CFP: 2022 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah (March 24-27, 2022)

Call For Papers: 19th-Century Strata

March 24-27, 2022

Salt Lake City, Utah

Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference


Held in a region of rich fossil beds, towering crags, plunging canyons, and snow-capped mountains, the 2022 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference in Salt Lake City will dig deep into questions about stratification – physical and social, spatial and temporal, visual and textual. We invite papers that consider the myriad varieties of literal and figurative layering that played out across the nineteenth century. This conference will foreground how exploratory and creative acts of digging down and building up expose new truths and generate new knowledge both in the nineteenth century and in our present work as scholars of the period. Please join us in our transdisciplinary and interconnected investigations into what lies below, above, and on the surface.

Papers might address:

  • Class Interaction, Wealth Distribution
  • Race and Racial Uplift
  • Layering and Bending Gender and Sexuality
  • Social Climbing, Passing, Transvestivism
  • Family Trees and Generational Conflict
  • Descent and Breeding
  • Secrets and Skeletons in the Closet
  • Memory and the Subconscious
  • Food Chain, Foodways, Cookery
  • Fads and Fashions
  • Disability and Access
  • Geology, Deep Time, the Longue Durée
  • Evolution and “Lower” Animals
  • Taxonomy and Classification
  • Museum Display and Public Spectacle
  • Archeology and Paleontology
  • Exploration, Excavation, Exhumation
  • Horticultural Layering
  • Urban Planning and Architecture
  • Photomontage and Trick Photography
  • Pastiche, Collage, Patina
  • Empire, Center, Periphery
  • Displacement, Migration, Travel
  • Self and Soul, Spiritual Layering
  • Surface Reading/Deep Reading
  • Neo-Victorianism and Writing Over the Past
  • Drafts, Revisions, Palimpsest
  • Digging in the Archives
  • Digital Mapping and New Media
  • Victorian Historiography and Scholarly Presentism
  • Any 19th-Century Topic

INCS has a unique panel format to facilitate discussion and collaboration. Presenters submit 8-10 page papers for circulation shortly before the conference and then give 7-8 minute synopses during the panels, leaving ample time for dialogue and exchange.

Abstract Submission: For paper proposals, send a 200-word abstract and a one-page CV to [email protected] by October 8, 2021. For panel proposals, please provide a brief overview of the panel in an e-mail message and attach all paper proposals and CVs.

For more information, contact Jessica Straley: [email protected] or Leslee Thorne-Murphy: [email protected]