CFP for C19 (Santa Fe, March 2018): Acts of Consumption: Performance, Bodies, Culture

deadline for submissions: 
September 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
C19: The Society for Nineteenth-Century Americanists/ Michael D'Alessandro

C19: The Society for Nineteenth-Century Americanists

Santa Fe, March 22-25, 2018


Acts of Consumption: Performance, Bodies, Culture 

Whether eating and drinking or purchasing consumer goods, consumption in the nineteenth-century United States was understood to be radically significant, and that significance in turn prompted a wide range of performances, from temperance meeting testimony to blackface minstrelsy to consumer boycotts.  These spectacles—often public but sometimes private—became integral to nineteenth-century mass culture.  We are seeking paper proposals for a panel that will examine the intersection of performance and consumption in this era.  How did consumption allow people to perform particular class, gender, or racial identities?  Why is the body, and transformation of the body, so central to performances of consumption?  How do specific readerships or audiences redefine the acts of consumption on display, and how do particular consumer objects dictate the behaviors of both consumers and their observers?

We welcome submissions from scholars working in literature, history, performance studies, art history, visual culture, media studies, and associated fields. Please submit a 300-word abstract and a short CV to Erin Pearson ( and Michael D’Alessandro ( no later than September 1.