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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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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)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016/Author: Maura Coughlin/Number of views (882)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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NCSA 2017 Conference Update!

2-4 Feb Charleston, S.C.

 
We are excited to announce our keynote speaker for Charleston 2017.  Maurie D. McInnis studies the history of art, architecture, and material culture of the colonial and antebellum South, and her research has frequently focused on Charleston subjects. Her publications include Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade (2011), which was awarded the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Charles C. Eldredge Prize and the Library of Virginia Literary Award for Non-Fiction; and The Politics of Taste in Antebellum Charleston (2005), which received awards from the Society of Architectural Historians and the Association for the Preservation of Artifacts and Landscapes.  McInnis’s work has frequently intersected with public history, and she has served on advisory committees addressing interpretations of slavery at both Monticello and Mount Vernon.  Recently appointed executive vice president and provost of The University of Texas at Austin, McInnis previously served as professor of art history and vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Virginia.  Her most recent research examines equestrian monuments and power.  As we consider the contested terrain of “Memory and Commemoration” we look forward to welcoming Dr. McInnis to our Charleston conference.
 
 
Best,
Kathy Grenier
Amanda Mushal
Monday, July 11, 2016/Author: Maura Coughlin/Number of views (1159)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Scale of Nature: Long Nineteenth Century Culture and The Great Chain of Being

Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and Centre for Visual Arts and Culture Durham University, UK

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Special Issue Call for Papers

WOMEN’S WRITING “Generations” Winter 2017 Issue


In honor of the 25th anniversary of the British Women Writers Association in 2017, Women’s Writing invites submissions for a special issue on the theme of “Generations.” While generational transitions are often productive and even revolutionary, they are seldom ever easy or smooth. Such transitions may be accompanied by paradigm shifts, struggles to be heard, or difficulty letting go. In this spirit, the editors especially welcome investigations into the complexities of generational exchange and transition in the field of women’s writing.

Papers may focus on generation as a biological, cultural, social, historical, or political process as well as on attendant manifestations in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and contemporary scholarly discourses. Explorations should illuminate shifts in literary studies, women’s writing, and/or critical practice.

Topics may included but are not limited to: mentoring relationships, conflicts across the generations, literary periodization, models of literary production, theories of regeneration, reproduction and maternity, feminist prehistories, and the future of women’s writing.

We invite essays of 4,000-7,000 words in length (including notes) for the Winter 2017 issue.

Please submit abstracts of 200 words to the editors, Doreen Thierauf and Lauren Pinkerton (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) at generations2017@unc.edu, by August 1, 2016.

Complete essays will be due February 1, 2017. Please prepare contributions according to MLA style (8th edition) and in accordance with the journal’s author guidelines and style sheet (to be accessed on this page: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/authors/style/layout/style_rwow.pdf).
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