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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 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.


Vancouver, Canada, November 14-17, 2019

Registration is now open (rates listed below). To register, please visit CUP's registration portal.

Registration Rates - Early Registration Available until October 1
Standard member $230
Standard member early $210
Student/retiree/non-tenure member $140
Student etc. member early $125
Standard non-member $295
Standard non-member early $285
Student etc. non member $180
Student etc. non member early $165

Friday (speaker Frances Dolan, UC Davis) $55
Saturday (speaker Quito Swan, Howard University) $55
Friday Evening Reception    
Cyprus Suite, Pan Pacific Hotel
Saturday Evening Reception                    
Segal Building (SFU)
500 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC
V6C 1W6
A PDF of the route between the conference hotel and the Saturday Evening Reception venue can found here.


The 2019 annual meeting will be held at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver. Booking details and room rates listed below.

Pan Pacific Vancouver
Suite 300-999, Canada Place Vancouver
Vancouver, BC     V6C 3B5
Tel. (604) 662-8111
Toll-Free 1-877-324-4856
Bookings Contacts

Reservations ID: NACB1119 (Please quote to the Reservations Agent)
Reservations Direct Phone: 604-662-3223
Reservations Direct Fax: 604-895-2469
Toll-Free Numbers: 1-800-663-1515 (Canada)/ 1-800-937-1515 (USA)
E-mail: [email protected]
Room Rates
Deluxe Double: $229 CAD
Deluxe King: $229 CAD
Deluxe Harbour Double: $269 CAD
Deluxe Harbour King: $269 CAD

Airports & Ground Transportation

Vancouver International Airport
There’s no hotel-airport shuttle service, but ground transportation (especially the SkyTrain) is fast and affordable. If you are traveling from the airport to to the hotel via SkyTrain, take the Canada Line – 26 minutes to Waterfront Station, then 4 minutes on foot to the hotel. More info can be found here.
Airport to Hotel by Ground Transportation, see here
Websites for Tourist information

Tourism Vancouver
Trip Advisor Canada
Lonely Planet
Planet Ware 


The current draft of this year's program can be found below.



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


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).


Chicago, November 12-15, 2020