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

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Call for Papers
September 1, 2017
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Literature, Theatre & Performance History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies

CFP: C19: The Society of 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.