C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists is the first academic organization dedicated to nineteenth-century American studies. We are pleased to announce that “Dissent,” the sixth biennial conference of C19, will be hosted virtually by Penn State University from October 16-18 and October 21-25, 2020.
C19 warmly invites all participants scheduled for the Miami conference on “Dissent” to present their work at the October Virtual Conference. We write to ask all those who were members of panels and roundtables to confer with their colleagues and have the chair or a representative from the panel submit a Panel Scheduling Form. Seminars will be scheduled separately; we will be in touch with seminar leaders and participants in a separate set of emails.
A few notes to spur your thinking:
- Everyone who was on the program for the Miami conference is invited to join the virtual conference, but no one should feel obliged to participate. If you want to present your work but the rest of your panel does not, we will find a place for you on the program.
- We want to devote as much online time as possible to the rich conversations that are the heart of C19. This means that papers will need to be shorter. We’ll briefly describe the formats we’ll be using below, and in greater detail in the attached FAQs. But remember: less is more in the digital medium.
- Virtual C19 sessions will be scheduled over one or two weekends, Oct. 16-18 and Oct. 23-25, depending on how many people decide to participate. We’ll be in touch as soon possible to finalize the conference dates.
Pre-circulated or “asynchronous” papers with the entire panel session devoted to discussion via video conference (45 minutes). Presentations will be made available to all conference registrants beginning on Sept. 21. Papers delivered live, via video conference, followed by discussion (75 minutes).
For more information on these formats, and some factors you might want to consider in choosing between them, please see the FAQ tab above.
Please discuss with your colleagues if and how you want to proceed. When you’ve come to a decision, your chair or a panel representative should fill out the Panel Scheduling Form. Please let us know as soon as you can what you have decided, by July 6 if possible.
Many thanks for your support of C19 and for your patience as we redesign our signature event for a digital environment.
The Virtual Program Committee: Dana Luciano, Christy Pottroff, Sam Sommers, Claudia Stokes, Ed Whitley, and Gretchen Woertendyke
Advised by: Hester Blum, Virtual Site Coordinator and Jennifer James, Program Committee Chair for the Miami conference
For more information about C19: the Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists visit our website.