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Welcome to the Nineteenth Century Studies Association website, where we hope you will find information about the Association, its interests and outlets, as well as enticements to join in the many conversations we have on and beyond these pages.

We are an interdisciplinary Association interested in exploring all aspects of the long nineteenth century, from science to music, from architecture to religion, from movement to literatures—and beyond. We hope you will peruse these pages as a volume inviting you to join us at our annual spring meeting, and we ask you to join our community of those with nineteenth century interests.


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Election Slate 2017 for NCSA Board and Executive Board Members

Voting begins Jan. 9 2017

As a current member of NCSA, please take the time to vote in our elections for Officers and the Board. We provide brief biographies of all candidates and, while the officer positions are uncontested, we really need your input in selecting 5-7 Board members. The Board oversees the direction and future of our group and we want to see as many disciplines and perspectives represented within our interdisciplinary group—so please take the few minutes to read and vote. We all know voting does indeed matter—and appreciate your input.

For full view click here.

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Registration for the 2017 NCSA Conference is now open....

.... and the draft program is available!

Over three days and sixty-five panel sessions, the 2017 NCSA conference will explore the ways in which nineteenth-century men and women sought to commemorate, preserve, and utilize personal and collective memories and histories. Topics will include civic commemorations, jubilees, holidays, public memorials, architectural changes, cemeteries, elegies, death rituals, photography, souvenirs, memoirs and autobiographies, and literary and artistic uses of the past. Papers will also analyze theoretical concepts of memory, invented traditions, and contested spaces, as well as interdisciplinary and alternate interpretations.

See the conference page for full details on the 2017 meeting of NCSA in Charleston, SC. The draft program is here.

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Remembering C. Murray Smart (1933-2016)

by Robert M. Craig

During a recent  conference of architectural historians convening in New Orleans,  I learned of the passing of C. Murray Smart, former dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas, and scholar of 19th century Victorian architecture. I missed seeing him at recent meetings of both SESAH and NCSA, which he earlier attended, and I knew he had not been well, so I inquired of a colleague from Murray’s home state of Arkansas.  “We lost Murray in August,” she said simply, and we both were immediately close to tears.  Her message and the expression on her face reflected so much more than the mere sharing of news.  We both understood Murray was far more than a close colleague and friend; he would be dearly missed, and his circle is wide.

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CFP ‘After Idealism: Sound as Matter and Medium in the 19th Century’

17-18 March 2017, University of Cambridge

CFP  ‘After Idealism: Sound as Matter and Medium in the 19th Century’

17-18 March 2017, University of Cambridge


Conference details, registration & full program.


This conference aims to enlarge substantially our understanding of the dialogue between 19th-century music and natural science, examining in particular how a scientific-materialist conception of sound was formed alongside a dominant culture of romantic idealism. It takes as its subject sound as matter and medium, focusing on the domains of natural science, emergent technologies, sentient communication and acoustics.

Speakers include:  


Carolyn Abbate (Harvard / musicology)

      Nikita Braguinski (Humboldt Universität / media theory)

Melissa van Drie (Cambridge / theatre studies)

      Edward Gillin (Cambridge / history of architecture)

Alexandra Hui (Mississippi / history and philosophy of science)

      Sybille Krämer (Freie Universität / media philosophy)

Melle Kromhout (Amsterdam / musicology)

      Julia Kursell (Amsterdam / musicology)

Roger Moseley (Cornell / musicology)

      Peter Pesic (Santa Fe / history and philosophy of science)

John Durham Peters (Iowa / communication studies)

      Alexander Rehding (Harvard / music theory)

Milla Tiainen (Helsinki / musicology)

      Viktoria Tkaczyk (Max Planck, Berlin / history and philosophy of science)

David Trippett (Cambridge / musicology)

 
Registration is now open via the conference site (£40 full fee -- £15 student or unwaged)
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Gothic Modernisms – Call for Papers

29 & 30 June, 2017, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, NL

Gothic Modernisms – Call for Papers

29 & 30 June, 2017, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, NL

 

For full details, click here.

 

Organized by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University; the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture, in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, the Ateneum Art Museum / Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, and Radboud University, Nijmegen

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