Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies 2012: Picturing the Nineteenth Century

Date: March 22 – 25, 2012
Venue: Lexington, KY, USA

University of Kentucky
Lexington KY

Though its title foregrounds art and visual culture, this conference will treat “picturing” in all its many senses: imagining, representing, framing, mapping. We invite papers and panels that consider how the nineteenth century represented itself to itself – through depictions of subjectivity, history, and culture; through emerging technologies and disciplines; through self-conscious “meta” attempts to understand methods of representation – and how our own technologies and disciplines create multiple pictures of “the nineteenth century.” Interdisciplinary papers and panels are especially welcome.

Featured speakers include Nancy Armstrong (English Department, Duke University), Julie Codell (Art History Department, Arizona State University), and Shawn Michelle Smith(Visual & Critical Studies, Art Institute of Chicago).

Themes include but are not limited to

“The visual turn” and its technologies
Canons, institutions, and practices of art and literature
The materiality of the literary: illustrations, cover designs, advertising, publication
Display, exhibition, and spectatorship
Cartographies, real and imagined
Urban geographies and ethnographies; mapping and tracking people
Imperialism as visual practice; global mappings and re-mappings
Representations of selves and bodies; life writing
Modes of representation: narrative, image, statistics, chronology
Archives, libraries, and their histories
Digitizing the nineteenth century
Teaching the nineteenth century

Deadline: October 17, 2011. For individual papers, send a 250-word proposals; for panels, send individual 250-word proposals for each paper plus a 250-word panel description. Please include your name, affiliation, and e-mail address on the proposals.

Contact incs2012@uky.edu for more information.