2006 Conference. Aug. 31st - Sept. 3rd. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN USA


For the first time, the two major conferences on the nineteenth century will join forces for a conference at Purdue University, to be held August 31-September 3, 2006 (Labor Day weekend). This will be the fourteenth annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) and the fourth annual conference of the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA). Any participant will be free to attend all talks, seminars, and workshops; however, there are separate vetting committees for each half of the event, as explained in the Call for Papers. Plenary speakers will be Catherine Gallagher and Thomas Laqueur.

NASSR traditionally has a conference theme, which this year is scientia and techne, by which we intend not only science and technology but also the etymological senses of knowledge and craft. There is no set theme for the NAVSA side of the conference: papers on all aspects of Victorian studies will be accepted; however, we will be particularly interested in papers that speak to the NASSR theme of scientia and techne. We are interested in making this conference as interdisciplinary as possible and, so, we are keen to consider papers from History, Art History, English and American literature, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History of Science, Architectural History, Music, and so on.

This conference would not be possible without the help of numerous departments, programs and offices , including the English Dept. at Butler University; the English Dept. and the Victorian Studies Program at Indiana University; Indiana University Press; the College of Arts and Letters of the University of Notre Dame; the English Dept. of the University of Chicago; the English Department, the History Department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Center for Advanced Studies and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; the Department of History and the Department of Theater and Performance at Northwestern U; the English Department at the U of Iowa; the Ellen Brown Fund of the Dept. of English at Michigan State U; and the following sponsors at Purdue University: the English Dept., the Provost, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Purdue U Libraries, the History Dept., the German and French sections of the Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Theater section of the Dept. of Performing and Visual Arts, the Comparative Literature Program, and the Philosophy and Literature Program.

The preliminary program for the NAVSA 2006 Conference at Purdue University is now available, including seminar, workshop, and special-session leaders.
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For information about the pre-conference workshops, click on "more" below. These will occur on Thursday, August 31: 1) Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship in the era of "Web 2.0"; 2) Nineteenth-Century Theater.
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Scientia & Techne - Figure 1