Drawing upon the conference’s location in South Dakota, the theme of MWASECS 2018 is “Eighteenth-Century Frontiers.” We interpret the term “frontiers” broadly to include not just the physical boundaries of space and empire, but also advances in science, religion, and human understanding writ large. The very term “frontier” implies the notion of limits and the demarcation of boundaries between the known and the unknown. Accordingly, this conference seeks to explore the manifold ways this liminal space of the “frontier” was tested, mapped, challenged, and transcended during the long eighteenth century. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Sean Moore, Associate Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Moore's research focuses on postcolonial, economic, and book history approaches to Restoration and eighteenth-century literature, particularly as they relate to Ireland and the Anglophone Atlantic. He will be presenting a talk entitled "They Were Prodigals and Enslavers: Patriarchy and the Reading of Robinson Crusoe at the New York Society Library."