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 meetings have taken place in 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 and at the annual Anglo-American Conference of Historians in London in July. 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
NOVEMBER 7-9, 2014
Advance registration is required for all conference panelists. If you do not register by Sept. 15, 2014, you will be dropped from the program. The registration fee includes not only the meetings and book exhibit, but in addition, continental breakfast each morning, refreshments at mid-morning and afternoon, a Friday evening reception (hors-d’oeuvres and cash bar) in the Windows on Minnesota room at the Marquette, and a Saturday evening reception (hors-d’oeuvres and cash bar) at the Endless Bridge at the Guthrie Theater, overlooking the Mississippi River.
Online conference registration is through Cambridge University Press. You do not have to be a member of NACBS to register for the conference. If you are a member you can register at a lower rate. If you plan to register as an NACBS member, you will need your NACBS membership number. This is the same as your Cambridge University Press/Journal of British Studies login ID. If you have lost your membership information, you can contact Cambridge University Press by phone: 845-353-7500, or e-mail: USmemberservices@cambridge.org.
Early Registration (by September 30)
- NACBS members $170
- NACBS graduate student members $100
- Non-NACBS $190
- Graduate student non-members $120
Late Registration (after September 30)
- NACBS members $200
- NACBS graduate student members $125
- Non-NACBS $220
- Graduate student non-members $145
Lunches (deadline for lunch reservations is Oct. 21)
- Friday lunch $35
- Saturday lunch $35
Step 1: Update NACBS Membership (if necessary).
If you plan to register as an NACBS member, you will need your NACBS membership username and password. This is the same as your Cambridge University Press/Journal of British Studies login ID. If you have lost your membership information, you can contact Cambridge University Press by phone: 845-353-7500, or e-mail:USmemberservices@cambridge.org.
It will be possible to register for the 2014 conference at the same time as updating your membership
Step 2: Register for the NACBS 2014 Conference
If you plan to register as an NACBS member, be sure to login to the website first. This will save you time and guarantee you the best rate.
The 2014 NACBS meeting will be held the Marquette Hotel in the center of downtown Minneapolis. The Marquette is an elegant, modern, recently renovated boutique hotel. It adjoins the architecturally-renowned IDS Tower, opens onto the Crystal Court atrium of restaurants and shops, and is connected by skyway (as well as by regular sidewalks) to the rest of downtown. Many of the conference events, including the Friday reception, will be held in Windows on Minnesota, an event space on the fiftieth floor of the IDS tower that features spectacular views of the city.
The Marquette is easily accessible via light rail or taxi from the airport. Cultural attractions such as the Minnesota Orchestra and the Dakota Jazz Club are a short walk, the Walker Art Center is a slightly longer walk or bus ride, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is easily accessible by a short bus ride. The Mall of America is also accessible by light rail.
A block of rooms has been reserved for NACBS conference attendees the nights of Thursday through Saturday, November 6-8 (a few rooms are available on Wednesday, November 5, as well).
The NACBS conference rate for rooms is $159 per night (for single/double occupancy). The conference room rate is guaranteed only until October 6 and applies to a limited block of rooms. We urge you to stay at the conference hotel and to reserve your room sooner rather than later.
The Marquette Hotel conference rate is $159 single or double. You must register by Oct. 6, 2014 to get this rate.
Click on this link to reserve a room or call 1-800-328-4782.
CALL FOR PAPERS (closed)
The NACBS and its Midwest affiliate, the Midwest Conference on British Studies, seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2014 meeting. We will meet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from November 7-9, 2014. We solicit proposals for panels on Britain, the British Empire and the British world. Our interests range from the medieval to the modern. We welcome participation by scholars across the humanities and social sciences.
We invite panel proposals addressing selected themes, methodology, and pedagogy, as well as roundtable discussions of topical and thematic interest, including conversations among authors of recent books and reflections on landmark scholarship. We are particularly interested in submissions that have a broad chronological focus and/or interdisciplinary breadth. North American scholars, international scholars and Ph.D. students are all encouraged to submit proposals for consideration. Panels typically include three papers and a comment, and ideally a separate chair; roundtables customarily have four presentations, as well as a chair; proposals which only include papers will be less likely to succeed. We are not able to accommodate individual paper proposals; those with paper ideas may search for additional panelists on lists such as H-Albion or at venues such as the NACBS Facebook page. Applicants may also write to the Program Chair for suggestions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In addition to the panels, this year we will be sponsoring a poster session. The posters will be in the book exhibit throughout the conference, and there will be a scheduled time when presenters will be with their posters to allow for further discussion.
All scholars working in the field of British Studies are encouraged to apply for the 2014 conference. Panels that include both emerging and established scholars are encouraged: we welcome the participation of junior scholars and Ph.D. candidates beyond the qualifying stage. To foster intellectual interchange, we ask applicants to compose panels that feature participation from multiple institutions. No participant will be permitted to take part in more than one session.
All submissions are electronic, and need to be done in one sitting. Before you start your submission, you should have the following information:
- Names, affiliations and email addresses for all panel participants. PLEASE NOTE: We create the program from the submission, so please put the formal name of your university, not the local shorthand; names should be as they should appear on the program.
- A brief summary CV for all participants, indicating education, current affiliations, and major publications. (750 characters maximum)
- Title and Abstract for each paper or presentation. Roundtables do not need titles, but if you have them, that is fine. If there is not title, there should still be an abstract – i.e. “X will speak about this subject through the lens of this period/approach/region etc.
- POSTERS: Those proposing posters should enter organizer information and first presenter information only.
All communication will be through the organizer, who will be responsible for ensuring that members of the panel receive the information they need.
The submission website is available here (registration closed); submissions will close as of March 8, 2014.
If you have questions about the submission process or suggestions for program development, please contact:
Susan D. Amussen
NACBS Program Chair
Professor of History
University of California, Merced
If you are a conference participant and have questions about the program, please contact the program chair, Susan Amussen.
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)
New York City, April 5-6, 2014
(with NACBS) Minneapolis, MN, November 7-9, 2014
North East (NECBS)
Lewiston, Maine, October 17-18, 2014
Pacific Coast (PCCBS)
Las Vegas, CA, March 6-8, 2015
Atlanta, GA, November 13-16, 2014
(with NACBS) Little Rock, Arkansas, November 11-14, 2015
St. Pete Beach, FL, November 2-5, 2016
Calgary, Alberta, October 3-5, 2014
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
NACBS/MWCBS 2014 - 7-9 November 2014 Minneapolis, MN
NACBS/SCBS 2015 - 13-15 November 2015 Little Rock, AK