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The North American Conference on British Studies invites applications for The British and Irish Studies Intelligencer (BISI) Blog’s inaugural Board of Editors.

BISI is the NACBS’s primary forum for communication with its members and has its origins in the British Studies Intelligencer, first published by the society in 1962. The BISI Blog will include discussions about the state of the field, methodological approaches, teaching, and editorials focused on British Studies across the disciplines. It will also provide a space for scholars to share their current research in a format that is accessible to the non-specialist.

The BISI Blog Editorial Board is a voluntary position. Editors must be members of the NACBS. Their responsibilities include working with the NACBS webmaster to review submissions and commissioning new blog posts. Board members will serve 2-year terms with reappointment possible upon reapplication.

Please submit your CV and Letter of Application to [email protected] by May 15, 2014.

The University of Pittsburgh is seeking an Assistant Editor for the Journal of British Studies (JBS) published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the North American Conference on British Studies. Will provide editorial and administrative assistance to Editor-designate, Dr. Holger Hoock, J. C. Amundson Professor of British History. Process incoming manuscripts on Editorial Manager. Help oversee peer review. Edit manuscripts accepted for publication, including editing for content, grammar; fact and cite checking; final copyediting; preparing copy for submission to publisher; reviewing proofs and galleys. Serve as a liaison among authors, Editor, Associate Editors, Editorial Board, and publisher. Take responsibility for ensuring the accuracy of editorial information and instructions for contributors on the journal’s website. Maintain JBS archiving policy. Collate annual report on submissions, acceptance rates, timetable for decisions, provenance of submissions. Assist Editor with professional responsibilities and with organizing journal-related academic events. Routine record keeping of expenses for mailing, telephone,supplies, travel, and administrative duties. Might supervise student workers. Candidates are encouraged to submit a sample of recent editing work. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and asked to complete a copyediting test. For informal inquiries, please contact Holger Hoock: [email protected]

To learn more and to apply, please follow this link:


PCCBS in Las Vegas, March 6-8, 2015

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The next PCCBS annual conference will be held in Las Vegas, March 6-8, 2015 at the M RESORT∙SPA ∙CASINO, 12300 Las Vegas Boulevard, South.


MACBS 2014 Program

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The program for the upcoming Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies, to be held at Lehman College, CUNY, in the Bronx on April 5-6, 2014 is now available:

Those interested in attending the conference can register online through the MACBS website:

Thank you,
Laura Beers

Laura Beers
Assistant Professor of History
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
ph: (202) 885-6379
fax: (202) 885-6166


CFP: NABS 2014

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The NACBS 2014 call for papers is available at

I would like to announce the annual NACBS reception at the upcoming AHA meeting in Washington, D.C. The reception will occur from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 4th, 2014 in the Capitol Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Please join us if you can.

Best wishes,
Paul Deslandes

University of Vermont

Executive Secretary, NACBS

CFP: Northeast Conference on British Studies, 17-18 October 2014
Bates College, Lewiston, ME

The Northeast Conference on British Studies (NECBS) will hold its annual meeting
in 2014 at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, on Friday and Saturday, October 17
and 18. The 2014 conference will be hosted by a group of Maine colleges and
universities, with Caroline Shaw (Bates College) and Susan Tananbaum (Bowdoin
College) acting as local arrangements coordinators.

Transportation from the airport and from the train and bus station in
Portland will be available.

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, on current issues 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 for fifteen to 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. Please include the address,
phone number, and e-mail address of all participants (including the chair and
commentator) in the proposal. For panel or roundtable proposals, please note
the name of the main contact person. 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, 2014.

Please send your proposals to:

Paul Deslandes, NECBS Program Chair

[email protected]



Obituary: Professor Lacey Baldwin Smith

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Lacey_Baldwin_Smith.jpgPROFESSOR LACEY BALDWIN SMITH - GREENSBORO - Professor Lacey Baldwin Smith died peacefully in his home on Sept. 8, 2013, at almost 91 years old. Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., a Guggenheim fellow, twice a Fulbright recipient, and twice recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities award, he was considered one of the "big name" historians. Yet, his writing was as entertaining as it was erudite. From scholarly tomes to "English History Made Brief, Irreverent, and Pleasurable," Lacey was a consummate author, and after 60 years of writing, the majority of his books remain in print. The biography, "Henry VIII: The Mask of Royalty," is one of the most referenced books concerning that famous and willful king. While a historian of the distant past, in his own life, Lacey was not a man to look backwards or rest on the laurels of his youth, and so, at the age of 89, the professor penned "Anne Boleyn: The Queen of Controversy" (published 2013). Then, 70 years after having attempted a novel during W.W.II in a military tent in India, he again turned his hand to what he considered the hardest form. He completed his first work of historical fiction and sent it to the publishers days before his health began failing. Although Lacey's writings often focused on the cut-throat and treacherous world of Tudor and Stuart monarchs, Lacey himself was a gentle and gracious man. While he loved to talk history, he was equally happy to read mystery stories, play poker, or watch his three-year-old grandson run circles around him. Having retired to Greensboro, the small village where he spent every summer of his life, he was a champion of the Greensboro Library, the Greensboro Historical Society, and the Greensboro Land Trust. In the wider community, he served on the board of the American Historical Association, the American Historical Review, the Conference on British Studies, and as editor of the Journal of Modern History. As devoted a teacher as he was a writer, he rarely forgot a student's name. One of his last actions before his death was to write to a former undergraduate, whom he hadn't seen in decades, but who had contacted him regarding his most recent book. The devotion he showed his students was only rivaled by that he showed his wife and children. He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Jean Reeder Smith; and is survived by his son, MacAllister Smith; daughters, Dennison Smith, and Katherine Chandler Smith-Brannon; grandsons, Chandler Smith and Steven Brannon; and granddaughter, Oceana Masterman-Smith. A funeral and memorial will be held in Greensboro next July when Lacey's many friends and relatives return to the lake for the summer. The family requests that, in lieu of cards or flowers, donations be made in Lacey's name to the Greensboro Land Trust: 

Published in The Burlington Free Press on September 15, 2013


NACBS 2014 in Minneapolis, MN, 7-9 November 2014

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The NACBS 2014 will be held in Minneapolis, MN on 7-9 November 2014.



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Saturday and Sunday, APRIL 5-6, 2014

The MACBS, the mid-Atlantic affiliate of the NACBS, the main organization for British Studies in Canada and the United States, seeks participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies. We solicit proposals for papers and panels on Britain, the British Atlantic World, and the British Empire broadly defined. Our interests range from the ancient to the contemporary and we welcome participation by scholars of history, anthropology, literature, art, politics, economics and related fields. Senior faculty, junior faculty, and graduate students are all encouraged to participate.

Proposals for individual papers and full panels are welcome. Paper proposals should include a brief (no more than 250 words) abstract of the paper and a curriculum vita. Full panel proposals should also include a one-paragraph description of the panel’s overall aim and indicate which panel member will serve as the organizer and primary contact.

All submissions must be received by 15 December 2013.

Send proposals via email to:

Prof. Laura Beers, Program Chair
Department of History
American University
[email protected]


Prof. Amanda Herbert, Program co-Chair

Department of History

Christopher Newport University

[email protected]

For additional information, please see the MACBS website:


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