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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CFP: Curiosity and Desire in Fin-de-Si├Ęcle Art and Literature


Saturday, February 25, 2017/Author: Maura Coughlin/Number of views (418)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Call For Papers: NCSA 2018

VISTAS March 15-17, 2018 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 Call for Papers
39th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association
March 15-17, 2018
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jacques Gréber, The Proposed Parkway: View from Logan Square to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1918.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the NCSA committee invites proposals that explore the notion of the vista in the nineteenth century. From personal gardens to public parks, from the street level to the top of a skyscraper, or from the microscope to the panoramic photograph, the nineteenth century was a moment when the idea of the vista changed from a narrow sightline to a sweeping, expansive view. How did theorists alter our historical perspective, broadening our notion of the world through science or religion? In what ways did power systems affect urban vantage points? How did man-made vistas reflect socio-cultural ideals? How did domestic spaces or nightlife transform with the widespread use of gas or electric lighting? How does the conceptual vista operate metaphorically? Topics might include horticulture, landscapes and seascapes, new technology, photography, sightseeing, film and the theater, urban planning, visions and dreamscapes, shifting perceptions of the gaze, or literary or artistic descriptions or depictions of viewpoints. In contrast, papers may consider the absence of vistas, such as mental or physical confinement or elements that obfuscate a view.

Please send 250-word abstracts with one-page CVs to ncsaphila2018@gmail.com by September 30th, 2017. Abstracts should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and paper title in the heading. We welcome individual proposals and panel proposals with four presenters and a moderator. Note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend if accepted. Presenters will be notified in November 2017. We encourage submissions from graduate students, and those whose proposals have been accepted may submit complete papers to apply for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses. Scholars who reside outside of North America and whose proposals have been accepted may submit a full paper to be considered for the International Scholar Travel Grant (see the NCSA website for additional requirements: http://www.ncsaweb.net).

For a pdf version of the CFP click here.

Monday, February 06, 2017/Author: Maura Coughlin/Number of views (553)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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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.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016/Author: Maura Coughlin/Number of views (777)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Symposium: Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade

at The Saint Louis Art Museum


Saturday, December 24, 2016/Author: Maura Coughlin/Number of views (253)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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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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Saturday, December 03, 2016/Author: Maura Coughlin/Number of views (417)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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