CFP: “Invisible” Labor and the Business of Print, C19 Conference, (Deadline: 8.19.19)

CFP:“Invisible” Labor and the Business of Print in C19 

This proposed panel investigates conceptions of labor and business in commercial publishing, focusing on the (in)visibility of the working people, practices, and spaces that supported literary production in the long nineteenth century. How was the nature and value of such labor imagined? To what extent does that imagination emerge in the archives, and to what extent has it remained invisible to scholars or across disciplinary boundaries? In seeking to illuminate unseen or unappreciated types of work in the business of print as the publishing industry rapidly expanded, we aim to trace new contexts concerning the very foundations of C19 literature and culture, highlight dissenting figures and modes of production, and reexamine relationships among labor, value, and art in the period. 

We welcome submissions from scholars in all fields, including literature, book history, and material culture studies. Papers might explore representations of literary labor, the cultural work of print/publishing workers, the (in)visibility of raced, gendered, and/or classed labors, intellectual and creative labor, business and marketing practices, copyright, etc.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and short bio to Blevin Shelnutt ( and Kristen Highland ( by Monday, August 19.