CFP: “Up-To-Date With a Vengeance”
“UP-TO-DATE WITH A VENGEANCE”: NINETEENTH-CENTURY SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND MEDIA APRIL 19-21, 2007, UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY, 22ND ANNUAL INTERDISCIPLINARY NINETEENTH-CENTURY STUDIES CONFERENCE (INCS)
Inspired by Bram Stoker’s innovative narrative forms and themes in Dracula–and in particular by Jonathan Harker’s statement in his journal that he is witnessing the “nineteenth-century up-to-date with a vengeance”–this conference will explore the thoroughly modern forms of communication, technological development, and scientific discovery that emerged in the period.
CALL FOR PAPERS
This conference will explore the thoroughly modern forms of communication, technological development, and scientific discovery that emerged in the period. We also encourage investigations of twenty-first century scientific and technological legacies and media representations of nineteenth-century subjects.
TOPICS MIGHT INCLUDE:
* Inventions: Telegraphs, Electric Lights, Typewriters, Railroads and Other New Forms of Transportation
* Print Culture: Scientific Periodicals, Political Pamphlets, Illustrated Newspapers, and Penny Magazines
* The “Pseudo-Sciences”: Phrenology, Physiognomy, and Eugenics
* Technology and Empire
* Amateur Scientists, Scientific Tourism, and Collectors
* Botany and Geology; Darwin and Evolution Controversies
* Innovation and Popular Entertainment; Photography, Magic Lantern Shows, and Moving Pictures
* Gendered Uses of Technology
* Science Fiction; Responses to “Modernity” in Literature and Art
* Nursing, Medicine, and Psychology
* The “Nineteenth-Century Up-to-Date” in Recent Film and Fiction
Longer versions of INCS conference papers are regularly published in the affiliated Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal.
Send 250-500 word abstracts in .pdf or .doc format by December 1, 2006 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information within that document, as well as within the body of your email.
For more information, see the conference Website.
Questions? Please contact email@example.com
ORGANIZERS (at the University of Missouri-Kansas City):
Jennifer Phegley and Daniella Mallinick