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Hans Turley Prize in Queer Eighteenth-Century Studies—Deadline 1 October 2022

The biennial Hans Turley Prize recognizes the best paper on a topic in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Asexual, or Queer Studies delivered at the ASECS Annual Meeting by a graduate student, an untenured faculty member, or an independent scholar. The prize includes an award of $250. The prize committee will consist of senior members of the ASECS Queer and Trans Caucus (formerly Lesbian and Gay Caucus) as well as the current caucus co-chairs, all of whom are ineligible for the prize. 

The prize is awarded to honor the memory of Hans Turley, whose pioneering work helped establish ASECS's Lesbian and Gay Caucus in 1993. In addition to serving at the editorial helm of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation from 1997 to 2005, Turley authored Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Piracy, Sexuality, and Masculine Identity (NYU Press, 1999). Turley sadly passed away in 2008. A 2012 special issue of ECTI recognizes the lasting effect of Turley's work and activism. In correspondence, this biennial prize further acknowledges innovative, path-forging work in eighteenth-century queer studies. 

The next prize is the 2020-2022 Hans Turley Prize, for which papers read in ASECS 2021 Online or Baltimore 2022 are eligible. The award will be presented at the 2023 Annual Meeting in St. Louis. 


Submissions should be submitted via this Google form in Word or .pdf format in order to be eligible for consideration and by 1 October 2022: Hans Turley Prize Submission Form. 


Should uploading a file to the form prove an obstacle for submission, or if you have questions, please contact the Executive Director Benita Blessing ( for an alternate means with the subject line "Hans Turley Prize."

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