ASECS 2020 Virtual Sessions 

Virtual Session Information

To schedule an ASECS 2020 Virtual Session, fill out the ASECS Virtual Session Schedule Request Form.

To register to attend/participate in an ASECS Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting Session, please complete the meeting registration form located beneath the session.

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CFP #132 - "Rethinking Turquerie: New Definitions and Approaches."  Tuesday, October 13, 2020; 10am EDT.

A vogue for all things “Turkish” spread throughout Europe during the eighteenth century. Trade and travel between the Ottoman Empire and European states enabled Ottoman goods, including coffee, textiles, and costume albums, to flow into Europe. Likewise, artists living in the Levant, such as Jean-Baptiste Vanmour, produced numerous prints and paintings of Ottoman society for European audiences. Such objects inspired Turkish-themed masquerades in Rome, London, and Paris as well as portraits of European elites dressed à la turque. French nobles built cabinets turcs furnished with divans, sophas, and ottomans, while British and Polish monarchs erected Turkish-style tents and kiosks. Despite its immense popularity, European visual and material culture related to the Ottoman Empire remains underanalyzed. Like other forms of exoticism, turquerie has often been trivialized as a “decorative” style lacking both veracity and substance. This panel aims to critically rethink eighteenth-century objects and images categorized as turqueries. In line with recent reassessments of chinoiserie and the rococo, it seeks to explore new definitions and approaches that recognize the diversity and complexity of these works of art. Is turquerie a useful term? What are its characteristics and strategies? How do objects expand or challenge traditional understandings of turquerie? How is it similar to and different from other types of exoticism? Proposals addressing any aspect of the engagement of visual and material culture with real or imagined Ottoman forms, styles, and subjects are welcome. 


Ashley Bruckbauer, Independent Scholar


Jonathan Haddad, University of Georgia

"Cooking the Books: The Marquis de Caumont’s Turkish Cauldrons and the Ottoman Incunabula"

Mandy Paige-Lovingood, North Carolina State University

"Dislocating Tradition: Eighteenth-Century Artists, Drawing, and Turquerie"

Katherine Arpen, Auburn University

"The hammam as a model for public bathing in late eighteenth-century France"

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CFP #196 - ASECS President, Jeff Ravel – "Virtual Office Hours"

The elected officers of ASECS had been planning to hold “Officer’s Office Hours” (CFP #196) open to all members of the Society at the Annual Meeting in St. Louis.  We were looking forward to hearing about your ideas, aspirations, and concerns.  While we were not able to meet in person in St. Louis, President Jeff Ravel will hold an online office hour open to all members of the Society this coming Monday, April 27, 2020 at 4:00 PM EDT.  Feel free to stop by virtually and chat with Jeff about ASECS.

Please visit here to register for the session. Registration closes Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9:00 AM EDT.

CFP #22 - "Zooming through the Eighteenth Century"


To kick off the Virtual ASECS 2020 Annual Meeting, the Pedagogy Caucus is sponsoring an informal roundtable discussion on the joys and challenges of "Zooming through the 18th Century" during this pandemic season of remote learning. The session will include several short (5 minute) presentations on strategies and ideas for adjusting our content to new remote formats, as well as a time of open discussion, brainstorming, and encouragement. If you have a creative idea or successful strategy you'd like to share, please email the session chairs so we can add you to the program. We'll have space for 8-10 to share, but the conversation will be open to all--please join us! 


Zooming through the Eighteenth Century will take place Friday, April 17 at 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST. Please visit here to register for the session. Members are also asked to email Pedagogy Caucus session chairs Bethany Williamson ( and Linda Troost ( with a title or brief description of the idea they'd like to share, no later than Thursday, April 16.