Friday, May 16, 2014


NCSA 2015 Article Prize
The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2015 Article Prize, which recognizes excellence in scholarly studies from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (French Revolution to World War I). The winner will receive a cash award of $500 to be presented at the Thirty-sixth Annual NCSA Conference, “Material Cultures/Material Worlds” in Boston, MA (March 26-28, 2015).
Articles published between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014 are eligible for consideration for the 2015 prize and may be submitted by the author or the publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. The submission of essays that take an interdisciplinary approach is especially encouraged. The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. Applicants are encouraged to attend the conference at which the prize will be awarded.
Send one PDF file electronically of published articles/essays, including the publication’s name/volume/date etc. to the chair of the committee at the following email address: jmhill@unr.edu. All submissions via email will be acknowledged; queries should be addresses to Professor Jen Hill at the same email address. Applicants must verify date of actual publication for eligibility, and one entry per scholar or publisher is allowed annually. Essays written in part or entirely in a language other than English must be accompanied by English translations. Deadline for submission is September 30, 2014. 

The NCSA 2015 Emerging Scholars Award
The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2015 Emerging Scholars Award. The work of emerging scholars represents the promise and long-term future of interdisciplinary scholarship in 19th-century studies. In recognition of the excellent publications of this constituency of emerging scholars, this award will be given to an outstanding article or essay published within five years of the author's doctorate. Entries can be from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (the French Revolution to World War I); they must be published in English or be accompanied by an English translation, and must be by a single author. Submission of essays that are interdisciplinary is especially encouraged.

Entrants must be within five years of having received a doctorate or other terminal professional degree, and must have less than seven years of experience either in an academic career, or as a post-terminal-degree independent scholar or practicing professional.

Only articles physically published between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014 (even if the citation date of the journal is different) are eligible for the 2015 Emerging Scholar Award. Articles published in any scholarly journal, including on-line journals, or in edited volumes of essays are eligible and may be submitted either by the author or the publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. In any given year, an applicant may submit more than one article for this award.

The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. Articles submitted to the NCSA Article Prize competition are ineligible for the Emerging Scholars Award.

The winner will receive $500 to be presented at the annual NCSA Conference in Boston, MA March 26-28, 2015. Prize recipients need not be members of the NCSA but are encouraged to attend the conference to receive the award.

Deadline for submission is September 30, 2014.

Send electronic PDF submissions to: pcroce@stetson.edu, Chair of the Emerging Scholars Award, Professor Paul Croce, Department of History, Stetson University.  If necessary, three off-prints or photocopies of published articles/essays may be mailed to the committee chair. Please note that applicants must verify date of actual publication for eligibility and provide an email address so that receipt of their submissions may be acknowledged.

Call for Papers
36th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association
March 26-28, 2015 – Boston, MA

Material Cultures/Material Worlds
"What would happen to our thinking about politics if we took more seriously the idea that technological and natural materialities were
themselves actors alongside and within us - were vitalities, trajectories, and powers irreducible to the meanings, intentions, or
symbolic values humans invest in them?" -- Jane Bennett
We seek papers and panels that investigate elements of the material world belonging to the long nineteenthcentury. Topics may include collecting, possession(s), things and thing theories, realism, hoarding, bric-a­brac, souvenirs, historic houses (interiors and rooms), buildings and “truth to materials,” collecting folkloreand songs, Atlantic trade, colonial objects, commodity fetishism, animals as things (taxidermy, zoos, taxonomies), people as things (slavery, human zoos, relics, death masks), cabinets of curiosity, closets,antiquities, museum displays, theatrical stages and sets, textures, books and manuscripts as objects, themateriality of texts, art materials, food, fraudulent items or the luxury trade. We invite alternate interpretations of the theme as well.
Please email 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers along with one-page CVs to the program chairs by September 30, 2014 to ncsaboston2015@gmail.com. Paper abstracts should include author's name, institutional affiliation, and paper title in the heading. We welcome panel proposals with three panelists and amoderator or alternative formats with pre-circulated papers and discussion.
Please note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend the conference if the proposal isaccepted. All proposals received will be acknowledged, and presenters will be notified in November 2014.Graduate students whose proposals are accepted may, at that point, submit complete papers in competitionfor a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses. Scholars who live outside the NorthAmerican continent, whose proposals have been accepted, may submit a full paper to be considered for theInternational Scholar Travel Grant (see NCSA website for additional requirements http://www.ncsaweb.net). 



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