CFP: INCS 2010 at UT-Austin: “Family/Resemblance”

University of Texas at Austin
25-27 March 2010


The 2010 Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) Conference invites proposals for papers and panels on Family/Resemblance in the 19th Century.  The conference will consider how both family and resemblance were conceived/constructed in the 19th century from multiple interdisciplinary perspectives, including and/or integrating Literature, History, Art History, Law, Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Music, Economics, and Theology.

Topics may include:

  • extended families; metaphoric families
  • evolution and Darwin
  • replication, reproduction
  • sexualities
  • sisterhoods, brotherhoods
  • sister arts and sibling rivalry
  • portraiture and family; portraiture and resemblance
  • mimesis, imitation, parody
  • genealogies
  • law and the family
  • the animal family; animal resemblances
  • cyborgs and robots
  • photography
  • maternity/paternity/patriarchy
  • gender and family; the gender of family
  • domesticity
  • artistic/literary/historic families
  • dynasties (monarchies, Napoleon)
  • legitimacy/illegitimacy
  • colonialism

Hosted on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, the 2010 INCS Conference will take place 25-27 March and will include a reception at the Harry Ransom Center and a plenary address by Elizabeth Helsinger, John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago.

Please submit 250 word abstracts by 1 November 2009 to Alexandra Wettlaufer at  For more information on INCS, see  Selected conference papers will be published in Nineteenth-Century Contexts.


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