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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.
  1. 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 March 15, 2010. Send materials, including a current email address, to: Professor Nancy Ellenberger U.S. Naval Academy, History Department, 107 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, MD 21402 (email: ellenber@usna.edu); Professor Paul Deslandes, University of Vermont History Department, Wheeler House, 133 S. Prospect Street, Burlington, VT  05405 (email: Paul.Deslandes@uvm.edu); Professor Jim Masschaele, History Department, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 16 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901-1108 (email: massch@rci.rutgers.edu).

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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 2010 competition covers books published in 2009.  Separate copies of the letter of nomination and of the book nominated should be sent by April 1, 2010 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
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 Sara Butler, Chair
Loyola University New Orleans
History Department
6363 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118
email: sbutler@loyno.edu

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February
4
2010

ALBION BOOK PRIZE 2010 COMPETITION

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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 2010 competition covers books published in 2009.  Separate copies of the letter of nomination and of the book nominated should be sent by April 1, 2010 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
Department of History
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330-8250
(email: Jeffrey.auerbach@csun.edu)

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

•    Professor Oz Frankel, Chair, Albion Book Prize Committee
Committee on Historical Studies
New School for Social Research
80 Fifth Avenue, Fifth Floor, Room 512
New York, NY 10011
(email: frankelo@newschool.edu)

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February
4
2010

WALTER D. LOVE PRIZE 2010 COMPETITION

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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 2010 prize will be awarded to an article published during the calendar year 2009.  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, 2010 to each member of the Prize Committee.  For prompt attention, mark packages "NACBS Prize Committee."  Send submissions to:

Professor Derek Hirst
History Department
Box 1062
Washington University
St Louis, Mo. 63130
Email: dmhirst@wustl.edu

Professor Karen Robertson
Vassar College
English Department
Sanders Classroom building (SC)  Box 744
124 Raymond Ave.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0744
Email: Robertson@vassar.edu

Professor Ina Zweiniger-Bargelowska
Department of History
University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of History (M/C 198)
913 University Hall
601 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7109
Email: inazb@uic.edu

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February
3
2010

CFP: MWCBS, 8-10 October 2010, Cleveland, OH

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CALL FOR PAPERS
Midwest Conference on British Studies 56th Annual Meeting
October 8-10, 2010, Cleveland, OH

The Midwest Conference on British Studies is proud to announce that its fifty-sixth annual meeting will be hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

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. Especially welcome are roundtables and panels that:

•    offer cross-disciplinary perspectives on topics in British Studies
•    discuss collaborative or innovative learning techniques in the British Studies classroom
•    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

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

Proposals should 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, please include a brief 200-word preview of the panel as a whole. In addition, please place the panel proposal, and its accompanying paper proposals and vitas in one file. Please make certain that all contact information, particularly email addresses are correct and current. All proposals should be submitted online by April 15, 2010, to the Program Committee Chair, Rick Incorvati, at rincorvati@wittenberg.edu.

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January
21
2010

CFP: NACBS 2010 Update

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From Lara Kriegel:

"The 2010 NACBS Submissions Site will be operational very soon.  Those submitting panels should plan to provide a 200-300 word abstract for the panel, as well as 200-300 word abstracts for the individual presentations.  Those submitting individual papers should plan to submit paper abstracts of the same length.  Addresses and brief biographies or cvs are required of all participants.   If you have questions, please contact Lara Kriegel at nacbsprogram@gmail.com."

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January
21
2010

CFP: NECBS, 24-25 September 2010, Burlington, VT

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Call for Papers, Annual Meeting, Burlington, Vermont, September 24-25, 2010

The Northeast Conference on British Studies (NECBS) will hold its annual meeting in 2010 in Burlington, Vermont, on Friday and Saturday September 24 and 25. The 2010 conference will be hosted by the University of Vermont, with Paul Deslandes in charge of the local arrangements.

We solicit the participation of scholars in all areas of British Studies, broadly defined. In particular, we welcome proposals for interdisciplinary panels that draw on the work of historians, literary critics, and scholars in other disciplines whose focus is on Britain and its empire, from the Middle Ages to the present. Proposals for entire panels on a common theme will be given priority, although individual paper proposals will also be considered if several of them can be assembled to create a viable panel. Proposals for roundtable discussions of a topical work, or current issue in the field, or pedagogical practices with respect to the teaching of particular aspects of British Studies are also encouraged. The typical ninety-minute panel will include three papers, each lasting fifteen-twenty minutes, a chair, and a commentator. Roundtables may have a looser format.

Proposals should include a general description of the panel or roundtable (including an overall title), a 200-300 word abstract for each paper to be read and a one-page curriculum vitae for each participant. The address, phone number, and e-mail address of EVERY participant (including the chair and commentator) must be included in the proposal. For panel or roundtable proposals the name of the main contact person should be noted clearly. Electronic submissions (as e-mail attachments in Word) are preferred, with all the various materials presented in a single document.

All submissions must be received by March 15, 2010 (final decisions will be announced in June 2010).

Please send your proposals to:
Margaret R. Hunt
Department of History
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
mrhunt@amherst.edu

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January
17
2010

CFP: SCBS, 5–7 November 2010, Charlotte, NC

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THE SOUTHERN CONFERENCE ON BRITISH STUDIES
2010 MEETING
Charlotte, NC
CALL FOR PAPERS
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 15 March 2010

The Southern Conference on British Studies solicits proposals for its 2010 meeting to be held 5–7 November 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The SCBS will meet in conjunction with the Southern Historical Association.

The SCBS construes British Studies widely and invites participation by scholars in all areas of British history and culture, including the Empire or Commonwealth and the British Isles. Interdisciplinary approaches and proposals which focus broadly on teaching British studies are especially welcome.

Proposals may consist of individual papers or of papers grouped for a session. For session proposals, two, or, preferably, three papers should relate to a common theme, not necessarily bound by the usual chronological framework.

For each paper proposed, please submit an abstract of 200 to 300 words, indicating the thesis of the paper, the sources and methodology employed in research, and how it enhances or expands knowledge of its subject. Papers should have a reading time of 20–25 minutes. Also, please submit a curriculum vitae for each participant.

PROPOSALS SHOULD BE POSTMARKED BY 15 MARCH 2010 AND MAILED TO:

Dr. William Anthony Hay, Department of History, P.O. Box H, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762.  Inquiries are welcome at wilhay6248@aol.com, but please do not send proposals by email or fax.

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January
17
2010

CFP: WCBS, September 24-25, 2010

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WESTERN CONFERENCE ON BRITISH STUDIES
September 24-25, 2010
Marriott Courtyard & Residence Inn
Austin TX

The Western Conference on British Studies announces that it will hold its 2010 Meeting in Austin, TX on September 24-25, 2010, at the Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn. Professor Brian Levack, of the University of Texas at Austin, will be serving as plenary speaker for what promises to be an exciting and convivial conference.

The WCBS welcomes proposals from faculty and graduate students, for individual papers and complete sessions on all aspects of British Studies and the British experience, including: History, Philosophy, Politics and Government, Literature, Arts, and Culture. In addition, the WCBS seeks proposals addressing Comparative History, the British Empire, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Historiography, the teaching of British History/Studies and the conditions of British Studies in North American colleges and universities.

Papers and Presenters: For each proposed paper please provide a brief abstract (200 words), and for each participant please provide a brief CV (1-2 pages). Complete sessions should have three papers, a chair and a commentator. A c.v. should also be provided for the chair and commentator.

Complete Sessions: For complete session proposals, please identify the individual who will serve as the contact between the program chair and the session participants. Further, please provide a full address, including e-mail, for the contact persons.

Chairs and Commentators: If you are interested in serving as a session chair or commentator, please submit a notice, a brief c.v., and an indication of areas/topics in which you would interested in providing a comment.

All proposals for papers and sessions should be submitted either as Microsoft word, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF documents, by May 1, 2010, to BOTH of the program co-chairs:

tabili@u.arizona.edu (Professor Laura Tabili, University of Arizona) jbronste@nmsu.edu (Professor Jamie Bronstein, New Mexico State University)

If you have any questions, please contact either program co-chair by email, or call Jamie Bronstein at 575-646-4200.

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January
8
2010

New Reviews for December on Reviews in History

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The following reviews of possible interest to followers of the British and Irish Studies Intelligencer were published in December in the Institute of Historical Research’s e-journal Reviews in History.

This month we begin with evaluations of two books on 18th-century history. First Rosalind Carr (no. 831) tackles Karen O’Brien’s Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain (see here for the author’s response), while a very different and more male-oriented aspect of the period is discussed in Jason Kelly’s review (no. 832) of The Hell-Fire Clubs: Sex, Satanism and Secret Societies by Evelyn Lord.

Two books on medieval history next – Miriam Müller and Chris Briggs discuss (no. 835 and response) the latter’s Credit and Village Society in Fourteenth Century England, while elsewhere a book of comparative religious and cultural history, A Tale of Two Monasteries: Westminster and Saint-Denis in the Thirteenth Century by William Chester Jordan, is reviewed (no. 836) by Andrew Abram.

Adam Matthew’s new website, The Grand Tour, collates letters, diaries, printed guidebooks, travel writing, maps, paintings and architectural plans within one searchable online resource. It’s reviewed here (no. 839) by Katy Layton-Jones.

Our other review this month is by Laura Tabili, who recommends (no. 840) Jacqueline Jenkinson’s new book on the racial violence of 1919, Black 1919: Riots, Racism and Resistance in Imperial Britain.

As always, all comments or suggestions should be sent to danny.millum@sas.ac.uk.

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January
7
2010

NACBS Reception at the AHA

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The NACBS will host a reception at the AHA on Saturday, January 9 from 6:00-7:00 in the Hyatt Del Mar A.

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CALL FOR PAPERS
NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON BRITISH STUDIES

ANNUAL MEETING
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
NOVEMBER 12-14, 2010

The NACBS and its Mid-Atlantic affiliate, the MACBS, seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2010 meeting.  We solicit proposals for panels on Britain, the British Empire, and the British world.  Our interests range from the medieval to the modern.  Though primarily a conference of historians, we welcome participation by scholars across the humanities and social sciences, especially on interdisciplinary panels.

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.  North American scholars, international scholars, and graduate students are all encouraged to submit proposals to the NACBS Program Committee.

Strong preference will be given to complete panel or roundtable proposals that consider a common theme.  Panels typically include three papers and a comment; roundtables customarily have four presentations.  Individual paper proposals will also be considered in rare cases.  Those with single paper submissions are strongly encouraged 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).

Committed to ensuring the broadest possible participation of scholars in British Studies, the Program Committee will give priority to those who did not read papers at the 2009 meeting.   Panels that include both graduate students and established scholars are especially encouraged, as are submissions with broad chronological focus and interdisciplinary breadth.  In order to encourage intellectual interchange, we ask applicants to compose panels that feature participation from a range of institutions.  Single-institution panels are not encouraged; similarly, graduate supervisors are discouraged from appearing on panels with their own students and very recent graduates.   No participant will be permitted to take part in more than one session except in exceptional circumstances cleared by the Program Committee, and no more than one proposal will be considered from each applicant.

All submissions must be received by March 1, 2010.
For details, directions, and online submission, see www.nacbs.org/conference.html.

Please send questions about panel requirements
and suggestions about program development to
Lara Kriegel, NACBS Program Chair
Department of History, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199
nacbsprogram@gmail.com

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December
4
2009

New Reviews for November on Reviews in History

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The following reviews of possible interest to followers of the Intelligencer were published in November in the Institute of Historical Research’s e-journal Reviews in History.

The first is a review by Alice Reid (no. 817, with editor’s response) of the Small and Special database of patient admissions at the hospital from 1852 until 1914.

Elsewhere a new paperback edition of the Blackwell Companion to Britain in the Later Middle Ages provoked debate (no. 816, and response) between Rowena Archer and the editor S. H. Rigby, while an unsettling account of racism in Britain, Sascha Auerbach’s Race, Law and ‘The Chinese Puzzle’ in Imperial Britain, is analysed (no. 815, again with an authorial response) by Flemming Christiansen.

A new collection of previously published essays by one of Britain’s leading economic historians, Martin Daunton, is reviewed (no. 821) by Jim Tomlinson, who finds State and Market in Victorian Britain: War, Welfare and Capitalism provides a powerful analysis of the dynamics of the Victorian state.

Another pre-eminent historian covered this month is Glenn Burgess, and you can read a review here (no. 822) by Sarah Mortimer of his latest work, British Political Thought, 1500-1660: The Politics of the Post-Reformation. The author’s response is also available.

Also, make sure to check out Peter Yearwood’s response to Carolyn Kitching’s review of Guarantee of Peace: The League of Nations in British Policy 1914-1925.

A very different subject is discussed in Catherine Rider’s take (no. 826) on an examination of differing presentations of men’s and women’s magic in the medieval period and beyond, Hedi Breuer’s Crafting the Witch: Gendering Magic in Medieval and Early Modern England.

The Cabinet Papers 1915-1978 is a new online resource from The National Archives, and is given a glowing review here (no. 828) by Michael J. Hopkins, while in the field of cultural history Ginger Frost’s Living in Sin: Cohabiting as Husband and Wife in Nineteenth-Century England is reviewed (no. 830) by Tanya Evans.

As always, all comments or suggestions should be sent to danny.millum@sas.ac.uk.

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December
3
2009

Call for Book Review Editors: H-Albion, Britain 1689-1815

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H-Albion is looking for candidates to serve as our Book Review Editor for Britain (1689-1815).  Applications are invited from scholars specializing in the long eighteenth century.  The successful candidate will serve as book review editor for two years and will be responsible for commissioning and editing book reviews.

Please send a cover letter and CV to Jason M. Kelly at jaskelly@iupui.edu.

Application deadline is 23 December 2009.

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December
3
2009

British Studies Intelligencer (1962-2001) Online

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The NACBS is happy to announce that back issues of the British Studies Intelligencer (1962-2001) are available online at

http://www.ulib.iupui.edu/digitalscholarship/collections/BSI

The issues are open access and fully searchable.

The NACBS would like to thank the Library and the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis for scanning, hosting, and providing metadata for the back issues.  Special thanks are due to Peter Stansky and Kristi Palmer, Associate Librarian at IUPUI.

The Intelligencer, now the British and Irish Studies Intelligencer (BISI), is available as a blog through the NACBS website (at <http://www.nacbs.org/>)  or directly at http://nacbs.edublogs.org/.

There a still a few issues that are missing.  They are listed below  If you have old issues and are willing to offer them to the NACBS archive, please contact Jason M. Kelly at jaskelly@iupui.edu.

Series 1

1960, vol. 1, no. 1
1960, vol. 1, no. 2
1960, vol. 1, no. 3
1961, vol. 1, no. 4

1961, vol. 2, no. 1
1961, vol. 2, no. 2
1961, vol. 2, no. 3
1962, vol. 2, no. 4

1962, vol. 3, no. 2

1964, vol. 4, no. 1

1966, vol. 4, no. 3

Series 2

1971, vol. 2, no. 1

1972, vol. 2, no. 2
1972, vol. 2, no. 3

1973, vol. 3, no. 3

1975, vol. 5, no. 1

1975, vol. 6, no. 1

Series 3

1984, vol. 5, no. 1

Series 4

1990, vol. 6, no. 1

1991, vol. 7, no. 1


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November
30
2009

British Studies Intelligencer (1962-2001) Online

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The NACBS is happy to announce that back issues of the British Studies Intelligencer (1962-2001) are available online at

http://www.ulib.iupui.edu/digitalscholarship/collections/BSI

The issues are open access and fully searchable.

The NACBS would like to thank the Library and the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis for scanning, hosting, and providing metadata for the back issues.  Special thanks are due to Kristi Palmer, Digital Scholarship, Associate Librarian at IUPUI.

The Intelligencer, now the British and Irish Studies Intelligencer (BISI), is available as a blog through the NACBS website (at <http://www.nacbs.org/>)  or directly at http://nacbs.edublogs.org/.

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H-Albion is looking for candidates to serve as our Book Review Editor for England, Wales, and Scotland (1540-1689).  Applications are invited from scholars specializing in the early modern period.  The successful candidate will serve as book review editor for two years and will be responsible for commissioning and editing book reviews.

Please send a cover letter and CV to Jason M. Kelly at jaskelly@iupui.edu.

Application deadline is 20 December 2009.

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November
21
2009

PCCBS Annual Graduate Paper Prize

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The Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (PCCBS) invites
submissions for the annual prize for the best conference paper presented
during the 2009 calendar year by a graduate student member of the Pacific
Coast Conference on British Studies. The prize will be awarded at the
Spring 2010 meeting at Pomona College on March 19-21. The winner will
receive a monetary prize of $200.00 and be recognized at the annual
meeting.

Submissions should be made by the graduate student who presented the
paper. Both the student and major professor must be members of the PCCBS. All graduate student papers presented at the 2009 PCCBS meeting at the
University of San Diego are treated as submissions. Also eligible for
submission are papers presented at another conference held during the 2009
calendar year by a graduate student studying at a university within the
PCCBS region. Faculty advisors among the PCCBS membership are urged to
encourage their eligible students to participate in the prize competition.

The written version of the conference paper, mirroring the oral conference
presentation, must be based on original research and deal with a topic
within British Studies. Excursive footnotes may be added.

Submitted papers, along with documentation concerning the conference where
the paper was presented, must be received by the committee chair by
January 8, 2010. Please submit the paper in the form of a digital copy
sent as an email attachment or in the form of three hard-copies sent by
mail to:

Dr. Sammie McGlasson (Prize Committee Chair)
4425 Juanita Ave
Chino, CA 91710
sammiemac@earthlink.net

Reposted from http://www.pccbs.org/?p=133

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The National Archives, London has sent a response to the NACBS Principal Officers' letter of 10 September 2009 regarding the proposed changes to
TNA service prompted by budgetary cuts.  View the original letter here, and read the response here.

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November
10
2009

NACBS Prizes 2009

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Prize List (scroll down for details)

  • John Ben Snow Prize: Jennifer Summit (Stanford), Memory's Library: Medieval Books in Early Modern England.
  • Albion Prize:  Richard Price (Maryland), Making Empire: Colonial Encounters and the Creation of Imperial Rule in Nineteenth-Century Africa.
  • Walter Love Prize: Julia Rudolph (Pennsylvania), "Gender and the Development of Forensic Science," English Historical Review 123 (503).
  • Dissertation Year Fellowship: Philip Hnatkovich (Penn State), "The Atlantic Gate: Anglo-French Geographies of Expertise in the Western Channel Community 1558-1685".
  • Dissertation Year Travel Grant: Michele Hanks (Illinois), "Narrating Anxiety and Disruption: An Anthropological Examination of the Production of Knowledge by Contemporary English Ghost Hunters"
  • NACBS-Huntington Library Fellowship: Joseph Stubenrauch (Indiana), "Faith in Goods: Evangelicalism, Materiality, and Consumer Culture in Nineteenth-century Britain".

John Ben Snow Prize: Jennifer Summit (Stanford), Memory's Library: Medieval Books in Early Modern England (University of Chicago Press)

In Memory's Library: Medieval Books in Early Modern England, Jennifer Summit shows us the subtle yet powerful ways in which libraries of the past continue to construct our own perceptions of English history. She reminds us that reading was and is an embodied activity: where and how texts are stored and used shapes how they might be read and how the ideas they contain might be marshaled to serve particular ends. Her riveting book traces the transformation of the library from a collection into a place. She follows manuscripts as they were removed from the chests and choir stalls in which monks once hoarded them and placed in rooms designed for a wider readership. Medieval texts that survived the end of monasticism thus played new roles as the choices of collectors like Bodley, Parker, and Cotton created a medieval past designed to serve contemporary political purposes. Memory itself was reconstituted by an active, if sometimes contemptuous, Renaissance interest in monastic works and modes of reading. In this way, libraries generated new forms of collective identity, and laid the foundations for the archives on which modern scholarship now depends. As Summit concludes, our libraries—and the reading we and our forebears have always done in them—are “one part preservation, one part invention, and one part disavowal.

Albion Prize: Richard Price (Maryland), Making Empire: Colonial Encounters and the Creation of Imperial Rule in Nineteenth-Century Africa

Based on extensive and sophisticated archival research, and lucidly written, Richard Price’s Making Empire: Colonial Encounters and the Creation of Imperial Rule in Nineteenth-Century Africa examines the way in which the British imperial experience in the eastern Cape unfolded as a string of failures that spiraled into great brutality. In so doing, he demonstrates that there was nothing inevitable and pre-conceived about the introduction of racism to colonial discourse. Its appeal for local European actors emanated first and foremost from the failure of different civilizing missionary projects, whose utopian and fragile nature Price makes clear. It is surely no accident that Price has chosen to give his book a title that echoes E. P. Thompson’s, Making of the English Working Class since another accomplishment of his book is its nuanced account of the making of colonial subjects. Price’s detailed and insightful descriptions of individuals--on both sides of the encounter--seeks to understand what drove the people that initiated and executed them and how colonial settings shaped their behavior and views. Making Empire also proposes a different (and much strained) relationship between knowledge and the imperial project, especially in comparison with the Foucauldian and the Saidian approaches. This—and possibly other—imperial episodes were marked by persistent mis-recognition, by a profound inability to know, to recognize the colonial other. Price’s focus on the frontier and the tremendous violence that was at the heart of the colonial encounter between the British and the Xhosa makes clear the gap between empire as understood at home and as a lived experience.

Walter Love Prize: Julia Rudolph, "Gender and the Development of Forensic Science" English Historical Review 2008 123 (503).

Rudolph's case study of the contentious seventeenth century trial of Spencer Cowper for the murder of Sarah Stout produces a nuanced reading of women’s participation in the development of forensic science.  Sarah Stout was found dead in the river.   Determined to clear her daughter's reputation, her mother Mary drew on her class status and literacy to challenge local assumptions that her daughter had committed suicide after abandonment by a lover.   The mother's willingness to press for the exhumation and dissection of the dead body six weeks after burial and the summoning of women as legal experts who could testify to her daughter’s chastity demonstrates women’s agency in the development of forensic science.  Rudolph uses the Stout materials as a powerful lens not only onto changing attitudes to evidence but as well onto assumptions about gender and the practices of social hierarchy and connection.  Rudolph shows that in this case women were active agents in the pressure for and use of expert witnesses in a legal trial, complicating our understanding of the operations of gender in the development of scientific testimony.

NACBS Dissertation Year Fellowship:
 Philip Hnatkovich (Penn State), "The Atlantic Gate: Anglo-French Geographies of Expertise in the Western Channel Community 1558-1685"

The NACBS Dissertation Year Fellowship has been awarded to Philip Hnatkovich at Penn State for his project 'The Atlantic Gate: Anglo-French Geographies of Expertise in the Western Channel Community 1558-1685', working under the supervision of Professor Daniel Beaver.  The project traces the development of Protestant-rooted, kinship-based networks of entrepreneurs and traders that enveloped the ports of southwest England and northwest France between the accession of Elizabeth I and the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.  Using a remarkable body of material in local archives in England and France, it reconstructs a largely heretofore-ignored Anglo-Huguenot merchant community.  In particular, Hnatkovich argues that the commercial culture created by economic and human exchanges in this 'Western Channel Community' shaped the development of early English and French maritime expertise.  The Western Channel in turn served as a dynamic testing ground for new methods of long-range seafaring, mercantile organization, and colonization in the Atlantic World and the Mediterranean.  Finally, the project aims to firmly position the European antecedents for Atlantic exploration and colonization in this Western Channel Community.

NACBS Travel Award:

 Michele Hanks (Illinois), "Narrating Anxiety and Disruption: An Anthropological Examination of the Production of Knowledge by Contemporary English Ghost Hunters"

The NACBS Travel Award has been awarded to Michelle Hanks at the University of Illinois for her project 'Narrating Anxiety and Disruption: An Anthropological Examination of the Production of Knowledge by Contemporary English Ghost Hunters', working under the supervision of Professor Virginia Dominguez.  The project investigates the production and consumption of paranormal knowledge as a way to question the nature of contemporary English belief in the paranormal as well as popular articulations of nationalism.  The project will be grounded in participant observation and ethnographic fieldwork focused on contemporary ghost hunters in London and York, and the processes by which ghost narratives become public through ghost tourism, museums, heritage sites, journalism, and popular media.  Hanks aims to demonstrate that ghosts that emerge across the landscape are remnants of a particular English past, marked by moments of social disruption and political upheaval, from Viking and Roman invaders right through to contemporary uncertainty centered around EU migration and terror.

NACBS Huntington Library Fellowship
: Joseph Stubenrauch's project, "Faith in Goods: Evangelicalism, Materiality, and Consumer Culture in Nineteenth-century Britain,"

Joseph Stubenrauch's project focuses on religious consumer practices in order to uncover the central role of materiality in evangelical religious experience.  His work undercuts the secularization thesis from a novel angle, by delineating how religion and modernity were intertwined and how they reinforced one another. To demonstrate these interconnections, Joseph has already consulted a diverse array of sources: handbills, needlework, porcelain, wall decorations, prints and sheet music as well as memoirs and tract society papers.  One key source would be the grangerized Kitto bible with its 30,000 religious prints and engravings, available only at the Huntington Library.

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