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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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