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Cultural Imperialism and Competition: Travel, World's Fairs and National/Colonial Image
St Louis, MO, March 2004

Call for Papers for the 25th Annual Nineteenth-Century Studies Association

Cultural Imperialism and Competition: Travel, World's Fairs and National/Colonial

St. Louis, Missouri, March 11-13, 2004

During the nineteenth century, increased production, colonial expansion and
unstable economic conditions fueled competition among nations for commercial and
cultural dominance.  Exhibitions, world's fairs and contests developed as
important venues for displaying prowess in commercial, athletic and cultural
arenas while promoting the pride and identity of nations.  New publications, such
as The Illustrated London News, provided coverage of contemporary events and
revealed unfamiliar places, peoples and customs to readers living in an age of
heightened curiosity and rapid transformation.

Abstracts for papers are encouraged on the themes identified and on all aspects of
cultural change within the long nineteenth century.  Papers are limited to twenty
minutes.  Proposals should include a one-page, single-spaced abstract (12 point
font), with the title of the paper and author as heading, and a one-to two-page
vita, including the name, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address of
the author/presenter. Proposals will be accepted by mail or e-mail but must
arrived by October 1, 2003 and should be sent to the Program Chair, Dr. Carol A.
H. Flores, Department of Architecture, College of Architecture and Planning, Ball
State University, Muncie, IN  47306, USA (

The conference will be held in St. Louis, MO and will celebrate the 200th
Anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark Expedition, the 100th
Anniversary of the St. Louis World's Fair and 1904 Olympics, and the 25th
Anniversary of NCSA.  Dr. Robert M. Craig will serve as Local Arrangement Chair,
in association with William Seibert, member of Landmarks Association of St. Louis.  
The Conference will be held at the Westin St. Louis at Cupples Station, an AAA
Four Diamond-rated hotel which occupies four adaptively reused 19th-century
warehouses located within walking distance of the St. Louis Arch.  The Metrolink
stop from the airport is right at the doorstep of the hotel. Further information
about the hotel and program will be available at a later date.  Inquiries
concerning the academic program should be forwarded to Dr. Flores at the address
above.  Inquiries concerning local arrangements (hotel, travel, etc.) should be
forwarded to Prof. Robert Craig, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of
Technology, Atlanta, GA  30332-0155, USA.  E-mail is preferred: