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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 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.


Denver, Colorado.
NOVEMBER 3-5, 2017

The NACBS and its affiliate, the Western Conference on British Studies, will meet in Denver, Colorado on November 3-5, 2017. The conference program contains a number of different (and interdisciplinary) panels on Britain, the British Empire and the British world covering the medieval period to the present. In addition to a special session and reception for graduate students on Thursday, the conference will consist of delivered papers, sessions on teaching, and a number of special workshops. Plenary addresses will include a lunchtime talk on November 3rd by Ethan Shagan (University of California, Berkeley) on “The Knowledge Problem in the English Reformation: Or, What’s Wrong with Historical Faith?”, another lunchtime talk on November 4th by Yasmin Khan (University of Oxford) on “The British Departure and South Asia’s Partition of 1947” and a presidential address on the evening of November 4th by Susan Pennybacker (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) on “‘Fire by Night, Cloud by Day’: Refuge and Exile in Postwar London.”

Registration for the NACBS Annual Meeting can be found here.

Information about special conference hotel rates for the 2017 annual meeting can be found here. The Downtown Denver Sheraton NACBS conference price will be in effect (depending on availability) until October 6, 2017.

For more information about accommodations, restaurants and attractions in Denver, see the Denver Visitor Bureau site here. 

Additionally, Marjorie Levine-Clark (University of Colorado, Denver) has created a Local Arrangements document that includes important information, including details about restaurants, which can be found here.

If you have questions regarding local arrangements please contact Andrew Muldoon at, or Marjorie Levine-Clark at


The current draft of this year's program can be found below.

NACBS 2017 Annual Conference Program

Note: A trove of images from last year's Washington meeting, taken by photographer Sancha McBurnie, is available for perusal on Flickr:


If you have questions about the submission process or suggestions for program development, please contact:

Krista Kesselring
NACBS Program Chair
Professor of History
Dalhousie University


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)
Beverly, MA, 13-14 October, 2017
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).


Denver, CO, November 3-5, 2017

Providence, RI, October 25-28 2018