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The C19 Podcast invites proposals from individuals and collaborators of all ranks for single podcast episodes that offer creative, story-driven analysis of topical events that spark connections to nineteenth-century America. We are especially interested in episodes that help make both the nineteenth-century and the specific disciplinary knowledge of our scholarly community relevant and exciting to a wide audience.  As our podcast grows, we seek to expand its potential to engage diverse publics in the civic and cultural life of the past.

Have you thought about how you might showcase your own work in this medium? This podcast exists for and because of people like you—and we need your pitches as we move into our 8th season! (Catch up on our previous seasons here.)

Proposals are due January 15th!

No previous experience with podcasting is required. The C19 Podcast Subcommittee will assign you a producer to help guide the technical and creative development of your episode. Nevertheless, 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 related to long nineteenth-century American literature, culture, and history. Episode topics might include:

  • Archival discoveries

  • Understudied or non-canonical authors or figures

  • Sites, landscapes, memorials, or collections of historic or literary significance

  • Literary adaption or depictions of nineteenth-century America in popular culture

  • Personal narratives of reading or writing

  • Discussions of new books in the field, new scholarly trends, or recent publications

  • Models of interdisciplinary collaboration or engagement

  • 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

  • Timely environmental, social, cultural, or political events that resonate with nineteenth-century debates, discoveries, aesthetics, or action

Possible formats may include (but are not limited to) narrative expositions, interviews, textual analyses, or panel discussions. Strong proposals will be anchored in a central argument or query and feature a compelling narrative arc so as to appeal to both scholarly and public audiences.

Applications should include (1) a proposal (max 500 words), (2) CV(s), and (3) an outline defining the proposed structure of the episode. Successful proposals will address the following: the topic and its relevance; the plan for adapting the topic to the podcast medium (approximately 30 minute episode); the episode format (roundtable, interview, storytelling, etc.) with a general overview of the structure; and relevant scholarly and technical qualifications related to the subject. The outline (1 page) should sketch out an overview of the proposed episode and may include sample questions for interviews, a preliminary script, additional participants (if applicable), and logistics in terms of access to resources, equipment, timetables, or technical help.

Submissions and questions should be addressed to co-chairs Ashley Rattner (Jacksonville State University) and Ryan Charlton (Georgia State University) at



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