CFP: Art and Politics in 19-C. Britain & America (grad) (1/15/06; 4/14/06)

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Lauren Elizabeth LaFauci
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Art and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America: A Transatlantic
Deadline for Proposals: January 15th, 2006
Conference Date: 14. April. 2006
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The Nineteenth Century Forum (NCF), an interdisciplinary group comprised of
faculty and graduate students at the University of Michigan, invites
proposals for panels and individual papers for its graduate student
conference "Art and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America: A
Transatlantic Exchange."

The convergence of art and politics during the nineteenth century unites two
of the most important spheres of thought in both the Americas and the United
Kingdom. These spheres clearly never remained wholly separate but were
profoundly affected by each other and raise some important issues for us
today. How did nineteenth-century figures negotiate between the individual
and the collective in and through art? Why did certain artists in the
nineteenth-century turn to politics? How did their political interests
impact their art? And how do we re-present nineteenth-century political art
to our own modern communities?

Some of the same questions that we face as teachers and scholars of the 21st
century were also articulated in the 19th century, as modern university
education was coming into it own. How do nineteenth-century practices and
politics inform our academic work and how might that translate into our own
engagement in or with politics-on and off the page, inside and outside the

Taking these questions as our central focus, this one-day conference seeks
graduate student contributions that engage such questions and their
relevance to nineteenth-century texts.

Possible points of entry include:
* Political Art or Art as Politics: How do c19 artists use their art as a
medium for political expression?
* The Politics of the Personal: How do c19 figures negotiate between the
individual and the collective through art?
* Imagining Political Pasts and Futures: How do c19 figures position
themselves temporally and spatially?
* Art and Empire: How is art used in the service of nationalistic or
imperialistic ventures?
* Politicizing Place: How does the representation of c19 places or
landscapes contribute to attitudes about land use, agriculture, outdoor
leisure, or environmental justice?

The conference will conclude with a roundtable on art and politics as they
relate to our pedagogies and to our academic communities.

We encourage both pre-formed panels and individual contributions from
graduate students in all disciplines. Papers with inter- or
multidisciplinary approaches are especially appreciated. Please submit
250-word abstracts, along with your institutional affiliation and contact
information, to by 15. January. 2006. Selected
papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length.

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The Nineteenth Century Forum (NCF) is comprised of faculty and graduate
students from English, History, Comparative Literature, American Culture,
Women's Studies, and related departments at the University of Michigan. We
are interested in examining the "long nineteenth century," from the
beginnings of Romanticism to the early twentieth century. Please visit our
website at for more information.
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