C19 seeks paper, panel and roundtable submissions for its fifth biennial conference, which will take place March 22-25, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We invite individual paper or group proposals on U.S. literary culture—broadly conceived—during the long nineteenth century.
The fifth biennial C19 conference welcomes readings of the capacious meanings of "Climate," from meteorology to metaphor, ecocriticism to racial justice. Thinking about climate within the context of the long nineteenth century might allow for new modes of approach to such issues as the human, nonhuman, or posthuman; ethnicity; gender; sexuality; race; class; colonialism; land use; labor; aging; religion; enclosure; agriculture; food; subject/object relations; geological or deep time; energy; extinction; or institutions.
The conference theme of “Climate” invites us to explore the term’s various layers of signification from its meteorological relation to weather, atmosphere, and storms to its metaphoric association with mood, variability, and time. In our own highly contested political climate when environmental, social, economic and racial justice represents an ongoing struggle, what does it mean to explore the climates of the nineteenth century?
C19: 2018 will once again feature a series of seminars, which were introduced at the 2014 conference in Chapel Hill. Seminars will provide participants the opportunity for a collaborative conversation around a particular topic. Each seminar will be capped at 15 participants and will be run by leaders with expertise in the topic. Each participant will submit a five-page position paper before the conference to be read in advance by the other participants; time in the seminar itself will be reserved for discussion. Seminar participants will be listed in the program. Participation as both a presenter and seminar participant will be allowed only as space permits. Topics and seminar leaders are available on the conference website under the “Seminar” tab: http://c19conference.org/.
Conference participants are limited to one appearance on the program in a substantive role (presenter, roundtable participant, or respondent), and one appearance as a session organizer, chair, seminar participant, or speaker/facilitator on a professional support session. Please submit only one proposal for a substantive role.
The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2017.
Queries about the Conference Program should be addressed to Program Chair, Carrie Tirado Bramen: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbara McCaskill, Department of English, University of Georgia