Call for Proposals: Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) 2015 MOBILITIES

Hosted by the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA April 16-19, 2015

The nineteenth century has long been understood as an era of industrial growth, scientific discovery, technological innovation, and imperial expansion. Such sweeping global transformations relied on a complex web of relations between humans and machines, individuals and systems, ideas and practices, as well as more efficient and frequent movement across increasingly connected networks of space. From railroad travel to advances in shipping, from the movement of immigrants, enslaved laborers, scientists and colonial settlers, to the circulation of ideas, bodies, and/as commodities, nineteenth-century mobilities challenged and reconfigured the very constitution of subjects, nations, and cultures across the globe. We seek papers that investigate the various mobilities and exchanges of the nineteenth century. What did it mean to be mobile (or immobile) in this period? How were political, scientific, and cultural ideas exchanged in new ways? How did people maintain and create new networks and affiliations? How might notions of a more mobile, networked sense of nature, the world, and the self influence our understanding of this era? Possible topics include, but are not limited to:


  • Mapping, geographies, travel

  • Transportation and communication networks

  • Communities, networks, and alliances

  • Mobile/immobile bodies

  • The body as a circulatory system

  • Imperialism, warfare, journalism

  • The press, publishing, mobility and digitization

  • Education, circulating knowledge

  • Visual culture, mobility and cinema, photography

  • Digital culture/revisiting the nineteenth century

  • Mobile knowledge/disciplines and institutions

  • Gender and mobility: the New Woman, feminism

  • Mobile sexualities/underground networks

  • Cycles of nature/natural history and mobility

  • Imaginary spaces/architectural sites

  • Exile, migration, borders

  • Information, collection, and data

  • Germs, diseases, contagion

  • Prosthetics, physical culture

  • Medical and scientific networks

  • Circulating texts, sensation fiction

  • Cities, networks of industry

  • Teaching the nineteenth century

  • Neo-Victorian culture, steampunk

  • Spiritualism, mediums, religion

  • Race, immigration, diasporic mobility

  • Professional and class mobility

  • Evolution/degeneration

  • Science fiction/time travel/futures

  • Domesticity/rootedness/rituals

Deadline: November 15, 2014. For individual papers, send 250-word proposals; for panels, send individual proposals plus a 250-word panel description. Please include a one-page cv with your name, affiliation, and email address. Proposals that are interdisciplinary in method or panels that involve multiple disciplines are especially welcome. Send questions and proposals to or