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Attendees Will Enjoy...

Held at the Hilton Hotel in historic downtown Salt Lake City, accessible via public transportation from the airport and within walking distance of museums, shopping, bars, and dining. For ideas about activities to do during your stay, check out our SLC Activities Page.

  • Opening reception at the Utah Natural History Museum
  • Optional study day at archives with extensive nineteenth-century print, manuscript, and art collections
  • Guided city walks
  • Extended feedback and discussion during each panel

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.

Spend an Optional "Study Day" With Us!

The University of Utah and Brigham Young University welcome INCS conference attendees and invite interested registrants to sign up for a “Study Day” at one of libraries or art museums on Thursday, March 24. With travel and archival opportunities hindered in the last year and a half, we hope some of you will take advantage of your visit to explore our rare book, photograph, and manuscript collections, as well as our art museums, especially as it may serve your research projects (and just for fun). Please browse the possibilities below and connect to our catalogs; further information about registration is forthcoming.

Marriott Library Special Collections

University of Utah

The Marriott Library Special Collections Division boasts wide-ranging holdings and is especially strong in American literature, the history of science and medicine, primary documents of overland exploration and settler colonialism, railroad memorabilia and maps, pioneer and missionary diaries, children’s literature, and early photography of the American West. First editions housed at Marriott include Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. Other highlights of the collection include the Annie Clark Tanner Western Americana Collection, Frank Lloyd Wright blueprints, photographs in the Mitsugi M. Kasai Memorial Japanese American Archive, and American and European cookbooks from the nineteenth century.

Researchers will be able to examine up to four boxes and/or volumes from the collection on Thursday, March 24, from 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm. Please see the attached flyer. Interested parties are encouraged to contact librarian Allie McCormack to determine which collection would best serve their interests.

L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library

Brigham Young University

Our Special Collections Library is well known for its 19th-century holdings, including one of the premiere collections of Mormoniana and Western Americana in the world.  The collection includes material relevant to the entire Western US from the Pacific to the Rockies. Yellowstone National Park, early photography, railroads, mining, exploration, and travel are especially well represented.  Our holdings include a notable collection of 19th-century American literature, with an emphasis on Herman Melville, Louisa May Alcott, Walt Whitman, and Zane Grey. We also have extensive 19th-century British collections, including a large selection of lesser-known popular literature in our Victoriana collection, working class and radical literature in our social history collection, rare volumes of Victorian poetry, and children’s literature. The collection provides ample means of studying print, binding, and illustration. Other strengths of the 19th-century holdings at Perry Special Collections include European and American music, including opera, ballet, libretti, and popular sheet music, as well as Japanese literature and art of the Tokugawa and early Meiji periods.

To browse the Special Collections catalog, please see  Patrons are welcome to visit our reading room from 8 am to 4 pm on Thursday, March 24.  For any questions as you design your study day, please contact Maggie Kopp.

BYU Museum of Art

Brigham Young University

The BYU Museum of Art collection focuses primarily on American, religious, and contemporary art.  Our American collection features significant holdings of artists such as American Impressionist J. Alden Weir, as well as dynamic regional artists like C.C.A. Christensen, Mahonri Young, and Minerva Teichert.  For INCS attendees, we will hold a 30-minute gallery tour on Thursday, March 24 at 11:00am to focus on masterworks of the 19th-century art collection.  During the tour, a museum curator will introduce artwork currently on display, including portraits by John Singer Sargent and Julien Alden Weir, as well as bucolic views by Daniel Ridgeway Knight. The tour will also feature notable paintings in our religious collection by British, French, and German artists.

You are also welcome to browse our catalog at to find other items of interest. Please see the attached flyer for a sampling of items in our collection. Once registered for the study day, you can request items to view from 11:30-1:30 in our print study room. For any requests or questions on artwork that you would like to see, please contact Tiffany Wixom

Last Updated: 12/10/21