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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 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 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.

NOVEMBER 11-13, 2016

The NACBS and its affiliate, the Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies, invites scholars in all fields of British Studies to gather in Washington, D.C.  November 11-13 for the 2016 meeting.


Conference registration is required of all panelists.  If you do not register by September 15, 2016, you will be dropped from the program. The registration fee includes the meetings, book exhibit, continental breakfast each morning, coffee/tea breaks at mid-morning and afternoon, a Friday evening reception in the conference hotel and a Saturday evening reception at an off-site location in Washington.

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]

Early registration (by September 30)

  • NACBS members: $225
  • NACBS graduate student members: $140
  • Non-NACBS: $299
  • Non-NACBS graduate students: $176

Late registration (after September 30)

  • NACBS members: $275
  • NACBS graduate student members: $190
  • Non-NACBS: $349
  • Non-NACBS graduate students: $226.

Lunches (deadline for lunch reservations is October 25)

  • Friday lunch $61. Plenary address -

    "City Life: Theory and Practice in Britain and Beyond," Miri Rubin, Queen Mary University of London. 

  • Saturday lunch $61. Lunch Roundtable -

    "The History of the NACBS,"Jason Kelly, Indiana University Indianapolis; Philippa Levine, University of Texas at Austin; Lois Schwoerer, George Washington University; Peter Stansky, Stanford University.

Click here to register for the 2016 NACBS conference through the Cambridge University Press secure server.

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Restaurant and Dining Guide 


The 2016 NACBS meeting will be held at the Washington Marriott Georgetown.  The hotel is 5.4 miles from Reagan National Airport, 25 miles from Washington Dulles Airport, and 33 miles from Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport. A block of rooms has been reserved for NACBS conference attendees the nights of Thursday through Saturday, November 10-12.  (A few rooms are also available on Wednesday, Nov. 9.)


The Marriott is currently sold out. 

We have added the Residence Inn Washington, DC/DuPont Circle. The rate is $169.00 per night, plus tax, and the hotel is located 0.3 miles from the Washington Marriott Georgetown. 

Please CLICK HERE to make your hotel accommodations. Feel free to contact the hotel directly at 1-888-236-2427 and let them know you are with the North American Conference on British Studies to ensure you receive the $169.00 room rate."



1--Tour of the Residence at the British Embassy on Thursday, November 10th from 10:00-11:00 am
Click here to register for the Tour of the Residence at the British Embassy
2---Tour of the Folger Shakespeare Library on Thursday, November 10th at 2:00 pm
Click here to register for the Tour of the Folger Shakespeare Library
3—Tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Friday, November 11th at 10:00 am
Click here to register for the 10am Tour of the NMAAHC
 4— Tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Friday, November 11th at 12:00 pm
Click here to register for the 12pm Tour of the NMAAHC

Plenary and Reception: The Legacies of British Slave-Ownership
Saturday, November 12th from 5:45 until 7:15 (reception to follow)
To gauge numbers for this event, we are asking participants to indicate their plans to participate:
Click here to register to attend the Plenary and Reception 

A limited number of seats (approximately 110) on buses will be available to transport people to and from the Washington Georgetown Marriott.  We hope that these buses will be especially useful to those people with mobility issues.
Click here to sign-up for shuttle transportation for the Plenary and Reception 


NACBS Conference Program 2016


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

Krista Kesselring
NACBS Program Chair
Professor of History
Dalhousie University


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)
(with NACBS) Washington, D.C, 11-13 November, 2016

North East (NECBS)

Burlington, VT, 14-15 October, 2016 

Southern (SCBS) 

St. Pete Beach, FL, 2-5 November, 2016 

Western (WCBS)
Phoenix/Tempe, AZ, 2016 (tentative)

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).


Washington D.C., November 11-13, 2016
Denver, CO, November 3-5, 2017