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August
12
2014

World War I and the British and Irish Studies Intelligencer

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BISI-Logo.pngThis week, the North American Conference on British Studies will begin publishing the British and Irish Studies Intelligencer (BISI).  BISI, with H-Albion, will become a central forum for discussions about the state of the field, methodological approaches, teaching, reports on conferences and symposia, videos, podcasts, and editorials focused on British Studies across the disciplines.   

Our inaugural series of posts focus on the history and historiography of World War I.  Upcoming posts include

--an interview with Adam Hochschild about history, memory, and activism
--an examination the Imperial War Museum’s crowdsourced project, “The Lives of the First World War”
--a story about Wilfred Owen and the early months of WWI
--a history of Canada’s First Nations and the course of WWI

Our blogging team and editorial board are looking forward to hearing from you, and we encourage you to engage with the blog posts using the comments boxes at the bottom of the pages.

 

About BISI

As a blog, BISI will include discussions about the state of the field, methodological approaches, teaching, reports on conferences and symposia, videos, podcasts, and editorials focused on British Studies across the disciplines.  BISI will host discussion forums, and it will provide a space for scholars to share their current research in a format that is accessible to the non-specialist.  

BISI has its origins in the British Studies Intelligencer, first published by the society in 1962 (a searchable digital archive is available through IUPUI).  The new platform marks a divergence from the Intelligencer's earlier newsletter formats, and it will allow NACBS members to engage with each other more regularly.

The BISI team encourages the British Studies community to submit blog posts (and re-posts) as well as offer suggestions for special projects or themes.

If you would like to contact BISI to discuss a potential blog post, make a submission, or offer to organize an online forum, please contact us at nacbsblog@gmail.com

 

The BISI Editorial Board and Bloggers

The BISI editorial board consists of

Elaine Chalus, Bath Spa University
Craig Hanson, Calvin College
Jason M. Kelly, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Isaac Land, Indiana State University

The BISI bloggers are

Caroline Boswell, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
Stephen Jackson, University of Sioux Falls


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BISI-Logo.pngThe North American Conference on British Studies has chosen the inaugural editorial board and blog team for its new blog dedicated to British Studies, the British and Irish Studies Intelligencer (BISI).

The BISI editorial board consists of

Elaine Chalus, Bath Spa University
Craig Hanson, Calvin College
Jason M. Kelly, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Isaac Land, Indiana State University

The BISI bloggers are

Caroline Boswell, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
Stephen Jackson, University of Sioux Falls

As a blog, BISI will include discussions about the state of the field, methodological approaches, teaching, reports on conferences and symposia, videos, podcasts, and editorials focused on British Studies across the disciplines.

BISI will host discussion forums, and it will provide a space for scholars to share their current research in a format that is accessible to the non-specialist.  

BISI has its origins in the British Studies Intelligencer, first published by the society in 1962.  The new platform marks a divergence from the Intelligencer's earlier newsletter formats, and it will allow NACBS members to engage with each other more regularly.

The BISI team encourages the British Studies community to submit blog posts (and re-posts) as well as offer suggestions for special projects or themes.

If you would like to contact BISI to discuss a potential blog post, make a submission, or offer to organize an online forum, please contact us at nacbsblog@gmail.com.

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I would like to announce the annual NACBS reception at the upcoming American Historical Association meeting in New Orleans. The 2013 reception will occur from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 5th in Preservation Hall, Studio 6 at the New Orleans Marriott (one of the main AHA conference hotels). Please join us if you can.

Paul R. Deslandes
University of Vermont
Associate Executive Secretary, NACBS


December
14
2012

NACBS 2012 Undergraduate Essay Prize

Posted by jaskelly under , Announcement, Grants and Awards, NACBS | Tags: , awards, undergraduate essay |

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North American Conference on British Studies Undergraduate Essay Contest 2013

Each year the NACBS awards up to twelve 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 2012/2013.

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 a paper copy of the essay and the letter of nomination to EACH of the following 3 members of the adjudication committee by June 15th, 2013 (3 copies in total).

 

Dr Guy Ortolano
101 Halcyon Hill Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
USA

 

Dr Lisa Surridge
Department of English
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC
Canada, V8W 3W1

 

Dr Rob Falconer,
History-Humanities,
Grant MacEwen University,
City Centre Campus,
Edmonton, AB,
Canada T5J 4S2

 

 


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Call for PapersLehman College

MID-ATLANTIC CONFERENCE ON BRITISH STUDIES
ANNUAL MEETING

Plenary Speaker: Deborah Valenze, Barnard College

LEHMAN COLLEGE, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24, 2013

 

The MACBS, an affiliate of the NACBS, the main organization for British Studies in Canada and the United States, seeks participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies. We solicit proposals for papers and panels on Britain, the British Atlantic World, and the British Empire broadly defined. Our interests range from the ancient to the contemporary and we welcome participation by scholars of history, anthropology, literature, art, politics, economics and related fields. Senior faculty, junior faculty, and graduate students are all encouraged to participate.

Proposals for individual papers and full panels are welcome. Paper proposals should include a brief (no more than 250 words) abstract of the paper and a curriculum vita. Full panel proposals should also include a concise description of the panel’s overall aim and indicate which panel member will serve as the organizer and primary contact.

All submissions must be received by 21 December 2012


Send proposals via email to:

Daniel Beaver
Department of History
Pennsylvania State University
dxb28@psu.edu


and

Laura Beers
Department of History
American University
beers@american.edu


For additional information, see MACBS website:

www.lehman.edu/academics/arts-humanities/history/macbs/index.php

 

 


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This is a gentle reminder that the deadline for regular registration for this year's NACBS is fast approaching; after October 1, the rates will go up.  Online registration is fast and easy at http://nacbs.org/conference/.  In addition to guaranteeing yourself the lower rate, timely registration makes things much easier for the conference organizers.

Also, the deadline for booking at the conference rate at our host hotel, the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain, is October 18.  We urge you to stay at the conference hotel, as the special rates we negotiated are based on filling a specified number of rooms.  More information about the hotel as well as about transportation can also be found at http://nacbs.org/conference/.

We very much appreciate your attention to these matters, and look forward to seeing you in Montreal November 8-10.


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Here is the NACBS Program Draft in Word and PDF:

 

NACBS Program Draft 2012 (Word)

NACBS Program Draft 2012 (PDF)

 

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I am pleased to announce that, thanks to Professor Miles Taylor, the director of the Institute of Historical Research (University of London), and the IHR staff, the American Friends of the IHR (AFIHR) are now able to offer a new benefit that will be helpful for many scholars. It was a worrying development when the Royal Historical Society’s Bibliography of British and Irish History became a proprietary service under the aegis of Brepols Publishing some time ago. Many libraries have been unable to afford institutional subscriptions to BBIH since then, and annual subscriptions for individuals are now pegged at $171.
 Beginning January 1, 2013, however, AFIHR members can have annual subscriptions for $55, a savings of approximately two-thirds. The basic level for AFIHR membership is $45. If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, please note that subscriptions are for the calendar year that begins January 1 and that the IHR needs to provide Brepols a list of AFIHR members who have opted to buy the subscription by mid-November. If you are not a member of the AFIHR, the advantages that come with membership are listed on our website. If you know of anyone who might find this extraordinary resource useful, please pass along this information. Our website provides a membership form that is easy to download and print (http://castle.eiu.edu/localite/britain/afihr).
                                                                        Sears McGee
                                                                        President – AFIHR
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The North American Conference on British Studies is seeking a new editorial team for the Journal of British Studies, including a new general editor or co-editors, and a new book review editor or co-editors. The current editors' term ends in summer 2014, and the Association hopes to select new editors a year earlier to facilitate the transition process.  Editors are appointed to a five-year term.  Those interested in applying should contact Professor Cynthia Herrup of the University of Southern California History Department (herrup@usc.edu). The application deadline for both positions is November 30, 2012.

 

The Journal of British Studies, published four times a year, is the premier journal in the field, with a very high ISI citation impact rating. Starting in January2013, the journal will be published by Cambridge University Press.

 

 

Interested parties should be aware that the editorship and the book review editorship (both open to a team) are not related. Applicants should specify which of these positions interests them.  Editorial subventions provide funding for editorial assistants for each of the two positions, but applicants will require a commitment of support from their home institutions.  The current editorial teams are happy to answer questions about their duties.  You can contact Brian Cowan (brian.cowan2@mcgill.ca) or Elizabeth Elbourne (elizabeth.elbourne@mcgill.ca) about the journal editors’ responsibilities and Amy Froide (froide@umbc.edu) or Gail Savage (glsavage@smcm.edu) about the book review editors’ responsibilities.  Questions and inquiries can also be directed to the NACBS president, Dane Kennedy (dkennedy@gwu.edu), or vice president/president-elect, Keith Wrightson (keith.wrightson@yale.edu).

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August
1
2012

Speakers for PBS

Posted by jaskelly under Announcement | Tags: downton abbey, pbs | 0 Comments

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PBS stations across the country are looking for speakers as they hold December events to promote the third season of Downton Abbey on MASTERPIECE.
Downton Abbey won last year’s Primetime Emmy® award for “Outstanding Miniseries” and just received another 16 Emmy nominations for its second season. New episodes begin January 6, 2013 and, as this third season opens, the characters are in 1920 and the context has moved from the Edwardian Era to the Interwar years.
Are you able to speak to this time in British history? Would you be interested in educating an audience about the lifestyles and social changes occurring in the worlds of both the British aristocracy as well as the mainstream population?
If so, please contact gay_mohrbacher@wgbh.org who is coordinating a centralized speakers bureau for PBS stations across the country to access. You may also reach Gay at #617/300-5308.  Please send along your CV and a photo of yourself and indicate topics(s) you would enjoy sharing. Please know there is no guarantee that individual PBS stations can do more than provide an honorarium.

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Dear NACBS Members and Friends,

I'm writing to let you know that the North American Conference on British Studies and History Working Papers (http://www.historyworkingpapers.org) will once again team up to help NACBS conference participants and panels pre-circulate their papers. Already, we have a few panels planning to participate, and we invite you to submit your papers as well.

As you probably know, Tim Hitchcock and I are working together on a digital space that we are calling History Working Papers (HWP). HWP is an online space for scholars to share works-in-progress with their peers. After uploading a conference paper, essay, or article manuscript to the HWP website, authors can invite others to read their work and make comments in the margins. As more people respond, writers get more feedback. But, unlike traditional comments done on paper, HWP allows commenters and authors to interact with each other. They can read each other's marginalia and engage in dialogue about it. In fact, entire threaded discussions can take place in the margins.

NACBS has allowed us to offer HWP to conference panels and participants this year. I am writing to encourage you to take advantage of the system. Not only will it be able to help you generate some pre-conference buzz for your panels, but it is a tool to help you create more informative and useful panels. Here is a short summary of what you can expect from HWP:

HWP will allow you and the people on your NACBS panel to post your conference papers online (either individually or as a whole panel) several weeks before the conference begins. By posting papers ahead of time, HWPP gives conference chairs, panelists, and participants the ability to experiment with alternative approaches to your panels. While panels and individuals can simply use HWP to pre-circulate papers and hold a traditional conference panel, you have the opportunity to be creative and do much more. By integrating an online conversation both before and after the conference, you will find that your panels are much more dynamic.

Here are some ideas on how you can take advantage of HWPP:

1. The most effective way to use HWP is as a whole panel. Chairs should round up participants' papers several weeks before the conference begins and send them to Jason M. Kelly at jaskelly@iupui.edu. Within days, they will be posted to HWPP under the heading for your panel.

2. Chairs should encourage the commentator and one or two other peers to read the papers and put their comments in the margins. They might also consider sending out an announcement about the pre-circulated drafts to H-Albion or NACBS's Facebook page in order get others to read and comment as well. Remember, whether a participant or a peer, it is important for you to ask people to comment. You will be surprised at how many people are willing to participate.

3. Having a panel pre-meeting is a great way to meet each other and discuss some of your papers' ideas. Chairs, commentators, and panelists can meet using Skype, Google+, Adobe Connect or any number of other video conferencing tools.

4. Chairs might consider an alternative format for their NACBS panel. There are a number of format options, from PechaKucha to five-minute papers to short poster sessions. We encourage you to keep talks to a shorter length in order to allow more time for group discussion. Doing this is very effective, and you may be surprised at the improved dynamic and the rich outcomes that emerge. At a recent NACBS panel, for example, the chairs adopted a modified PechaKucha model. Even though there were ten speakers, there was still enough time for an exciting one-hour discussion.

5. Remember, that when the conference is over, HWP will still be available. We encourage you to continue using it as you revise your papers for submission to journals.
The History Working Papers Project is quite an exciting system, as I am sure you will notice. Please visit the site and have a look around (http://www.historyworkingpapers.org). Watch the videos, read the papers, and make comments. There are already papers online so that you can see what papers and comments look like. Be sure to send us any questions you have about the site.

I do hope that you consider using the system for your panel this year. I think it will be a great addition to the NACBS and the way scholars in the humanities approach conference panels and scholarship more generally.

Best wishes,
Jason
-- Jason M. Kelly PhD, FSA
Director, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute
Associate Professor of British History, IUPUI

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
755 W. Michigan Street UL 1140D
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5195

telephone: 317.274.1689
fax: 317.274.1024
email: jaskelly@iupui.edu

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Register now for the NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON BRITISH STUDIES, MONTREAL, QUEBEC , NOVEMBER 9-11, 2012  http://bit.ly/cK2PNx

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All the breath and the bloom of the year in the bag of one bee:

—Robert Browning 

CFP: NVSA 2013

1874

Boston University: April 5-7, 2013

NVSA solicits submissions for its annual conference. The topic this year is 1874.

 

The conference will feature a keynote panel including Isobel Armstrong, Robert J. Richards, and Herbert Tucker, and a walking tour of Victorian Boston led by Martha Vicinus.

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The Northeast Victorian Studies Association calls for papers from all disciplines on any aspect of 1874, the year in which The Way We Live Now was serialized in monthly numbers, John Tyndall delivered his “Belfast Address” on scientific materialism, Benjamin Disraeli was appointed prime minister for the second time, and red became the standard color for pillarboxes of the Royal Mail. We welcome submissions on any topic relevant to 1874, as well as papers that engage with the conceptual and methodological issues raised by taking a single year as a focus for study.

 

What are the consequences of thinking about Victorian works of art, texts, objects, and events in relation to their specific year in history? How is our perspective on the period—or on periodization itself—altered by this vantage point? What does the close examination of a single year—a year literally picked out of a hat by the program committee rather than chosen for its significance—reveal about the relationship between dates that “matter” in Victorian Studies and dates that do not? Is the calendar year a significant unit of time or useful organizational framework for our exploration of the Victorian period as a whole? How is our understanding of annual publications, commemorations, and other yearly events and forms changed when we concentrate on a single occurrence of each? In 1874 S. O. Beeton’s Christmas annual Jon Duan sold 250,000 copies in three weeks, vastly outperforming Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd. Which, then, is the “major” text under the rubric of our conference? How does our sense of the canonical and non-canonical shift as a result of such micro-periodization?

Other texts and events from 1874 worth considering:

Texts

M. E. Braddon’s Lost for Love

William Benjamin Carpenter’s Principles of Mental Physiology

Wilkie Collins’s The Frozen Deep and Other Stories published; The Law and the Lady serialized

John William Draper’s History of the Conflict between Religion and Science

Amelia Edwards’s A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest

George Eliot’s The Legend of Jubal, Arion, and A Minor Prophet; first one-volume edition of Middlemarch

F. W. Farrar’s Life of Christ

John Forster’s Life of Charles Dickens, final volume

Francis Galton’s English Men of Science

W. S. Gilbert’s Charity

John Richard Green’s Short History of the English People

Thomas Huxley’s “On the Hypothesis that Animals are Automata”

G. H. Lewes’s Problems of Life and Mind, Vol. 1

Henry Maudsley’s Responsibility in Mental Disease

George Meredith’s Beauchamp’s Career serialized

Margaret Oliphant’s A Rose in June and For Love and Life

John Ruskin’s Fors Clavigera: Letters to the Workmen and Labourers of Great Britain, Vol. 4

Henry Sidgwick’s Methods of Ethics

James Sully’s Sensation and Intuition

Algernon Charles Swinburne’s Bothwell: A Tragedy

James Thomson’s The City of Dreadful Night

Anthony Trollope’s Lady Anna and Phineas Redux published

Alfred Russell Wallace’s “A Defence of Modern Spiritualism”

Mrs. Henry Wood’s Johnny Ludlow

Events

London School of Medicine for Women founded

Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge founded

Fiji Islands annexed by Britain

Ghana established as a British colony

Shipton-on-Cherwell train crash (and other notable train crashes)

David Livingstone’s body returned to England

Victoria Embankment opened

Astley Deep Pit disaster

Public Worship Regulation Act

Factory Act of 1874

1874 Transit of Venus

Wilkie Collins’s readings in America

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease founded

First Impressionist exhibition, Paris

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Proposals (no more than 500 words) by Oct. 15, 2012 (e-mail submissions only, in Word format):

Professor Tyson Stolte, Chair, NVSA Program Committee (tmstolte@nmsu.edu).

Please note: all submissions to NVSA are evaluated anonymously. Successful proposals will stay within the 500-word limit and make a compelling case for the talk and its relation to the conference topic.

Please do not send complete papers, and do not include your name on the proposal.

Please include your name, institutional and email addresses, and proposal title in a cover letter. Papers should take 15 minutes (20 minutes maximum) so as to provide ample time for discussion.

For information about NVSA membership and travel grants, please visit the NVSA website at http://nvsa.org/

 

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July
23
2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: PCCBS ANNUAL MEETING, March 8-10, 2013

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CALL FOR PAPERS: PCCBS ANNUAL MEETING, March 8-10, 2013
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

The Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (PCCBS) invites paper and panel proposals for its fortieth annual meeting, to be held at the Faculty Club at the University of California, Berkeley, March 8-10, 2013.

The PCCBS invites papers representing all fields of British Studies -- broadly defined to include those who study the United Kingdom, its component parts and nationalities, as well as Britain's imperial cultures. We welcome proposals from scholars and doctoral candidates in a wide range of disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, including History, Literature, Political Science, Philosophy, Religion, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Theater Studies, and Art History.

Proposals for individual papers, partial panels, or complete panels are all welcome, although complete panel proposals are preferred. We encourage the submission of proposals dealing with interdisciplinary topics, as well as panels on new pedagogies and technologies associated with British Studies.

The deadline for submission of proposals/panels is NOVEMBER 15, 2012. Proposals should include a 200-words abstract for each paper plus a 1-page c.v. for each participant. Those submitting full or partial panel proposals should include a brief description of the panel plus a 1-page c.v. for the panel chair as well as for its commentator. Please place the panel proposal, its constituent paper proposals, and all vitae in one file, making certain that your contact information, especially e-mail addresses, are correct and current. Proposals should be submitted via e-mail attachment by Nov. 15, 2012, to:

Professor Michelle Tusan, PCCBS Program Chair
Department of History, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
michelle.tusan@unlv.edu

 

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Cambridge University Press has announced that it will publish Journal of British Studies on behalf of the North American Conference on British Studies from January 2013   

Cambridge University Press is delighted to announce that it will begin publishing the Journal of British Studies (JBS) in 2013. The official publication of the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), the JBS has positioned itself over fifty years as one of the critical resources for scholars of British culture from the Middle Ages to the present. The JBS now partners with Cambridge, forging a joint commitment to foster the best in scholarship and offer the best in publishing services to an international community of researchers.

Journal of British Studies will continue to combine peer-reviewed original research papers and book reviews by renowned international scholars, using both established and emerging approaches to present their ideas on British society, history, politics, law, literature, art, economics, and sociology. The journal will be available in print and electronic formats.  Volumes 1 through 50 will be included in the Cambridge Journals Digital Archive, as will the complete archive of Albion, a complementary journal formerly published by the NACBS.

 

"We are delighted to partner with Cambridge University Press to publish the Journal of British Studies. Our mission is to provide scholarship on Britain and its past that is of the highest quality and reaches the widest possible audience, and we know that Cambridge shares that dedication. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship," said Dane Kennedy, President, North American Conference on British Studies.

"We are privileged to have been entrusted with the future of the Journal of British Studies and we look forward to working with the dedicated editorial team to bring the journal to a broad global audience", said Simon Ross, Managing Director, Cambridge Journals. "We can offerJournal of British Studies a bright future as part of one of the world’s leading academic journals lists, extending the best in platform technology to all NACBS members and subscribers."

Journal of British Studies will be hosted on Cambridge’s cutting-edge electronic platform, Cambridge Journals Online, which will provide increased usability, functionality, and many new features to enhance and optimize article usage.

For more information, please visit the Journal’s website:
journals.cambridge.org/JBritStud

Publicity Contact: Daniel Pearce, Commissioning Editor, HSS Journals –dpearce@cambridge.org

If you currently receive Cambridge Journals through a consortium or site-license agreement, please contact your usual sales representative or consortia administrator. Customers in theAmericas contact usjournals@cambridge.org, customers in the Rest of the World contactjournals@cambridge.org

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STERN GRANT FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS TO ATTEND NACBS CONFERENCE
2012 COMPETITION

The NACBS STERN GRANT is intended to provide financial assistance for graduate students who attend the annual NACBS meeting. Recipients will receive up to $500 in reimbursement for travel, lodging, and registration costs incurred as a result of attendance.
Guidelines for applicants:

1. You must be a graduate student in good standing at a PhD-granting degree program in British studies and a member of the NACBS.

2. You must provide a justification for your attendance at the annual meeting and a budget of expenses.

3. Your faculty advisor, who also needs to be a member of the NACBS, must submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

Procedures for application:
Please submit your application for funds by email to each of the committee members under the subject line: Stern Fund Application. Your application should include the following information: your name, address, email address, and phone number; the PhD program in which you are enrolled; the name of your faculty advisor; your purpose in attending the NACBS meeting; an estimated budget of expenses. In addition, request that your faculty advisor send a letter of recommendation to the committee by email, again with the subject line: Stern Fund Application.

Preference will be given to applicants who are panelists on the NACBS program and/or are award recipients. Awardees must submit to the committee chair all receipts for reimbursement within one month of the end of the annual meeting.

Application deadline: September 4, 2012. Applications and letters of recommendation must be emailed to:

Professor Shannon McSheffrey, Chair
Concordia University
Email: mcsheff@alcor.concordia.ca

Professor David Campion
Lewis & Clark College
Email: campion@lclark.edu

Professor Nancy Ellenberger 
U.S. Naval Academy
Email: ellenber@usna.edu

 

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On 6-8th June 2012 Historic Royal Palaces will be holding a three-day academic conference at Kensington Palace, London, to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The conference will examine the making of the modern British monarchy through a programme of 45 papers covering topics such as, the global reach of the British monarchy, royal dress and material culture, the relationship between monarchy and the media and the portrayal of monarchs in film and theatre. This event will bring together specialists on monarchy from across the globe, including keynote speakers, Professor Sir David Cannadine, Professor Maya Jasanoff and Professor Emeritus Aileen Ribeiro.

For details, visit <http://www.hrp.org.uk/monarchyconference>.

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The NACBS is looking for a volunteer Assistant Webmaster to help maintain our
website and to develop the web presence of our organization. The
preferred candidate will have experience designing and maintaining
websites. Knowledge of basic HTML and CSS and familiarity with FTP and a
CMS such as Wordpress is necessary. Familiarity with Adobe CS5 is a plus.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter outlining your
experience and a copy of your CV to Jason M. Kelly at jaskelly@iupui.edu.

We will begin reviewing applications on 1 May 2012.

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Winner of the 2012 PCCBS Book Prize
Reba Soffer, History, Historians, and Conservatism in Britain and America (Oxford, 2010)

The winner of the 2012 PCCBS Book Prize is a longstanding member of our regional organization. Prof. Reba Soffer’s History, Historians, and Conservatism in Britain and America (Oxford University Press, 2010) is a topical and richly textured study of conservative historiography in Britain and America during the 20th century. Soffer carefully situates her conservative historians within their diverse contexts. They emerge as multifaceted characters whose stories illuminate broader themes in modern history, most notably the shift from “compassionate conservatism,” with its emphasis on the reciprocal obligations of individuals and the community, to what Soffer calls the “debacle” of contemporary neoconservatism. She persuasively revises the common assumption that conservatives had no ideology--that they were the “stupid party” to whom ideas were anathema. Instead, she locates conservative thinkers within a larger, coherent, worldview whose confident Chauvinism and emphases on racial histories and identities offer a cautionary tale to modern readers. History, Historians, and Conservatism in Britain and America is a model of careful research and lucid thinking by a leading intellectual historian. And in its generous dedication to Barbara Shapiro, this book links the careers of two of the Pacific Coast Conference’s most steadfast supporters.
2012 Book prize description

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Robert K. Webb, 89, a longtime history professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County who was one of the country’s foremost scholars of British history, died Feb. 15 at his home in Washington . . . (continued)

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