CFP: C19 Podcast Episodes (Deadline 06.16.2017)

Call for Proposals: C19 Podcast Episodes


C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists is pleased to announce the launch of an official C19 podcast. The podcast will be a stage for public scholarship on American literature, history, and culture that can engage an audience of C19 members, students, alt-ac professionals, researchers, teachers, librarians, enthusiasts, the public, and friends. We invite proposals for individual podcast episodes from organization members. Suggested initial deadline for proposals: June 16. After this date submissions will be open and considered on a rolling basis to accommodate for C19 members’ work schedules and to allow for timely episode proposals in response to developing events.

No previous experience podcasting required. Resources and guides will be provided by the C19 Podcast Subcommittee.


We seek proposals on any topic relating to long nineteenth-century American literature, culture, and history. Episode topics might include

–       Archival discoveries (such as the recently recovered new Walt Whitman autobiographical novel The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle );

–       Discussions of new books in the field, new scholarly trends, or new J19 issues;

–       Appearances by granting agency officers or editors of journals or presses;

–       Previews of upcoming conferences or symposia;

–       Resources and/or workshops on conference proposals, writing a dissertation, or applying to a conference, or starting a newbook project;

–       NTT scholarly life and resources;

–       Reports on academic activism, pedagogy, and inclusion, past and present;

–       Considerations of current political, cultural, and social developments in the context of the nineteenth century; for instance, the president’s recognition of the contributions of Frederick Douglass or comments about the Civil War

–       Discussions of pedagogical approaches in the classroom

–       Tips for undergraduates, graduates, and/or junior faculty on navigating the academic or alt-ac landscape.

Possible formats may include narrative exposition, interviews, readings and analyses of underrepresented texts, and panel discussions. While individuals may produce episodes, we also encourage collaborative work. We invite submissions from all ranks including graduate students and non-tenure track faculty as well as collaborations between senior and junior scholars. Although the C19 Podcast Subcommittee will assign producers to help guide the technical development of episodes, applicants will be expected to produce their own audio files; any requirements for significant production assistance from the Subcommittee should be noted in the proposal. Episodes should be about half an hour in length. The projected launch date for the start of the first season is Fall 2017.


Proposals should be no longer than 250 words and should include the topic of the episode; the episode format (such as interview or narrative history); additional participants (if any); and relevant scholarly and technical qualifications related to the subject. Please email proposals and a CV (2 pages max) to Please place C19podcast along with the title of the proposal in the subject line of the email.


Questions? Contact Xine Yao, Subcommittee Chair (