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The North American Conference on British Studies meets annually, normally in a joint meeting with one of the regional conferences, and occurs over a weekend, beginning on a Friday. 

The national and regional meetings offer a wide range of sessions as well as opportunity for exchange of views among scholars from around the world. In recent years, the joint national meetings have taken place in Vancouver (2019), Providence (2018), Denver (2017), Washington, D.C. (2016), Little Rock (2015), Minneapolis (2014), Portland (2013), Montreal (2012), Denver (2011), Baltimore (2010), Louisville (2009), Cincinnati (2008), San Francisco (2007), Boston (2006), Denver (2005), Philadelphia (2004), Portland (2003), Baltimore (2002), Toronto (2001), Pasadena (2000), Cambridge (1999), Colorado Springs (1998), Pacific Grove, CA (1997), Chicago (1996), Washington, D.C. (1995), Vancouver (1994), Montreal (1993), and Boulder (1992).

The NACBS also participates at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in January. From time to time, the NACBS cooperates with other organizations in the sponsorship of major scholarly symposiums, in association with the Royal Historical Society, the British Association for American Studies, and others.

Other events and information are regularly updated on H-Albion, the H-Net discussion list in British and Irish history.

NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON BRITISH STUDIES ANNUAL MEETING

Dear NACBS Members,

In light of continuing concerns about Covid-19, the NACBS Executive and Council have decided to move this year's conference online rather than meet in Chicago. 

We are excited about the new conference model that Kate Staples and the program committee have begun to build. They will be in touch soon with those who submitted paper, panel, and workshop proposals. All other NACBS activities—our prize competitions, production of the Journal of British Studies, our mentorship and other programs—continue uninterrupted. Admission to this year’s conference will be free to all NACBS members.

We look forward to seeing you online this fall, and to gathering again in person in the not-too-distant future.

With best wishes,

NACBS Executive Committee


* NOTE: IN-PERSON CONFERENCE CANCELLED AND WILL NOW TAKE PLACE ONLINE*

The NACBS and its affiliate, the Midwest Conference on British Studies (MWCBS), seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2020 meeting. We will meet in Chicago, Illinois, from November 12-15, 2020. We solicit proposals for presentations on Britain, the British Empire-Commonwealth, and the British world, including Ireland, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific (etc.). Our interests range from the medieval to the modern. We welcome participation by scholars from across the humanities and social sciences, from all parts of the globe, and from all career stages and backgrounds. We reaffirm our commitment to British Studies broadly conceived, and welcome proposals that reflect the diversity of scholars and scholarship in the field.

We invite panel proposals that address selected themes, methodology, and pedagogy, as well as roundtable discussions and lightening rounds (8-10 presenters with one chair, a few minutes to each presenter) of topical and thematic interest, including conversations among authors of recent books, reflections on landmark scholarship, and discussions about professional practice. We are particularly interested in submissions that have a broad chronological range and/or interdisciplinary breadth, and that are tightly connected by a theme.  Standard panels typically include three presenters speaking for 20 minutes each, a commentator, and a chair, while roundtables typically include four presenters speaking for 15 minutes each and a chair. We are open to other formats, though; please feel free to consult with the program committee chair.

To secure as broad a range of participation, we will also consider individual paper proposals. Panels that include a diverse mix of presenters across fields and career stages are particularly welcome. To foster intellectual interchange, we ask applicants to compose panels that feature participation from multiple institutions. In an effort to allow a broader range of participants, no participant will be permitted to take part in more than one session in a substantial role. (That is, someone presenting or commenting on one panel cannot also present or comment on another, though individuals presenting or commenting on one panel may serve as chairs for other panels, if need be.) Submissions are welcome from participants in last year’s conference, though if the number of strong submissions exceeds the number of available spaces, selection decisions may take into account recent participation.

As complete panels are more likely to be accepted, we recommend that interested participants issue calls on H-Albion or social media (e.g., @TheNACBS on Twitter or on the NACBS Facebook page) to arrange a panel. If a full panel cannot be arranged by the deadline, however, please do submit the individual proposal and the program committee will try to build submissions into full panels as appropriate.

In addition to the panels, we will be sponsoring a poster session.  The posters will be exhibited throughout the conference, and there will be a scheduled time when presenters will be with their posters to allow for further discussion. 

SUBMISSION CLOSED 20 April, 2020 


All submissions are electronic, and need to be completed in one sitting.   Before you start your submission, you should have the following information:

  1. Names, affiliations and email addresses for all panel participants.  PLEASE NOTE: We create the program from the submission, so be sure that names, institutional titles, and paper titles are provided as they should appear on the program.
  2. A note whether data projection is necessary, desired, or unnecessary. Please only request if AV is central to convey your presentation.  (Because AV is now enormously expensive, it will be provided in only some of the meeting rooms.)
  3. A brief summary CV for each participant, indicating education, current affiliations, and major publications.   (two-page maximum per CV.)
  4. Title and Abstract for each paper or presentation.   Roundtables do not need titles for each presentation, but if you have them, that is fine.  If there is no title, there should still be an abstract – i.e. “X will speak about this subject through the lens of this period/approach/region etc.”
  5. POSTERS: Those proposing posters should enter organizer information and first presenter information only.

All communication will be through the panel organizer, who will be responsible for ensuring that members of the panel receive the information they need.

All program presenters must be current members of the NACBS by October 12, one month before the conference, or risk being removed from the program.

Some financial assistance will become available for graduate students (up to $500) and for a limited number of under/unemployed members within ten years of their terminal degree ($300). Details of these travel grants and how to apply will be posted to www.nacbs.org and emailed to members after the program for the 2020 meeting is prepared.


 

NACBS Workshop Call for Proposals

Captivity, Confinement and Incarceration

“British Liberty” has never precluded confinement. This workshop explores forms of captivity and unfreedom in the British Isles and British Empire. We invite papers that consider slavery, hostage-taking, war captivity, debt imprisonment, medical quarantine, the detention of political suspects, sanctuary, the confinement of refugees and social outsiders, and punitive incarceration. We will ask how to conceptualize the relationship between different forms of confinement, and how practices of holding persons in a state of captivity were reconciled with the “birthrights of Englishmen.” Other questions include: How were confinement and captivity mediated by race, gender, social class, and geography? How was captivity institutionalized at different historical moments? Is Foucault’s paradigm of a “great confinement” or a modern “carceral archipelago” still useful? How do histories of confinement shed light on incarceration in the world today?

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.

The session will include 6-8 pre-circulated papers of 6,000-8,000 words each. Participants must be prepared to submit their papers by 1 October 2020. 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 Aidan Forth ([email protected]) by April 30th. The organizers will endeavor to announce results by the middle of May. Please title your email “NACBS Workshop Proposal.”

Note: Some financial assistance will be available for graduate students (up to US$500) and for a limited number of under/unemployed NACBS 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 2020 meeting program is prepared.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Last year's program can be found here.

FINAL PROGRAM
2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
VANCOUVER
 
 

CONFERENCE CONTACTS

If you have questions about the submission process or suggestions for program development, please contact:

Kate Kelsey Staples
NACBS Program Chair
Associate Professor of History
West Virginia University
Email: [email protected]
 
For questions related to local arrangements for the NACBS Annual Conference (registration, hotel, transportation, etc.), please contact the Local Arrangements Chair, Simon Devereaux  at [email protected], or NACBS Executive Director, Laura Beers  at [email protected].
 
Local Arrangements
Chair, Simon Devereaux
University of Victoria
 
John Craig
Simon Fraser University
 
Joy Dixon
University of British Columbia
 
Mariel Grant
University of Victoria
 
Laura Ishiguro
University of British Columbia
 
Andrea McKenzie
University of Victoria
 
Aaron Windel
Simon Fraser University

REGIONAL CONFERENCES

In addition to the national meeting, each of the regions holds their own annual conference. The following calls for papers or programs for regional meetings are available:

Middle Atlantic (MACBS)
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 6-7 April, 2019
 
Midwest Conference on British Studies (MWCBS)
Loyola University, Chicago, IL, September, 2019

North East (NECBS)
McGill University, Montreal, Québec, Canada, 4-5 October, 2019
 
Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (PCCBS)
University of California Merced, CA, 22-24 March, 2019

Southern (SCBS) 
Louisville, KY, 8-10 November, 2019
 
Western (WCBS)
Salt Lake City, Utah, 27-28 September, 2019

 

After a very successful joint meeting at Portland with the NACBS in 2003, Northwest Conference on British Studies (NWCBS) voted to disband this regional, with NWCBS members to be affiliated with either the Pacific Coast CBS or the Western CBS. But NWCBS continues to exist, virtually, with an unmoderated NWCBS listserv (to which all in the region are invited to subscribe).

UPCOMING NACBS MEETINGS 


Chicago, November 12-15, 2020