Eighteenth-Century Camp

ASECS Annual Meeting

Abstracts Due: September 15th, 2015


Emily Kugler (Howard University) AND Ula Klein (Texas A&M International University)

E-mail: ula.e.klein@gmail.com and emnkugler@gmail.com


This panel proposes to examine the concept of “camp” with regards to eighteenth-century studies. The central questions that the panel will explore are: How do we define the concept of camp in the eighteenth century? How might “camp” function as a useful framework or concept for thinking about eighteenth century culture and making connections between studies of race, gender, sexuality, material culture, animal studies, and other axes of interpretation? How does the concept of camp play into our representations of that era today?

The goal of this panel is to produce working definitions of and methodologies that center upon “camp” in eighteenth-century studies.

Topics of interest include:

  • Theatre and Performance
  • Race and Class
  • Colonialism
  • Dandies and Fops
  • Pop Culture – Then and Now
  • Visual Culture
  • Jane Austen and Janeites
  • Eighteenth-Century Cultural Studies
  • Representations of the eighteenth-century today


The format of this session centers on discussion and collaboration. Prior to the panel, the presenters’ short papers (2-5 pages double-spaced) will be circulated online. At the panel, presenters will give a brief synopsis of their piece, including a presentation of any relevant images. Following these brief presentations, the audience and presenters will break into small groups to discuss and produce a short document on their subtopic. At the end of the session, we will come together for a final discussion of all groups. After the panel, the documents produced by the small groups will be added to the presenters’ papers online.

The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

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The meeting will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 31-April 3, 2016