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September
20
2021

NACBS Statement on Covid and our 2021 Conference in Atlanta

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The NACBS will gather for its annual conference in Atlanta. Many of you have told us you are excited to meet in person. We encourage you to register soon. Others have expressed reasonable concerns about the persistent pandemic. Some of our members live in places where policies of the United States or other governments may make travel difficult, though we are heartened by news that the United States will allow entry, without restriction, to fully vaccinated UK and European nationals from the start of November.

We have been following these and other factors closely and will continue to do so. What follows is a brief description of the policies we will have in place during our meeting and answers to some frequently asked questions about why and how we are gathering in person this year.

The city of Atlanta currently has an indoor mask mandate in place (https://www.atlantaga.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/52010). We will require everyone to wear a mask at all times indoors, except while eating or drinking. In accordance with AHA policy, we will also require all attendees to affirm they are vaccinated against Covid-19 and we will ask everyone to produce photo or paper verification of vaccination status upon request. We anticipate no change to this policy unless the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the City of Atlanta issue new guidance. Staff of the Sheraton Atlanta hotel will wear masks at all times. We have asked that only vaccinated staff work in spaces that we use.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Why not just have a remote conference, like we did in 2020?

Hotel and other venue contracts for a conference are typically signed over two years in advance. These contracts include force majeur clauses that impose serious financial penalties if we cancel an event absent serious external circumstances. In 2020, then current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control enabled us to postpone our contracts in Chicago until 2022 without penalty. Absent the kind of clear guidance from the federal government that effectively barred large meetings in 2020, we will not be able to withdraw from our 2021 conference without doing serious damage to the financial health of the NACBS and its programs.

 

Can I present at or attend the Atlanta conference remotely?

Unfortunately, costs for equipment and tech support prevent us from running a full in-person conference that is simultaneously fully accessible from afar. Many of our members, especially younger ones, depend on the opportunities that in-person events provide to meet other members of the profession.

 

Will there be any events for NACBS members who can’t come to Atlanta?

Yes. We plan to live-stream our two plenary sessions, at which we will hear from Krista Kesselring and Priya Satia. We will also host four remotely accessible sessions for all members on the two Saturdays before the meeting in Atlanta (October 30 and November 6). More information about these events will be coming soon.

 

What about meals and receptions?

We are cancelling the buffet luncheons before our plenary events so as to minimize the risk of Covid transmission from dining together in a large group. Our plenary events will be held after lunches rather than during them. Our reception for graduate students on Thursday and our Friday reception will be held at an outdoor venue. Our Saturday reception will be in a large museum space, suitable for spreading out.

 

Will I receive a refund of my registration fee if unforeseen events require a late cancellation of the in-person event or I am unable to attend because I contracted Covid-19?

In such an event, all registrations for the in-person conference will be transferred to the online event. Refunds will be given for payments made for luncheons. If you registered and are then unable to attend because you contracted Covid-19, please contact our Executive Director, Laura Beers, to arrange for a refund of your registration.

 

Will I receive a refund if I cancel my hotel reservation?

Hotel registration may be cancelled for a full refund up to three days before arrival. A fee equal to one night's room and tax will be assessed if you cancel after this deadline.

 

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Theme: “Populations: counting, classifying, moving and managing groups of people”

Deadline Extension: March 5, 2018.

Materials: CV and 1-page abstract

This workshop will explore the topic of “populations” in the early modern period. How, by whom, and to what ends were groups of people defined or treated as populations? What were the intellectual and practical consequences of such classifications? What historical or historiographical legacies have they had? How do historians’ definitions of “population” replicate or resist early modern categories and practices? How do current social-scientific, political, or legal understandings of population help or hinder historical analysis? Papers may address these questions from perspectives including but not limited to migration and colonization; slavery, race and ethnicity; reproduction; medicine and health; religious and national difference; political economy and governance; political arithmetic and information.

The session will include 6-8 pre-circulated papers of 15-25 pages each. Participants will be chosen with a view to the complementarity of their research topics and strong preference will be given to graduate students and early career scholars. Participants must be prepared to submit their papers by September 30, 2018. Each participant will be required to read all papers for the session, and to share written comments on two of the papers, prior to the conference. The session itself will include brief presentations and discussions of each paper, followed by a more extensive conversation between participants and the audience around common questions and themes.

Those interested must submit a CV and a one-page abstract to Rachel Weil ([email protected]) and Ted McCormick ([email protected]) by March 5, 2018.

Note: Those not accepted for the early modern workshop may still submit proposals for NACBS poster sessions, or paper or panel proposals for regular NACBS sessions, by the general deadline of March 30, 2018. Some financial assistance will be available for graduate students (up to US$500) and for a limited number of under/unemployed members within ten years of their terminal degree (US$300). Details of these travel grants will be posted to www.nacbs.org and emailed to members once the 2018 meeting program is prepared.

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February
20
2017

MACBS Annual Conference

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The 2017 MACBS conference will be held at the University of Maryland in College Park on the weekend of April 1-2.  George Robb, a past president of MACBS, will deliver the plenary address, on "The British Assault on American Neutrality during World War I."   We will also feature a plenary panel on "British History After Brexit," featuring Dane Kennedy, Alison Games, Dinyar Patel, and Zara Anishanslin.
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