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Ancients and Moderns
81st Anglo-American Conference of Historians
5-6 July 2012
Senate House, London

Registrations are now open for this year’s Anglo-American Conference of Historians, this year on the theme of 
Ancients and Moderns.

With the Olympics upon us in the UK it seems an appropriate moment to think more broadly about the ways in which the classical world resonates in our own times, and how successive epochs of modernity since the Renaissance have situated themselves in relation to the various ancient civilisations. From political theory to aesthetics, across the arts of war and of peace, to concepts of education, family, gender, race and slavery, it is hard to think of a facet of the last millennium which has not been informed by the ancient past and through a range of media, including museums, painting, poetry, film and the built environment. The Institute’s 81st Anglo-American conference seeks to represent the full extent of work on classical receptions, welcoming not only those scholars who work on Roman, Greek and Judaeo-Christian legacies and influences, but also historians of the ancient kingdoms and empires of Asia and pre-Colombian America.

Our plenary lecturers include: Paul Cartledge (Cambridge), Constanze Güthenke (Princeton), Mark Lewis (Stanford), Sanjay Subrahmanyam (UCLA) and David Womersley (Oxford).

For programme and registrations details, please visit www.history.ac.uk/aach12 or contact the IHR Events Office at AncientsandModerns@lon.ac.uk or on 0207 862 8756.

 

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February
17
2012

Institute of Historical Research Seminar in Digital History

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Time: Tuesday, 21 February, 5.15 pm GMT

Venue: ST276 (Stewart House, second floor) and streamed live on the web at historyspot.org.uk

Magnus Huber (Giessen), 'The Old Bailey Corpus: Spoken English in the 18th and 19th centuries'

On Tuesday Magnus Huber will be talking about the use of historical court records in the investigation of language change.The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London's central criminal court, were published between 1674 and 1913 and constitute a large body of texts from the beginning of Present Day English (almost 200,000 trials, ca. 134 million words). The Proceedings were digitalized by the social historians Robert Shoemaker (University of Sheffield) and Tim Hitchcock (University of Hertfordshire) and are searchable at the excellent Old Bailey Proceedings Online (http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/), which also provides detailed background information on the Old Bailey and the publication history of the Proceedings.

This talk reports on a project that turned the Proceedings into the linguistic Old Bailey Corpus (OBC). Corpus linguistics relies on the statistical analysis of large collections of electronic texts to investigate language variation and/or language change. In the absence of recorded speech samples before the invention of the phonograph, language historians have turned to written text types that are close to spoken language. The Proceedings of the Old Bailey are particularly suitable for the study of spoken English as they were taken down by shorthand scribes, and their verbatim passages are arguably as near as we can get to the spoken word of the 18th and 19th centuries. The OBC identifies about 114 million words as direct speech from the 1720s onwards, of which 22 million words have received detailed mark-up for sociolinguistic (sex, profession, age, residence of speaker, role in the court-room) and textual variables (the shorthand scribe and publisher of individual Proceedings).

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The IHR Seminar in digital history is actively engaged in presenting and discussing new methodologies which have been made possible through the development of computational methods for the study of history. Further information can be found on the IHR Seminar page at http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/321.  Follow us on twitter @IHRDigHist or join the mailing list for seminar announcements: http://groups.google.com/group/ihr-digital-history-seminar-announce

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February
16
2012

NACBS 2012 Paper Submissions

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The server on which the University of Chicago Press hosts the NACBS site has been down, which means that our site has not been updated.  In the meantime, we wanted to send the announcement below.  Please circulate widely.

The proposal submission website for the 2012 NACBS in Montreal is now available at http://nacbs.ucmerced.edu/call-for-submissions

If you have any difficulties with the site, please email nacbsprogram@gmail.com.  Due to the late opening of the site, the deadline for submissions will be March 10.

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North American Conference on British Studies Undergraduate Essay Contest 2012

Each year the NACBS awards twelve prizes of $100.00 each to the best essays on British topics submitted by undergraduates studying in American and Canadian universities.

Essays may be from any department –History, English, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, etc–as long as they relate to British Studies and date from 2011/2012.
Essays must have been written while the author was a degree-seeking undergraduate at a U.S. or Canadian college or university.

Essays should be no longer than 25 pages (please, no theses).

Submissions must be accompanied by a nominating letter from the professor who taught the course for which the essay was written. Nominating faculty must be current members of the NACBS. Please include the permanent mailing address and email contact information for the student.

Send a paper copy of the essay and the letter of nomination to EACH of the following 3 members of the adjudication committee by June 15th, 2012 (3 copies in total).

Dr Rich Connors
Department of History
University of Ottawa
155 Séraphin Marion Street
Ottawa, ON
Canada, K1N 6N5

Dr Guy Ortolano
101 Halcyon Hill Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
USA

Dr Lisa Surridge
Department of English
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC
Canada, V8W 3W1

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NACBS DISSERTATION YEAR FELLOWSHIP 2012 COMPETITION

The NACBS DISSERTATION YEAR FELLOWSHIP is awarded to support dissertation research in the British Isles on any topic of British (including Scottish, Irish and Imperial) history or British Studies. The Fellowship consists of a $8,000 stipend. The runner-up will receive a $3,000 travel grant. Each advisor may nominate one candidate, who should be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada, enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a U.S. or Canadian institution, and who has, at the time of application, completed all degree requirements save the dissertation.

•    The nomination must be made by the student's dissertation advisor, supported by one additional letter of recommendation.   The nominating advisor must be a member of the NACBS.

•    The candidate must need to travel to the British Isles for the purpose of dissertation research. The awardee must conduct full-time research in the British Isles for an extended stay.

Procedures for Application:

1.    Application consists of the two letters of nomination and recommendation described above; a one-page curriculum vitae of the candidate; and a 1000 word research proposal written by the candidate, which should explain the importance of the topic to the field of British history and include a description of the relevant primary materials that are to be consulted in the British Isles.  Appended to the CV should be a list of the financial support (source, type and amount) received by the applicant since the beginning of graduate study, and an indication of any current pending applications for financial aid to support dissertation research.

2.    Letters of reference should address themselves not only to the student's past record, but also to the importance of the topic and the need to pursue the research in the British Isles. The major advisor, in endorsing the candidate, is also confirming the ABD status of the candidate and the financial information requested above.

A copy of the application package should be sent to each member of the Dissertation Year Fellowship Committee listed below. Letters of reference should be placed in sealed envelopes, signed across the flap, and given to the applicant for inclusion in the application package. Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2012. Send materials, including a current email address, to:

Professor David Campion
Department of History
Lewis & Clark College
0615 SW Palatine Hill Road
Portland, Oregon 97219, USA
Email: dave.campion@gmail.com

Professor Nancy Ellenberger
U.S. Naval Academy
History Department
107 Maryland Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21402
Email: ellenber@usna.edu

Professor Shannon McSheffrey, Chair
Department of History LB-1001
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montreal, QC
Canada    H3G 1M8
Email: mcsheff@alcor.concordia.ca

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February
12
2012

WALTER D. LOVE PRIZE 2011 COMPETITION

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REMINDER: Deadline April 1, 2012

WALTER D. LOVE PRIZE 2011 COMPETITION

The WALTER D. LOVE PRIZE in History is a $150 award given annually by the North American Conference on British Studies for the best article or paper of similar length or scope by a North American scholar in the field of British history.  The 2012 prize will be awarded to an article published during the calendar year 2011.  The prize journal article or paper, which may be published anywhere in the world, should exhibit a humane and compassionate understanding of the subject, imagination, literary grace, and scrupulous scholarship.  It should also make a significant contribution to its field of study.  Chapters from longer works are not eligible, but papers appearing in edited collections of essays are eligible.

All scholars who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada and living in either country at the time of the award are eligible to compete.  A copy of the nominated article or paper should be sent by April 1, 2012 to each member of the Prize Committee.  For prompt attention, mark packages "NACBS Prize Committee."  Send submissions to:

Professor Sandra den Otter, Chair
Department of History
Queen's University
Kingston, ON
Canada
K7L 3N6
Email: denotter@queensu.ca

Professor Ethan Shagan
Department of History
UC Berkeley
3229 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2550
Email: shagan@berkeley.edu

Professor Nicoletta Gullace
Department of History
University of New Hampshire
Horton Social Science Center
20 Academic Way
Durham, New Hampshire 03824
Email: nfg@cisunix.unh.edu

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February
12
2012

JOHN BEN SNOW FOUNDATION PRIZE 2012 COMPETITION

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REMINDER: Deadline April 1, 2012

JOHN BEN SNOW FOUNDATION PRIZE 2012 COMPETITION

The JOHN BEN SNOW FOUNDATION PRIZE is a $500 prize awarded annually by the North American Conference on British Studies for the best book by a North American scholar in any field of British Studies dealing with the period from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century.  The author must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada and be living in either country at the time of the award.  Nominations may be made by the author or by the publisher of the book nominated.  A publisher may nominate more than one title each year but should use discretion and not overburden the Prize Committee.

The 2012 competition covers books published in 2011.  Separate copies of the letter of nomination and of the book nominated should be sent by April 1, 2012 to each member of the Prize Committee (only books sent to every committee member can be considered).  For prompt attention, mark packages “NACBS Prize Committee.”  Send all relevant materials to:

Professor Ken MacMillan, Chair
Department of History
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2N 1N4
Email: macmillk@ucalgary.ca

Professor Linda Mitchell
Department of History
203 Cockefair Hall
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
Email: mitchellli@umkc.edu

Professor Krista Kesselring
Department of History
Dalhousie University
6135 University Ave.
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS
Canada B3H 4R2
Email: krista.kesselring@dal.ca

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February
12
2012

STANSKY BOOK PRIZE 2012 COMPETITION

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STANSKY BOOK PRIZE 2012 COMPETITION
Deadline, April 1, 2012

The Stansky Book Prize, formerly the Albion Book Prize, of $500 is awarded annually by the North American Conference on British Studies for the best book published anywhere by a North American scholar on any aspect of British studies since 1800. The author must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada and be living in either country at the time of the award.  Nominations may be made by the author or by the publisher of the book.  A publisher may nominate more than one title each year but should use discretion and not overburden the Prize Committee.

The 2012 competition covers books published in 2011.  Separate copies of the letter of nomination and of the book nominated should be sent by April 1, 2012 to each member of the Prize Committee (only books sent to every committee member can be considered).  For prompt attention, mark packages "NACBS Prize Committee." Send all relevant materials to:

Professor Jeffrey Auerbach, Chair
Department of History
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330-8250
Email: Jeffrey.auerbach@csun.edu

Professor Joy Dixon, Committee
Department of History
University of British Columbia
1297-1873 East Mall
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z1
Email: joydixon@interchange.ubc.ca

Professor Martin Wiener
History Department – MS 42
Rice University
PO Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
Email: wiener@rice.edu

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The Midwest Conference on British Studies is proud to announce that its fifty-ninth annual meeting will be hosted by the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, October 12-14th, 2012.

The MWCBS seeks papers from scholars in all fields of British Studies, broadly defined to include those who study England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Britain's empire. We welcome scholars from the broad spectrum of disciplines, including but not limited to history, literature, political science, gender studies and art history. Proposals for complete sessions are preferred, although proposals for individual papers will be considered.  We welcome roundtables (of four participants plus chair) and panels (of three participants plus chair/commentator) that:

* offer cross-disciplinary perspectives on topics in British Studies

* situate the arts, letters, and sciences in a British cultural context

* examine representations of British and imperial/Commonwealth national
identities

* consider Anglo-American relations, past and present

* examine new trends in British Studies

* assess a major work or body of work by a scholar

* explore new developments in digital humanities and/or research methodologies

After a very positive response to last year’s first teaching roundtable, we would particularly like to receive proposals for teaching roundtables that discuss collaborative or innovative learning techniques in the British
Studies classroom.

The MWCBS welcomes papers presented by advanced graduate students and will award the Walter L. Arnstein Prize for the best graduate student paper(s) given at the conference.

Proposals must:

-    Include a 200-word abstract for each paper and a brief, 1-page c.v. for each participant, including chairs and commentators.

-    For full panels, include a brief 200-word preview of the panel as a whole.

Please place the panel proposal, the accompanying paper proposals and vitas in one file and send it as a single attachment. Also identify within the email the contact person for the panel.

All proposals should be submitted online by April 1, 2012, to the Program Committee Chair, Lia Paradis at lia.paradis@sru.edu.

Visit the MWCBS website at http://mwcbs.edublogs.org/

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NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON
BRITISH STUDIES
ANNUAL MEETING
Montreal, Quebec
NOVEMBER 9-11, 2012

The NACBS and its Northeastern affiliate, the Northeast Conference on British Studies, seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2012 meeting.  We will meet in Montreal, Quebec, from November 9-11. We solicit proposals for panels on Britain, the British Empire and the British world. Our interests range from the medieval to the modern. We welcome participation by scholars across the humanities and social sciences.

We invite panel proposals addressing selected themes, methodology, and pedagogy, as well as roundtable discussions of topical and thematic interest, including conversations among authors of recent books and reflections on landmark scholarship. We are particularly interested in submissions that have a broad chronological focus and/or interdisciplinary breadth. North American scholars, international scholars and Ph.D. students are all encouraged to submit proposals for consideration.  Complete panel or roundtable proposals that consider a common theme are more likely than individual papers to be successful. Panels typically include three papers and a comment; roundtables customarily have four presentations. Individual paper proposals will also be considered, but we urge those with single paper submissions to search for additional panelists on lists such as H-Albion or at venues such as the NACBS Facebook page. Applicants may also write to the Program Chair for suggestions (nacbsprogram@gmail.com).

All scholars working in the field of British Studies are encouraged to apply for the 2012 conference, though we particularly welcome submissions from those who did not appear on the 2011 program. Panels that include both emerging and established scholars are encouraged: we welcome the participation of junior scholars and Ph.D. candidates beyond the qualifying stage. To foster intellectual interchange, we ask applicants to compose panels that feature participation from multiple institutions. No participant will be permitted to take part in more than one session and no more than one proposal will be considered from each applicant.

Submissions will be taken at www.nacbs.org/conferences.html from late January through March 1, 2011.

If you have questions about the submission process or suggestions for program development, please contact
Susan D. Amussen
NACBS Program Chair
Professor of History
University of California, Merced
nacbsprogram@gmail.com

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