Global Nineteenth-Century Studies

Global Nineteenth-Century Studies

  • ISSN (Online) : 2752-6631
  • ISSN (Print) : 2752-6623
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Global Nineteenth-Century Studies is a forum for scholars from a wide array of disciplines who share an interest in the world’s connectedness between 1750 and 1914.

It publishes pioneering essays of transnational, comparative, transimperial, transpacific, and transatlantic significance while also serving as a venue to debate these terms and their corresponding methodologies and epistemologies.

Investigating material culture forms, visual and literary texts, ideas, and sentient beings that transcend national boundaries, essays in GNCS are asked to engage critically with mobility and migration, imperialism and colonialism, and production and distribution, as well as travel, technologies, and varieties of exchange.

The journal welcomes submissions that explore developments within and among imperial entities, regions, and nations.

Members of the Society for Global Nineteenth-Century Studies receive a two-year subscription to the journal.

Code of Conduct  

LUP is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards. We therefore ask that all contributors and reviewers adhere to the COPE Core Practices. More info can be found on the COPE website.

Call for Papers      

In addition to publishing research articles, Global Nineteenth-Century Studies has several standing sections. Each section has its own editor who is primarily responsible for curating its intellectual content. The editors now invite submissions to each section.   

Creative Histories 

Section editor: Trevor R. Getz, San Francisco State University 
Email: Trevor R. Getz   

In the nineteenth century, as today, people communicated ideas through a vast range of media. This was the era of cartoonists like Emmanuel Poiré, picture journals like Punch and Eshimbun Nihonchi, the invention of the phonograph, and a flowering of puppet and lantern theater around the world. Many of these media conveyed messages and stories from the past, from Gustave Doré’s The Picturesque, Dramatic, and Caricatural History of Holy Russia, arguably the world’s first graphic history, to wayang histories of Hamza ibn Abdul-Muttalib and other Muslim figures, to ground-breaking data visualizations by W. E. B. DuBois, Florence Nightingale, and Charles Joseph Minard. Similarly, Global Nineteenth-Century Studies will periodically feature the unusual and alternate ways in which contemporary scholars depicted and interpreted the nineteenth century: descriptive maps, comics, data and architectural visualizations, experimental histories, and speculative biographies that mirror the richness of the nineteenth-century world. Reflective essays that engage with issues in the creative rendering of history are also welcome.   

Global Documents 

Section editor: Joshua Ehrlich, University of Macau 
Email: Joshua Ehrlich   

Submissions for this section should present and analyze unpublished textual or visual documents that fit the aims and scope of the journal. If not in English, they should be translated, but original versions may be included when appropriate. Other formats such as roundtable discussions of one or more documents will be considered. For all proposals, the word count should be at least 2,000 words (including footnotes) and should not exceed the length of a standard journal article.   

Transcultural Objects 

Section editor: Priya Maholay-Jaradi, National University of Singapore
Email: Priya Maholay-Jaradi   

Nineteenth-century colonial, industrial, and modernizing technologies accelerated the global circulation of objects. Block-printed textiles from Gujarat and Coromandel catered to the Indonesian and Thai markets. Cartier, Baccarat, and other Euro-American luxury houses engaged Asian royalty in design discussions to craft new editions of jewelry, toiletries, and tableware. Sightings of rare species such as the Rafflesia arnoldii in Sumatra led to worldwide dissemination of actual or pictorial samples for scientific study. Teeming with traders, designers, informants, and scholars, these thoroughfares of the market, catalogue, journal, and exhibition reinvigorated objects with new visual, material, and contextual ideas. As a result, whether natural, hand-crafted, or machine-produced, objects travelled far beyond their place of origin to experience intermixing and transformation. Submissions to this section should address this latter process of transculturation and its cross-border dynamics; we encourage scholars at the same time to augment the constituency of transcultural objects by looking beyond established taxonomies and genres.   

History from Beyond 

Section editor: Kyle Jackson, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Email: Kyle Jackson   

Historians who study the nineteenth-century world are heir to a set of conceptual tools forged by intellectuals in a small part of that world. While euromethodologies have proven illuminating, much historical evidence has been cast aside without good reason, while the lived experience, truths, and knowledges of diverse peoples have been downgraded as “belief.” What alternative ways of doing history have been relegated to the shadows by our discipline’s post-Enlightenment assumptions? Global Nineteenth-Century Studies will periodically feature “History from Beyond”—interventions that seek to open up new questions or approaches beyond disciplinary norms, beyond humans, and beyond euromethodologies. We especially welcome submissions that seek to challenge the core assumptions of Western modernity, close the gap between Western constructions of the past and wider-world realities, decolonize and Indigenize historical storytelling, or more seamlessly integrate non-Western epistemologies, the unknown, or the mysterious into historical narrative.   


Section editor: Tom Ue, Dalhousie University
Email: Tom Ue   

This section explores reinterpretations of the Victorian period, whether they manifest in the forms of critical editions, neo-Victorian fiction, film, theatre, music, or visual arts. The Victorians were well aware of the complexities inherent in reading and representing their own times. George Gissing, for instance, wrote his seminal study of Charles Dickens (1898) in Siena, Italy, in which he stresses how removed Dickens’ age is from his: “The time which shaped him and sent him forth is so far behind us, as to have become a matter of historical study for the present generation; the time which knew him as one of its foremost figures, and owed so much to the influences of his wondrous personality, is already made remote by a social revolution of which he watched the mere beginning.” In sum, the geographical, historical, cultural, social, and literary distance between the two writers empowers Gissing with a kind of bifocal perspective: “to regard Dickens from the standpoint of posterity; to consider his career, to review his work, and to estimate his total activity in relation to an age which, intelligibly speaking, is no longer our own.” Gissing’s concerns anticipate many of ours as we variously reinterpret the nineteenth century. For this section on “Reinterpretations,” articles that offer individual case studies that examine the recovery of texts or that further theoretical work on adaptation, Steampunk, or the Victorian afterlife are equally at home.   


Section editor: Helena Goodwyn, Northumbria University 
email: Helena Goodwyn

In rethinking the nineteenth century in global terms, a refocused attention must be paid to the periodical press which has often been figured as a vehicle for increasing democratic freedoms, in its portrayal as the “fourth estate.” This section encourages the submission of articles, roundtables, research reflections, pedagogical interventions and other critical-creative writings that bring new and cross-cultural understandings to existing ideas of such terms as the “global,” “international,” “provincial,” “local,” “transnational,” “colonial,” and “cosmopolitan” in relation to nineteenth-century periodicals. These innovative perspectives will help us to critically re-evaluate the currency of many well-used concepts and to stimulate new directions in periodicals research, as well as in the field of nineteenth-century studies.

Kevin A. Morrison, Henan University

Associate Editors
Parama Roy, University of California, Davis
Geoffrey A. C. Ginn, University of Queensland
Jennifer McDonell, University of New England
Maggie Cao, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Section Editors
Creative Histories: Trevor R. Getz, San Francisco State University
Global Documents: Joshua Ehrlich, University of Macau
Transcultural Objects: Priya Maholay-Jaradi, National University of Singapore
History from Beyond: Kyle Jackson, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Reinterpretations: Tom Ue, Dalhousie University
Periodicals: Helena Goodwyn, Northumbria University

Book review editors
History: Nabaparna Ghosh, Babson College
Literature: Jennifer Hargrave, Baylor University

Editorial Assistant
Gautam Joseph, National University of Singapore

Editorial Board
Robert Aguirre, James Madison University
Sascha Auerbach, University of Nottingham
Constance Bantman, University of Surrey
Manuel Barcia, University of Leeds
Fabrice Bensimon, Sorbonne Université
Chris Bongie, Queen’s University
Jennifer DeVere Brody, Stanford University
Anja Bunzel, Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences
Antoinette Burton, University of Illinois
Wendy Castenell, Washington and Lee University
Ayşe Çelikkol, Bilkent University
Petrina Dacres, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts
Ross Forman, University of Warwick
Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amitav Ghosh, Novelist and essayist
Philip Howell, Cambridge University
Evelyn Hu-Dehart, Brown University
Sabrina Joseph, American University in Dubai
Shino Konishi, University of Western Australia
Julia Kuehn, University of Hong Kong
Selina Lai-Henderson, Duke-Kunshan University
Gary Chi-hung Luk, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Renata Kobetts Miller, City College of New York
Charne Lavery, University of Pretoria
Kiera Lindsey, Griffith University
Sharon Marcus, Columbia University
Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee, University of Warwick
Ian Phimister, University of the Free State
John Plunkett, University of Exeter
Jason Rudy, University of Maryland
Susan Sidlauskas, Rutgers University
Marion Thain, King’s College London
Tan Tai Yong, Yale-NUS College
Sandra Guardini Vasconcelos, University of São Paulo
Angela Wanhalla, University of Otago
David Walker, University of California, Santa Barbara
Paul Watt, University of Adelaide
Natalie Zacek, University of Manchester

Essays should be written for a broad, multidisciplinary readership.

Submissions should be typed and double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font, with 1-inch margins on all sides.

Supporting files, including illustrations, figures, and tables, must be submitted with the written text.

References and in-text citations should follow the Chicago Manual of Style’s author-date system.

Unless written in response to a specific call with separate requirements (for example, a cluster of short position papers on a given topic, a review forum, and so on), essays should generally be in the range of 9,000 words (including notes and bibliography). Submissions that greatly exceed or fall considerably short of this expectation will be returned to the authors.

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Volume 1 (2022)