The Nineteenth Century Today: Interdisciplinary, International, Intertemporal Conference 2024

calendar09:00 Wednesday, 10 July 2024 to 17:00 Friday, 12 July 2024
This is the inaugural conference of the International Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, launched to promote interdisciplinary, international, and intertemporal study of this era.

The inaugural conference of the International Nineteenth Century Studies Association (INCSA) will take place on Durham University’s Teaching and Learning Centre from Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 July 2024.

This conference inaugurates INCSA, a new professional association bringing scholars together from all over the world through interdisciplinary, international and intertemporal nineteenth-century studies.

We are delighted to welcome you to Durham for what promises to be a flagship conference for Nineteenth Century Studies. Our full programme will be available later in the Spring but here are some of the highlights:

The conference includes over 300 papers, including two keynotes, individual papers, panels, lecture recitals, concerts and a nineteenth-century Evensong in Durham Cathedral.

We welome our two keynote speakers:

  • Monica Juneja, Professor of Global Art History, Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies 
  • Pratik Chakrabarti, NEH Cullen Chair in History Medicine, University of Houston, will be speaking on 'Repatriating the Dead and Living in the Nineteenth Century'.

Over 35 countries are represented, with delegates from six continents - from Lapland to Australia, and from Canada to Malaysia.

The conference includes representation from academic, heritage and GLAM-sector organisations (galleries, libraries, archives and museums), as well as independent scholars, performers and composers.

Early career scholars, from all over the world, are widely represented, and INCSA’s Early Career Committee will host two round tables: ‘The Global Futures of Nineteenth-century Studies’ and ‘Teaching the Nineteenth Century Internationally’.

Panel Titles, including:

  • 'Evidentiary Sites of Citiations: The Case for Radical Interdisciplinarity' 
  • 'Exploring the Nexus of Healing, Stories and Illness in the Nineteenth Century and Today'
  • 'Victorians and Intertemporal Greece'
  • 'Comic Song in the Nineteenth Century: What's So Funny?'
  • 'On Opera and Genre'
  • 'The History Painting: Past, Present, Future'
  • 'Welsh Music, History and Identity in the Long Nineteenth Century'
  • 'Colonial Switzerland: Introducing New Actors and Geographies to Global and Imperial History'
  • 'Art and Recreation in Psychiatry: From the Nineteenth Century to the Present'
  • 'Modernizing Empires: Enlightenment, Nationalist Vanguards and Russian Modernity'
  • 'Chemical Infrastructures and Colonial Worlds'
  • 'The Earthly Object and the Nineteenth Century'
  • 'The Secret Diary of Karl Benedict Hase: Greek, Diary Writing and Phillhellenism in the Nineteenth-Century Paris'

This conference offers an online experience for those unable to join us in-person, including:

  • Two online plenary sessions hosted each afternoon of the conference
  • A meet the editors online forum and 
  • the Universities Committee members will host one of their extremely successful pedagogical 'Virtual Lab' workshops

As well as the panels, workshops and round tables, the conference will host a number of lecture recitals in our beautiful Collingwood College Theatre. 

Besides academic panels there will be an opportunity to:

  • Meet with publishers, including Clemson University Press (publisher of INCSA's new book series) and Taylor & Francis (publisher of  INCSA's new journal Advances in Nineteenth-Century Research)
  • Browse an Antique Book Fair 
  • On Wednesday evening, head to the nineteenth-century-themed piano concert played on one of the University's Steinway pianos (booking essential)
  • Attend a Nineteenth-Century Evensong planned at Durham Cathedral on the Thursday evening

Delegates can take advantage of all County Durham has to offer as on the Friday afternoon there are optional excursions planned to Locomotion, Beamish Museum, and tours of Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral.

If you choose to stay a little longer (until Saturday 13 July) you can experience the spectacle and excitement of Durham Miner’s Gala.  The Gala developed out of nineteenth-century miners' trade unionism, the first union being established in 1869. The Durham Miners' Association organised the first gala, which was held in 1871 in Wharton Park, Durham.

History of the Durham Miners Gala

Take a look at last years Durham Miners Gala

Book your accommodation on campus at John Snow College when registering, please note the accommodation is a Single Bed En-Suite. If you have any queries regarding the accommodation, please contact Event Durham. If you are planning to bring a non-delegate partner or guest, please contact Event Durham for further assistance to with your booking.

However, please find other hotels in the city that you may wish to register for:

Hotel Indigo

Radisson Blu Hotel

Delta Hotels Durham Royal County

Premier Inn, Durham

Other accommodation in the Durham area

You are able to register for an evening meal on the Wednesday evening in one of our college canteens, and on Thursday we host the conference dinner at the beautiful Durham Castle.

Conference Dinner Menu

Please find alternative restaurants where you can eat in Durham

To make any amendments to your booking, please contact Event Durham

Registration Prices

Don't forget to sign up for your INCSA membership.



The Nineteenth Century Today: Interdisciplinary, International, Intertemporal Conference 2024


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