NASSR 20/20: Romanticism and Vision

deadline for submissions: 
January 24, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR)

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings! The 28th Annual Conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) will take place at the University of Toronto, Ontario on August 6-9, 2020. This year's theme is "Romanticism & Vision.”

http://sites.utoronto.ca/wincs/nassr2020

The organizers of NASSR 2020 invite proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables--from scholars emerging and established, and in all areas of literary, philosophical, cultural, and artistic study--on the theme of “Romanticism and Vision.” In the field of Romanticism, the implications of “vision” as a keyword have changed dramatically over the last half-century, and have expanded to include (for example) the embodied senses, technologies of perception, visual and material culture, and the visual and performing arts. We welcome presentations that explore Romanticism’s connection to vision, the visual, and the visionary, understood in the widest possible sense. Approaches that broaden Romanticism’s disciplinary, geographical, and linguistic scope are especially welcome. In our echoing of the “Vision 2020” and “Beyond 2020” motif currently being deployed in academic, business, and public sectors, we aim to make this year's conference an opportunity to consider the future of Romanticism as a critical field of humanist study, and to strategize about the role of Romanticism in shaping the future of the university.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

·  Re-envisioning Romanticism: looking back and looking forward

·  Visions and the visionary: perception, prognostication, projection, speculation, the speculative

·  Ways of looking: reading, conceptualizing, observing, peeping, gazing, categorizing, examining, recognizing and misrecognizing

·  Visual culture and aesthetics: objects of sight, spectacle, the spectacular, the sublime and the beautiful

·  Reading methods and histories: careful, close, distant, surface; plagiarism, copyright law

·  Print culture in its social, theoretical, and physical aspects (e.g. text, design, structure, layout); manuscripts, letters, journals, scrapbooks, books, journals, newspapers

·  The seen and the unseen: noumena, phenomena, the spirit world, apparitions and appearances

·  Romantic iconoclasm and anti-representationalism; ocularcentrism and “the tyranny of the eye”

·  Visual communication: text, numbers, notation (e.g. musical), images, sign language, placards, banners, flags, gestures, hieroglyphs, emblems, insignia

·  Questions of form and representation

·  Fashionable looking: costume, hair, makeup, manner, style, taste, places to see and be seen

·  Visualizing gender and sexuality: identity, performance, politics

·  Visual and scenic arts: sculpture, painting, illustration, graphic satire, print shops, pornography, broadsheets, dioramas, panoramas, architectural and landscape design

·  Theatre and performing arts: set design, lighting, visual effects, costume, body movement, dance, pantomime, attitudes, tableaux vivants

·  Art collection and assessment: museums and curation, connoisseurship, formal and evaluative concerns (e.g. light, color, pattern, shape, scale, proportion)

·  Visualizing class: social hierarchies and signifiers (e.g. clothing, heraldry, pageantry), occupational and economic segregation

·  Instruments of looking: lenses, spectacles, quizzing glasses, spy glasses, Claude glasses, prisms, mirrors, telescopes, microscopes, orreries, windows

·  Forms of illumination and darkness: lightning, electricity, candlelight, lamps, gas light, spotlights, limelight, torches, fireworks; shade, shadow, twilight, gloom, obscurity

·  Religious vision(s): prophecy, revelation, enthusiasm, sermons and hymns, public and private devotion, natural and revealed religion

·  The science of the eye: vision, optics, visual anatomy, medicine, pathology, disability, blindness

·  Data visualization (e.g. land, economy, population studies): mapping, cartography, geography, geolocation, charts, diagrams, categorization, numerical and pictorial statistics

·  Visualizing race: slavery, racism, racialization, minoritization

·  Vision and ecopoetics: seeing nature (vistas, prospects, the picturesque); noticing and reading features of land, water, and sky; watching weather and recognizing climate; the animal gaze

·  Envisioning space and place: the local and the global, home and abroad, the peripheral and transperipheral

·  Envisioning (the ends of) empire: imperialism, colonialism, sites and sights of war; decolonization, indigenization

·  Political and military forecasting, strategy, optics, campaigns, battlegrounds, political theatre

·  Imagining the future of Romanticism; strategizing its work in the humanities, in the university, and in society

Keynote Speakers:
Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Northeastern University)
Martin Myrone (Tate Britain)

Special Seminar Leaders:
Luisa Calè (Birkbeck, University of London)

Timothy Campbell (University of Chicago)

William H. Galperin (Rutgers University)

Ian Haywood (University of Roehampton)

Grégory Pierrot (University of Connecticut at Stamford)

Padma Rangarajan (University of California, Riverside)

Gillian Russell (University of York)

Sophie Thomas (Ryerson University)

WEBSITE: http://sites.utoronto.ca/wincs/nassr2020

EMAIL CONTACT: nassr2020vision@gmail.com

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The deadline for general submissions is 24 January 2020.

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Our conference website is as yet a work in progress. But there you will find information about the several kinds of submissions we invite (see under "Call for Papers"), as well as information about the plenary speakers, special seminar leaders, special events, travel information, and submission deadlines. Please keep checking back as the site acquires more details.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and to welcoming you to Toronto!

Sincerely Yours,
Terry F. Robinson and John Savarese

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North American Society for the Study of Romanticism
http://www.nassr.ca/