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.
The Announcement for the 2017 Competition for this Prize will be Posted by February 20th
NACBS M.A. ESSAY PRIZE
North American Conference on British Studies M.A. Essay Prize Contest 2016
The NACBS awards a prize of $500 annually for the best piece of original research produced by a student in a “stand-alone” M.A. program at a university or college in the U.S. or Canada.
Essays may be from any department—History, English, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, etc.—but must relate to a topic in British Studies. Essays nominated for this prize may deal with subjects related to the British Isles or with some aspect of the British Imperial/Post-Colonial experience, broadly construed. Entries must not exceed fifty pages in length, inclusive of notes and/or illustrations.
The following conditions apply:
- Nominees must be students (or recent graduates) of a “stand-alone” M.A. program. “Stand alone” refers here to an M.A. degree earned at an institution that offers a master’s degree that is separate from a Ph.D. program and not simply a degree earned, as a matter of course, along the way to ABD status. This means that potential nominees might come from either a program with just an M.A. or programs where the M.A. and Ph.D. are awarded as separate degrees and candidates are admitted through separate application processes.
- Nominees may be currently enrolled in an M.A. program, recent graduates of an M.A. program (within one year of degree completion), or Ph.D. students (again within one year of having completed a degree in a terminal, “stand-alone” M.A. program).
- Submitted papers should be no more than 50 pages in length (inclusive of notes and/or illustrations). A longer (more than 50-page) M.A. thesis may be edited down to fit the word limit. Alternatively, stand-along chapters from a longer thesis will also be considered.
- The prize will be decided by a committee of three faculty members from institutions with “stand-alone” M.A. programs. Whenever possible, there will be broad disciplinary representation on this committee.
Procedures for Nomination:
Nominating faculty must be current members of the NACBS. Submissions must be accompanied by a nominating letter from the professor, who should have taught the course for which the essay was written or supervised M.A. thesis work. Submissions should include the permanent mailing address and email contact information for the student nominated.
A paper copy of the essay and the letter of nomination should be sent to EACH of the following three members of the prize committee by June 30th, 2016 (3 copies in total). Additionally, electronic copies of the work and the letter of nomination should also be submitted via e-mail to the Committee members’ addresses supplied below.
RECENT AWARD WINNERS
NACBS M.A. Essay Prize 2016—Awarded to Thomas Bouril (Marquette University) for “Forgotten Actors: The Agency of Female Kikuyu in the 1920-31 Kenyan Female Circumcision Controversy” (Nominated by Carla Hay)
The committee was impressed with Bouril’s dexterity with both primary and secondary sources in order to make a potentially important intervention in the existing scholarship. The essay further articulated a clear and persuasive argument and offered a contextual frame accessible and useful to a non-specialist audience. We commend both Thomas Bouril and Professor Carla Hay, under whose direction the essay was originally written.