Call for Papers

The Nineteenth Century Today: Interdisciplinary, International, Intertemporal

July 10-12, 2024 | Durham University, Durham, UK

In-person and online

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This Call for Papers is the first from the International Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, launched to promote interdisciplinary, international, and intertemporal study of this era.

How do we understand the nineteenth century from different disciplinary perspectives? Where in the world do we continue to see its reach? What are its legacies today?

Keynote Speakers

Monica Juneja

Professor of Global Art History, Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies

Pratik Chakrabarti

NEH Cullen Chair in History and Medicine, University of Houston

INCSA Conference Abstract Acceptance notifications have been sent by email from . Please check your spam/junk folders in case you have not received a notification. Acceptance letters are available in PDF form if required. Please contact Zoe Gardiner if you would like a copy.

For its inaugural conference, INCSA invites proposals for presentations, papers, panels, and performances that explore the nineteenth century in its past, present, and future manifestations. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Systemic risk: pandemics, climate change, biodiversity loss
  • Evidence: material, textual, visual, auditory
  • Collecting knowledge: archives, libraries, museums
  • Displaying knowledge: cartography, fine art, graphic art, architecture
  • Cultural thefts, restitution, reparation, and repatriation
  • Indigenous epistemologies
  • Indigenous rights
  • Colonial and imperial epistemologies
  • Nationalisms and internationalisms
  • Historical facts and fictions
  • Diasporas and migrations
  • Deep time
  • Historical time
  • Literary mediations: historical novels, contemporary epics, poetic (in)justice
  • Cinematic mediations: costume dramas, (post)modern interpretations
  • Technologies of vision and measurement
  • Individual vs collective perspectives
  • Centre and periphery: geographical, intellectual, political
  • Normativity, deviance, transgression

Guidelines for proposals
The conference will be hybrid, with selected components online. When submitting a proposal, please indicate whether you intend to present in person or online. All submissions should have a clear title. All proposals should be submitted via the portal on the INCSA website. Please include contact information (name, email address, and institutional position and affiliation, if any) for all people involved.

Individual Paper or Poster Proposals should clearly describe the argument and articulate how the research contributes to scholarship. The program will include a designated time for research poster presentations. Maximum length: 300 words. Only one individual proposal may be submitted. Individual papers are 20 minutes.

Panel Proposals, Roundtables, Pedagogy Workshops, and Interdisciplinary Workshops should include a summary of the importance of the panel topic by the panel organiser (maximum length 300 words). The organiser should also include a proposal for each paper prepared by individual panelists following the guidelines for individual proposals, along with each panelist’s contact information. Panel proposals will be considered only as a whole. A panel is three twenty-minute papers or four fifteen-minute papers; a roundtable is five to eight brief explorations, followed by roundtable discussion. Panels and roundtables are 90 minutes, including time for questions. Pedagogy workshops can be either one hour or 90 minutes in length.

Lecture-Recital Proposals should identify the music to be performed, including approximate timing and performing forces, and clearly describe the substance of the lecture component as outlined for individual proposals. Please note clearly at the top that this is a Lecture-Recital proposal. Maximum length: 300 words, plus list of repertoire. Lecture recitals are one hour.

Graduate and Early Career Essay Prizes
INCSA encourages submissions from current graduate students and early career academics. A monetary prize will be awarded for the best paper presented by (a) a graduate student (currently undertaking an MA or PhD) and (b) early career academic (postdoctoral fellow) at the meeting. Application instructions for the prizes will be provided upon acceptance of the paper for the program and will be posted on the conference website. In addition, graduate students whose proposals are accepted are eligible to apply for travel assistance from INCSA.

All proposals are due on 25 September 2023. To submit a proposal(s), click here.

All conference participants need to be available during the days of the conference for synchronous sessions, whether they are online or in person. Presenters are required to become members of INCSA for the year of the conference.

Conference registration is open to all interested persons.

Conference Fees
Payments will be available through the Durham University booking portal. We will announce when booking opens. In the meantime, here are the conference fees. In addition, all participants must be members of INCSA; click here for membership details. 

Online Attendance: £50 conference fee
(more information to follow regarding the online package)

In-Person Attendance
(all in-person packages include morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch each day)

Income under £35,000: £100 conference fee

Income between £35,001 – £60,000: £200 conference fee

Income over £60,001: £300 conference fee

We will offer booking links to reserve a B&B (£67 per-night), an evening meal, a conference dinner, and optional excursions. 

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