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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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CALL FOR PAPERS from Graduate Student Caucus of NCSA

“New and Novel Ways of Teaching the Nineteenth Century.”

In the spirit of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association's conference theme, “The New and the Novel in the 19th Century/New Directions in 19th Century Studies," the NCSA Graduate Student Caucus invites submissions for the panel “New and Novel Ways of Teaching the Nineteenth Century.” The panel will be held at the annual meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 13-16, 2016.

One of the greatest challenges of any educator is bringing the past to life in an accessible, engaging way for students. This panel seeks to collect and present innovative ways of teaching the nineteenth century in a college or advanced high school classroom. Topics could include: teaching and discussing nineteenth century texts, incorporating visual and audio material, developing multi-modal and digital assignments, bringing interdisciplinary approaches to the classroom, or teaching the controversial. Papers can focus on an individual assignment or activity or a more general philosophy or pedagogical practice. We also welcome alternative interpretations of the theme.

This panel is open to scholars from all disciplines, although graduate students are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration. Please email a 250-word abstract and one-page CV to by Monday, September 28, 2015. For more information on NCSA or the 2016 conference, please see

The NCSA Graduate Student Caucus

Amy Arbogast, University of Rochester
Angie Blumberg, Saint Louis University
Ashley Rye-Kopec, University of Delaware

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Horrible Histories? Children’s Lives in Historical Context

16 and 17 June 2016, King’s College London

It is now over forty years since the bold declaration of psychohistorian Lloyd deMause that ‘The history of childhood is a nightmare from which we have only recently begun to awaken’. Stirred by such claims, scholars have subsequently tested the ‘nightmare thesis’ for both the pre-modern and modern eras, locating children’s agency in unexpected places and stressing the contingencies of context, gender, ethnicity, age, class, caste and sexuality. Narratives of historic and contemporary institutional abuse, however, together with insights concerning the legacies of forced child migration, children’s labours and other challenging aspects of childhood experience, suggest that sorrow rather than joy characterises much scholarship on children and childhood. Should this be so?

In another context, since 1993 the phenomenally successful Horrible Histories books, stage plays and television series have helped introduce countless thousands of children around the world to the past. As their titles indicate, Horrible Histories also examine difficult and sometimes grisly historical episodes. Progressive narratives are at work here too, reinforced by children’s museum exhibits emphasising an emergence from the ‘dark ages’ of childhood in the twentieth century.

‘Horrible Histories? Children’s Lives in Historical Contexts’ is the launch conference marking the inauguration of the new UK-based Children’s History Society. Offering a forum for historical reflections from established and upcoming historians of children, childhood and youth, we also anticipate that this will be a platform for school-age scholars to reflect on the ways they respond to the history. This two-day conference invites paper proposals on the following themes:

·      Dealing with difficult history and heritage

·      Children’s histories and the longue durée

·      The ‘West and the rest’ in children’s history

·      Definitions of subjecthood and status

·      Pain and resilience

·      Archival approaches for retrieving children’s agency

·      The things of childhood

·      Children’s places and places for children

·      Play as protest, recreation and the ‘work’ of childhood

·      Children’s histories in museums, online and in the media

·      The histories of

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Call for Papers: Haunted Europe

Continental Connections in English-Language Gothic Writing, Film and New Media 9 - 10 June 2016. Leiden University, The Netherlands

Call for Papers: Haunted Europe:

Continental Connections in English-Language Gothic Writing, Film and New Media

9 - 10 June 2016.

Leiden University, The Netherlands

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2017 Conference Location and Dates!

February 2-4, 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina

The 2017 NCSA conference will take place on February 2-4 in the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina.  Founded in 1670, Charleston is intimately linked with the history and culture of the nineteenth-century American South.  The beautifully preserved historic district, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers numerous examples of eighteenth and nineteenth-century architecture and maintains a strong sense of the early outlines of the town.  In addition to historic sites, museums, plantations, lovely coastal scenery, and mild temperatures, in recent years Charleston has also developed a vibrant restaurant scene, boasting several James Beard Award winning chefs and several listings on national “best restaurant” lists.  Charleston is regularly listed among the top tourist sites in the nation; in 2015 both Conde’ Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines named Charleston was named the #1 city for travelers in the US. (Conde’ Nast Traveler ranked Charleston the #2 city in the world.)

The Francis Marion Hotel is located on the edge of the historic district, within easy walking distance of iconic Charleston attractions and restaurants.  The hotel was built in 1924, at which time it was one of Charleston’s most luxurious hotels.  In 1996 it was re-opened after an extensive renovation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Francis Marion is a beautiful and comfortable hotel.  (And the shrimp and grits in their restaurant was recently named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best in Charleston!)  The Charleston International Airport in served by Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest, and US Air, and the airport is twenty minutes from the hotel.

We hope that you will join us in Charleston in 2017 for excellent scholarship, good food, and the opportunity to discover one of the United States’ most historic cities.

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