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INCS 2022:
Nineteenth-Century Strata

March 24-27, 2022 | Salt Lake City, UT

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About the INCS 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.

Keynote Speakers

Disaffected - Tanya

Tanya Agathocleous

Associate Professor of English, Hunter College, CUNY

Tanya Agathocleous' integrative and interdisciplinary scholarship considers stratification in political, legal, architectural, and corporeal contexts, making visible the effects of imperial structures and spaces on lived experience. Her latest book, Disaffected: Emotion, Sedition, and Colonial Law in the Anglosphere, examines the far-reaching effects of anti-sedition law on the overlapping and discordant political spheres of India and Britain. 

Jennifer Tucker

Jennifer Tucker

Associate Professor of History, Wesleyan University

Deftly blending the fields of visual history and the history of science in Nature Exposed: Photography as Eyewitness in Victorian Science, Jennifer Tucker explores the cultural, legal, and medical meanings evoked by the photograph in its early development. Her current work on mining and chemical extraction exposes the labor history and environmental effects beneath photography's glossy finish.

Plenary Panelists

From Paris to Pompeii - Gorin Blix

Göran Blix

Professor of French,
Princeton University

In From Paris to Pompeii: French Romanticism and the Cultural Politics of Archaeology, Göran Blix shows how archeology’s acts of excavation bequeathed a metaphor through which nineteenth-century historians, visual artists, and authors theorized the interlocking relationship between past and present. His recent work maps out a subterranean genealogy of biophilia and ecoapathy from Rousseau to Zola.

Black Atlas - Judith Madera

Judith Madera

Associate Professor of Literature,
Wake Forest University

Judith Madera’s Black Atlas: Geography and Flow in Nineteenth-Century African American Literature incisively redefines place as a palimpsest of local, regional, national, and hemispheric histories, metaphors, and allegiances working both in consort and conflict. Her new project explores the radical geographies of African American and Caribbean literatures and the Black emancipatory politics of the abolition epoch.

Resonant Tomb - Shundana Yusaf

Shundana Yusaf

Associate Professor of Architecture,
University of Utah

As an historian of architecture, Shundana Yusaf explores the spatialization of politics and culture, replacing visual modes of understanding design with attention to the oral and aural practices that characterize built environments. Her book in progress, The Resonant Tomb: A Feminist History of Sufi Shrines in Pakistan, explores gender contestation in public sacred spaces including those excavated in the nineteenth century.

Last Updated: 2/25/22