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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.


Providence, Rhode Island, October 25-28, 2018

'The conference will be held at the Omni Providence Hotel. Guest rooms can be booked here for $189/night plus taxes. 

Rooms are also available for $169/night in a designated block at the Hilton, which can be booked here.

A list of local restaurant recommendations can be downloaded here.

Transportation to and from the Providence airport (T.F. Green) is only available by cab, Uber or Lyft. There is no shuttle. The average cost is $35 one way. The Omni hotel is about a 10 min walk from the Amtrak train station.

Note: Conference sessions begin on the morning of Friday, October 26, but a reception will be held for graduate students on the evening of Thursday, October 25.

Registration for the 2018 NACBS/NECBS annual meeting is now open. Early-bird registration rates will be available until Oct 1. All presenters on the program must register and activate their membership by Oct 1.  Registration includes access to the book exhibit, breakfasts, and receptions. 


Standard member $220

Standard member early $200

Student/retiree/non-tenure member $130

Student etc. member early $115

Standard non-member $295 

Standard non-member early $275 

Student etc. non member $170

Student etc non member early $150 


Keynotes at the plenary lunches will feature:

Fri, Oct 26: Mark Ormrod (University of York), “England’s Immigrants, 1330-1550: Aliens in Later Medieval and Early Tudor England”

Sat, Oct 27: Nadja Durbach (University of Utah), “The Science of Selection: School Meals in Interwar Britain” 


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:

Krista Kesselring
NACBS Program Chair
Professor of History
Dalhousie University
Email: [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)
Lexington, KY, 14-16 September, 2018

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)
San Antonio, Texas, 28-29 September, 2018


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).


Vancouver, Canada, November 14-17, 2019