Call for Panelists (extended): 2018 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Irish Caucus

There are still slots left for the Irish Caucus panels proposed for the 2018 ASECS conference. This meeting will be held in Orlando (FL), from March 22-25, 2018; for more information, please see

Please see the descriptions of these panels below and consider proposing a paper for one of them. Graduate students and junior scholars are especially encouraged to submit proposals (please forward this CFP to any graduate students in your programs as well). If interested, please send brief description of your paper to ASAP (or at least an expression of interest).

If you have any questions, please contact Scott Breuninger at

Panel 1: The Irish Enlightenment X

Over the past decade, Enlightenment scholars have increasingly recognized the contributions of different national traditions, such as those of Ireland, to broader strands of eighteenth-century thought. This research has spawned an impressive number of essays, books, and conference panels, illustrating the vitality of debate concerning the Irish dimension of the Enlightenment and collectively helping to define the nature of the Irish Enlightenment. This panel welcomes participants whose work focuses on Irish thought and/or its relationship to the Enlightenment world, especially papers that address either utilize new methodological approaches to the study of intellectual history or seek to address the current state of Irish Enlightenment scholarship.

Panel 2: Irish Writing in the Early Atlantic

During the eighteenth century, Ireland’s position within the emerging British Empire was fraught with tension. The nation’s economy faced a number of internal and external challenges that hampered the growth of national wealth and the social and religious inequalities codified into the legal system governing the island raised serious problems of political representation. These issues shaped the popular and literary imaginations of Irish writers, especially among those men and women who left Ireland to seek their fortunes within the Atlantic World. Moreover, those Irish that remained in the country or emigrated elsewhere were galvanized by the political change in the Atlantic world. This panel welcomes papers that explore the Irish writing within the social, literary, economic, and/or political contexts of the eighteenth-century Atlantic World (especially North America), as well as proposals that address the nature and dissemination of Irish books during this period.