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The North American Conference on British Studies is delighted to announce a new editorial team for the Journal of British Studies, who will take up their positions at the start of the academic year 2009-2010. The new editors will be Brian Cowan and Elizabeth Elbourne of McGill University. The new book review editors will be Amy Froide (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) and Gail Savage (St. Mary's College of Maryland). The officers of the NACBS would like to extend a warm welcome to the new team, and deep gratitude to the outgoing team who have done so much for the journal -- Anna Clark (University of Minnesota), Patrick McDevitt (SUNY Buffalo), and Claire Schen (SUNY Buffalo).

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ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is pleased to make individual subscriptions available through standing membership in the North American Conference on British Studies as an added benefit of your membership.

Individual subscriptions are USD $35.00 for a twelve-month, renewable, subscription. $15 of your subscription will come back directly to the North American Conference on British Studies and the balance will help sustain HEB as a resource for the entire scholarly community.

The link below will bring you directly to the online purchase module at ACLS Humanities E-Book. You will need to choose the North American Conference on British Studies from the pull-down menu and provide your membership number.

To initiate a subscription, please visit:

Information and Terms
The subscription offers unlimited access to its collection of cross-searchable, full-text titles across the humanities and related social sciences (

Titles have been selected and peer reviewed by ACLS constituent learned societies for their continued value in teaching and researching, and approximately 500 are being added each year.

The collection includes both in- and out-of-print titles ranging from the 1880s to the current year. Titles link to publishers’ websites and to online reviews in JSTOR, Project MUSE, and other sites.

Individual subscriptions are ideal for those whose school might not yet have an institutional subscription to HEB or for individual members of a learned society who might not be affiliated with a subscribing institution.

For inquiries email:

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Posted by jaskelly under Announcement | Tags: Add new tag,, NACBS, travel | 0 Comments

The North American Conference on British Studies now hosts a page on that focuses on accommodation and travel tips for research in
the UK and Ireland:


While all members can see our bookmarks, if you sign up, you can join the
NACBS network and help us edit and expand our resources.

For those of you unfamiliar with, here is some more

"Delicious is a social bookmarking service that allows users to tag, save,
manage and share web pages from a centralized source.

Bookmark any site on the Internet, and get to it from anywhere Instead of
having different bookmarks on every computer, Delicious makes it easy to
have a single set of bookmarks kept in sync between all of your computers.
Even if you're not on a computer you own, you can still get to your
bookmarks on the Delicious website.

Share your bookmarks, and get bookmarks in return If your friends use
Delicious, you can send them interesting bookmarks that they can check out
the next time they log in. Of course, they can do the same for you. As you
explore the site and find interesting users, you can use our Subscriptions
and Network features to keep track of the Delicious tags and users you find
most interesting.

Discover the most useful and interesting bookmarks on the web See what's hot
with Delicious users by checking out our popular tags. By looking at popular
bookmarks for a tag, you'll be able to discover the most interesting
bookmarks on the topics you're most interested in. Browse bookmarks on just
about anything from the best programming tips to the most popular travel
sites, all in an easy to read format."

For those of you who have not done so already, please join the NACBS
Facebook group at


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Registration is now open for 'Cities', the 78th Anglo-American
Conference of Historians, to be held at the Institute of Historical
Research, London, 2-3 July 2009.

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speakers will be Wim
Blockmans, Swati Chattopadhyay, Derek Keene, and Lynn Hollen Lees.
Altogether, more than 80 speakers will be presenting papers on a wide
range of themes, covering the development of cities across the world
from the ancient world to the present day.

The conference includes a publishers' fair, exhibition, and a
reception, to be hosted at London's historic Guildhall by the City of
London Corporation.

Full details of the programme, delegate rates and online booking
information are available at

Matthew Davies

Dr Matthew Davies
Chair, 'Cities' Programme Committee
Centre for Metropolitan History
Institute of Historical Research
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

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Subject: NACBS 2009: Extension of Submissions Deadline

Posted by jaskelly under Announcement | Tags: 2009, kriegel, NACBS, submissions | 0 Comments

Dear H-Albion List Members,

Many thanks to everyone who has submitted panel and paper proposals for the
2009 NACBS Meeting in Louisville.  I'm delighted to see a range of high
quality submissions across themes and chronologies from scholars at all
levels in their careers.  I know that a number of you are working diligently
to complete panel proposals; others have recently begun their semesters.  To
facilitate submission at this busy time, I'd like to extend the due date for
panel and paper proposals to FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, while still encouraging
you to get your proposals in as soon as possible.  Full panels are
encouraged, but individual papers will be considered, too.

Thanks, too, for your patience with the new online system.  The system is
working, but it does not give you a receipt confirmation.  If you wish to
allay concerns about receipt or to make corrections, please write to me
after submission, and I will reply as soon as I can.

For those who are still looking to complete panels, I understand that
H-Albion and the new NACBS facebook page have worked wonders for many.
Please also send any remaining questions about panel formation my way.

Sincerely yours,
Lara Kriegel
NACBS Program Chair, 2009-2011
Associate Professor of History
Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199

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NACBS Membership Renewal

Posted by jaskelly under Announcement | Tags: harris, membership, NACBS | 0 Comments

Now that the holiday season has passed and we've started a new year--one I
like to think of as a year of miracles, beginning with the rescue of
the passengers from the plane that landed in the Hudson--I'd like to remind
you that it is time to renew your membership in the NACBS for 2009. The
miracle I'd like to see is a 100% renewal in the first quarter of the year.

Your officers and executive committee are doing everything they can to make
your membership ever more valuable to you. In addition to receiving the
Journal of British Studies, we have made it easier for you to have access to
the Institute of Historical Research in London if your institution doesn't
belong and are pursuing arrangements with presses to give you discounts all
year round. And in addition there is all the support we give to graduate
students and prizes for the superb work you produce year after year.

Have a wonderful 2009. I look forward to seeing you in Louisville in

Barbara Harris, President, NACBS

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CFP NACBS 2009: Online Submission Form and Guidelines Available

Posted by jaskelly under Announcement | Tags: Conferences, nacbs 2009, scbs | 0 Comments

NOVEMBER 6-8, 2009

The NACBS and its Southern affiliate, the SCBS, seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2009 meeting. We solicit proposals for panels on England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the British Empire broadly defined. Our interests range from the medieval to the modern, and we welcome participation by historians, literary critics, economists, political scientists, sociologists, art historians, and scholars in other allied disciplines

All submissions must be received by Friday, January 30, 2009.
For details, directions, and online submission, see

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Posted by jaskelly under Announcement | Tags: cfp, drescher, mwcbs, orientalism, said | 0 Comments

Midwest Conference on British Studies 55th Annual Meeting
October 9-11, 2009, Pittsburgh

The Midwest Conference on British Studies is proud to announce that its
fifty-fifth annual meeting will be hosted by the University of Pittsburgh at
the Holiday Inn, Pittsburgh University Center.

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. We welcome scholars from the 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.
Especially welcome are roundtables and panels that:

·offer cross-disciplinary perspectives on topics in British Studies

·discuss collaborative or innovative learning techniques in the British
Studies classroom

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

·examine representations of British (and non-British) 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

·reflect on the status of colonial and postcolonial studies 30 years after
Said’s Orientalism.

The MWCBS also invites submissions for a special panel engaging Seymour
Drescher’s work on the transatlantic slave trade and the abolitionist
movement.  Professor Drescher will serve as respondent for this session.

The MWCBS welcomes papers presented by advanced graduate students and will
award The Walter L. Arnstein Prize at its plenary luncheon for the best
graduate student paper given at the conference.

Proposals should 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, please include a brief 200 word preview of the panel as a
whole. In addition, please place the panel proposal, and its accompanying
paper proposals and vitas in one file. Please make certain that all contact
information, particularly email addresses are correct and current. All
proposals should be submitted online by April 15, 2009, to the Program
Committee Chair, Rick Incorvati, at

MWCBS Program Committee:  Rick Incorvati, Chair, Wittenberg University;
Phyllis L. Soybel, College of Lake County; Eric Tenbus, University of
Central Missouri; Amy Whipple, Xavier University; Michele White, University
of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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NACBS/Oxford University Press Partnership

Posted by jaskelly under Announcement | Tags: NACBS, oxford university press | 0 Comments


Oxford University Press and the North American Conference on British studies are pleased to announce the launching of our partnership web-store, which can be found by accessing the “Membership” section of the NACBS website.

In this partnership, Oxford will offer the members of the NACBS a year-round discount on our current and older titles centering on British and European Studies which will be update regularly. Through a link that that can be found on the NACBS website, members will be directed to the NACBS / Oxford partnership web store where they will be able to browse and purchase Oxford titles with no confusion at check-out.

Please enjoy the vast array of titles available to you just for being a NACBS member!

For any questions or concerns regarding the site, please feel free to contact Natanya Mitchell at

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Anglo American conference of historians 2009: Cities

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Anglo American conference of historians 2009: Cities
Institute of Historical Research, 2 - 3 July 2009

For 10,000 years cities have shaped the affairs of mankind. Now, more than half of the world's population is urban, dwelling in settlements that we identify as 'city' or 'town', some of them so extensive and so complex that they seem to transcend traditional notions of urban organisation and form.

While the impact of cities has grown rapidly in recent times, its essential nature has been apparent from the beginning. Cities mark the transition from nomadic to settled society and drive the development of agriculture and ideas of the rural, as well the exploitation of water, minerals and other natural resources. As both organising forces and habitats, cities are at least as important for animals as for humans. They rest on networks of contracts that regulate the exchange of goods and services and the management of risk, yet the instabilities that characterised pre-urban societies remain with us today, and in many new forms.

Cities facilitate the aggregation of wealth and power and the emergence of distinctive religions, beliefs, cultural behaviour, social structures and institutions. They evolve laws and governmental systems to deal with the particular problems of urban life, including those arising from disorder and disease. As sites of inquiry and information exchange they promote knowledge and understanding of the wider world.

Within the city, the key public locations are those of the market, popular assembly, power, authority, religion and defence, while the occupation of spaces for work, residence and recreation is exceptionally dense. In meeting these and other needs, cities promote innovation in building and architecture, often so as to fulfil the ambitions of the powerful. City plans and forms can also bear symbolic meaning and express ideas of social, political, economic or cosmological order. Such environments are often oppressive or corrupting, yet many cities also offer the individual a freedom of thought and expression not found elsewhere.

Cities' relations with subordinate settlements and with other cities, along with their need to control territory and communications, give them a central role in the formation of states and empires, and now in the process of globalisation. At the same time, they absorb and express the characteristics of the regions in which they lie and of more distant places with which they have contact. With migration and trade they become places where languages and cultures co-exist, intermingle or merge.

The conference will deal with cities throughout the world. Proposals are sought for papers or panel sessions on any aspect of city life, form, ideology and culture over this period. Thematic contributions making comparisons over time or across space will be especially welcome, as will those on networks of cities and their role in cultural formation, on the relations between cities, territories and larger political units, on the ideologies and cosmologies of the city and on what distinguishes the city or town from other forms of settlement or ways of life.

Many of these topics are touched on in general writing on cities, but it is remarkable how rarely they are subject to serious historical analysis. This raises questions for our understanding of cities now, when so much of their past as invoked in relation to the present is misunderstood. As so many of us mass together in cities, are we at a turning point in our identity as humans? Or does past experience of cities offer some clues for the future, whether one of hope or of disaster?

For more information visit:

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