Illustration by John Vanderbank for Vida y hechos del ingenioso hidalgo
Don Quixote de la Mancha
(London, 1738)
decorative vignette depicting angels

Call for Papers

The South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SCSECS)
Rescheduled for late February or early March 2023 - exact date to be determined

Bryan and College Station, TX

The eighteenth-century community has spent the past two years wandering through the desert of a pandemic. Now, the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies welcomes weary travelers to refresh themselves in the intellectual and cultural oasis of SCSECS 2023: The Quixotic Eighteenth Century. Held amid the twin cities of Bryan and College Station, Texas, the conference will combine the rural, small-town charm of Main Street, USA, with the cosmopolitan and culinary attractions of a major university town. Whether your interests are in history, literature, politics, sports, or food, SCSECS 2023 will offer a generous buffet to satisfy the mind and body.

In the questing and whimsical spirit of Don Quixote, SCSECS welcomes panel proposals including (but certainly not limited to!): literature and literary genre; interdisciplinary connections; sports history; food ways and culinary history; questions of borderland theory and identity; women in the eighteenth century; Enlightenment philosophy; children's literature; eighteenth-century pedagogies; textual and archival methodologies; and global networks of circulation (including trade, material culture, art, and intellectual thought).

Finally, SCSECS is delighted to announce that the 2023 Plenary Address will be delivered by Professor Eduardo Urbina, who will be speaking on "Don Quixote in the Eighteenth Century: Illustrated Editions at the Cushing Memorial Library."

SCSECS 2022 will be held at the serene and beautiful Stella Hotel (ranked #3 in Texas in the 2020 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards). The Stella is located in the beautiful Texas countryside, only a few minutes away from both the charming historic center of Bryan, Texas, and from the bustling College Station area around the campus of Texas A&M University.

The Plenary Address and accompanying exhibit will be held at the Cushing Memorial Library on the Texas A&M University campus. There will be opportunities to explore campus, relax inside a poolside cabana, or explore the museums, parks, thriving nightlife, and excellent restaurants of the Bryan-College Station (BCS) area!

SCSECS welcomes full panels and individual paper proposals. Please see our list of proposed panels already being assembled, or submit an individual proposal to conference organizer Sam Cahill ( by November 15, 2022.


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