About Us

The Race and Empire Caucus of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies was founded in 2013 by Ashley Cohen and Suvir Kaul. Our aim is to provide a forum for innovative critical approaches to eighteenth-century histories and legacies of imperialism and slavery, as well as to the strategies of racialization that were central to both of these institutions. By promoting intellectual solidarity, community, and collaboration, we work to transform the field of eighteenth-century studies.

Since 2014, the Race and Empire Caucus has sponsored two guaranteed panels at every ASECS annual meeting.

The Caucus also awards an annual Graduate Student Paper Prize for the best paper presented at an ASECS national or regional meeting on the topics of race and empire.

There is no formal process for joining the Caucus—all who are interested are invited to attend our annual business meeting at ASECS, and to join our mailing list for news, updates, and CFPs. Welcome!