INCS 2012

The 2012 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Conference will be hosted by the University of Kentucky, Lexington KY, March 22-25, and will take place at the downtown Lexington Hilton Hotel and the University of Kentucky campus.

Information for Participants

In keeping with the INCS format, participants will post their papers  on a website in mid-February so that participants can read them in advance. Papers should be 8-10 pages long. At the sessions, each presenter has 5 minutes to orient discussion of his or her paper: you may summarize the paper, place it in a larger context, suggest its broader implications, or connect it to other papers on the panel. The rest of the session will be devoted to discussion.  Information about posting and linking papers will be available in early 2012.

Conference theme 
Though its title foregrounds art and visual culture, this conference will treat "picturing" in all its many senses: imagining, representing, framing, mapping. We invite papers and panels that consider how the nineteenth century represented itself to itself – through depictions of subjectivity, history, and culture; through emerging technologies and disciplines; through self-conscious "meta" attempts to understand methods of representation. We also encourage papers that consider how our own technologies and disciplines create multiple pictures of "the nineteenth century." Interdisciplinary papers and panels are especially welcome. Submissions are now closed.

Featured speakers 
The conference will feature keynote addresses by Nancy Armstrong (English Department, Duke University), Julie Codell (School of Art, Arizona State University), and Shawn Michelle Smith (Visual & Critical Studies, Art Institute of Chicago). See Featured Speakers for more information.

Lexington and the Bluegrass  
Lexington is a small city of about 250,000 people surrounded by the rolling hills and white fences of Bluegrass horse farms. Within a few minutes’ walk of the hotel are a number of restaurants, shops, and galleries. A 15-20 minute drive will take you to the countryside. See Travel and Accommodations for more information.

Conference committee  

University of Kentucky: Ellen Rosenman (English), Anna Brzyski (Art History), Jeff Clymer (English), Phil Harling (History), Jill Rappoport (English), Ana Rueda (Hispanic Studies), Rich Schein (Geography), Michael Trask (English); Regional committee Mary Jean Corbett (English, Miami University of Ohio), Elizabeth Corsun (English, Transylvania University), Susan Griffin (English, University of Louisville), Tamar Heller (English, University of Cincinnati), Adam Komisaruk (English, West Virginia University), Deborah Meem (English, University of Cincinnati). Conference coordinator: Ella Dunbar, University of Kentucky.

INCS 2012 is supported by the Vice President for Research, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Departments of English, History, and Art History at the University of Kentucky, and The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky; the Miami University of Ohio English Department; the University of Louisville English Department; the Vanderbilt University English Department; and Routledge ABES ( 

About INCS

INCS is an international group of scholars dedicated to interdisciplinary discussion and research. The organization sponsors annual meetings and enjoys a collaborative relationship with Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal. INCS encourages scholarly work that transcends disciplinary boundaries in its approach to cultural studies. For more information visit the INCS website.

Image detail from the Princess Alexandra Album, 1866-69, The Royal Collection © 2010 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Laurel Christensen, designer.