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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 Vancouver (2019), Providence (2018), Denver (2017), 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.

Welcome to NACBS 2021 


Atlanta, Georgia
November 11-14, 2021

NACBS Statement on Covid and our 2021 Conference in Atlanta

The NACBS and its affiliate, the Southern Conference on British Studies (SCBS), are looking forward to co-hosting the NACBS at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, GA, from Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 14, 2021. Panelists have now been notified of their paper's acceptance, and a draft conference program will be posted shortly.

We are excited to announce that our Saturday evening reception will be held at Atlanta's National Center for Civil and Human Rights

The conference will include two plenary luncheons.

Our plenary speaker for Friday's luncheon will be Prof. Krista Kesselring

Our plenary speaker for Saturday's luncheon will be Prof. Priya Satia.

Members can register for the conference here.

To access the virtual conference sessions, click here

Hotel bookings can be made at the conference rate of $159/night. Booking Link here

Getting to the Conference Hotel and Downtown Atlanta from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

The easiest and most economical way to get to the Sheraton and nearby hotels from the airport is the MARTA train. Trains leave from the airport approximately every 15 minutes. The closest station to the Sheraton is Peachtree Center, a nine-minute walk. More information the train can be found here:

If you would like to take a taxi, Uber, or Lyft, there are designated pick-up areas outside each terminal. Just follow the signs. Drivers for all three queue up on site, so the wait should be minimal. Please note that if you use a rideshare service, you still need to order the ride on your phone as usual.

Book your hotel room for the event at special rates, available here on an exclusive basis.
Please note that the NACBS remains fully committed to hosting a live conference in Atlanta in November and does not intend to deviate from this commitment unless the course of the pandemic renders such an in-person conference effectively impossible.  In that highly unlikely event, we will move the conference online and all registrations for the in-person conference will automatically be transferred to the online event.  While partial refunds will be issued to anyone who has paid for the luncheons in the event that the in-person conference cannot go forward, we will not issue refunds to anyone who registers for the live event but decides that they do not want to attend a virtual conference. 
In the event that a member registers for the conference but finds themselves unable to attend the event due to Covid-19, they should contact our Executive Director, Laura Beers, to arrange for a refund of their registration. 


Draft Program 2021


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 please contact the NACBS Executive Director, Laura Beers at [email protected] or NACBS Media Director Joel Hebert at [email protected] 


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)
Midwest Conference on British Studies (MWCBS)
October 15-16, 2021 (online)

North East (NECBS)
Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (PCCBS)

Southern (SCBS) 
Western (WCBS)


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).


Atlanta, Georgia. November 11-14, 2021