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Northeast american society for eighteenth-century studies:


"Gods and Monsters"

Rochester, New York

October 11-13


Gods and monsters

Marking the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the 300th anniversary of Handel’s and Gay’s Acis and Galatea, 2018 seemed a fitting year to explore the long eighteenth century’s fascination with the divine, the monstrous, the overlap between these terms, and the whole range of gradations in between.

Please join us on the University of Rochester’s campus for two days of panels on the marvelous, the gothic, the carnivalesque, the uncanny, the deviant, the savage, the operatic, and more.



Please click below to view the conference schedule. All panels will take place in Frederick Douglass Commons on the University of Rochester’s River Campus.   


Love in a Village

We are proud to present a historic opportunity to attend the first complete performance, post-eighteenth century, of the full score of the comic opera Love in a Village.  The performance will take place on Friday, October 12 at 7pm.

Love in a Village (1762), by Thomas Arne and Isaac Bickerstaff, served as the sentimental antidote to Gay’s Beggar’s Opera (1728), and became (second only to Gay’s) the most-performed mainpiece on the eighteenth-century London stage, mirroring the sensibilities of the same middle class whose habits of cultural consumption allowed for the rise of the novel. The full score of Love in a Village had been available only in manuscript until recently; a new scholarly edition has enabled this extraordinary modern premiere.

This performance is open to the general public and conference attendees.  Please purchase tickets through the registration page.  Tickets are also available at the door.  The performance will be staged in the University’s Interfaith Chapel.

The production is generously sponsored by the University of Rochester's Humanities Project, NEASECS, and the University of Rochester's Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.


Around Rochester

Rochester is a delightful city to explore.  Below are a few of our favorite things to do in the "Flower City/Flour City."


Eastman museum

Historic residence of Kodak founder George Eastman and world-class collection of photography and film. Screenings nightly.

memorial gallery 

University Art Museum featuring encyclopedic collection of world and American Art as well as temporary exhibitions.

Mt. Hope cemetery

Historic Victorian “garden” cemetery  near campus featuring the graves of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. 



The official hotel of NEASECS 2018 is the Hilton Garden Inn in College Town, a newly developed area alongside the University’s Medical Center. A short walk to and from  the River Campus, the hotel is situated amidst budget-friendly cafes and restaurants.

The below link will allow you to book at the special conference rate.  Requests for the NEASECS special rate will also be honored for telephone bookings; please mention the conference when booking.