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CFP: Western Conference on British Studies, October 3-5, 2013

Published: January 24, 2013

The Western Conference on British Studies invites papers for its annual meeting October 3-5, 2013.

For the first time in our history, the Western Conference on British Studies will meet in Kansas City, MO. 

In recognition of Kansas City’s geographic position as the meeting point between urban and rural America, and Missouri’s status as the jumping-off point for the Westward Movement, the conference’s theme will be

“Borders, Boundaries and Frontiers.”  The borders, boundaries and frontiers that we envision range from the geographic to the chronological, from the gendered to the religious, from the boundaries of class to those of nationality and Empire, and we invite everyone to participate! 

Peter Stansky, (Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford University) will deliver the plenary address. 

Missouri has other links to British history and culture that may inspire presentations or panels for our meeting.  Kansas City was a major centre of Irish immigration in the nineteenth century and we would welcome papers that explored topics on border crossing, immigration or emigration.  Fulton Missouri was the locale for Winston Churchill’s famous “Sinews of Peace” or “Iron Curtain” speech, which gave rhetorical rigidity to the political and cultural boundaries between East and West during the Cold War.  As always, papers on any other aspect of the British experience are welcome, including papers exploring interdisciplinary perspectives, reflections on pedagogical issues, or discussion of art, music or material culture. 

The WCBS welcomes papers from advanced graduate students, and offers the Bob McJimsey prize for the best graduate student paper presented at the conference. 

Proposals for papers and full panels, including a 250 word abstract for each paper and a 1-2 pg. c.v. for each presenter, chair/commentator, should be sent to program co-chairs:

Chris Frank, University of Manitoba ([email protected])  or  Lynn McKay, Brandon University ([email protected]) by 30 April 2013.

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