Call for papers : Speaking Nature



Pitzer College, Claremont, CA (March 31-April 3, 2011)

CFP deadline: November 1, 2010

How did the nineteenth century conceive, construct, and represent the physical world? In what ways did nature as an ideology and/or material reality shape the nineteenth century? How did the nineteenth century understand the relation of human beings to nature? The 2011 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) Conference invites proposals that investigate any aspect of this topic from multiple interdisciplinary perspectives, including and/or integrating Literature, History, Science, Art History, Environmental Studies, Law, Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology, Music, Economics, and Theology.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):
* human nature
* animal nature
* plant nature
* gender & nature
* empire & nature
* anatomy, medicine, health
* Nature’s language
* aws of nature
* environmentalism & sustainability
* natural disasters & catastrophes
* natural frontiers
* wilderness & gardens
* cities & ruins
* violent /nurturing nature
* new worlds, lost worlds, our world
* landscapes, oceans, deserts
* conquest of nature
* nature & antiquity
* nature & art
* nature & technology
* nature & the sciences
* nature & human responsibility

* nature & the disciplines

The conference will be held at Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges in Claremont, California. Please submit 250-word abstracts by November 1, 2010 to

For more information on INCS, see Selected conference papers will be published in Nineteenth-Century Contexts.

INCS also awards an annual $500 prize in recognition of excellence in interdisciplinary nineteenth-century scholarship by current members of INCS. Deadline: February 1, 2011. For inquiries, contact

Sumangala Bhattacharya
Pitzer College, Box A86
1050 North Mills Ave
Claremont, CA 91711

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