Loco/Motion - Nineteenth Century Studies Association 34th annual conference

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  • The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) kindly invites you to contribute to the 34th annual conference taking place in Fresno, California, March 7-9, 2013. The conference carries the subtitle "Loco/Motion".

    The long nineteenth century set the world on the move. Travel becameincreasingly important for business and pleasure, for war and peace.At the same time, new forms of moving people arose: the balloon,ships, undergrounds, funiculars, the railroads. Each carried riders togreat distances, different locales, and novel pursuits. But motionwasn't purely spatial; new movements arose as well, sweeping theinhabitants of the period into fresh vistas of thought and endeavor.We seek papers and panels that capture the sense of movement at workand at play during the long nineteenth century (1789-1914). Papers mayaddress the intersections of movement/s, focus on technologies ofmotion in isolation, or reveal the desires-for gain, glory, greed-thatset the world on its feet.

    Conference Topics

    Some suggested topics:

    • Gold Rushes (Mineral Manias and Speculative Destinations)
    • Literature of the Sea
    • Maps and Cartography
    • The Science of Exploration (Darwin's Voyages)
    • Narratives of Time Travel, Travel into Space (Jules Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle)
    • The West as Destination and Concept
    • Celebrity Performance Tours
    • Movement of Goods and Ideas
    • Migration and Relocation
    • Expeditions
    • Concepts of Motion and Stasis
    • New Forms of Creative Motion and Locomotion (Moving Pictures, Photography, Dance, Music)

    We also welcome other interpretations of the conference theme.

    Conference Venue

    The campus of California State University, Fresno, will host us in 2013. Its setting makes it the perfect place to explore the conferencetheme, since Fresno is ringed by the original Gold Rush towns andthree superb national parks (Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon), twoof which are nineteenth-century creations. As a result, Fresno stillbears evidence of the vast changes caused by the movements of thenineteenth century. The library of CSU Fresno houses the Donald G.Larson Collection on International Expositions and Fairs; materialfrom this archive will be featured in a special exhibition for theconference, as will material from the Robert Louis Stevenson Silverado Museum.

    Abstract Submission / Travel Grant

    Please e-mail abstracts (250 words) for 20-minute papers that providethe author's name and paper title in the heading, as well as aone-page cv, to Prof. Toni Wein at NCSA-2013@sbcglobal.net by September 30, 2012. Please note thatsubmission of a proposal indicates intent to present. Presenters willbe notified in November 2012. Graduate students whose proposals areaccepted may, at that point, submit complete papers in competition fora travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses.

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