or clan, the resistances to such “worlding” desires, and the specific representation of cultural contact, cultural difference and exchange. This may well be a conference populated by travellers, pirates, painters, diplomats, merchants, jurists, castaways and philosophers, some no doubt enthusiastic to the promises of cosmopolitanism, some attuned to its cost, and some skeptical about its claims.

In keeping with CSECS and NEASECS tradition, panels and papers devoted to elements of the long eighteenth century not directly related to the conference theme are also welcome. Papers in either French or English are welcome.

Individual paper proposals should include a 150-word abstract of the paper and its title, and a 150-word biographical statement including your name, academic status, institutional affiliation, membership (CSECS/NEASECS), and current e-mail address.

Please send individual paper proposals by 30 March 2017 to email

Deadline extended! Proposals for additional panels or roundtables should be sent to the organizing committee at email no later than 26 February 2017. Organizers should submit a 150-word summary of the topic and a 150-word biographical statement. Once a panel topic has been approved, it will be posted to the conference website. Individuals should submit abstracts and biographical statements directly to the panel chairs.

Panels Seeking Papers! For a list of titles, see below. For a full list with contacts and descriptions, see Proposals for papers should be sent directly to the panel chairs before 15 March. Please include a 150-word abstract and a 150-word biographical statement (including your email address, affiliation, status [e.g. student], and membership [CSECS or NEASECS]). You should also let the panel chair know of any audio-visual needs and special scheduling requests.

Panel chairs have until 15 March to send the names of participants, their e-mail addresses, biographies, and the titles and abstracts of their papers to the CSECS/NEASECS 2017 organizing committee ( Please also let us know of audio-visual needs and special scheduling requests for the panel.

If panels are over- or under-subscribed, chairs are strongly encouraged to communicate with CSECS 2017. If the panel is over-subscribed, it might be possible to create a second panel, for instance. All individual paper proposal(s) that cannot fit into a panel will be warmly considered by the organizing committee.

Our societies’ rules permit members to present only one paper at the joint meeting. Members may, in addition to presenting a paper, serve as a respondent or as session chair, or participate in a pedagogy panel or as a roundtable discussant.

All participants must be members in good standing of either CSECS or NEASECS.


For a full list with descriptions and contact emails, please see

• Le cosmopolitisme au féminin • De la République des Lettres au cosmopolitisme (17e-18e siècle) • Les observations sur la rencontre des cultures dans les œuvres et les lettres de Mme de Graffigny
• Visions du dix-huitième siècle dans la culture populaire globalisée
• Representing Beauty
• The Bubble Year (1720) and the Cultural Marketplace
• Alexandre-César Chavannes, Cosmopolitan of the 18th Century. Dialogue between Ethnographical Images and Objects through the Text of the Anthropologie ou Science générale de l’homme
• “America” in English Fiction: Advertising, Adventure, Calamity
• Translation as a Cosmopolitan Practice
• Cosmopolitan Knowledge
• Music for Shakespeare on the Stage, 1700-1800: Cosmopolitan Influences
• “Enlightened” Academic Leadership: Eighteenth-Century Scholars as Administrators (Roundtable)
• Spaces of Law and Justice
• Foreigners in London
• Advertising Cosmopolitanisms
• Military Cosmopolitanisms
• Visual and Material Cultures of Eighteenth-Century Cosmopolitanism
• Satire and Empire
• Crime and Narrative
• All the World’s a Stage
• Is the Theatre a Cosmopolitan Space?
• Operatic Cosmopolitanism
• The Spatial Fantasies of Cosmopolitanism
• Visualizing the Social World
• “...They called him Macaroni...”: Cosmopolitanism and Clothing in the Long Eighteenth Century
• Never have I ever: A new round on issues in teaching the eighteenth century (Pedagogy panel)
• The Two R’s: Calls for “Relevance” and “Relatability” in the Classroom (Pedagogy panel)
• What I Learned Teaching Jane Austen (Pedagogy panel)
• Cosmopolitan from the Very Start: Women’s Periodicals in the Eighteenth-Century World
• Dictionaries in research, teaching, and online: learning from LEME (Lexicons of Early Modern English) (Roundtable)
• Cosmopolitan Imaginings
• Cosmopolitan Feminisms (Roundtable)