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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. 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.


Vancouver, Canada, November 14-17, 2019


The NACBS and its affiliate, the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (PCCBS), seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2019 meeting. We will meet in Vancouver, Canada, from November 14-17, 2019. We solicit proposals for presentations on Britain, the British Empire-Commonwealth, and the British world, including Ireland, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific (etc.). Our interests range from the medieval to the modern. We welcome participation by scholars from across the humanities and social sciences, from all parts of the globe (not just North America), and from all career stages and backgrounds. We reaffirm our commitment to British Studies broadly conceived, and welcome proposals that reflect the diversity of scholars and scholarship in the field.

We invite panel proposals that address selected themes, methodology, and pedagogy, as well as roundtable discussions of topical and thematic interest, including conversations among authors of recent books, reflections on landmark scholarship, and discussions about professional practice.  We are particularly interested in submissions that have a broad chronological focus and/or interdisciplinary breadth, and that are tightly connected by a theme.  Standard panels typically include three presenters speaking for 20 minutes each, a commentator, and a chair, while roundtables typically include four presenters speaking for 15 minutes each and a chair. We are open to other formats, though; please feel free to consult with the program committee chair.

We hope to secure as broad a range of participation as possible and will thus consider individual paper proposals in addition to the standard full panel proposals. Panels that include a diverse mix of presenters across different fields and career stages are particularly welcomed. To foster intellectual interchange, we ask applicants to compose panels that feature participation from multiple institutions. In an effort to allow a broader range of participants, no participant will be permitted to take part in more than one session in a substantial role. (That is, someone presenting or commenting on one panel cannot also present or comment on another, though individuals presenting or commenting on one panel may serve as chairs for other panels, if need be.) Submissions are welcome from participants in last year’s conference, though if the number of strong submissions exceeds the number of available spaces, selection decisions may take into account recent participation.

As complete panels are more likely to be accepted, we recommend that interested participants issue calls on H-Albion or social media (e.g., @TheNACBS on Twitter or on the NACBS Facebook page) to arrange a panel. If a full panel cannot be arranged by the deadline, however, please do submit the individual proposal and the program committee will try to build submissions into full panels as appropriate.

In addition to the panels, we will be sponsoring a poster session.  The posters will be exhibited throughout the conference, and there will be a scheduled time when presenters will be with their posters to allow for further discussion. 

Please see below for information on workshops.


The submission website is now closed.

All submissions are electronic, and need to be completed in one sitting.   Before you start your submission, you should have the following information:

  1. Names, affiliations and email addresses for all panel participants.  PLEASE NOTE: We create the program from the submission, so be sure that names, institutional titles, and paper titles are provided as they should appear on the program.
  2. A note whether data projection is necessary, desired, or unnecessary. (Because AV is now enormously expensive, it will be provided in only four of the eight meeting rooms.)
  3. A brief summary CV for each participant, indicating education, current affiliations, and major publications.   (750 words maximum per CV.)
  4. Title and Abstract for each paper or presentation.   Roundtables do not need titles for each presentation, but if you have them, that is fine.  If there is no title, there should still be an abstract – i.e. “X will speak about this subject through the lens of this period/approach/region etc.”
  5. POSTERS: Those proposing posters should enter organizer information and first presenter information only.

All communication will be through the panel organizer, who will be responsible for ensuring that members of the panel receive the information they need.

All program presenters must be current members of the NACBS by October 14, one month before the conference, or risk being removed from the program. 

Some financial assistance will become available for graduate students (up to $500) and for a limited number of under/unemployed members within ten years of their terminal degree ($300). Details of these travel grants and how to apply will be posted to and emailed to members after the program for the 2019 meeting is prepared. 

Histories of Capitalism Workshop

Organized by Tehila Sasson (Emory University) and Vanessa Ogle (University of California, Berkeley)

Deadline for Submission: 15 March 2019

Over the last decade historians have revisited questions about political economy, business history and economic life through a new framework sometimes labeled “history of capitalism.” Such works within and outside British history have paid particular attention to how capitalism – broadly construed – was shaped by local, imperial and global processes. From slavery and indentured labor, development programs and migration policies, and finally de-industrialization and neoliberal economics, historians have turned to a plethora of archives —national, international, nongovernmental and business archives — to trace the transformations of capitalism from the 18th to the 20th century.

This workshop invites papers that engage with the fundamental questions and themes in the history of capitalism and the role it played within the history of Britain and the World. We will probe whether capitalism could be a useful category of analysis for modern Britain as well as its limits. We will examine the type of archival and methodological tools for working with such a framework. We will ask whether the history of capitalism provides a useful framework to think about the histories of race and gender and how to square them with a long historiographical tradition of social, cultural and economic histories of Britain and its empire. We welcome papers on a wide range of topics including slavery and migration; raw materials, commodities and monies; speculation and crises; environmental and development histories; de-industrialization, neoliberalism and inequality. Participants will be chosen with a view to the complementarity of their research topics and strong preference will be given to graduate students and early career scholars.

The session will include 6-8 pre-circulated papers of 6,000-8,000 words each. Participants must be prepared to submit their papers by 1 October 2019. Each participant will be required to read all papers for the session, and to share written comments on two of the papers, prior to the conference. The session itself will include brief presentations and discussions of each paper, followed by a more extensive conversation between participants and the audience around common questions and themes.

Those interested must submit a CV and a one-page abstract to Tehila Sasson ([email protected]) and Vanessa Ogle ([email protected]) by 15 March 2019. Results will be announced by 5 April 2019. Please title your email “NACBS Workshop Proposal.” Proposals that are not selected would still be considered for the NACBS general program.

Note: Some financial assistance will be available for graduate students (up to US$500) and for a limited number of under/unemployed NACBS members within ten years of their terminal degree (US$300). Details of these travel grants will be posted to and emailed to members once the 2019 meeting program is prepared.


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

NACBS 2018 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:[email protected]/4B5j5F


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 (registration, hotel, transportation, etc.), please contact the Local Arrangements Chair, Simon Devereaux  at [email protected], or NACBS Executive Director, Laura Beers  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)
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 6-7 April, 2019
Midwest Conference on British Studies (MWCBS)
Loyola University, Chicago, IL, September, 2019

North East (NECBS)
McGill University, Montreal, Québec, Canada, 4-5 October, 2019
Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (PCCBS)
University of California Merced, CA, 22-24 March, 2019

Southern (SCBS) 
Louisville, KY, 8-10 November, 2019
Western (WCBS)
Salt Lake City, Utah, 27-28 September, 2019


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).


Chicago, November 12-15, 2020