Annual Meeting


36th Annual Conference of the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

18-20 February 2010
The Carnegie Hotel
Johnson City, Tennessee
Hosted by East Tennessee State University

“Echoes of Heritage and Place”

Dear SEASECS 2010 Conference Participants:

Welcome to the mountains of East Tennessee! While one can rarely predict just what kind of winter we will enjoy this coming mid-February, we do hope that you will come to enjoy the conference, the facilities, the scenery and the local culture. We promise to provide you with an eclectic mix of bluegrass, Molière and barbeque that will leave you with unforgettable tales. Again, welcome from this year’s SEASECS conference committee and East Tennessee State University!

Judith Bailey Slagle

ETSU Chair of English

East Tennessee State University welcomes participants in the 36 th annual conference of the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Here in southern Appalachia, we offer a variety of opportunities to explore notions of home, family, and culture during the long eighteenth century. We invite topics that trace these matters within specific literary genres or modes of entertainment during the same period. Of course, this theme is only a suggestion, and we cordially invite papers and panels that address all types of subject areas, including art, drama, printing, music, history, religion, race, and gender. Plenaries will include presentations on British drama by Jean Marsden and on Scottish fiddle music by Jane MacMorran.  Other special presentations include a theatrical production of Tartuffe that will be preceded by an informal chat with Freyda Thomas, who served as translator of this adaptation of Molière's play, as well as a concert of period Appalachian music.

Conference accommodations will be at The Carnegie Hotel, just across the street from ETSU; our meetings will also take place in that hotel. You can learn more about accommodations (including the Carnegie Hotel Spa) on our "Hotel Information" page. SEASECS attendees may also enjoy nearby Jonesborough, the oldest town in Tennessee (full of antiques, unusual shops, the National Storytelling Center, and one-of-a-kind restaurants), nearby Bristol Tennessee/Virginia (the birthplace of modern country music), and the numerous opportunities afforded by our natural setting, including the Appalachian Trail (fabled in song and story) and the ETSU Arboretum. And, yes, we are fairly close to the Bristol Motor Speedway, Asheville, NC (the site of the Biltmore Mansion), and Knoxville, TN.

We look forward to seeing you!

Questions regarding any information about the conference may be directed to Dr. Karen Cajka at or Dr. Judith Slagle at .

Portions of this website have been appropriated, updated, and amalgamated from other SEASECS sites hosted by other institutions.

Portions of this website include details and manipulations of images from William Hogarth’s paintings, A Scene from The Beggar's Opera, The Denunciation, The Fishing Party, After (Outdoor Scene), Surrounded by Artists and Professors, The Tavern Scene, The Distressed Poet, The Strode Family, Calais Gate, The Lady's Last Stake, and Sigismonde. We are happy to remove them should he object to our using them.

We are happy to post the program of our upcoming SEASECS 2010 conference. Please contact should you have any questions about the program.

Click here to get a .pdf file of the SEASECS 2010 conference program.