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December
12
2008

CFP: MWCBS 2009

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CALL FOR PAPERS
Midwest Conference on British Studies 55th Annual Meeting
October 9-11, 2009, Pittsburgh

The Midwest Conference on British Studies is proud to announce that its
fifty-fifth annual meeting will be hosted by the University of Pittsburgh at
the Holiday Inn, Pittsburgh University Center.

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 non-British) 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

·reflect on the status of colonial and postcolonial studies 30 years after
Said’s Orientalism.

The MWCBS also invites submissions for a special panel engaging Seymour
Drescher’s work on the transatlantic slave trade and the abolitionist
movement.  Professor Drescher will serve as respondent for this session.

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 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, 2009, to the Program
Committee Chair, Rick Incorvati, at rincorvati@wittenberg.edu.

MWCBS Program Committee:  Rick Incorvati, Chair, Wittenberg University;
Phyllis L. Soybel, College of Lake County; Eric Tenbus, University of
Central Missouri; Amy Whipple, Xavier University; Michele White, University
of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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December
12
2008

NACBS/Oxford University Press Partnership

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PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS AND THE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON BRITISH STUDIES

Oxford University Press and the North American Conference on British studies are pleased to announce the launching of our partnership web-store, which can be found by accessing the “Membership” section of the NACBS website.

In this partnership, Oxford will offer the members of the NACBS a year-round discount on our current and older titles centering on British and European Studies which will be update regularly. Through a link that that can be found on the NACBS website, members will be directed to the NACBS / Oxford partnership web store where they will be able to browse and purchase Oxford titles with no confusion at check-out.

Please enjoy the vast array of titles available to you just for being a NACBS member!

For any questions or concerns regarding the site, please feel free to contact Natanya Mitchell at natanya.mitchell@oup.com.

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December
4
2008

Anglo American conference of historians 2009: Cities

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Anglo American conference of historians 2009: Cities
Institute of Historical Research, 2 - 3 July 2009

For 10,000 years cities have shaped the affairs of mankind. Now, more than half of the world's population is urban, dwelling in settlements that we identify as 'city' or 'town', some of them so extensive and so complex that they seem to transcend traditional notions of urban organisation and form.

While the impact of cities has grown rapidly in recent times, its essential nature has been apparent from the beginning. Cities mark the transition from nomadic to settled society and drive the development of agriculture and ideas of the rural, as well the exploitation of water, minerals and other natural resources. As both organising forces and habitats, cities are at least as important for animals as for humans. They rest on networks of contracts that regulate the exchange of goods and services and the management of risk, yet the instabilities that characterised pre-urban societies remain with us today, and in many new forms.

Cities facilitate the aggregation of wealth and power and the emergence of distinctive religions, beliefs, cultural behaviour, social structures and institutions. They evolve laws and governmental systems to deal with the particular problems of urban life, including those arising from disorder and disease. As sites of inquiry and information exchange they promote knowledge and understanding of the wider world.

Within the city, the key public locations are those of the market, popular assembly, power, authority, religion and defence, while the occupation of spaces for work, residence and recreation is exceptionally dense. In meeting these and other needs, cities promote innovation in building and architecture, often so as to fulfil the ambitions of the powerful. City plans and forms can also bear symbolic meaning and express ideas of social, political, economic or cosmological order. Such environments are often oppressive or corrupting, yet many cities also offer the individual a freedom of thought and expression not found elsewhere.

Cities' relations with subordinate settlements and with other cities, along with their need to control territory and communications, give them a central role in the formation of states and empires, and now in the process of globalisation. At the same time, they absorb and express the characteristics of the regions in which they lie and of more distant places with which they have contact. With migration and trade they become places where languages and cultures co-exist, intermingle or merge.

The conference will deal with cities throughout the world. Proposals are sought for papers or panel sessions on any aspect of city life, form, ideology and culture over this period. Thematic contributions making comparisons over time or across space will be especially welcome, as will those on networks of cities and their role in cultural formation, on the relations between cities, territories and larger political units, on the ideologies and cosmologies of the city and on what distinguishes the city or town from other forms of settlement or ways of life.

Many of these topics are touched on in general writing on cities, but it is remarkable how rarely they are subject to serious historical analysis. This raises questions for our understanding of cities now, when so much of their past as invoked in relation to the present is misunderstood. As so many of us mass together in cities, are we at a turning point in our identity as humans? Or does past experience of cities offer some clues for the future, whether one of hope or of disaster?

For more information visit: http://www.history.ac.uk/aac2009/

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The NACBS is pleased to announce that its archives are now located at George Washington University in Washington D.C. and available for use. They are, however, located off-site and materials will need to be ordered prior to visiting. Scholars who wish to use these materials should consult the library’s on-line catalogue far enough in advance to ensure that the materials they require will be available.  For further information see the information on the archives at http://www.gwu.edu/gelman/spec/index.html.

NACBS would like to continue collecting material to enhance the archive’s usefulness for future researchers. We hope that past officers of the NACBS and regionals, past editors of the Journal of British Studies and Albion, and past program chairs will consider sending their material to the library.

The address is

Jennifer King, Manuscripts Librarian
The George Washington University
The Melvin Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
202-994-0628

The Executive Council has allocated funds to pay for the cost of mailing large amounts of material. If you plan to contribute your papers, please contact the NACBS Treasurer, Lynn Botelho, to discuss reimbursement for postage.

Her address is
Dept. of History, Keith Hall
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA  15705
724-357-3203
botelho@iup.edu

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November
11
2008

The British and Irish Studies Intelligencer

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The British and Irish Studies Intelligencer will revive the North American Conference on British Studies' (NACBS) Intelligencer, the newsletter of NACBS. In 1998, The Intelligencer went online and ceased publication in 2002. The Intelligencer was a unique publication, providing a regular summary of news relevant to the American British Studies community, including a list of prize recipients, obituaries, council meeting minutes, papers read at regional conferences, and similar information. The seventh series is still online at http://www.nacbs.org/intelligencer/.

The British and Irish Studies Intelligencer (BISI) is a newsletter for the web 2.0 world. Organized like a blog, the BISI is ideal for sharing events and editorials. It will function as a supplement to H-Albion, and, in fact, its editorial board includes the editors of H-Albion.

The BISI is an international endeavor, and while originating as an NACBS publication, its editorial board will integrate the directors of leading British and Irish Studies organizations, institutes, and research libraries. The purpose of the BISI is encourage more international interaction and participation among British and Irish Studies groups.

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