About C19

C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists is the first academic organization dedicated to nineteenth-century American literary and cultural studies. The sixth biennial conference of C19 will be hosted by Florida International University and University of Miami in 2020.


The society publishes a journal, J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, published twice annually by the University of Pennsylvania Press. J19 is co-edited by Elizabeth Duquette and Stacey Margolis; Chris Castiglia and Dana Nelson recently completed their term as founding co-editors (2012-17). J19 provides a forum for disseminating, debating, and implementing methodologies for the intra- and inter-disciplinary study of the long American nineteenth century (1789–1914). The C19 listserv continues to serve as a lively forum for scholarly exchange.

Recently we inaugurated the C19 Circuit, short regional events and workshops — in the spirit of the nineteenth-century lyceum circuit — focused on bringing together students, teachers, and scholars to discuss topics related to nineteenth-century America. C19 Cluster Groups further enable those with special interests to develop institutional and intellectual connections.




Image: Teacher qualification record of Boston Public School teacher Florida Ruffin Ridleywho went on to found the Society for the Collection of Negro Folklore in 1890