BrANCA 3rd Biennial Symposium: The Not Yet of the Nineteenth-Century U.S.
November 17-18, 2017
Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

Plenary speakers:
·         Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet (Professor of American Literature, University of Lausanne, Switzerland). Author of The Poetics and Politics of the American Gothic: Gender and Slavery in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Ashgate 2010).
·         Lloyd Pratt (Drue Heinz Professor of American Literature, University of Oxford). Author of Archives of American Time  (Penn 2009); The Strangers Book (Penn 2015).

BrANCA: The British Association of Nineteenth Century Americanists seeks proposals to its third biennial symposium, which will take place November 17-18 2017 at the Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, UK. We invite individual paper or group proposals on progressive aspects of U.S. literary culture during the long nineteenth century (comparative approaches are particularly welcome).

Our symposium theme is “The Not Yet of the Nineteenth-Century U.S”. “Not Yet” gestures to the renewed and growing interest in the variety of politically imminent imaginaries that increasingly defines scholarship concerning long nineteenth-century US literature and culture. We invite paper submissions and group proposals that engage with nineteenth-century utopian futurities that did not, but might yet in some sense, come to pass; the multiple temporal, spatial, and social imaginaries that produce alternatives to the linear, “empty time” associated with the rise of US nationalism and imperialism.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Alternative temporalities: queer, oceanic, religious, biological, geological, theological etc.
Utopias/Dystopias
C19 science fiction (or genre fiction)
Seriality and serialisation;
Radical futures, radical culture, radical memory
Postwork and antiwork imaginaries
The labours of literature and the literature of labour
Embodied reading and time
Gender, race, genre, and periodisation
Delays, belatedness, cancellations
Modernity and acceleration
Futurity and foreclosure
Anthropocene
Secularisation and the post-secular
Science, innovation and invention
Media archaeology
Biological clocks
Against 1865

Please submit abstracts of no more than 200 words for 20-minute papers and a short bio to Peter Riley at conference@branca.org.uk by 15 May 2017. We also encourage pre-formed panels; please provide a 250-word summary for the panel along with the individual abstracts.

Accommodation and registration information will be made available on the BrANCA website in Summer 2017.