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The NACBS, in collaboration with the Huntington Library, offers annually the NACBS-HUNTINGTON LIBRARY FELLOWSHIP to aid in dissertation research in British Studies using the collections of the library. The amount of the fellowship is $2000. A requirement for holding the fellowship is that the time of tenure be spent in residence at the Huntington Library. The time of residence varies, but may be as brief as one month. Applicants must be U. S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents and enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a U. S. or Canadian institution.

Nominations and applications for the 2011 award are invited. Please note that the applications are due on November 30, 2010. Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae, two supporting letters (one from the applicant's dissertation advisor), and a description of the dissertation research project. The letter should include a description of the materials to be consulted at the Huntington and the reason that these are essential sources for the dissertation.

A copy of the application package should be sent to each member of the Huntington Library Fellowship Committee listed below. Letters should be placed in sealed envelopes, signed across the flap and given to the applicant for inclusion in the application package. Applications must be postmarked by November 30, 2010. Awards will be announced by January 30, 2011. Send materials to: Professor Johann Sommerville, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of History, 3211 Mosse Humanities Bldg, 455 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706 (email: jsommerv@wisc.edu), Professor Melissa Harkrider, Department of History, Wheaton College, 501 College Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187 (email: Melissa.L.Harkrider@wheaton.edu), and Professor Carole Levin, Department of History, University of Nebraska, Lincoln,612 Oldfather Hall, NE 68588 (email: clevin2@unl.edu).

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August
6
2010

MWCBS 2010 Hotel Reservations

Posted by jaskelly under Announcement, Conferences | Tags: cleveland, Conferences, hotel, mwcbs, mwcbs2010, reservations | 0 Comments

The MWCBS 2010 will meet at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel (24 Public Square; Cleveland, Ohio 44113 US) on 8-10 October 2010. We encourage you to book your rooms as early as possible, using the MWCBS discounted group code.

To make online reservations using the MWCBS discounted group code, click here

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/clebr?groupCode=bribria&app=resvlink&fromDate=10/7/10&toDate=10/10/10

The telephone number for guests is 1-800-HOTELS1 (1-800-468-3571).

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The annual meeting of the Northeast Conference on British Studies will take place this year on the campus of the University of Vermont in Burlington on Friday September 24 and Saturday September 25. The draft program, registration form, and all local arrangements details are now available on the new NECBS website -- (all three documents can be downloaded by clicking on the box on the right-hand side of the home page). The deadline for registration and hotel bookings is August 31.

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The NACBS 2010 Program is available to view or download as .pdf here.

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The program for the MWCBS 2010 is available in both .pdf and html formats on the MWCBS website.

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Saturday, November 13, 2:30-4:30pm
Meet at the Charles St. Entrance of the Tremont Grand

On this tour learn how international trade, finance, and the railroad industry generated great wealth in nineteenth-century Baltimore, and how
this section of the city became home to its foremost cultural institutions, such as the Walters Art Gallery, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Enoch Pratt Library.

(Must pre-book and pre-pay at time of conference registration. $7 fee.)

For other Baltimore walking tours see the Star-Spangled Tours website:
http://www.starspangledtrails.org/news.html

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June
26
2010

NACBS 2010 Registration

Posted by jaskelly under Announcement, Conferences, NACBS | Tags: NACBS, nacbs2010, registration | 0 Comments

Dear Colleagues,

The 2010 Meeting of the North American Conference on British Studies is now open for registration at <http://www.nacbs.org/conference.html>.  We hope that you will join us in Baltimore, Maryland, from 12-14 November at the historic Tremont Suites Hotel.  Our program there will feature an extended format, with forty-nine regular sessions as opposed to the forty-two of recent years.  Special sessions will address new directions in early modern history, current developments in twentieth-century history, and pressing questions for the digital humanities.  Plenary speakers will include Richard Price and Amanda Vickery.  We look forward to seeing you in November.

Sincerely yours,
Lara Kriegel
NACBS Program Chair, on behalf of the NACBS Program Committee

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June
3
2010

Reviews in History - New British History Reviews for May

Posted by dannymillum under Announcement | Tags: IHR, Reviews | 0 Comments

The following reviews of possible interest to readers of the British and Irish Studies Intelligencer were published in May in the Institute of Historical Research’s e-journal Reviews in History.

Firstly Drew Gray reviews (no. 897, with the editor’s response) a resource which since its inception in 2003 has proved to be a time-saving boon for social historian, The Old Bailey Proceedings Online.

Our next review (no. 898, by Jennifer Cole) is of After the Bomb: Civil Defence and Nuclear War in Britain, 1945–68 by Matthew Grant. This looks at the evolution in post-war Britain of the policy of civil defence. It draws on recently declassified documents to show that though anti-nuclear campaigners didn't succeed in banning the bomb, they did play a significant part in exposing flaws in the central tenet of this policy, namely that a nuclear war could be survived.

The emergence of material culture as a subject for historical enquiry has brought to the fore the question of what constitute 'proper' sources for 'proper' history. Amanda Vickery's new book Behind Closed Doors. At Home in Georgian England combines the old and the new, utilising both an 'impressive array of original archival evidence' and 'kaleidoscopic range of material sources'. Read Helen Berry's review (no. 901) and the author's response.

Elsewhere, Oliver Blaiklock reviews (no. 900) a valuable contribution not just to the study of voluntary organisations and charities, but more broadly to the history of British civil society and citizenship, Kate Bradley’s Poverty, Philanthropy and the State: Charities and the Working Classes in London.

Nick Holder has written a monumental review of the fifteen paperback books on English local history produced by the England's Past for Everyone project, which aim to take the authoritative research tradition of the red Victoria County History volumes and package it in a more accessible and contemporary format. Read his review (no. 904) and VCH Director John Beckett’s response.

Finally Keith Lilley sets out to educate historians of medieval urbanism with a detailed account of medieval ideas on the city as macro- or microcosm, City and Cosmos: the Medieval World in Urban Form, reviewed (no. 906, with a response by the author) by Frances Andrews

A list of all our British and Irish history reviews can be found here.

As always, all comments or suggestions should be sent to danny.millum@sas.ac.uk.

Danny Millum
Deputy Editor, Reviews in History

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The North American Conference on British Studies Essay Contest Committee
invites you to nominate one of your students for the Annual Essay Prize.
  This is intended for undergraduates enrolled at United States universities
and colleges (there is a complementary contest for students enrolled in
Canadian colleges and universities) and the Committee awards up to six
prizes of $100 each. Please nominate your student according to the following guidelines:

1) The essay must have been written while the author was
enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate. Essays written for
courses and theses are acceptable.

2) Each essay must be nominated by a member of the NACBS and no
individual member can nominate more than one essay per year.

3) Essays in any field of British Studies are invited,
including, but not limited to, Literature, Art, Art History,
History and Cultural Studies.

4) Essays should be between 10 and 25 pages of text, excluding notes.

5) Please submit a letter of nomination, including the full
name, permanent address and email contact information for the
student, along with one electronic or hard copy of the essay no
later than June 1, 2010, to: Prof. Peter Hoffenberg, Department
of History, 2530 Dole Street, Sakamaki Hall, University of
Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI  96822-2283. Email: peterh@hawaii.edu

Please feel free to contact Peter if you have any questions and
thanks for considering your students and for forwarding this
information if appropriate.

Peter H. Hoffenberg
Associate Professor of History
University of Hawaii, Manoa
 2530
Dole Street
Sakamaki Hall A203
Honolulu, HI 96822-2283
USA

Phone:  808  956-8497
Fax:  808  956-9600 to the attention of Hoffenberg

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April
30
2010

NACBS 2010 HOTEL AND TRAVEL INFORMATION

Posted by jaskelly under Announcement, Conferences, NACBS | Tags: hotel, NACBS, nacbs2010, travel | 0 Comments

HOTEL INFORMATION

The annual meeting of the NACBS will be held at Baltimore’s Tremonts: Historic Venue and All Suite Hotel http://www.tremontsuitehotels.com/

The conference will be held in the Tremont Grand, a historic structure originally built in 1866 as the Grand Lodge of the Maryland Masonic Lodge.

The hotel rooms are located in the Tremont Plaza. This is a separate building, connected to the Tremont Grand by a corridor. When arriving by car or taxi, use the Tremont Plaza entrance on St. Paul St. to check in.

TREMONT PLAZA HOTEL
222 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
P 410-727-2222   F 410-685-4215

Amenities
All hotel rooms are suites which feature a sitting area, a kitchenette, and free high-speed internet. Hotel amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, a deli/store, Tug’s Bar and Grille restaurant, and a café.
The Tremont Grand is located across the street from a grocery store and the Tremonts are located in the Mt. Vernon/Charles St. corridor, home to many of Baltimore’s best restaurants. The Baltimore Harbor is just a 10-minute walk away.

Conference Rate
A book of rooms has been reserved for the nights of Thurs-Sat. 11/11-11/13/2010. A few rooms are available on Wed. 11/10 as well.
Hotel rooms are available at the NACBS conference rate of $129 per night for single/double occupancy. The rate is $149 for triple and $169 for quad occupancy. Room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes, currently 13.5%.
To negotiate this room rate, the NACBS needs to fill a specified amount of rooms, so we urge you to stay at the conference hotel.

Reservations
The conference rate is only guaranteed until OCTOBER 13, 2010.
To make a reservation go to: www.tremonts.com. Click on the “Reservations” button on the left-hand menu. In the box, click on “Group Reservations”. In the new box enter the password: NACBSNOV10, and make your reservation. All reservations must be guaranteed by a major credit card, or first night’s room and tax deposit. You have up to 24 hours prior to the arrival date to cancel your room reservation.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

By Air
Baltimore is served by three major airports: Baltimore/Washington International/Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) in Maryland, and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Northern Virginia.

Just 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore, BWI is the closest airport [http://www.bwiairport.com]. It is served by 55 carriers, including Southwest, AirTran, American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, US Airways, and United.
Daily nonstop international service to BWI from destinations including London, U.K. (from Heathrow via British Airways), and Toronto, Canada is available.

Airport Transfers from BWI
[http://www.bwiairport.com/en/travel/ground-transportation]

Supershuttle is providing NACBS attendees with a special rate. The cost is $13 one-way from BWI airport to the Tremont hotel, and $24 round trip. Discounts are available from other airports as well. To reserve a shuttle with the conference discount call 1800-BLUE-VAN (1800-258-3826) and mention code QS3DW or click on:
https://www.supershuttle.com/GroupRez/TripDetails.aspx?GC=QS3DW

Other transport options

  • Individual taxi $30-35
  • Public transport (Light Rail) $1.60

Take light rail from BWI airport to downtown Baltimore/Camden Yards stop. Runs 6am-11pm M-Sa, Sun 11am-7pm
This will require a transfer to a short taxi ride or a 10-minute walk to the hotel.

By Rail
Baltimore is easily accessible by train. Two stations serve the Baltimore area: the BWI Airport Station and Penn Station. Amtrak serves both these stations with trains running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Penn Station Baltimore is the closest station to the hotel. A 5-10 minute taxi ride from Penn Station to the hotel should cost approx. $12. For tickets and station information, go to: [http://www.amtrak.com] Type in Baltimore-Penn Station, MD (BAL).

By Car
Directions To The Tremont Plaza Hotel

From BWI Airport: Exit onto I-95 and continue to Exit 4 Baltimore. Follow the I-395 Exit heading downtown, and stay in the lane for the Inner Harbor. Bear right and turn onto Conway Street. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Charles Street. At the 7th traffic light, turn right onto Saratoga Street, and travel one block to St. Paul Place. Turn right. The Tremont Plaza is on the corner of Saratoga and St. Paul Place.

From the North or South on I-95: From Washington D.C. (south) or the Fort McHenry Tunnel (north), take the I-395 Exit, heading downtown, and follow directions above.

From the West on I-70: Take I-695 towards Glen Burnie. Follow I-95 north to Baltimore and follow the directions above from I-95.

BALTIMORE INFORMATION

Map
For maps go to: http://baltimore.org/maps

Attractions
For Baltimore tourist information go to: http://baltimore.org

  • Cultural sites include the Walters Gallery, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Peabody Library.
  • Historical sites include the Maryland Historical Society, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History, and Ft. McHenry [gearing up for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812]
  • Family-friendly sites include the Baltimore Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, and the Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

Restaurants
A list of restaurants will be posted on the NACBS website in early Fall.

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