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S04E05 | "Insights into Editing J19" | Subscribe

In this episode, Elizabeth Duquette (Gettysburg College) and Stacey Margolis (University of Utah) discuss their experiences as co-editors of J19, the flagship journal of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. In a recording of the live Q&A event from April 29, 2021, Crystal Donkor (SUNY New Paltz) asks the outgoing editors questions about the intellectual challenges and pragmatics of shaping research in the field of nineteenth-century American studies. For more information on the current call for new J19 editors please visit www.c19society.org/call-for-editors or feel free to contact Betsy or Stacey directly (eduquett@gettysburg.edu / s.margolis@utah.edu). Proposals are due by June 15, 2021. This episode was produced by Christine "Xine" Yao (University College London) and Doug Guerra (SUNY Oswego). Full transcript available here.


S04E04 | "Comparative Settler Colonialisms (II): African Indigeneity and Southern Africa as Colony" | Subscribe

A nineteenth-century tunnel book inspires us to adopt different perspectives on settler colonial regimes and power structures. This second part in the diptych series on comparative settler colonialisms begins with an object lesson based in London about imperial gazes on different colonial landscapes. This episode features Dr. Xine Yao in conversation with Dr. T.J. Tallie, an Assistant Professor at the University of San Diego and author of Queering Colonial Natal: Indigeneity and the Violence of Belonging in Southern Africa (University of Minnesota Press, 2019). Tallie’s focus on nineteenth-century settler colonial histories in a region of what is now South Africa provides insight into structures of settler colonialism and ways to consider relationships between queerness, Indigeneity, and Blackness. This episode was produced by Melissa Gniadek (University of Toronto) and Xine Yao (University College London). Additional production support was provided by Rachel Boccio (LaGuardia Community College/CUNY), Chelsea Latremouille (University of Toronto), and Stephanie Redekop (University of Toronto). Full episode transcript here.

Call for Proposals: C19 Podcast Episodes


Have you loved our podcast? Used it for a class or listened to it on your daily commute? Want to get in on the action? Now is the time. This podcast exists for and because of people like you—and we need YOUR episode ideas as we move into our third season! (Can you believe it’s already been two years? Binge the first two seasons here.)


Draw upon your latest research or teaching, topical events that spark connections the C19, and conversations among great people pushing the boundaries of our field. We invite proposals from individuals and collaborators of all ranksfor single podcast episodes on creative, thoughtful approaches to critical topics that can engage C19 members and the wider public. 


No previous experience with podcasting is required.However, while the C19 Podcast Subcommittee will assign producers to help guide technical development, applicants will be expected to produce their own audio files. Requirements for significant production assistance from the Subcommittee should be noted in the proposal pitch. 

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


  • Archival discoveries;

  • Discussions of new books in the field, new scholarly trends, or newJ19 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 new book project;

  • 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; 

  • Discussions of pedagogical approaches;

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


Possible formats may include (but are not limited to) narrative expositions, interviews, analyses of underrepresented texts, and panel discussions.


Applications should include a brief proposal, CV(s), and an appendix.Proposals (max 300 words) should address the following: the topic and its relevance; the plan for adapting the topic to the podcast medium (30 min max episode); the episode format (interview, narrative, etc.) with an overview of the structure; and relevant scholarly and technical qualifications related to the subject. The appendix (1 page) may include sample questions for interviews, additional participants (if any), and logistics in terms of access to resources, equipment, and technical help. 


Submissions and any questions should be addressed to Doug Guerra at c19podcast@gmail.com