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This is a gentle reminder that the deadline for regular registration for this year's NACBS is fast approaching; after October 1, the rates will go up.  Online registration is fast and easy at http://www.nacbs.org/conference/.  In addition to guaranteeing yourself the lower rate, timely registration makes things much easier for the conference organizers.

Also, the deadline for booking at the conference rate at our host hotel, the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain, is October 18.  We urge you to stay at the conference hotel, as the special rates we negotiated are based on filling a specified number of rooms.  More information about the hotel as well as about transportation can also be found at http://www.nacbs.org/conference/.

We very much appreciate your attention to these matters, and look forward to seeing you in Montreal November 8-10.


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Dear NACBS Members and Friends,

I'm writing to let you know that the North American Conference on British Studies and History Working Papers (http://www.historyworkingpapers.org) will once again team up to help NACBS conference participants and panels pre-circulate their papers. Already, we have a few panels planning to participate, and we invite you to submit your papers as well.

As you probably know, Tim Hitchcock and I are working together on a digital space that we are calling History Working Papers (HWP). HWP is an online space for scholars to share works-in-progress with their peers. After uploading a conference paper, essay, or article manuscript to the HWP website, authors can invite others to read their work and make comments in the margins. As more people respond, writers get more feedback. But, unlike traditional comments done on paper, HWP allows commenters and authors to interact with each other. They can read each other's marginalia and engage in dialogue about it. In fact, entire threaded discussions can take place in the margins.

NACBS has allowed us to offer HWP to conference panels and participants this year. I am writing to encourage you to take advantage of the system. Not only will it be able to help you generate some pre-conference buzz for your panels, but it is a tool to help you create more informative and useful panels. Here is a short summary of what you can expect from HWP:

HWP will allow you and the people on your NACBS panel to post your conference papers online (either individually or as a whole panel) several weeks before the conference begins. By posting papers ahead of time, HWPP gives conference chairs, panelists, and participants the ability to experiment with alternative approaches to your panels. While panels and individuals can simply use HWP to pre-circulate papers and hold a traditional conference panel, you have the opportunity to be creative and do much more. By integrating an online conversation both before and after the conference, you will find that your panels are much more dynamic.

Here are some ideas on how you can take advantage of HWPP:

1. The most effective way to use HWP is as a whole panel. Chairs should round up participants' papers several weeks before the conference begins and send them to Jason M. Kelly at jaskelly@iupui.edu. Within days, they will be posted to HWPP under the heading for your panel.

2. Chairs should encourage the commentator and one or two other peers to read the papers and put their comments in the margins. They might also consider sending out an announcement about the pre-circulated drafts to H-Albion or NACBS's Facebook page in order get others to read and comment as well. Remember, whether a participant or a peer, it is important for you to ask people to comment. You will be surprised at how many people are willing to participate.

3. Having a panel pre-meeting is a great way to meet each other and discuss some of your papers' ideas. Chairs, commentators, and panelists can meet using Skype, Google+, Adobe Connect or any number of other video conferencing tools.

4. Chairs might consider an alternative format for their NACBS panel. There are a number of format options, from PechaKucha to five-minute papers to short poster sessions. We encourage you to keep talks to a shorter length in order to allow more time for group discussion. Doing this is very effective, and you may be surprised at the improved dynamic and the rich outcomes that emerge. At a recent NACBS panel, for example, the chairs adopted a modified PechaKucha model. Even though there were ten speakers, there was still enough time for an exciting one-hour discussion.

5. Remember, that when the conference is over, HWP will still be available. We encourage you to continue using it as you revise your papers for submission to journals.
The History Working Papers Project is quite an exciting system, as I am sure you will notice. Please visit the site and have a look around (http://www.historyworkingpapers.org). Watch the videos, read the papers, and make comments. There are already papers online so that you can see what papers and comments look like. Be sure to send us any questions you have about the site.

I do hope that you consider using the system for your panel this year. I think it will be a great addition to the NACBS and the way scholars in the humanities approach conference panels and scholarship more generally.

Best wishes,
Jason
-- Jason M. Kelly PhD, FSA
Director, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute
Associate Professor of British History, IUPUI

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
755 W. Michigan Street UL 1140D
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5195

telephone: 317.274.1689
fax: 317.274.1024
email: jaskelly@iupui.edu

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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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