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Announcing our new JBS editors

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We are delighted to announce the selection of the next editors for the Journal of British Studies. Nadja Durbach (University of Utah) and Tammy M. Proctor (Utah State University) will serve as co-editors. Their five-year term will begin July 1, 2023.

We want to take this opportunity to thank our current editors, Sandra den Otter (Queen’s University) and Jeff Collins (Queen’s University) for their efforts over the past years and their leadership during the unpredictable challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note that the transition to a new editorial team will not affect submissions in progress. The JBS book review editors, Onni Gust (University of Nottingham) and David Gehring (University of Nottingham) will remain the same until the conclusion of their term.


Nadja Durbach is Professor of History at the University of Utah. She received her BA (Honours) from the University of British Columbia and her PhD from the Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of three books on the history of the body in modern Britain: Bodily Matters: The Anti-Vaccination Movement in England, 1853-1907 (2005), Spectacle of Deformity: Freak Shows and Modern British Culture (2010) and Many Mouths: The Politics of Food in Britain from the Workhouse to the Welfare State (2020). Her current book project is entitled Registration Nation: Identity, Privacy, and the Recording of Persons in Modern Britain.

Tammy M. Proctor is Distinguished Professor of History in the Department of History at Utah State University. She teaches modern European and world history. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Proctor holds degrees in journalism and history from the University of Missouri and a PhD in history from Rutgers University. Dr. Proctor’s recent publications include An English Governess in the Great War: The Secret Diary of Mary Thorp (2017), with Sophie De Schaepdrijver, Gender and the Great War (2017), with Susan Grayzel, and World War I: A Short History (2017). She is presently working on a study of American humanitarian aid in Europe from 1914-1924 entitled Saving Europe, due out with Oxford University Press in 2023. You can connect with her on Twitter and Instagram, both @usuhistorienne, or visit



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The NACBS Graduate and Early Career Caucus is holding three events this fall. The first two sessions will be on Zoom; the third will take place at the
NACBS Conference in Chicago.

Participants MUST REGISTER for the Zoom sessions, as you will not receive a link to attend the session if you do not register. The program of events, including registration links, is below. 

The first session, “British Studies in the Digital World: NACBS Grad & EC Caucus Panel on Digital Humanities,” will take place this Friday, September 23rd.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Courteney Smith, [email protected], or Steven Casement, [email protected], of the Graduate and Early Career Caucus.

1. Fri. September 23rd, 2022 @1:00-2:30pm ET, via zoom: “British Studies in the Digital World: NACBS Grad & EC Caucus Panel on Digital Humanities.”  Join us for an exciting panel on the possibilities and opportunities for work in the field of digital humanities.  Register here for the zoom link: Panelists include:

Dr. Ray Siemens, Distinguished Professor of Early Tudor and Renaissance Literature at the University of Victoria.  Dr. Siemens is the former Chair of the International Alliance of Digital Humanities, and will be sharing his experiences on bringing late medieval and early modern texts into the digital world.

Dr. Jessica Otis, Assistant Professor of Early Modern and Digital history as well as history of science and technology at George Mason University and Director of Public Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.  Her research focuses on the cultural history of mathematics, plague, and cryptography in early modern England, and she has particular methodological expertise in network analysis. She has a deep interest in how to make digital humanities projects more accessible and long-term sustainable.

Dr. Taylor Soja, Assistant Professor of Modern British History at Illinois State University, and former member of the NACBS Graduate and EC Caucus.  Her research explores the relationship between violence and empire using methods of material culture, family history, and group biography with expertise in digital and public history, and their uses in the classroom.  

2. Fri. October 14th, 2022 @1:00-2:30pm ET via zoom: “British Historians in the World: Careers and Trajectories beyond the Professorship.”  Join us for our panel discussion on the possibilities for career exploration beyond the world of Academia.  This panel will include four panelists from a diverse array of career backgrounds, all with Ph.Ds in British history, who will share their experiences in finding their jobs and how their British studies degrees assisted in that choice and the skills they use daily. Register for the session link here:  Panelists include:

Dr. Catherine Babikian, Design Researcher at Ford Motor Co. As part of a human-centered design team, Babikian conducts exploratory, qualitative research to help inform new product experiences and provide insight on future design challenges.

Dr. Vanessa Wilkie, William A. Moffett Curator of Medieval Manuscripts and British History at The Huntington Library. As a rare book and manuscripts curator, Wilkie is responsible for developing the collections in my fields, working closely with researchers, curating exhibitions, interpreting the collections for scholarly and public audiences, among many other tasks.

Dr. Josh Tavenor, Senior Policy Analyst, Department of Economic Development, Government of Nova Scotia. Tavenor leads policy research, analysis, and development on a wide-range of issues, including employment skills development, rural development, technology sector growth, and agency governance.

Dr. Benjamin Herman, Proposals Analyst at ClinChoice. This position is responsible for dealing with incoming business opportunities and assembling documents to successfully win opportunities from clients, from first contact through the signed contract. This includes database management, budgeting, writing contracts and work orders, and leading cross-departmental teams to organize and communicate what the company can offer to customers.

3. Sat. November 12th, @10:15-11:45 ET (session six, in-person at the annual NACBS Conference in Chicago): “Professional Development Roundtable: From Dissertation to Book.”  This panel will explore the ways in which late career graduate students and early career scholars can prepare a dissertation for the publishing market and write or edit with the intent of publishing their first monograph.  Panelists include:

Peter Mandler, Professor, University of Cambridge

Mikki Brock, Associate Professor, Washington and Lee University

Kate Imy, Assistant Professor, University of North Texas

Brent Sirota, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University 

Best wishes,
NACBS Graduate and Early Career Caucus
NACBS Executive

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NACBS Announces Book Prize Shortlists for 2022

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In order to recognize the range of outstanding scholarship currently being produced in British Studies, this year the committees for the Snow and Stansky Book Prizes are announcing prize shortlists.

The winners of the prizes will be announced at the NACBS national conference in November.

The Snow committee has selected the following three books for the 2022 John Ben Snow Prize shortlist for the best book in British Studies dealing with the period prior to 1800:

Eleanor Hubbard, Englishmen at Sea: Labor and the Nation at the Dawn of Empire 1570-1630 (Yale University Press)

James Mulholland, Before the Raj: Writing in Early Anglophone India (Johns Hopkins University Press)

Keith Pluymers, No Wood, No Kingdom: Political Ecology in the English Atlantic (University of Pennsylvania Press)

The Stansky committee has selected the following four books for the 2022 Stansky Book Prize shortlist for the best book in British Studies dealing with the period since 1800:

Arunima Datta, Fleeting Agencies: A Social History of Indian Coolie Women in British Malaya (Cambridge University Press)

Catherine L. Evans, Unsound Empire: Civilization and Madness in Late-Victorian Law (Yale University Press) 

Elizabeth Carolyn Miller, Extraction Ecologies and the Literature of the Long Exhaustion (Princeton University Press)

Caroline Ritter, Imperial Encore: The Cultural Project of the Late British Empire (University of California Press)

Congratulations to these authors for their outstanding scholarship.

Best wishes,
John Ben Snow Book Prize Committee
Stansky Book Prize Committee
NACBS Executive

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2022 Early Bird Registration Now Open

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Early bird registration for the 2022 NACBS annual meeting is now open. Please visit the following link to register:

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New NACBS Digital Media Director Position Available

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New Digital Media Director Position Available


About the NACBS

The North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS) is a scholarly society dedicated to British Studies throughout history and around the world. The NACBS sponsors a scholarly journal, the Journal of British Studies, online publications, an annual conference, as well as several academic prizes, graduate fellowships, and undergraduate essay contests. The international membership brings together specialists in history, literature, art history, politics, law, sociology, economics, and many more fields.

About the Opportunity

The NACBS is excited to expand its digital presence to reach a wider audience and to continue to build community among those interested in British Studies. The organization currently hosts a website ( and has social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook.

Working with the Executive Director and the digital media committee of the NACBS, the new digital media director will lead the effort to redesign our website and renew our social media presence.

The responsibilities of this part-time position include:

  • - Identify innovative and inclusive ways to promote knowledge of and interest in British Studies through digital media

  • - Broaden the NACBS’s digital outreach to new audiences and organizations 

  • - Refresh the NACBS web presence, initiating new forms of direct community engagement and communication, along with adapting new forms of conference participation at regional and transnational levels with our partner institutions

  • - Develop and communicate messaging on the organization’s social media platforms

  • - Regularly refresh and update the website and integrate activity on the Journal of British Studies partner website 

  • - Monitor and report the usage of the organization’s digital assets and promote increased engagement


The successful applicant will have: 

  • - Familiarity with British studies

  • - Expertise in social media, including Twitter

  • - Knowledge of web platforms, such as WordPress, Wix and Squarespace

Application Process

  • - Send a letter of interest explaining your experience in website design, management, and social media

  • - Describe your familiarity with British studies

  • - CV

Term of service and salary to be negotiated.  

Applications are due by August 1, 2022.  Please send materials to Prof. David Chan Smith at [email protected].

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Reservations at the Sheraton Grand Chicago for this fall conference are now available to book at 

For more information on the NACBS Annual Conference, visit our conference page.

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2022 NACBS-Huntington Library Fellowship

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The NACBS, in collaboration with the Huntington Library, offers annually the NACBS-HUNTINGTON LIBRARY FELLOWSHIP to aid in dissertation research in British Studies using the collections of the library.  

Nominations and applications for the 2022 award are invited. Applications are due on July 15, 2022. For more information, visit the fellowship page.

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Call for Papers, Annual Meeting, 21-22 October 2022.

The Northeast Conference on British Studies (NECBS) will hold its 2022 annual meeting on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. We encourage in-person attendance, but for those who cannot make it, we aim to have one hybrid (in-person and virtual) session per time slot.

We solicit the participation of scholars in all areas of British Studies, broadly defined. In particular, we welcome proposals for interdisciplinary panels that draw on the work of historians, literary critics, and scholars in other disciplines, whose focus is on Britain and its empire, from the Middle Ages to the present. Proposals for entire panels on a common theme will be given priority, although individual paper proposals will also be considered if several of them can be assembled to create a viable panel. Proposals for roundtable discussions of a topical work, on current issues in the field, or pedagogical practices with respect to the teaching of particular aspects of British Studies are also encouraged. The typical ninety-minute panel will include three papers (each lasting for roughly twenty minutes) and a chair. (In the interest of allowing greater audience participation in Q&A, the position of “moderator/comment” is optional.) Roundtables may have a looser format.

Proposals should include a general description of the panel or roundtable (including an overall title), a 200-300 word abstract for each paper to be read, and a one-page curriculum vitae for each participant. Please include the address, phone number, and e-mail address of all participants (including the chair and, if applicable, moderator) in the proposal, and indicate whether the paper(s) will be delivered in-person or virtually. For panel or roundtable proposals, please note the name of the main contact person. Electronic submissions (as e-mail attachments in Word) are preferred, with all the various materials presented in a single document.

Graduate students, please note: Each year the NECBS Executive Committee awards the David Underdown Memorial Prize to the best graduate student paper presented at the conference. (See details here.)

All submissions must be received by June 15, 2022 (final decisions will be announced in early July 2022).

Please send your proposals to:

Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre, NECBS Vice President and Program Chair

[email protected]

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CFP: Southern Conference on British Studies, 2022 Meeting

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Southern Conference on British Studies

2022 Meeting

November 11-12, 2022: Baltimore, MD Call for Papers

Deadline for submission: May 31, 2022

The Southern Conference on British Studies solicits proposals for its 2022 meeting in Baltimore,

Maryland. The SCBS will meet in conjunction with the Southern Historical Association.

The SCBS construes British Studies widely and invites participation by scholars in all areas of British history and culture, including the Empire or Commonwealth and the British Isles. We welcome both individual and panel submissions on any topic in British Studies, but especially those related to this year’s theme of Communication and Contact, which includes works that explore engagement across political, social, racial, religious or spatial divides, as well as examinations of how such connections are both created and challenged.

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Katie Hindmarch-Watson, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University, will deliver the plenary.

Individual proposals should be no more than 250 words in length and include a short biographical statement. Panel proposals should be limited to 750 words and include a rationale for the panel as well as a brief description of each paper and participant. Proposals should be sent to Dr. Jill Bender at [email protected]

The SCBS Charles Perry Graduate Student Prize ($250) will be awarded to the best paper presented at the conference by a graduate student. Entries must be received by October 15, 2022.

Graduate students who present papers at SCBS meetings are eligible to apply for one of two $500 Research Travel Awards given annually by the SCBS. Graduate students are eligible in the two years following their presentation. See the SCBS website for more information:

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Call for New Editor of the Journal of British Studies


The North American Conference on British Studies is soliciting proposals for a new editor or team of editors for the Journal of British Studies. The position should begin in the summer of 2023 for a five-year term. The Journal of British Studies is the premier journal in its field in North America; published four times a year by Cambridge University Press, it typically includes seven articles per issue in addition to book reviews. While primarily based in history, we hope to offer British Studies in its widest sense to include scholarly investigation in literature and culture, including work on transnational topics, colonial, postcolonial and Commonwealth areas. The membership of the NACBS is drawn from the United States and Canada as well as a variety of other countries. Proposals should reflect a recognition of national, demographic, and geographical diversity.

Proposals for a new editorial team should include the following elements:

1)     An informed vision for the future of the Journal of British Studies (2 pages). This statement should reflect knowledge of how the fields of British Studies have changed over time and indicate possible directions of interest and growth, including social media platforms. 

2)    Names of chief editors (one or two editors), scholarly profiles, a short description of editorial experience, and c.v.’s. 

3)    Proposed Associate Editors or Editorial Board. Editors may choose several experts in a representative variety of fields.  These scholars would work closely with the editor(s) to assess articles before sending them out for review, suggest readers, and consult more generally on developing the journal. Potential editors should seek the consent of their associate editors before submitting their proposal.

4)    Proposed Advisory Board. This would be a larger group reflecting diverse interests in British studies who would periodically offer advice and serve as readers. Potential editors do not need to get permission from these scholars for the purposes of the proposal.

5)    Letter from a Dean or Department chair indicating support offered by your institution, such as graduate student assistance and course releases. (Cambridge University Press provides money for editorial assistance).

Completed applications should be sent to Deborah Valenze at [email protected] by August 15, 2022.         

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