Picturing the Nineteenth Century - March 22-25, 2012 - University of Kentucky

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Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Association
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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. We also encourage papers that consider 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 (School of Art, 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
• Display, exhibition, and spectatorship
• Cartographies, real and imagined
• Modes of representation: narrative, image, statistics, chronology
• Urban geographies and ethnographies; mapping and tracking people
• Imperialism as visual practice; global mappings and re-mappings
• Representations of selves and bodies; life writing
• Canons, institutions, and practices of art and literature
• The materiality of the literary: illustrations, cover designs, advertising, publication
• 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. Accepted papers will be due in early 2012.

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