[UPDATE] Reminder: CFP for Unsettling Objects: Collecting in Nineteenth Century American (C19 2016) -- abstracts due August 23

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Reed Gochberg / C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
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Unsettling Objects: Collecting in Nineteenth-Century America

This proposed panel for the 2016 C19 conference seeks paper proposals on the topic of collectors and collections in nineteenth-century American culture. In keeping with the conference's theme of "Unsettling," this panel aims to explore how examining practices of collecting opens up new approaches to considering American literature in relation to institutions, print and material culture, and scientific study. How does literature engage with the efforts of individual collectors or institutions to organize texts, natural specimens, material objects, and other forms of information? How did competing taxonomies unsettle existing modes of categorizing objects? What kinds of unsettling social and political implications emerge from practices of collection and organization? How did authors depict museums and archives, real and imagined?

The C19 conference will be held from March 17-20, 2016 at Pennsylvania State University. For more information, see http://c19conference.org. Please email an abstract of no more than 300 words and a CV by August 23rd to Reed Gochberg (gochberg@bu.edu).