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A Message from ASECS Executive Director, Lisa Berglund







Welcome to the 2021 Online Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies!

After the cancellation of our 2020 Annual Meeting in St. Louis, we looked forward to holding our next meeting, in person, in Toronto. But a year later, the border between the United States and Canada remains closed and pandemic restrictions preclude large gatherings like those we have enjoyed in the past.

However, a special frontier has been crossed. With our first fully online conference, ASECS is embarking on a new adventure. The process of creating this online event has been challenging, exciting, and sometimes a little bit scary! We are confident, however, that the 51st Annual Meeting will supply the intellectual and social pleasures you have come to expect from an ASECS gathering, as well as introduce useful media and methods for sharing our scholarship in the future. What we learn about virtual gatherings this year will contribute to shaping the direction of ASECS meetings to come. Please enjoy, learn, explore, and afterward, let us know what you think.

Register today and receive immediate access to the online Meeting platform, where you can complete your Attendee profile, browse the Sponsors page for offers from publishers, and customize a schedule of sessions that you would like to attend. Access to each individual session, which will be held in a Zoom meeting room, will be made available shortly before each scheduled event. All times are Eastern.

Download the mobile app! Participate in the Meeting from your phone. Android and iPhone versions are available in your app store. Search and download "ASECS 2021."

The Annual Meeting will begin with “On the Playing Cards of the Citizen Dulac in the Year II,” Jeffrey Ravel’s postponed 2020 Presidential Address. Join us at 11:00 am Eastern on Wednesday, 7 April for this inaugural event!


Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Art, Theater and Music Fund and the ingenuity and hard work of ASECS members, this year’s meeting includes two performances: a pre-recorded lecture and concert of Brescian string music, on Friday, 9 April at 6:15 pm Eastern, and a live performance of Susannah Centlivre’s A Bickerstaff’s Burying, followed by discussion, at 6:15 pm on Saturday, 10 April.

The meeting also features our Awards Ceremony and Business Meeting, gatherings for caucuses and affiliate societies, two Listening Sessions to help shape the future direction of ASECS, and 184 workshops, roundtables, and paper sessions.

Questions? Visit our FAQ page or contact the Business Office at Once the Annual Meeting begins, you can more quickly reach us at


I hope you enjoy the ASECS 2021 Online Annual Meeting!


Yours truly,

Lisa Berglund

Executive Director

ASECS 2021 Online Annual Meeting Information for Attendees and Participants 

9 March 2021

We are excited that ASECS 2021 Online is only a month away, and we hope you will be participating!  

Last week, panel chairs attended a training session that included information on what to expect during the online annual meeting.  I have included (below) links to a recording of this session and also the PowerPoint slides. You are strongly encouraged to review this information, whether you will be attending as a speaker or as an audience member.

Some important takeaways from the training:

* Live streaming is the preferred method of presentation.  If you are a presenter, confirm your presentation type with your session chair.

* If you are a presenter and wish to record a talk to be viewed before your session meets, the recording should be uploaded to a site such as Google Drive or YouTube. The link to the recording should then be submitted to ASECS here: . Do NOT submit videos to the ASECS Office. If you wish to play a recording of your talk during your session, provide the link to your session chair. Playing a recorded talk during a session is recommended only if you anticipate serious trouble with connectivity.

* If you would like to share a copy of your paper in advance, send a .pdf to Do NOT send videos to this email address.  These papers will be made available to all attendees.

* The deadline for submitting recordings and papers that you wish to make available for advance viewing/reading is March 19, 2021.

* The online conference space will open approximately five (5) days before the annual meeting begins for all registered participants. This will give you plenty of time to explore the space including our Book Exhibitors!  While you are exploring, you may wish to update your attendee profile to include your photo and contact information. While this is not required, it is recommended to improve networking within a virtual space.

Additional information about the ASECS 2021 annual meeting can be found at Please note that the .pdf of the program is updated with corrections every few days.

Many more details are covered in the recording/presentation (below), so please do take time to review this information.  

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ASECS Office.





Welcome to the 2021 ASECS Online Annual Meeting!

We are looking forward to the 2021 ASECS Annual Meeting!


Here’s a brief welcome message from ASECS President Bill Warner and Executive Director Lisa Berglund:


Although we regret that our Society cannot meet in person in Toronto as originally planned, we are pleased to be gathering in our first Online Meeting, 7-11 April 2021. We can still enjoy spirited scholarly conversations and good fellowship. Our Program includes:

  • 180 Panels, Roundtables, and Workshops

  • The Clifford Lecture and the postponed 2020 Presidential Addresses

  • Awards Ceremony and Business Meeting

  • Publisher’s Exhibit Hall with opportunities for one-on-one meetings with representatives

  • A Social Wall where participants can connect with one another

  • The Doctor Is In mentoring program with a Social Wall

  • A Concert and a Farce

  • Cocktail and coffee hours, Business Meetings,

  • Affiliate and Caucus gatherings, including the Women’s Caucus Luncheon


Here’s some preliminary information:


Annual Meeting Website and App


The 2021 Annual Meeting Website is, where you can find the most current information on the Meeting and registration. After you register, you will receive information on how to access the Online Annual Meeting platform. Registration will open on February 16.

New this year! An Annual Meeting conference app is in development and will be made available shortly before the Meeting.


Program Information and Deadlines


The draft of the meeting Program is available here: Chairs have been asked to review their sessions and submit corrections or questions to Changes must be received by February 19 to appear in the printed program.  The Program is posted in .pdf format on the Meeting website. This version will be updated as needed, including during the Meeting.

The printed edition of the Program may be purchased for $7.50. Place your order on the registration form. Orders received after March 15 cannot be guaranteed to arrive by the first day of the Meeting.


Membership and Registration


Only current members of ASECS or of ISECS-affiliate societies may present at the Annual Meeting. Join or renew your membership by February 19 to remain on the Program. Visit or use the link on the Meeting registration form, which will become available on February 16.


Annual Meeting Format

Programming will begin daily at 11:00 am EST and run through 6:00 or 7:30 pm EST. Our conference platform uses Zoom for sessions and breakout groups. Early access to the platform will be made available prior to the Annual Meeting, to allow participants to familiarize themselves with the site.


Sharing Material in Advance and Pre-Recording


We originally stated that all paper sessions would need to be pre-recorded. However, in the months since that announcement was made, societies like ours have learned a lot about successful online meetings. Following new best practices, pre-recording presentations is now optional; we do strongly recommend it for anyone with an unstable internet connection, or for panel chairs who wish to ensure that time limits are strictly observed. Guidelines for recording your presentation using Zoom (and adding captioning, if you wish) will be available on the 2021 Annual Meeting website.

Information will be forthcoming for chairs or panelists who wish to upload a .pdf or PowerPoint presentation in advance.


Training for session chairs will be provided in a Zoom meeting on March 5, 2021, 11 am – 12 pm EST. You will be given instructions on managing your sessions, including screen-sharing. If you are a chair and have not received an invitation to this training session, please contact the Business Office. The Training Session will be recorded and available to those who are unable to attend the live training session. All sessions will also be staffed by a representative of the Business Office.


One great advantage of the online format is that the entire meeting can be recorded, and sessions will remain available for conference registrants to view for a month after the meeting ends. We hope this will reduce the frustration of finding that a must-see panel was scheduled at the same time as your own paper. Information on accessing recordings will be provided at the conclusion of the meeting.

Affiliate Societies and Caucuses


Affiliate societies and caucuses are invited to host breakout groups during the Affiliates and Caucuses Cocktail/Coffee Break on Thursday, 2:50-3:30 pm EST, and may hold their business meetings in breakout sessions on Saturday, 3:55-4:55 pm EST. Please inform the Business Office if your group would like to organize one of these events.

New this year! Affiliates and Caucuses will have weblinks on the conference platform. Please send the current link to your organization’s website and a logo if you have one to the Business Office, and it will be added to the conference platform. (If we don’t hear from you, we will use the material we have on file.)


We know you have many questions and even anxieties about online meetings. So do we! But we are doing the best we can to make this new experience as smooth and comfortable as possible. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at  if we can help in any way. We are discovering many exciting ways to enhance our Annual Meetings and are eager to share them with you. See you in April!


Lisa Berglund and Aimee Levesque

ASECS Office

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