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The NACBS annual meeting is one month away! The Sheraton Downtown Denver has graciously extended the hotel conference room rate until November 4. For information about the conference and to register, please go to http://www.nacbs.org/conference.html.

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CALL FOR PAPERS:
PCCBS ANNUAL MEETING, March 9th-11th, 2012
HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, PASADENA, CA

The Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (PCCBS) invites paper and panel proposals for its thirty-ninth annual meeting, to be held at the Huntington Library, from March 9-11, 2012.  Located in the quiet enclave of San Marino and surrounded by its world-renowned botanical gardens, the Huntington offers one of North America’s most valuable research collections, particularly in the fields of history, literature, art, and
religion.

The Pasadena Hilton, located less than two miles from the Huntington Library, will serve as our conference hotel.  An attractive conference room rate of $119 (single or double occupancy) will be available through the Pasadena Hilton.  The closest airport to the Hilton is Bob Hope (Burbank) airport, 17 miles away.  Los Angeles International
Airport lies approximately 30 miles west of the conference hotel.

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, 2011.  Proposals should include a 200-word 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 email addresses, are correct and current.  Proposals should be submitted via email attachment by November 15th, 2011, to:

Professor Lori Anne Ferrell, PCCBS Program Committee Chair
Department of English, Claremont Graduate University
[email protected]

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For many years, H-Albion Book Reviews has been an essential feature of our listserv.  Not only has it notified members of new books, but it has also provided top-notch critical reviews and surveys on the state of our field.  This month, we are introducing a new, add-on feature to H-Albion's review service: the H-Albion Bibliography of Publications in British and Irish Studies.

The H-Albion Bibliography of Publications in British and Irish Studies is meant to supplement H-Albion Book Reviews by providing a space for members to announce new books, articles, reviews, and digital resources of interest to the H-Albion community.  Using Zotero, members will be able to add new items to the H-Albion Bibliography as well as to add comments and links to book reviews.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, Zotero is a free tool developed by the Center for HIstory and New Media at George Mason University.  The software helps academics collect, organize, cite, and share research sources.  Citations and notes can be stored both locally and in a cloud.  They can be accessed  through the web, as a browser plugin, or as a standalone application.  For more information on Zotero and how to use it, please visit the Zotero website.  There is a great video introduction here: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq94aBrc0pY>.

The H-Albion Bibliography of Publications in British and Irish Studies is a crowd-sourced list, so it is up to the members who use the site to edit and update it.  To post, all you need to do is join the group.  When posting a new item, please be sure to put a summary in the abstract field, a link to the publisher's site, and any other information in the Notes field.  Members can update entries to make them more accurate, but if you would like to comment on the text, please insert the text as a new note.  For new announcements, please subscribe to the RSS feed at https://api.zotero.org/groups/58082/items/top.

Once you have uploaded the information for your new publication, please be sure to submit your book to H-Albion Book Reviews.  The contact information for our editors is below.

Ireland
Nick Wolf - Modern Ireland (1800 to present)
[email protected]

Britain
Margaret McGlynn - Britain (medieval-1540)
[email protected]

Jeffrey Wigelsworth - Britain (1689-1830)
[email protected]

Thomas Hajkowski - Modern Britain (1830- present)
[email protected]

Best wishes,
Jason

--
Jason M. Kelly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of British History, IUPUI

School of Liberal Arts
Indiana University
Department of History, IUPUI
Cavanaugh Hall 503N
425 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140

telephone: 317.274.1689
fax: 317.278.7800
email: [email protected]

Twitter: @jason_m_kelly  https://twitter.com/#!/Jason_M_Kelly
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jason-kelly/18/531/6a9
Academia.edu: http://iupui.academia.edu/JasonMKelly
Google+: https://plus.google.com/109922202142849269369/about?hl=en

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CALL FOR PAPERS
Ancients and Moderns:
81st Anglo-American Conference of Historians

5-6 July 2012
Senate House, London

With the Olympics upon us in the UK it seems an appropriate moment to think more broadly about the ways in which the classical world resonates in our own times, and how successive epochs of modernity since the Renaissance have situated themselves in relation to the various ancient civilisations. From political theory to aesthetics, across the arts of war and of peace, to concepts of education, family, gender, race and slavery, it is hard to think of a facet of the last millennium which has not been informed by the ancient past and through a range of media, including painting, poetry, film and the built environment. The Institute’s 81st Anglo-American conference seeks to represent the full extent of work on classical receptions, welcoming not only those scholars who work on Roman, Greek and Judaeo-Christian legacies and influences, but also historians of the ancient kingdoms and empires of Asia and pre-Colombian America. Our plenary lecturers include: Paul Cartledge (Cambridge), Constanze Güthenke (Princeton), Mark Lewis (Stanford), Sanjay Subrahmanyam (UCLA) and David Womersley (Oxford).

Proposals for individual papers, panels (of up to three papers and a session chair) and roundtables are invited. Please send a half-page abstract to the Events Officer, Institute of Historical Research at [email protected] by 1 December 2011. Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed by 31st December and the full conference programme published at the end of January. Registrations open on 1 March 2012. Further information on the conference can be found at www.history.ac.uk/aach12.

On behalf of the 2012 Anglo-American Conference Programme Committee:

Hugh Bowden, King’s College, London
Catherine Edwards, Birkbeck College, London
Mike Edwards, Institute of Classical Studies
Rosemary Sweet, University of Leicester
Miles Taylor, Institute of Historical Research
Giorgios Varouxakis, Queen Mary University of London

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September
20
2011

NACBS 2011 Election to Begin September 27

Posted by jaskelly under Announcement, NACBS | Tags: election, NACBS, officers | 0 Comments

The annual NACBS election will begin on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. Current members will receive an electronic ballot again this year that will enable them to cast their votes via a secure, anonymous web site. No print ballots will be mailed. If you are a current member and have not received an electronic ballot by September 29, please contact Michael Cunningham at the University of Chicago Press ([email protected]) if you would like to participate in the election.

Voting will remain open until Tuesday, October 25, 2011.

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Dear H-Albion members,

I'm writing to you to let you know about an exciting new addition to this
year's North American Conference on British Studies.  As some of you
already know, Tim Hitchcock and I are working together on a digital space
that we are calling The History Working Papers Project (HWPP,
<https://libtool.ulib.iupui.edu/wordpress/>).  The HWPP 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 HWPP 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, HWPP 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.

NACBS has allowed us to offer HWPP to conference panels and participants
this year.  I am writing to encourage you to take advantage of the system.
Not only will it be able to help you generate some pre-conference buzz
for your panels, but it is a tool to help you create more informative and
useful panels.  Here is a short summary of what you can expect from HWPP:

HWPP will allow you and the people on your NACBS panel to post your
conference papers online (either individually or as a whole panel) several
weeks before the conference begins.  By posting papers ahead of time, HWPP
gives conference chairs, panelists, and participants the ability to
experiment with alternative approaches to your panels.  While panels and
individuals can simply use HWPP to pre-circulate papers and hold a
traditional conference panel, you have the opportunity to be creative and
do much more.  By integrating an online conversation both before and after
the conference, you will find that your panels are much more dynamic.

Here are some ideas on how you can take advantage of HWPP:

1. The most effective way to use HWPP is as a whole panel.  Chairs should
round up participants' papers several weeks before the conference begins
and send them to Jason M. Kelly at <[email protected]>.  Within days,
they will be posted to HWPP under the heading for your panel.

2. Chairs should encourage the commentator and one or two other peers to
read the papers and put their comments in the margins.  They might also
consider sending out an announcement about the pre-circulated drafts to
H-Albion or NACBS's Facebook page in order get others to read and comment
as well.

3. Having a panel pre-meeting is a great way to meet each other and
discuss some of your papers' ideas.  Chairs, commentators, and panelists
can meet using Skype, Google+, Adobe Connect or any number of other video
conferencing tools.

4. Chairs might consider an alternative format for their NACBS panel.
There are a number of format options, from PechaKucha to five-minute
papers to short poster sessions.  We encourage you to keep talks to a
shorter length in order to allow more time for group discussion.  Doing
this is very effective, and you may be surprised at the improved dynamic
and the rich outcomes that emerge.  At a recent NACBS panel, for example,
the chairs adopted a modified PechaKucha model.  Even though there were
ten speakers, there was still enough time for an exciting one-hour
discussion.

5. Remember, that when the conference is over, HWPP will still be
available.  We encourage you to continue using it as you revise your
papers for submission to journals.

The History Working Papers Project is quite an exciting system, and Tim
Hitchcock and I are very happy that NACBS is letting us run a trial this
year.  Please visit the site and have a look around
(<https://libtool.ulib.iupui.edu/wordpress/>).
Watch the videos, read the papers, and make comments.  Tim and I have
posted sample papers online so that you can see what papers and comments
look like.  Be sure to send us any questions you have about the site.

I do hope that you consider using the system for your panel this year.  I
think it will be a great addition to the NACBS and the way scholars in the
humanities approach conference panels and scholarship more generally.

Best wishes,
Jason

--
Jason M. Kelly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of British History, IUPUI

School of Liberal Arts
Indiana University
Department of History, IUPUI
Cavanaugh Hall 503N
425 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140

telephone: 317.274.1689
fax: 317.278.7800
email: [email protected]

Twitter: @jason_m_kelly
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jason-kelly/18/531/6a9
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonmkelly/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/109922202142849269369/about?hl=en
Tumblr: http://jasonmkelly.tumblr.com/

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August
18
2011

NACBS 2011: Registration, Hotel, and Program

Posted by jaskelly under Conferences, NACBS | Tags: Conferences, NACBS, nacbs 2011, registration | 0 Comments

Those planning to attend our annual meeting to be held in Denver from
November 18 to November 20 are invited to visit the NACBS Conference Page
(<http://www.nacbs.org/conference.html>).  There you will find a copy of the
conference program as well as portals for conference registration and hotel
reservations.  You will also find information helpful for traveling to our
host city and enjoying its attractions.  We hope to see you in Denver this
November.

With best wishes,

Lara Kriegel
([email protected])
Chair, NACBS Program Committee

Marjorie Levine-Clark
([email protected])
Chair, Local Arrangements Committee

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NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON BRITISH STUDIES
2012 NACBS-HUNTINGTON LIBRARY FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION

The NACBS, in collaboration with the Huntington Library, offers annually the NACBS-HUNTINGTON LIBRARY FELLOWSHIP to aid in dissertation research in British Studies using the collections of the library.  The amount of the fellowship is $2500.  A requirement for holding the fellowship is that the time of tenure be spent in residence at the Huntington Library.  The time of residence varies, but may be as brief as one month. Applicants must be U. S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents and enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a U. S. or Canadian institution.

Nominations and applications for the 2011 award are invited. Please note that the applications are due on November 30, 2011.  Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae, two supporting letters (one from the applicant's dissertation advisor), and a description of the dissertation research project. The letter should include a description of the materials to be consulted at the Huntington and the reason that these are essential sources for the dissertation.

Applicants are also eligible to apply simultaneously for a number of months under the Huntington’s own fellowship program, so that residence at the library can be extended to support a more sustained period of research. The Huntington’s own fellowships pay $2500 per month and the deadline for applications is 15 December 2011.

A copy of the application package should be sent to each member of the Huntington Library Fellowship Committee listed below. Letters should be placed in sealed envelopes, signed across the flap and given to the applicant for inclusion in the application package. Applications must be postmarked by November 30, 2011. Awards will be announced by January 30, 2012.

Send materials to:

Professor Melissa Harkrider
Department of History
Wheaton College
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187
[email protected]

Professor Carole Levin
Department of History
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
612 Oldfather Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588
[email protected]

Professor Stephen M. Miller,
Department of History
265D Stevens Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469
[email protected]

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Registration is now open for the 2011 annual meeting of the North American Conference on British Studies, hosted by the Western Conference on British Studies.  The conference will take place November 18-20, 2011, at the Sheraton Downtown Denver, right in the heart of the city.

Please go to <http://www.nacbs.org/conference.html>  for conference and hotel registration, and for information about travel to Denver.

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2011 Anglo-American Conference: Health in History

29th June – 1st July 2011
Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG
www.history.ac.uk/aac2011
Supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society of Medicine

This year, the Institute of Historical Research will be holding its flagship event, the Anglo-American Conference, on the subject of Health in History. The history of medicine and of human society in sickness and health is an ever widening window through which the present can view the past. The study of the ways in which societies over time and at war and in peace have defined and treated their ‘sick’, the changing content and status of medical expertise and ethics, and those episodic moments when the globe has been transformed by epidemic, panic and panacea is now an integral part of mainstream history.

The medical humanities are now critically placed in most cultures at the meeting point of research and social policy. The 80th Anglo-American Conference of Historians will feature papers and panels across all periods and areas of the history of medicine. Plenary lecturers include David Arnold, Joanna Bourke, Samuel Cohn, Mary Fissell, Monica Green, Helen King and Paul Starr. The conference will also feature a Publishers’ Fair featuring major international publishers such as Oxford University Press, I B Tauris and Wiley-Blackwell among many others. A Policy Forum organised by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will also be taking place during the conference, with key academic and professional health experts discussing the role played by historians in the policy environment.

The 3-day conference will be taking place just around the corner from Senate House at the Brunei Gallery, part of the School of Oriental and African Studies on Thornhaugh Street, London. A wine and canapé reception will also be held on Friday evening at the Wellcome Collection (Euston Road, London) and will feature a private viewing of their latest exhibition, ‘Dirt’.

For programme and registration details, please visit http://www.history.ac.uk/aac2011 . For any queries, please contact the IHR Events Office at [email protected] or on 0207 862 8756.

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