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The Western Conference on British Studies invites papers for its annual meeting October 3-5, 2013.

For the first time in our history, the Western Conference on British Studies will meet in Kansas City, MO. 

In recognition of Kansas City’s geographic position as the meeting point between urban and rural America, and Missouri’s status as the jumping-off point for the Westward Movement, the conference’s theme will be

“Borders, Boundaries and Frontiers.”  The borders, boundaries and frontiers that we envision range from the geographic to the chronological, from the gendered to the religious, from the boundaries of class to those of nationality and Empire, and we invite everyone to participate! 

Peter Stansky, (Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford University) will deliver the plenary address. 

Missouri has other links to British history and culture that may inspire presentations or panels for our meeting.  Kansas City was a major centre of Irish immigration in the nineteenth century and we would welcome papers that explored topics on border crossing, immigration or emigration.  Fulton Missouri was the locale for Winston Churchill’s famous “Sinews of Peace” or “Iron Curtain” speech, which gave rhetorical rigidity to the political and cultural boundaries between East and West during the Cold War.  As always, papers on any other aspect of the British experience are welcome, including papers exploring interdisciplinary perspectives, reflections on pedagogical issues, or discussion of art, music or material culture. 

The WCBS welcomes papers from advanced graduate students, and offers the Bob McJimsey prize for the best graduate student paper presented at the conference. 

Proposals for papers and full panels, including a 250 word abstract for each paper and a 1-2 pg. c.v. for each presenter, chair/commentator, should be sent to program co-chairs:

Chris Frank, University of Manitoba (  or  Lynn McKay, Brandon University ( by 30 April 2013.

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The Midwest Conference on British Studies is proud to announce that its 60th Annual Meeting will be hosted by DePaul University in Chicago, October 11-13, 2013.  

The keynote speaker will be Professor Robert Bucholz of Loyola University of Chicago, and the plenary address will be given by Professor Jonathan Rose of Drew University. The MWCBS is also pleased to celebrate the career of Professor Walter L. Arnstein at this year's meeting. 

The MWCBS seeks papers from scholars in all fields of British Studies, broadly defined to include those who study England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Britain's Empire and the Commonwealth. We welcome scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including but not limited to history, literature, political science, gender studies and art history. Proposals for complete sessions are preferred, although proposals for individual papers will be considered. We welcome roundtables (of four participants plus chair) and panels (of three participants plus chair/commentator) that:

 * offer cross-disciplinary perspectives on topics in British Studies

 * situate the arts, letters, and sciences in a British cultural context

 * examine representations of British and imperial/Commonwealth national identities

 * consider Anglo-American relations, past and present

 * examine new trends in British Studies

 * assess a major work or body of work by a scholar

 * explore new developments in digital humanities and/or research methodologies

After positive responses to recent roundtables on teaching and employment, we would particularly like to receive proposals for teaching roundtables that discuss collaborative or innovative learning techniques in the British Studies classroom and for professional development roundtables dealing with research, publication, or employment. We are also pleased to announce a session on holdings available to scholars conducting research in the Chicago area.

The MWCBS welcomes papers presented by advanced graduate students and will award the Walter L. Arnstein Prize for the best graduate student paper(s) given at the conference. A limited number of graduate travel scholarships will be available, and all graduate students are encouraged to apply. Please see the MWCBS website for further details:


Proposals must:

  • Include a 200-word abstract for each paper and a brief, 1-page c.v. for each participant, including chairs and commentators.
  • For full panels, include a brief 200-word preview of the panel as a whole.


Please place the panel proposal, the accompanying paper proposals and vitas in one file and send it as a single attachment. Also identify within the email the contact person for the panel.

All proposals should be submitted electronically by April 1, 2013, to the Program Committee Chair, Jennifer McNabb at .

Program Committee: Martin Greig, Ryerson University; Phil Harling, University of Kentucky; Robin Hermann, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Isaac Land, Indiana State University; Jennifer McNabb, Chair, Western Illinois University; and Cathryn Spence, University of Guelph.

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Call for Papers: Northeast Conference on British Studies

The 2013 meeting for the Northeast Conference on British Studies will be held at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, October 4-5. We welcome proposals for panels or for individual papers from scholars in all areas of British Studies, broadly defined.

Proposals for entire panels on a common theme will be given priority, although individual paper proposals will also be considered. Proposals for roundtable discussions of a topical work, a current issue in the field, or pedagogical practices with respect to the teaching of particular aspects of British Studies are also encouraged.

Proposals should include a general description of the panel or roundtable (including an overall title), a 200-300 word abstract for each paper to be read, and a one-page curriculum vitae for each participant. Please include the address, phone number and email address of every participant, including the chair and commentator.

Proposals are due to by March 1, 2013. For details, please see

This conference, which will be held at the Heyman Center at Columbia University on Feb. 8-9, 2013, examines the flourishing of women's history in Britain in the 1970s, and the changing place of women's and gender history within the academy. What have successive generations taken from earlier generations? work, and how have they transformed it? What happened to those early theories and networks? What has been gained and lost through the process of institutionalization? What has happened both to the ?place? of the feminist imperative within history, and to the relatively privileged place of Britain within that scholarship? Speakers include: Sally Alexander, Hazel Carby, Arianne Chernock, Anna Clark, Deborah Cohen, Leonore Davidoff, Lucy Delap, April Gallwey, Durba Ghosh, Katherine Gleadle, Susan Grayzel, Catherine Hall, Mary Hartman, Saidiya Hartman, Karen Hunt, Seth Koven, Tom Laqueur, Sharon Marcus, Penny Summerfield, Bonnie Smith, Pat Thane, Selina Todd, Deborah Valenze, Judith Walkowitz, and Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska. To register, please contact Jonah Cardillo at

I would like to announce the annual NACBS reception at the upcoming American Historical Association meeting in New Orleans. The 2013 reception will occur from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 5th in Preservation Hall, Studio 6 at the New Orleans Marriott (one of the main AHA conference hotels). Please join us if you can.

Paul R. Deslandes
University of Vermont
Associate Executive Secretary, NACBS


NACBS 2012 Undergraduate Essay Prize

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North American Conference on British Studies Undergraduate Essay Contest 2013

Each year the NACBS awards up to twelve prizes of $100.00 each to the best essays on British topics submitted by undergraduates studying in American and Canadian universities. 

Essays may be from any department – History, English, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, etc. – as long as they relate to British Studies and date from 2012/2013.

Essays must have been written while the author was a degree-seeking undergraduate at a U.S. or Canadian college or university.

Essays should be no longer than 25 pages (please, no theses).

Submissions must be accompanied by a nominating letter from the professor who taught the course for which the essay was written. Nominating faculty must be current members of the NACBS. Please include the permanent mailing address and email contact information for the student.

Send a paper copy of the essay and the letter of nomination to EACH of the following 3 members of the adjudication committee by June 15th, 2013 (3 copies in total).


Dr Guy Ortolano
101 Halcyon Hill Road
Ithaca, NY 14850


Dr Lisa Surridge
Department of English
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC
Canada, V8W 3W1


Dr Rob Falconer,
Grant MacEwen University,
City Centre Campus,
Edmonton, AB,
Canada T5J 4S2



The Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (PCCBS) invites paper and
panel proposals for its fortieth annual meeting, to be held at the Faculty
Club at the University of California, Berkeley, March 8-10, 2013.

The PCCBS invites papers representing all fields of British Studies --
broadly defined to include those who study the United Kingdom, its
component parts and nationalities, as well as Britain's imperial cultures.
We welcome proposals from scholars and doctoral candidates in a wide
range of disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and the arts,
including History, Literature, Political Science, Philosophy, Religion,
Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Theater Studies, and Art History.

Proposals for individual papers, partial panels, or complete panels are
all welcome, although complete panel proposals are preferred.  We
encourage the submission of proposals dealing with interdisciplinary
topics, as well as panels on new pedagogies and technologies associated
with British Studies.

The deadline for submission of proposals/panels is NOVEMBER 15, 2012.
Proposals should include a 200-words abstract for each paper plus a 1-page
c.v. for each participant.  Those submitting full or partial panel
proposals should include a brief description of the panel plus a 1-page
c.v. for the panel chair as well as for its commentator.  Please place the
panel proposal, its constituent paper proposals, and all vitae in one
file, making certain that your contact information, especially e-mail
addresses, are correct and current.  Proposals should be submitted via
e-mail attachment by Nov. 15, 2012, to:

Professor Michelle Tusan, PCCBS Program Chair
Department of History, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

The North American British Music Studies Association (NABMSA) announces the creation of the biennial Diana McVeagh Prize for Best Book on British Music. The prize is named in honor of pioneering British music writer, Diana McVeagh, who is the author of books on and musical editions of British composers Edward Elgar and Gerald Finzi, among others. Her books are known for their insightful interpretations of music and its context, and the lyrical quality of her prose.

The first Diana McVeagh Prize will be awarded in November of 2013. Any book on British music – including monographs, books within a series, eBooks, or collections of essays (if all of the essays within are centered on the study of British music) are eligible for consideration for the Prize. To be considered for the Diana McVeagh Prize, Candidates must be members of NABMSA in good standing for the prize year (2013), and must submit a copy of the book to be considered postmarked by no later than July 1, 2013, to the Secretary of NABMSA at the following address:

Prof. Nathaniel G. Lew, Secretary
North American British Music Studies Association
c/o Department of Fine Arts
Saint Michael's College
One Winooski Park, Box 377
Colchester VT 05439

The winner of the Prize will be announced at the 2013 Business Meeting of NABMSA to be held in Pittsburgh, PA in November of 2013.

More information on the Diana McVeagh Prize for Best Book on British Music and information on joining NABMSA may be found at the Association’s website,


Pre-circulated NACBS Papers online

Posted by jaskelly under Conferences, NACBS | Tags: History Working Papers |

history_working_papers.jpgThe latest addition to History Working Papers ( is online and includes papers for the upcoming NACBS 2012:

Linking the Digital Past: British History and the Impact of the Semantic Web
Seth Denbo, University of Maryland

Textmining British Studies: an Overview of Recent Developments
Tim Hitchcock, University of Hertfordshire

As many of you know, History Working Papers (HWP) is an online space for scholars to share works-in-progress with their peers. After uploading a conference paper, essay, or article manuscript to the HWP website, authors can invite others to read their work and make comments in the margins. As more people respond, writers get more feedback. But, unlike traditional comments done on paper, HWP allows commenters and authors to interact with each other. They can read each other’s marginalia and engage in dialogue about it. In fact, entire threaded discussions can take place in the margins.

If you are presenting at NACBS (or simply have a paper that you would like to post) and would like to pre-circulate your paper through History Working Papers, please contact Jason M. Kelly at

Food in History: Anglo-American Conference 2013, 11-12 July 2013
Senate House (London)
From famine to feast, from grain riots to TV cookery programmes, dieting to domesticity, food features in almost every aspect of human societies since prehistoric times. At its annual summer conference in 2013 the Institute of Historical Research aims to showcase the best of current scholarly writing, research and debate on the subject. Our plenary lecturers include Ken Albala, Susanne Freidberg, Cormac O’Grada and Steven Shapin. The  conference will include a publishers’ book fair, policy forum, film screenings and a historic food recreation event. Bursaries will be available enabling postgraduate students to attend.
Panel proposals (three papers each plus chair) and individual paper proposals are invited on topics across the full range of food history from ancient to contemporary times, and from all areas of the world: for example: food technology and regulation; global foods and the globalisation of food trade; migration and culinary culture; restaurants; food religion and status; diet and nutrition; individual commodities; agriculture, distribution and markets; retail, advertising and consumption. Early career researchers are particularly encouraged to participate.
Please send your proposal to 15 December 2012. The finalised conference programme will be published in January 2013.


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