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The official publication of the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), the Journal of British Studies, has positioned itself as the critical resource for scholars of British culture from the Middle Ages through the present. Drawing on both established and emerging approaches, JBS presents scholarly articles and books reviews from renowned international authors who share their ideas on British society, politics, law, economics, and the arts. In 2005 (Vol. 44), the journal merged with the NACBS publication Albion, creating one journal for NACBS membership.


NEW DUE DATE: JULY 31, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.

Each year the NACBS awards eight prizes of $100.00 each to the best essays on British topics submitted by undergraduates studying in American and Canadian universities. 

Essays may be from any department –History, English, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, etc.–as long as they relate to British Studies and date from 2016/2017.

Essays must have been written while the author was a degree-seeking undergraduate at a U.S. or Canadian college or university.

Essays should be no longer than 25 pages (please, no theses).

Submissions must be accompanied by a nominating letter from the professor who taught the course for which the essay was written. Nominating faculty must be current members of the NACBS. Please include the permanent mailing address and email contact information for the student.

Send an electronic copy of the essay and the letter of nomination (as two separate documents-either WORD or PDF) to EACH of the following three members of the prize committee by 11:59 p.m. on July 31, 2017, via e-mail. The essay file should be named (NOMINEE’S NAME_Essay). The letter of nomination file should be named (NOMINEE’S NAME_Letter). Contact details, including current e-mail addresses, for the committee members appear below:

Chair: Professor Glenn Clark
Department of English, Film, and Theatre
609 Fletcher Argue Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V5  CANADA
Professor Jennifer Tucker
Department of History
Wesleyan University
Public Affairs Center
Wyllis Avenue
Middletown, CT 06457
Professor John Smail
Dean of University College
2100 Colvard
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte NC 28223  USA


NACBS Undergraduate Essay Prize Winners 2016  

Sarah Arena, "'Here to Stay, Here to Fight': The Legal Politics of the Asian Youth Movements in 1970s and 80s Britain" Nominated by Elizabeth Prevost, Grinnell College 

Elizabeth Carbonneau, "Good Queen Maud: The Political Activity, Religious Benefaction, and Cultural Patronage of Matilda, Queen of England" Nominated by Cynthia Neville, Dalhousie University

 Paula Duhatschek, "Discipline and Margarine: The Intersection of Eugenics and Nutrition Policy During the Second World War" Nominated by Joy Dixon, The University of British Columbia 

Liza Peterson, "When Masculinity Becomes British Masculinity: Intersections of Country and Manhood in Eighteenth-Century Conduct Literature",Nominated by Susannah Ottaway, Carleton College

Sarah Rohrschneider, "Conquering Water: Cleansing the Sick, the Self, and the Soul", Nominated by Deborah Valenze, Columbia University

Daniel Ruten, "'The Tide of Pauperism': Dublin's Workhouses During the Great Famine", Nominated by Jim Clifford, University of Saskatchewan

Hannah Smith, "'Am I not myself a woman?': How the First Generation of American Political Wives Spanned the Atlantic and Forged a Global American Identity", Nominated by Tillman Nechtman, Skidmore College 

Caroline Soloway, "The Highbrow and the Vulgar: Issues of Race in Jazz Performance in Interwar London", Nominated by Deborah Valenze, Columbia University