CFP: Panel Proposals on Nineteenth-Century Empires

deadline for submissions: 
August 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Society for Global Nineteenth-Century Studies
contact email: 

Owing to numerous requests, the Society for Global Nineteenth-Century Studies ( is delighted to extend the cfp deadline for panel proposals to be considered for its world congress, "Comparative Empire: Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation, 1750-1914," in Singapore, 19-22 June 2023. The extended deadline is 15 August 2022. (Individual paper proposals are due 1 October.) 

We invite panels exploring any aspect of empire in the nineteenth century. By the time the First World War erupted in 1914, most inhabitants of the globe resided within an empire, either as citizens of a colonizing power or as subjects of colonial rule. The preceding “long nineteenth century” had witnessed the rise of various empires with significant overseas colonial possessions—such as Britain, France, the Dutch Republic (subsequently the Kingdom of the Netherlands), and Meiji Japan—to coexist alongside imperial powers contained within contiguous land masses, including the Ottoman, Russian, and Qing empires.

For its first world congress to be held in Singapore from 19 to 22 June 2023, the Society for Global Nineteenth-Century Studies is pleased to invite proposals on the theme of “Comparative Empire: Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation, 1750-1914.” Topics may include (but are not limited to):  

  • trading, manufacturing, and financial activities between and across empires
  • comparative literary undergrounds
  • anticolonial aesthetics
  • enslavement, exile, displacement, and forced or unforced migration
  • microhistorical and biographical comparisons of the experience of empire
  • frontiers, borderlands, boundaries
  • forms of diplomacy (embassies, consulates, treaties, accords), modes of foreign relations (bilateral, multilateral)
  • oceanic and overland journeys, travel, tourism
  • comparative figures of empire (portraiture, sculpture, decorative objects)
  • cultures of exploration (botanical, missionary, statistical, cartographic)
  • historiographies of empire
  • explanations for empire: economic, geopolitical, cultural, institutional
  • conceptualizations of empire (the what, how, and why of empire) as well as conceptual terminology (transimperialism, postcolonialism, and so on)
  • colonial propaganda
  • cross-cultural literary texts, theories, and practices as well as comparative realisms, epic, comics/illustrations, etc.
  • competition over colonial possessions (wars, conflicts, scrambles) and over expansionist strategies 
  • continuities and differences among empires across the long nineteenth century
  • evidencing empire (photography, oral history, documentation, archives)
  • imperial networking and networks
  • literary traffic, circulations, contacts outside the centre–periphery model
  • cultural traffic between imperial powers and colonies
  • movements of animals, objects, ideas, and knowledge across empires
  • responses to the global spread of disease (sharing of medical knowledge, differing forms of treatment)
  • the language(s) of empire and linguistic homogenization and differentiation
  • Colonial music institutions, intercultural theater collaborations and performances
  • religion and colonialism
  • the politics of empire and the practices of anthropology 

Although panel proposals that confine themselves to the study of a single empire will be considered, we are especially interested in panels that include papers on more than one imperial power. In addition to paper and panel proposals related to the conference theme, we also welcome proposals for prearranged special panels on the following two approaches:

Methodology OR Pedagogy Roundtables: Sessions focused on methodological approaches to studying and practical strategies for teaching the nineteenth century in a global context. 

Big Ideas: Sessions focused on a single thought-provoking topic related to the conference theme. The format may vary from standard panels (three presenters and a moderator) to lightning roundtables (five to eight presenters delivering short, provocative position papers) to others that may be proposed.


Individual paper proposals should consist of an abstract (200-250 words), brief biography (80-100 words), and full contact information in a single pdf for Word file. Panel proposals should include abstracts for 3-4 papers, a brief rationale that connects the papers (100-200 words), and biographies of each participant (80-100 words) in a single pdf or Word file. Successful panel proposals will include participants from more than one institution, and, ideally, represent a mix of disciplines/fields and career stages. Although the working language of the conference is English, a limited number of slots will be available for presentations in Mandarin, Tamil, and Malay. Presenters, panel chairs, and workshop participants must, at the time of the congress, be current members of the Society for Global Nineteenth-Century Studies. For more information on membership, visit Proposals and questions should be directed to the Program Committee: Please visit the 2023 Congress website for the most up-to-date information: