Urbanism and Urbanity

Proposals Due: September 30, 2013

Dates: March 20-22, 2014

Location: Chicago, IL

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How did city dwellers in the nineteenth century interact with the built environment? How were urban spaces represented in the literature, art, music, and theater of the nineteenth century? What were the unique experiences–cultural/physical/psychological/social–of living and working in nineteenth-century cities?

We seek papers and panels that investigate elements of urbanism and urbanity during the long-nineteenth century, such as: urbanites (the flaneur, the prostitute, the detective, the criminal, etc.); urbanites and the rise of consumer culture; immigrants and urban communities; urban domesticity in literature and culture; architecture, urban design, and city planning; urban spaces and the gothic imagination; mobilities and forms of urban transport; the politics of urban space; the city and the natural environment; urban cartographies; urban crime and violence; urban spaces and urban peripheries (suburbs, ghettos, wastelands, industrial zones, dumps and other hybrid spaces); urbanism and public health; animals and urban environments; concert halls, opera houses, and other urban entertainment venues; restaurants, cafes, and urban eating and drinking; lesiure and urbanism; city/county divides; and the anti-urban tradition in art and literature.

E-mail abstracts (250 words) for 20-minute papers that include the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and paper title in the heading, as well as a one-page CV, by September 30, 2013 to: Maria K. Bachman and Maria Gindhart, Program Co-Chairs, ncsa2014@gmail.com


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