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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.


* EXTENDED DEADLINE: July 20, 2019 *

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 2018/2019.

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 20th, 2019, 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: Jennifer Tucker
Department of History
Wesleyan University
Public Affairs Center
Wyllis Avenue
Middletown, CT 06457
[email protected]
Susannah Ottaway
Department of History
Leighton Hall
Carleton College
1 N College St
Northfield, MN 55057
[email protected]   
Jennifer J. Purcell
Department of History
Saint Michael's College
1 Winooski Park
Colchester, VT 05439
[email protected]


Rodas Hailu (Grinnell College), “Challenging the Colonial Imaginary: How Fictionalized Characterizations of Gender Difference Informed the Mau Mau Emergency, 1952-1960”

Matthew Henzy (Grinnell College), “The Lady Behind the Veil: Margaret Thatcher, the IRA, and the 1981 Long Kesh Hunger Strikes” 

Sabrina Khela (University of Toronto-Scarborough), “Early Modern Gendered Soundscapes: Silence, Speech, and Acoustic Agency in King Lear”

James G. Lees (Dalhousie University), “An Intergenerational Thaw: The Anglo-Saxon Reception of Christianity in Kent and Essex” 

Diana Little (McGill University), “Icons of Landscape: Biblical Mapping in Early Protestant England” 

Morgan McMinn (West Virginia University), “Corporate vs. Individual: A Study of Reputation in the Diocese of Lincoln under Bishop WIlliam Alnwich, Paula, 1436-1449”

Benjamin Peterson (Westmont College), “From Moral Betrayal to Imperial Decline: Reconceptualizing the defeat of the Armenian Republic and Britain’s diplomatic strength immediately after World War One”

Anna Stroinski (Boston University), “God Save the Alternative Jubilee: The Sex Pistols and Meaningful Monarchical Engagement”