NEASECS is a regional interdisciplinary association for the study of eighteenth-century history, literature, arts, and culture. It was founded in 1977 and is affiliated with the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, serving the Northeastern region of the United States and eastern Canada. We hold our annual meeting in the fall, normally in September, October, or November.

NEASECS 2020:

POSTPONED due to Covid-19

Will be rescheduled to 2021. Stay tuned.

Traffic in the Global Eighteenth Century

Fordham University, NYC
September 25-27, 2020

CFPs posted. Submit to panel organizers by April 5, or directly to the conference by April 15.

It would be difficult to imagine New York City without traffic, but traffic should not be understood merely as the polluting congestion of its highly frequented streets and waterways, an issue already present in New Amsterdam. Traffic also underlines the commerce, or the passing through different hands as the Encyclopédie's "Trafiqué" underlines, both legal and illicit, of goods, bodies, books, artworks, monies, services, and ideas that is as central to New York City today as it was to the global eighteenth century.

For this 43rd edition of NEASECS, we invite panels, papers, and other interventions on the topic of traffic in the global eighteenth century: be it book smuggling, human trafficking, drugs & arms smuggling, import/export, transnational and/or colonial exchanges, or money traders and currency converters; the traffic of ideas as well as objects of knowledge and aesthetic beauty (art objects, fashion...); the infrastructure (or lack thereof) that facilitated the movements of such a global and local traffic; and/or the effects and affects of traffic/trafficking including the sonic. All disciplines from the history of science, history of the book, history of religion, architecture, art history, music history, and history, to literary studies, anthropology, and sociology are encouraged to participate. Round tables are also highly encouraged.

Of course, in the long tradition of NEASECS, panels on topics different from the theme of the conference are also welcome.


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