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 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.
A trove of images from the Washington meeting, taken by photographer Sancha McBurnie, is available for perusal on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/gp/152251154@N02/4B5j5F
NOTE: The deadline for submissions for the 2017 Annual Conference has been extended to April 3
NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON
BRITISH STUDIES ANNUAL MEETING
NOVEMBER 3-5, 2017
The NACBS and its affiliate, the Western Conference on British Studies, seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2017 meeting. We will meet in Denver, Colorado, November 3-5, 2017. 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 presenters, a commentator, and a 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. Applicants may also write to the Program Chair for suggestions (email@example.com).
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.
The program will include two special workshop sessions intended primarily for graduate students and early career scholars, with one on early modern bodies corporeal and rhetorical and one on cultures of imperialism. Please see the separate calls for proposals.
All scholars working in the field of British Studies are encouraged to apply for the 2017 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. 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 substantive role. (That is, someone presenting or commenting on one panel cannot also present or comment on another, but 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.
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 note whether data projection is necessary, desired, or unnecessary.
- A brief summary CV for each participant, indicating education, current affiliations, and major publications. (750 words maximum per CV.)
- 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.”
- 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 now open; submissions will close as of April 3, 2017.If you have questions about the submission process or suggestions for program development, please contact:Krista KesselringNACBS Program ChairProfessor of HistoryDalhousie UniversityEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions about the submission process or suggestions for program development, please contact:
NACBS Program Chair
Professor of History
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)University of Maryland, College Park, MD 1-2 April, 2017 Midwest Conference on British Studies (MWCBS)St. Louis, MO, September 29-October 1, 2017
North East (NECBS)Burlington, VT, 14-15 October, 2016 Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (PCCBS)Victoria, BC (Canada), 3-5 March 2017
Southern (SCBS) Dallas, TX, 10-11 November, 2017 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).
UPCOMING NACBS MEETINGSDenver, CO, November 3-5, 2017
Providence, RI, October 25-28 2018