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While much time and attention has been devoted recently to scrutinizing the government’s proposals on fees and teaching funding, important changes have already been implemented to the way in which our research funding is spent – and although some science blogs and spokespeople have raised the alarm, humanities scholars have almost totally overlooked this issue.

As we know, arts and humanities research funding has been ring-fenced – or at least ‘flat-cashed’ – along with science research funding, and this achievement has been hailed by the leaderships of the AHRC and the British Academy as a vindication of their canny strategy of piggybacking onto public support for science research.  However, there are costs as well as benefits of this strategy.  In a recent statement by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on ‘The Allocation of Science and Research Funding, 2011/12-2014/15’ (December 2010), BIS now tells us how this ring-fenced research funding is to be spent.  That’s right, it tells us how it is to be spent.

One of the highlights of the BIS statement is its ‘clarification’ – i.e. its re-writing, or some would say its neutering – of the ‘Haldane Principle’, the convention accepted by government since 1918 that (to quote the BIS statement’s version) ‘decisions on individual research proposals are best taken by researchers themselves through peer review’.  Now, as the historian of science David Edgerton has argued, it was never as simple as that, and the Haldane Principle has been shown to be highly flexible for some time.  The last government, for example, found it easy to bribe the AHRC and the British Academy with extra funds if these bodies responded to the government agenda by themselves reserving some of their research funds for government priorities.  In this way we have had a growing number of ‘directed programmes’ in which the funders channelled research money to intellectual priorities that obviously originated with government, such as ‘social cohesion’ and ‘social inclusion’;  we have also had the ‘impact agenda’ by which funders agreed to require from funding recipients demonstrations of economic (and, if we were lucky, social and cultural) impact again on criteria originating from government.

But it did still matter that the Haldane Principle was there to be respected.  Successive leaderships of the AHRC have told us repeatedly that the directed programmes were just icing on the cake, releasing more funding for ‘responsive’ programmes, where the choice of projects to be funded was determined purely by peer review.

As of now, this is no longer the case.  In its latest document BIS restates its support for the Haldane Principle but also offers a ‘further clarification’, based on consultation with ‘senior figures’.  This clarification establishes the new principle – perhaps it should be the Cable Principle? – that government can and should set ‘key national strategic priorities’ which should guide the research funders ‘without crowding out other areas of their missions’.  Peer review remains supreme in deciding which specific proposals best address these priorities, but the priorities now can and will come from government.

What does this mean in practice?  The BIS document specifies this in certain cases with devastating clarity.  The AHRC for example ‘will direct’ – is this a prediction or an order? – ‘a significant part of its funding into six strategic areas…communities and big society;  civic values and active citizenship, including ethics in public life;  creative and digital economy;  cultural heritage;  language-based disciplines;  and interdisciplinary collaborations with a range of STEM subjects’.  Those are, says BIS, ‘the highest priorities in arts and humanities’.  Thanks for letting us know.  In certain respects instructions to the British Academy have been still more specific.  The Academy’s support for individuals is supposed to complement the research councils’ support for team projects, but the Academy has been told summarily to abandon its small research grants (which have probably been the best value-for-money grants government has ever funded for humanities research, but – obviously their fatal flaw –  purely ‘responsive’ to individuals’ own choice of research topics).  Instead, the Academy has been told to focus on postdoctoral awards, both early and mid-career, ‘that contribute to national priorities’.  In another piece of fancy prosaic footwork, BIS tells us that ‘The Academy expects a majority of Postdoctoral Fellowship awards to be linked to challenges such as these.’  I don’t think the Academy’s ‘expectation’ was a spontaneous one.  And what happened to the stipulation that national priorities should not crowd out other missions?

Now of course in a democracy we want government to have powers to direct research according to priorities chosen by the electorate.  As the BIS document says, lots of important research decisions necessarily involve government input – they decide how much money is allocated overall, and some allocations are so large (e.g. for the most expensive scientific research establishments) that surely government must have some say in them.  As the document further says, government departments can and do commission their own research.  But in a democracy we also want our universities to be insulated from undue government pressure – we want universities to be centres of free enquiry, diverse, critical and independent.  The Haldane Principle did establish some crucial arm’s-length independence for academic research which has been in part responsible for the extraordinary degree of freedom fostered in British academic culture in the postwar period – which has made it the global competitor that it still is, just about, today, and also has been the source of much novelty and creativity that no government department can plan for (as one would expect Conservative governments to recognize).  We ought not to give it up without a fight.

One reason why there has been no fight is also made clear in the BIS document.  The only spokespeople we have had for the humanities – the British Academy and the AHRC – are now so completely enmeshed in the government apparatus that they no longer have any independent voice.  So far as I can tell, no-one in either of these bodies has consulted or spoken out on the issue of the Haldane Principle;  presumably some must have been among the ‘senior figures’ consulted, but all of this consultation now takes place behind closed doors, and is deeply compromised by the carrots and sticks at the government’s disposal.  Similarly, although the BIS document says that ‘in making strategic decisions on the funding of research’ it is important that government ‘take account of advice from a wide variety of expert sources, including academia and industry, both nationally and internationally’ – if this happened in making the strategic decisions now laid out for us for the next 5 years, I missed it, and I certainly missed any public discussion emanating from the British Academy on what these national priorities should be.  The BIS document calls the British Academy ‘an important source of authoritative, impartial advice’.  Does anyone believe this description any longer?  Clearly we need a truly independent voice for the humanities that is not beholden to government in any way.

Postscript:  the BIS document also notes, with some evident regret, that HEFCE (and thus the QR funding it distributes via the RAE/REF) is not subject to its ‘national priorities’ because the 1992 Further and Higher Education Act prohibits government from attaching ‘terms and conditions on grants to HEFCE’ with reference to particular programmes of research.  Should we expect in pending legislation reorganizing HEFCE a ‘clarification’ of that prohibition too?

Peter Mandler
Dr. Mandler is Professor of Modern Cultural History at Gonville and Caius College at Cambridge University.  He is the Vice President of the Royal Historical Society.

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January
13
2011

Reviews in History - New Reviews for December

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The following reviews of possible interest to readers were published in December in the Institute of Historical Research's e-journal Reviews in History (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews).

Firstly, Gary Magee and Andrew Thompson’s ‘Empire and Globalisation: Networks of People, Goods and Capital in the British World’, c.1850–1914, is reviewed by Stuart Ward.

Elizabeth Tilley’s discusses ‘The Punch Brotherhood: Table Talk and Print Culture in Mid-Victorian London’ by Patrick Leary.

Two major new digital resources, ‘The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842–2003’  and ‘London Lives 1690–1800’, are also reviewed, by Peter Sinnema and Ben Heller respectively.

From the field of medieval history we have a review by Mark Hagger of an accessible and engaging book on the Anglo-Saxon aristocracy, Ann Williams’ ‘The World Before Domesday: The English Aristocracy 900–1066’.

‘Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales: Life, Death and Commemoration’, an edited collection produced by Steven Gunn and Linda Monckton, is recommended as a richly detailed monograph by Simon Lambe.

Turning to the Victorian era, we have Richard Gaunt’s ‘Sir Robert Peel: the Life and Legacy’. Our reviewer Robert Saunders believes that this book will serve as a useful introduction to one of Britain’s most enigmatic political figures.

Elsewhere Daniel Spence recommends a work which uses individual testimonies to bring out the broader issues surrounding Africans in the Second World War, ‘Fighting for Britain: African Soldiers in the Second World War’ by David Killingray.

And finally, the IHR’s very own Matt Phillpott praises an important addition to the debate concerning early modernity and modernity, in his review of Phil Withington’s ‘Society in Early Modern England: The Vernacular Origins of Some Powerful Ideas’.

As always, all comments or suggestions should be sent to [email protected].

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January
6
2011

NACBS Reception at AHA, 8 January 2011

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I am writing to remind members of the North American Conference on British Studies that the organization will host a reception at this weekend's Annual Meeting of the AHA in Boston.

The reception will occur from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 8th in the Provincetown Room at the Marriott Boston Copley Place.

If you are attending the AHA, please do make an effort to come by the NACBS reception. I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Best wishes,
Paul Deslandes
Associate Executive Secretary, NACBS

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Paul Deslandes
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of History
University of Vermont
Wheeler House
133 South Prospect St.
Burlington, VT 05405

e-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (802)656-3535
Fax: (802)656-8794

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CALL FOR PAPERS
Midwest Conference on British Studies 57th Annual Meeting
November 4-6, 2011, Terre Haute, IN

The Midwest Conference on British Studies is proud to announce that its fifty-seventh annual meeting will be hosted by Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN.

The MWCBS seeks papers from scholars in all fields of British Studies, broadly defined to include those who study England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Britain's empire. We welcome scholars from the broad spectrum of disciplines, including but not limited to history, literature, political science, gender studies and art history. Proposals for complete sessions are preferred, although proposals for individual papers will be considered. Especially welcome are roundtables and panels that:

  • offer cross-disciplinary perspectives on topics in British Studies
  • discuss collaborative or innovative learning techniques in the British Studies classroom
  • situate the arts, letters, and sciences in a British cultural context
  • examine representations of British and imperial/Commonwealth national identities
  • consider Anglo-American relations, past and present
  • examine new trends in British Studies
  • assess a major work or body of work by a scholar

The MWCBS welcomes papers presented by advanced graduate students and will award the Walter L. Arnstein Prize at its plenary luncheon for the best graduate student paper(s) given at the conference.

Proposals should include a 200-word abstract for each paper and a brief, 1-page c.v. for each participant, including chairs and commentators. For full panels, please include a brief 200-word preview of the panel as a whole. Please place the panel proposal, and its accompanying paper proposals and vitas in one file. Please make certain that all contact information, particularly email addresses are correct and current. All proposals should be submitted online by April 15, 2011, to the Program Committee Chair, Lia Paradis at [email protected].

Visit the MWCBS website at http://mwcbs.edublogs.org/.

MWCBS Program Committee:  Lia Paradis, Chair, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania; Gene Beiriger, DePaul University; Lori Campbell, University of Pittsburgh; Essaka Joshua, University of Notre Dame; Chris Otter, Ohio State University; Anne Rodrick, Wofford College.

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November
19
2010

CFP: NACBS 2011

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NACBS/WCBS 2011CALL FOR PAPERS
NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON BRITISH STUDIES

ANNUAL MEETING
DENVER, COLORADO
NOVEMBER 18-20, 2011

The NACBS and its Western affiliate, the WCBS, seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2011 meeting. We solicit proposals for panels on Britain, the British Empire and the British world. Our interests range from the medieval to the modern. We welcome participation by scholars across the humanities and social sciences.

We invite panel proposals addressing selected themes, methodology, and pedagogy, as well as roundtable discussions of topical and thematic interest, including conversations among authors of recent books and reflections on landmark scholarship. North American scholars, international scholars and Ph.D. students are all encouraged to submit proposals for consideration.

Strong preference will be given to complete panel or roundtable proposals that consider a common theme. Panels typically include three papers and a comment; roundtables customarily have four presentations. Individual paper proposals will also be considered in rare cases. We urge those with single paper submissions to search for additional panelists on lists such as H-Albion or at venues such as the NACBS Facebook page. Applicants may also write to the Program Chair for suggestions ([email protected]).

All scholars working in the field of British Studies are encouraged to apply for the 2011 conference, though we especially welcome papers from those who did not appear on the 2010 program. Panels that include both emerging and established scholars are especially encouraged, as are submissions with broad chronological focus and interdisciplinary breadth. We welcome the participation of junior scholars and Ph.D. candidates beyond the qualifying stage. To enable intellectual interchange, we ask applicants to compose panels that feature participation from a range of institutions. No participant will be permitted to take part in more than one session except in exceptional circumstances cleared by the Program Committee, and no more than one proposal will be considered from each applicant.

All submissions must be received by March 15, 2011.
For details, directions and online submission procedures, see www.nacbs.org/conference.html.

Please send questions about panel requirements
and suggestions about program development to
Lara Kriegel, NACBS Program Chair
History and English Departments, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405
[email protected]

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November
9
2010

Reviews in History - New Reviews for October

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The following reviews of possible interest to followers of the Intelligencer were published in October in the Institute of Historical Research’s e-journal Reviews in History (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews).

Our featured review (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/971) this month is Leonard Schwarz’s take on Julie Flavell’s 'When London Was Capital of America', set at a time when people on both sides of the Atlantic viewed the city as their capital.

A very different London is the setting for Frank Mort’s 'Capital Affairs: London and the Making of the Permissive Society', in which the city serves as an urban prism bringing into focus changes in personal and sexual lives taking place in this period. Read Nigel Rapport’s review here (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/968).

Then we have two very different books on injury and woundedness. The first, 'Containing Trauma: Nursing Work in the First World War' by Christine Hallett, deals with this from the perspective of nurses in the Great War (the review by Anne Crowther can be found here (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/972)).Meanwhile the second, Sarah Covington’s 'Wounds, Flesh, and Metaphor in Seventeenth-Century England', set three hundred years earlier, is concerned instead with wounds as metaphors. It’s reviewed for us (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/974) by Victoria Sparey.

We also have a discussion (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/976) between Greg Smith and Drew Gray of the latter’s 'Crime, Prosecution and Social Relations: The Summary Courts of the City of London in the Late Eighteenth Century', which our reviewer found a fresh and welcome contribution to our understanding of the role of law in 18th-century London.

Then Joseph Monteyne takes on (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/978) 'Printed Images in Early Modern Britain: Essays in Interpretation', an impressive new edited volume which ranges across a number of disciplinary boundaries.

Next Sally Sokoloff finds a new book on POW families casts light on a hitherto neglected field, as she reviews (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/981) 'War and Welfare: British Prisoner of War Families, 1939-45' by Barbara Hately-Broad.

Lastly this month on the book front Vic Gammon is slightly disappointed (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/980) by a new book on the historical and cultural study of popular song, Robin Ganev’s 'Songs of Protest, Songs of Love: Popular Ballads in Eighteenth-Century Britain'.

The first of two digital resources covered this month is the online appearance of that venerable institution 'Mass Observation, and Mass Observation Online' is both enjoyed and recommended (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/969) by our reviewer Nick Hubble. Then we have the 'London Transport Museum Film Collection Online', which our reviewer Barbara Schmucki (http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/982) recommends as a collection of films which is both an invaluable source and immensely entertaining.

A list of all our British and Irish history reviews can be found here: http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/subject/geographical-area/britain-and-ireland

As always, all comments or suggestions should be sent to [email protected].

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October
14
2010

Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW) Survey

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The ACLS is backing this multi-disciplinary survey of non-tenure-line faculty.  The survey, for all fields, collects data on working conditions from all those who teach off the tenure track (including graduate students).

The Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW) invites all members of the contingent academic workforce in U.S. colleges and universities to participate in this survey. The survey inquires about course assignments, salaries, benefits, and general working conditions as members of the contingent academic workforce experience them at the institutional level. We invite participation from all instructional and research staff members employed off the tenure track, including faculty members employed either full- or part-time, graduate students remunerated as teaching assistants or employed in other roles, and researchers and post-doctoral fellows.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VNNNRVS

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September
28
2010

Midwest Conference on British Studies Listserv

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Dear All,

In order to make the MWCBS more efficient, we've transferred our mailing list to a listserv.  The MWCBS Listserv is a moderated list and functions to make announcements to MWCBS members and friends.  You will receive very few messages, and these will pertain only to MWCBS business.

Member can send MWCBS-related announcements to the list, but these will be moderated.  To receive and make general announcements or queries to the British Studies community, please use H-Albion.

Please encourage your colleagues and students to join the list.  It is important that we are able to be in contact with all members and friends of the MWCBS community.

You can leave the list at any time. Information is below.  There is also subscription information on the website at
<http://mwcbs.edublogs.org/listserv-mwcbs-l/>

I look forward to seeing you in Cleveland in October.

Best wishes,
Jason

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Jason M. Kelly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of British History, IUPUI

School of Liberal Arts
Indiana University
Department of History, IUPUI
Cavanaugh Hall 503N
425 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140

Using LISTSERV commands

Subscribing and Unsbscribing

To subscribe to mwcbs-l, send the following line in the body (not in the subject line) of a message addressed to [email protected]:

subscribe mwcbs-l

To unsubscribe to mwcbs-l, send the following line in the body (not in the subject line) of a message addressed to [email protected]:

unsubscribe mwcbs-l

Sending Messages

To send email to a mwcbs-l, address your message to:

[email protected]

NOTE: Messages are moderated and are sent only if they relate to MWCBS business.

Configuring Your Account

To configure your account, we recommend using the listserv interface at https://listserv.iupui.edu.  You will need to provide your email address and a password.

Digest
To receive a daily digest of announcements, send the following line in the body (not in the subject line) of a message addressed to [email protected]:

set mwcbs-l digest

Suspending Subscription
If you are away for an extended period, suspend your account by sending the following line in the body (not in the subject line) of a message addressed to [email protected]:
set mwcbs-l nomail

Upon your return, you can reinstate your account by sending the following line in the body (not in the subject line) of a message addressed to [email protected]:

set mwcbs-l mail

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September
2
2010

NACBS 2010 REMINDER

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Dear Colleagues,

If you are planning on attending this year's NACBS conference to be held in
Baltimore November 12-14, 2010, just a reminder of two important upcoming
dates:

The deadline for early registration is: October 1, 2010. After this date
registration rates increase from $165 to $195 for NACBS members.

The deadline for booking accommodation at the conference rate is: October,
13, 2010.

For registration and hotel information, please go to the NACBS website:
http://www.nacbs.org/conference.html

See you in Baltimore!

Amy Froide & Lynn Botelho
Local Arrangements, Co-Chairs, NACBS 2010

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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. The amount of the fellowship is $2000. A requirement for holding the fellowship is that the time of tenure be spent in residence at the Huntington Library. The time of residence varies, but may be as brief as one month. Applicants must be U. S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents and enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a U. S. or Canadian institution.

Nominations and applications for the 2011 award are invited. Please note that the applications are due on November 30, 2010. Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae, two supporting letters (one from the applicant's dissertation advisor), and a description of the dissertation research project. The letter should include a description of the materials to be consulted at the Huntington and the reason that these are essential sources for the dissertation.

A copy of the application package should be sent to each member of the Huntington Library Fellowship Committee listed below. Letters should be placed in sealed envelopes, signed across the flap and given to the applicant for inclusion in the application package. Applications must be postmarked by November 30, 2010. Awards will be announced by January 30, 2011. Send materials to: Professor Johann Sommerville, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of History, 3211 Mosse Humanities Bldg, 455 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706 (email: [email protected]), Professor Melissa Harkrider, Department of History, Wheaton College, 501 College Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187 (email: [email protected]), and Professor Carole Levin, Department of History, University of Nebraska, Lincoln,612 Oldfather Hall, NE 68588 (email: [email protected]).

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August
6
2010

MWCBS 2010 Hotel Reservations

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The MWCBS 2010 will meet at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel (24 Public Square; Cleveland, Ohio 44113 US) on 8-10 October 2010. We encourage you to book your rooms as early as possible, using the MWCBS discounted group code.

To make online reservations using the MWCBS discounted group code, click here

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/clebr?groupCode=bribria&app=resvlink&fromDate=10/7/10&toDate=10/10/10

The telephone number for guests is 1-800-HOTELS1 (1-800-468-3571).

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The annual meeting of the Northeast Conference on British Studies will take place this year on the campus of the University of Vermont in Burlington on Friday September 24 and Saturday September 25. The draft program, registration form, and all local arrangements details are now available on the new NECBS website -- (all three documents can be downloaded by clicking on the box on the right-hand side of the home page). The deadline for registration and hotel bookings is August 31.

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The NACBS 2010 Program is available to view or download as .pdf here.

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The program for the MWCBS 2010 is available in both .pdf and html formats on the MWCBS website.

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Saturday, November 13, 2:30-4:30pm
Meet at the Charles St. Entrance of the Tremont Grand

On this tour learn how international trade, finance, and the railroad industry generated great wealth in nineteenth-century Baltimore, and how
this section of the city became home to its foremost cultural institutions, such as the Walters Art Gallery, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Enoch Pratt Library.

(Must pre-book and pre-pay at time of conference registration. $7 fee.)

For other Baltimore walking tours see the Star-Spangled Tours website:
http://www.starspangledtrails.org/news.html

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June
26
2010

NACBS 2010 Registration

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Dear Colleagues,

The 2010 Meeting of the North American Conference on British Studies is now open for registration at <http://www.nacbs.org/conference.html>.  We hope that you will join us in Baltimore, Maryland, from 12-14 November at the historic Tremont Suites Hotel.  Our program there will feature an extended format, with forty-nine regular sessions as opposed to the forty-two of recent years.  Special sessions will address new directions in early modern history, current developments in twentieth-century history, and pressing questions for the digital humanities.  Plenary speakers will include Richard Price and Amanda Vickery.  We look forward to seeing you in November.

Sincerely yours,
Lara Kriegel
NACBS Program Chair, on behalf of the NACBS Program Committee

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June
3
2010

Reviews in History - New British History Reviews for May

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The following reviews of possible interest to readers of the British and Irish Studies Intelligencer were published in May in the Institute of Historical Research’s e-journal Reviews in History.

Firstly Drew Gray reviews (no. 897, with the editor’s response) a resource which since its inception in 2003 has proved to be a time-saving boon for social historian, The Old Bailey Proceedings Online.

Our next review (no. 898, by Jennifer Cole) is of After the Bomb: Civil Defence and Nuclear War in Britain, 1945–68 by Matthew Grant. This looks at the evolution in post-war Britain of the policy of civil defence. It draws on recently declassified documents to show that though anti-nuclear campaigners didn't succeed in banning the bomb, they did play a significant part in exposing flaws in the central tenet of this policy, namely that a nuclear war could be survived.

The emergence of material culture as a subject for historical enquiry has brought to the fore the question of what constitute 'proper' sources for 'proper' history. Amanda Vickery's new book Behind Closed Doors. At Home in Georgian England combines the old and the new, utilising both an 'impressive array of original archival evidence' and 'kaleidoscopic range of material sources'. Read Helen Berry's review (no. 901) and the author's response.

Elsewhere, Oliver Blaiklock reviews (no. 900) a valuable contribution not just to the study of voluntary organisations and charities, but more broadly to the history of British civil society and citizenship, Kate Bradley’s Poverty, Philanthropy and the State: Charities and the Working Classes in London.

Nick Holder has written a monumental review of the fifteen paperback books on English local history produced by the England's Past for Everyone project, which aim to take the authoritative research tradition of the red Victoria County History volumes and package it in a more accessible and contemporary format. Read his review (no. 904) and VCH Director John Beckett’s response.

Finally Keith Lilley sets out to educate historians of medieval urbanism with a detailed account of medieval ideas on the city as macro- or microcosm, City and Cosmos: the Medieval World in Urban Form, reviewed (no. 906, with a response by the author) by Frances Andrews

A list of all our British and Irish history reviews can be found here.

As always, all comments or suggestions should be sent to [email protected].

Danny Millum
Deputy Editor, Reviews in History

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The North American Conference on British Studies Essay Contest Committee
invites you to nominate one of your students for the Annual Essay Prize.
  This is intended for undergraduates enrolled at United States universities
and colleges (there is a complementary contest for students enrolled in
Canadian colleges and universities) and the Committee awards up to six
prizes of $100 each. Please nominate your student according to the following guidelines:

1) The essay must have been written while the author was
enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate. Essays written for
courses and theses are acceptable.

2) Each essay must be nominated by a member of the NACBS and no
individual member can nominate more than one essay per year.

3) Essays in any field of British Studies are invited,
including, but not limited to, Literature, Art, Art History,
History and Cultural Studies.

4) Essays should be between 10 and 25 pages of text, excluding notes.

5) Please submit a letter of nomination, including the full
name, permanent address and email contact information for the
student, along with one electronic or hard copy of the essay no
later than June 1, 2010, to: Prof. Peter Hoffenberg, Department
of History, 2530 Dole Street, Sakamaki Hall, University of
Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI  96822-2283. Email: [email protected]

Please feel free to contact Peter if you have any questions and
thanks for considering your students and for forwarding this
information if appropriate.

Peter H. Hoffenberg
Associate Professor of History
University of Hawaii, Manoa
 2530
Dole Street
Sakamaki Hall A203
Honolulu, HI 96822-2283
USA

Phone:  808  956-8497
Fax:  808  956-9600 to the attention of Hoffenberg

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April
30
2010

NACBS 2010 HOTEL AND TRAVEL INFORMATION

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HOTEL INFORMATION

The annual meeting of the NACBS will be held at Baltimore’s Tremonts: Historic Venue and All Suite Hotel http://www.tremontsuitehotels.com/

The conference will be held in the Tremont Grand, a historic structure originally built in 1866 as the Grand Lodge of the Maryland Masonic Lodge.

The hotel rooms are located in the Tremont Plaza. This is a separate building, connected to the Tremont Grand by a corridor. When arriving by car or taxi, use the Tremont Plaza entrance on St. Paul St. to check in.

TREMONT PLAZA HOTEL
222 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
P 410-727-2222   F 410-685-4215

Amenities
All hotel rooms are suites which feature a sitting area, a kitchenette, and free high-speed internet. Hotel amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, a deli/store, Tug’s Bar and Grille restaurant, and a café.
The Tremont Grand is located across the street from a grocery store and the Tremonts are located in the Mt. Vernon/Charles St. corridor, home to many of Baltimore’s best restaurants. The Baltimore Harbor is just a 10-minute walk away.

Conference Rate
A book of rooms has been reserved for the nights of Thurs-Sat. 11/11-11/13/2010. A few rooms are available on Wed. 11/10 as well.
Hotel rooms are available at the NACBS conference rate of $129 per night for single/double occupancy. The rate is $149 for triple and $169 for quad occupancy. Room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes, currently 13.5%.
To negotiate this room rate, the NACBS needs to fill a specified amount of rooms, so we urge you to stay at the conference hotel.

Reservations
The conference rate is only guaranteed until OCTOBER 13, 2010.
To make a reservation go to: www.tremonts.com. Click on the “Reservations” button on the left-hand menu. In the box, click on “Group Reservations”. In the new box enter the password: NACBSNOV10, and make your reservation. All reservations must be guaranteed by a major credit card, or first night’s room and tax deposit. You have up to 24 hours prior to the arrival date to cancel your room reservation.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

By Air
Baltimore is served by three major airports: Baltimore/Washington International/Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) in Maryland, and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Northern Virginia.

Just 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore, BWI is the closest airport [http://www.bwiairport.com]. It is served by 55 carriers, including Southwest, AirTran, American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, US Airways, and United.
Daily nonstop international service to BWI from destinations including London, U.K. (from Heathrow via British Airways), and Toronto, Canada is available.

Airport Transfers from BWI
[http://www.bwiairport.com/en/travel/ground-transportation]

Supershuttle is providing NACBS attendees with a special rate. The cost is $13 one-way from BWI airport to the Tremont hotel, and $24 round trip. Discounts are available from other airports as well. To reserve a shuttle with the conference discount call 1800-BLUE-VAN (1800-258-3826) and mention code QS3DW or click on:
https://www.supershuttle.com/GroupRez/TripDetails.aspx?GC=QS3DW

Other transport options

  • Individual taxi $30-35
  • Public transport (Light Rail) $1.60

Take light rail from BWI airport to downtown Baltimore/Camden Yards stop. Runs 6am-11pm M-Sa, Sun 11am-7pm
This will require a transfer to a short taxi ride or a 10-minute walk to the hotel.

By Rail
Baltimore is easily accessible by train. Two stations serve the Baltimore area: the BWI Airport Station and Penn Station. Amtrak serves both these stations with trains running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Penn Station Baltimore is the closest station to the hotel. A 5-10 minute taxi ride from Penn Station to the hotel should cost approx. $12. For tickets and station information, go to: [http://www.amtrak.com] Type in Baltimore-Penn Station, MD (BAL).

By Car
Directions To The Tremont Plaza Hotel

From BWI Airport: Exit onto I-95 and continue to Exit 4 Baltimore. Follow the I-395 Exit heading downtown, and stay in the lane for the Inner Harbor. Bear right and turn onto Conway Street. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Charles Street. At the 7th traffic light, turn right onto Saratoga Street, and travel one block to St. Paul Place. Turn right. The Tremont Plaza is on the corner of Saratoga and St. Paul Place.

From the North or South on I-95: From Washington D.C. (south) or the Fort McHenry Tunnel (north), take the I-395 Exit, heading downtown, and follow directions above.

From the West on I-70: Take I-695 towards Glen Burnie. Follow I-95 north to Baltimore and follow the directions above from I-95.

BALTIMORE INFORMATION

Map
For maps go to: http://baltimore.org/maps

Attractions
For Baltimore tourist information go to: http://baltimore.org

  • Cultural sites include the Walters Gallery, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Peabody Library.
  • Historical sites include the Maryland Historical Society, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History, and Ft. McHenry [gearing up for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812]
  • Family-friendly sites include the Baltimore Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, and the Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

Restaurants
A list of restaurants will be posted on the NACBS website in early Fall.

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