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September
20
2011

NACBS 2011 Election to Begin September 27

Posted by jaskelly under Announcement, NACBS | Tags: election, NACBS, officers | 0 Comments

The annual NACBS election will begin on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. Current members will receive an electronic ballot again this year that will enable them to cast their votes via a secure, anonymous web site. No print ballots will be mailed. If you are a current member and have not received an electronic ballot by September 29, please contact Michael Cunningham at the University of Chicago Press (mec@press.uchicago.edu) if you would like to participate in the election.

Voting will remain open until Tuesday, October 25, 2011.

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Dear H-Albion members,

I'm writing to you to let you know about an exciting new addition to this
year's North American Conference on British Studies.  As some of you
already know, Tim Hitchcock and I are working together on a digital space
that we are calling The History Working Papers Project (HWPP,
<https://libtool.ulib.iupui.edu/wordpress/>).  The HWPP 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 HWPP 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, HWPP 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 HWPP 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 HWPP:

HWPP 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 HWPP 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 HWPP 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.

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, HWPP 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, and Tim
Hitchcock and I are very happy that NACBS is letting us run a trial this
year.  Please visit the site and have a look around
(<https://libtool.ulib.iupui.edu/wordpress/>).
Watch the videos, read the papers, and make comments.  Tim and I have
posted sample 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, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of British History, IUPUI

School of Liberal Arts
Indiana University
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August
18
2011

NACBS 2011: Registration, Hotel, and Program

Posted by jaskelly under Conferences, NACBS | Tags: Conferences, NACBS, nacbs 2011, registration | 0 Comments

Those planning to attend our annual meeting to be held in Denver from
November 18 to November 20 are invited to visit the NACBS Conference Page
(<http://www.nacbs.org/conference.html>).  There you will find a copy of the
conference program as well as portals for conference registration and hotel
reservations.  You will also find information helpful for traveling to our
host city and enjoying its attractions.  We hope to see you in Denver this
November.

With best wishes,

Lara Kriegel
(nacbsprogram@gmail.com)
Chair, NACBS Program Committee

Marjorie Levine-Clark
(marjorie.levine-clark@ucdenver.edu)
Chair, Local Arrangements Committee

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NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON BRITISH STUDIES
2012 NACBS-HUNTINGTON LIBRARY FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION

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 $2500.  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, 2011.  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.

Applicants are also eligible to apply simultaneously for a number of months under the Huntington’s own fellowship program, so that residence at the library can be extended to support a more sustained period of research. The Huntington’s own fellowships pay $2500 per month and the deadline for applications is 15 December 2011.

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, 2011. Awards will be announced by January 30, 2012.

Send materials to:

Professor Melissa Harkrider
Department of History
Wheaton College
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187
Melissa.L.Harkrider@wheaton.edu

Professor Carole Levin
Department of History
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
612 Oldfather Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588
clevin2@unlnotes.unl.edu

Professor Stephen M. Miller,
Department of History
265D Stevens Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469
Stephen_Miller@umit.maine.edu

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Registration is now open for the 2011 annual meeting of the North American Conference on British Studies, hosted by the Western Conference on British Studies.  The conference will take place November 18-20, 2011, at the Sheraton Downtown Denver, right in the heart of the city.

Please go to <http://www.nacbs.org/conference.html>  for conference and hotel registration, and for information about travel to Denver.

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2011 Anglo-American Conference: Health in History

29th June – 1st July 2011
Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG
www.history.ac.uk/aac2011
Supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society of Medicine

This year, the Institute of Historical Research will be holding its flagship event, the Anglo-American Conference, on the subject of Health in History. The history of medicine and of human society in sickness and health is an ever widening window through which the present can view the past. The study of the ways in which societies over time and at war and in peace have defined and treated their ‘sick’, the changing content and status of medical expertise and ethics, and those episodic moments when the globe has been transformed by epidemic, panic and panacea is now an integral part of mainstream history.

The medical humanities are now critically placed in most cultures at the meeting point of research and social policy. The 80th Anglo-American Conference of Historians will feature papers and panels across all periods and areas of the history of medicine. Plenary lecturers include David Arnold, Joanna Bourke, Samuel Cohn, Mary Fissell, Monica Green, Helen King and Paul Starr. The conference will also feature a Publishers’ Fair featuring major international publishers such as Oxford University Press, I B Tauris and Wiley-Blackwell among many others. A Policy Forum organised by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will also be taking place during the conference, with key academic and professional health experts discussing the role played by historians in the policy environment.

The 3-day conference will be taking place just around the corner from Senate House at the Brunei Gallery, part of the School of Oriental and African Studies on Thornhaugh Street, London. A wine and canapé reception will also be held on Friday evening at the Wellcome Collection (Euston Road, London) and will feature a private viewing of their latest exhibition, ‘Dirt’.

For programme and registration details, please visit http://www.history.ac.uk/aac2011 . For any queries, please contact the IHR Events Office at healthinhistory@sas.ac.uk or on 0207 862 8756.

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April
21
2011

Donate to NACBS

Posted by jaskelly | 0 Comments

We ask your help to sustain activities vital to the well-being of British Studies in North America – our annual conferences, our awards and prizes, our well-respected Journal of British Studies, and more.  We run a tight ship: we do the majority of our business on the web, we have no paid staff and no office space, and we are reliant on the good will of our members.  It is in this spirit of good will that we ask you to contribute a gift to support the NACBS and its activities. The NACBS is a tax exempt organization (501[c]3) and your contribution will be tax deductible as law permits.  Thanks for your help!

If you would prefer, you can donate by check. Or, you can send your credit card donation by mail. Just print out the form below and send it to the address at the bottom of the page.

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Please send your check or credit card information to: Prof. Lynn Botelho, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of History, Keith Hall, Indiana, PA 15701.

Questions? Botelho@iup.edu

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April
7
2011

Reviews in History - New Reviews for March 2011

Posted by dannymillum under Announcement | Tags: Reviews in History | 0 Comments

Hello all

See below for relevant new reviews from Reviews in History (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews) published in March.

First up this month is a review of Laura Beers' Your Britain: Media and the Making of the Labour Party. Adrian Bingham praises (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1046) a scrupulously researched and carefully argued book which offers an important new perspective.

Next William Jackson recommends (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1045) two new Oxford History of the British Empire publications (Migration and Empire by Marjory Harper and Stephen Constantine and Settlers and Expatriates: Britons over the Seas edited by Robert Bickers) to anyone interested in the history – and historiography – of empire overseas.

Then Jo McBride reviews (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1049) a new study of the shipbuilding industry, Alistair Reid’s The Tide of Democracy: Shipyard Workers and Social Relations in Britain 1870-1950.

Meraud Ferguson Hand enjoys (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1048) a varied, rewarding and wide-ranging collection, Tudor Books and Readers: Materiality and the Construction of Meaning edited by John N. King.

Our most controversial review this month is of The Year of Disappearances. Political Killings in Cork 1921-1922 by Gerard Murphy. Eugenio Biagini discusses (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1053, with response here - http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1053/response) this controversial new work of Irish history with the author.

Next up is a deeply interesting book on historians and the emergence of the modern Commonwealth. Andrew Ladley tackles (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1059) W. David McIntyre's The Britannic Vision – Historians and the Making of the British Commonwealth of Nations, 1907-48.

Following this, Aurora Barsalou enjoys a compelling reinterpretation of the stage as a site of female empowerment, as she reviews (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1058) Rival Queens: Actresses, Performance, and the Eighteenth-Century British Theater by Felicity Nussbaum.

Finally we have the latest book in Brill's Medieval and Renaissance Authors and Texts series. Christine Carpenter reviews (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1057, with response - http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1057/response) Wisdom and Chivalry: Chaucer's Knight's Tale and Medieval Political Theory by S. H. Rigby, which she finds a splendid book of interest to students of medieval literature and to medieval historians.

Hope these are of some interest - do get in touch (danny.millum@sas.ac.uk) with any suggestions for future reviews...

Best wishes

Danny

Danny Millum
Deputy Editor, Reviews in History / Editorial Assistant (Web)
Institute of Historical Research
University of London
Senate House
Malet Street
LONDON WC1E 7HU
t: +44 (0)20 7862 8812
f: +44 (0)20 7862 8754
e: danny.millum@sas.ac.uk

Web: www.history.ac.uk

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The 2011 Annual Meeting of the NACBS will convene in Denver, Colorado, from November 18 to 20.  Paper and panel proposals are due on March 15.  You can find the link to the submissions system on the Conference Website at www.nacbs.org/conference.html http://www.nacbs.org/conference.html. Alternatively, you can go directly to http://nacbsproposal.fiu.edu

Thanks very much to those who have already submitted proposals for the 2011 NACBS Conference.  We look forward to considering all of the submissions.

Do not hesitate to contact me at nacbsprogram@gmail.com if questions arise in the process of submission.   Shortly after March 15, I will send an email confirming receipt of submissions to those who are listed as panel contacts and to those who have submitted individual papers.

With best wishes,
Lara Kriegel, Program Chair, on behalf of the NACBS Program Committee

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