2013 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference: Leisure, Enjoyment and Fun

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  • The 2013 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference (INCS 2013) will be hosted by the University of Virginia on March 14-17, 2013.  It will be held at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville, VA and on the University of Virginia campus.

    Call for Papers - Conference Theme

    “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” It was the age of pleasure. It was the age of atonement. It was any place in the nineteenth century. The scope is global, the approaches, cross-disciplinary. What pleased the palate and tickled the nose? What roused the senses and deepened joy? What thrilled the body and inspired the mind? What did they do besides work? What diversions (respectable or otherwise) did they seek? How did they think about the enjoyments they sought? These are some of the questions to address at INCS 2013, which is devoted to ‘Leisure, Enjoyment, and Fun.’

    Consider all forms of enjoyment desired, sought, anticipated, or suppressed. Of course what constitutes enjoyment was widely contested ‘then’ as it is ‘now,’ and just what the relation between enjoyment and happiness is has never been clear. The task we set ourselves this year is an examination of various pleasures, thoughts about fun and leisure, expressions or reports of enjoyment, and what these experiences tell us about the nineteenth century. Definitions of enjoyment are themselves numerous and contrasting, and we will keep the field broad so as to draw a wide catch. Enjoyment may be associated with entertainment, amusement, comfort, satisfaction, happiness, absence of pain, etc. We are interested in how enjoyment is experienced, what function it serves, how it can be legislated or monitored, if it can be exhausted, repeated, repelled, and whether individual enjoyment differs from enjoyment shared.

    Conference Topics

    Topics are not limited to, but might include:

    • Weddings, parties, picnics
    • Theories of leisure
    • Spectacle
    • Enjoyment, guilt, atonement
    • Dance
    • License and restraint
    • Cartoons, comic periodicals,
    • Sport, games and races
    • Sunday Papers and other
    • Music, music halls, music boxes
    • Popular Reading
    • Theater, festivals, street entertainments
    • Pets, animal fighting
    • Pleasure Gardens
    • Experimentation, invention
    • Illicit fun
    • Gardens and Horticulture
    • Design, fashion, shopping
    • Collecting
    • Gustatory delights
    • Museums, exhibitions
    • Trade in exotics
    • Training for fun
    • Hobbies
    • Medical Tourism

    Deadline: November 1, 2012. For individual papers, send 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 your proposal. Send questions and proposals to Karen Chase (ksc3j@virginia.edu).

    INCS Conference Format

    As in past INCS conferences, accepted conference papers will be posted on this website in mid-February so that participants can read them in advance.  Papers should be 8-10 pages long.  At the sessions, each presenter will have 5 minutes to orient discussion of his or her paper: he or she may summarize the paper, place it in a larger context, suggest its broader implications, or connect it to other papers on the panel. The rest of the session will be devoted to discussion.

    Featured Speakers

    The conference will feature keynote addresses by William Gleason (Department of English, Princeton University) and Lynda Nead   (Department of History of Art and Screen Media, Birkbeck, University of London). See Featured Speakers for more information.


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