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by Dan Tripp last modified Aug 29, 2012 03:49 PM

New Executive Committee and Standing Committees

by Paul Erickson last modified Sep 18, 2012 06:16 PM

C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists is pleased to announce the election of new members of its Executive Committee and standing committees for 2012-14. The committee members are as follows:

Executive Committee:

President: Elisa Tamarkin (UC Berkeley)
Vice President: Karen Sánchez-Eppler (Amherst College)
Program Chair: Teresa Goddu (Vanderbilt University)
Membership Chair: Elizabeth Young (Mount Holyoke College)
Communications Chair: Paul Erickson (American Antiquarian Society)
Member at Large: Jennifer Greiman (SUNY-Albany)
Member at Large: Hsuan Hsu (UC Davis)

Program Committee

Teresa Goddu, Chair
Jennifer DeVere Brody (Stanford University)
Raúl Coronado (University of Chicago)
Karen Sánchez-Eppler
Elisa Tamarkin
(Conference Coordinator, TBA)

Membership Committee

Elizabeth Young, Chair
Robin Bernstein (Harvard University)
Xiomara Santamarina (University of Michigan)

Communications Committee

Paul Erickson, Chair
Sarah Blackwood (Pace University)
Leon Jackson (University of South Carolina)

Nominations Committee

Elizabeth Dillon (Northeastern University), Chair
Jeannine DeLombard (University of Toronto)
Benjamin Reiss (Emory University)


Thanks to all those who served on committees from 2010-12. Your service was crucial in helping C19 become the vibrant intellectual community that it is.

News from Prospects: A New Century

by Dan Tripp last modified Aug 29, 2012 04:18 PM

“Prospects: A New Century,” the second biennial conference of C19, was held on April 12-15 in Berkeley, California. Most sessions took place at the Berkeley City Club Hotel, and some were located at the nearby UC Berkeley Alumni House, which was also the location of the Friday night conference reception and launch party for J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. A survey has been distributed to registrants to measure the satisfaction of attendees and solicit suggestions for future program and venue changes. There were 320 participants on the program, and 375 registrants at the conference, reflecting significant growth from the first conference in 2010 at Penn State University (which had 267 program participants and 295 registrants).

At the Business Meeting on Friday afternoon, chaired by the President, Christopher Looby, reports were presented by the officers and the chairs of standing committees, describing and explaining the activities of the organization over the last two years. Four resolutions were proposed by the Executive Committee and adopted by the membership. Three of them had to do with the Society’s new journal, J19, amending the Bylaws to enable the Executive Committee and the journal’s co-editors to enlarge the editorial board from nine to fifteen, to seat a full fifteen-person editorial board immediately, and to abolish the requirement that there be a special topic issue every year. A fourth amendment was also approved, amending the Bylaws to add the President to the Program Committee as an ex officio member.[1] Minutes of the Business Meeting will be presented for approval at the next meeting.


[1] The President mistakenly announced at the meeting that this resolution had failed to gain the necessary two-thirds vote in favor, but he was later reminded that according to Robert’s Rules of Order abstentions are not counted and that the resolution had in fact passed.

Nominations Committee Election Results

by Dan Tripp last modified Aug 29, 2012 04:17 PM

The results of the recent election to the C19 Nominations Committee have been announced by Dana Nelson, the current Nominations Committee Chair.  Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Northeastern) has been elected Chair of the Nominations Committee.  Jeannine DeLombard (Toronto) and Benjamin Reiss (Emory) were also elected to the Committee.

Thank you to those who agreed to stand for election and to those who voted.

ESQ and Poe Studies

by Dan Tripp last modified Aug 29, 2012 03:46 PM

The Executive Committee of C19 has sent the following statement to the President (Elson S. Floyd), Provost (Warwick Bayly), and Dean (Douglas Epperson) at Washington State University.

Those who wish to endorse this statement are invited to do so online at this website:

We learn with regret that funding support at Washington State University for the eminent scholarly journals ESQ and Poe Studies may be threatened. As the elected Executive Committee of a scholarly organization directly interested in the established value and continued flourishing of these journals, we write to attest to their great importance and to express our support for their continued existence at WSU. These two journals are among the most successful and prestigious in the field of American literary studies, and have been among the most effective of all instruments in the recent rebirth and exciting reorientation of nineteenth-century American literary studies as an academic field characterized by fresh intellectual approaches and new archival discoveries. They have been inspirational for the innovative reorientations of the research agendas of many scholars through the United States and, indeed, throughout the world. Although we recognize the serious fiscal challenges that confront institutions of higher learning in the present moment, we ask that the administration of Washington State University reconsider and reject the possibility of defunding ESQ and Poe Studies. These journals are not only essential to the broad academic fields in which they have played and will continue to play so central a role, they bring wide recognition to the English Department at WSU and, indeed, to the university itself. Their intellectual luster reflects brightly on the university that has been their home for many years, and we trust that WSU will find the means to continue to support ESQ and Poe Studies as part of its intellectual mission.

Executive Committee, C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
Christopher Looby, UCLA (President)
Elisa Tamarkin, UC Berkeley (Vice President)
Kirsten Silva Gruesz, UC Santa Cruz (Program Committee Chair)
Caroline Levander, Rice University (Membership Committee Chair)
Lloyd Pratt, University of Oxford (Communications Committee Chair)
Lara Langer Cohen, Wayne State University (Member at Large)
Jordan Alexander Stein, Univ. of Colorado (Member at Large)

C19 Website

by Dan Tripp last modified Aug 29, 2012 03:27 PM

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