Though its title foregrounds art and visual culture, this conference will treat "picturing" in all its many senses: imagining, representing, framing, mapping. We invite papers and panels that consider how the nineteenth century represented itself to itself – through depictions of subjectivity, history, and culture; through emerging technologies and disciplines; through self-conscious "meta" attempts to understand methods of representation – and how our own technologies and disciplines create multiple pictures of "the nineteenth century." Interdisciplinary papers and panels are especially welcome.
Featured speakers include Nancy Armstrong (English Department, Duke University), Julie Codell (Art History Department, Arizona State University), and Shawn Michelle Smith (Visual & Critical Studies, Art Institute of Chicago).
Themes include but are not limited to
- "The visual turn" and its technologies
- Canons, institutions, and practices of art and literature
- The materiality of the literary: illustrations, cover designs, advertising, publication
- Display, exhibition, and spectatorship
- Cartographies, real and imagined
- Urban geographies and ethnographies; mapping and tracking people
- Imperialism as visual practice; global mappings and re-mappings
- Representations of selves and bodies; life writing
- Modes of representation: narrative, image, statistics, chronology
- Archives, libraries, and their histories
- Digitizing the nineteenth century
- Teaching the nineteenth century
Deadline: October 17, 2011. For individual papers, send a 250-word proposals; for panels, send individual 250-word proposals for each paper plus a 250-word panel description. Please include your name, affiliation, and e-mail address on the proposals.
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