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The NACBS Graduate & Early Career Caucus is happy to announce its Spring 2022 Virtual Professional Development Series. Each session will take place over Zoom and will have an extensive Q&A session, so please bring your questions!

The first workshop, entitled “British Historians in the Media, will take place Thursday, February 24 at 3:30-5:00pm EST (12:30-2:00pm PST/8:30-10:00pm GMT). Priya Satia (Stanford University), Christienna Fryar (Goldsmiths, University of London), and Brooke Newman (Virginia Commonwealth University) will discuss their experience engaging in public discourse through op-eds, podcasts, and more. This session will provide insight and advice on how historians can participate in public forums and share their expertise beyond traditional academic publishing. Register here for the Zoom link. 

The second workshop, “Pitching and Publishing your Article”, is aimed at graduate and early career scholars looking to publish their first (or second) article in a peer-reviewed journal and will take place Friday, March 25th at 2:00-3:30pm EDT (11:00am-12:30pm PDT/6:00-7:30pm GMT). Lara Kriegel (Indiana University at Bloomington and co-editor of Victorian Studies), John Mitcham (Duquesne University and general editor of Britain and the World), Elizabeth Prevost (Grinnell College and winner of the NABCS Walkowitz and Love Prizes), and Ellen Boucher (Amherst College and winner of the NACBS Love Prize), will all join us for a roundtable to share their experience publishing articles from both the writing and publishing side of the process. Register for the Zoom link here.

Lastly, a session on Navigating the Book Review” will take place Friday, April 22nd at 12:00-1:30pm EDT (9:00-10:30am PDT/5:00-6:30pm BST). Hannah Charnock (former book review editor and current general editor, Twentieth Century British History), Gary Gibbs (outgoing book review editor, Sixteenth Century Journal), and David Gehring (book review editor, Journal of British Studies) will share the ins and outs of writing good book reviews, as well as how the review process works for their respective journals. Publishing book reviews can often be a good first step toward article-publishing for early career scholars, and our panelists will discuss their experience handling reviews, how to approach an editor, and the process of review writing and publication more broadly. Register for the Zoom link here.

We hope you’ll join us for what should be great discussions! Please feel free to pass on this info to any other folks you think may be interested and invite your colleagues to join our listserv if they’d like. You can contact the organizers with any questions or ideas for the Caucus at [email protected].

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Call for Papers, Annual Meeting, Online, 22-23 October 2021.

The Northeast Conference on British Studies (NECBS) will hold its 2021 annual meeting on Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23. The meeting will take place virtually, using Zoom as the online platform.

This year's conference will feature plenary lectures from Margaret Hunt (Uppsala University, Sweden) and James Vernon (University of California, Berkeley). The conference will also hold a roundtable with publishers, focusing on moving from dissertation to first book. 

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. 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 1, 2021 (final decisions will be announced in early July 2021).

Please send your proposals to:

Brian Lewis, NECBS Vice President and Program Chair

[email protected]  

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NACBS Rights Task Force Town Hall Meeting, Friday, September 25

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The NACBS Rights Task Force was created in August 2016 to address LGBT, voting rights, and race and religious freedom issues as they pertain (and if they pertain) to NACBS, and to consider the increasing issues surrounding visas and freedom of movement that confront researchers working internationally. In addition, the Rights Task Force is concerned with the ways that the NACBS can be more inclusive and accessible for graduate students, adjuncts, and people without traditional academic jobs.

To help meet these goals, the Rights Task Force will hold a Town Hall meeting over Zoom on Friday, September 25, from 11:00AM to 12:45PM, Eastern Standard Time.
The purpose of the meeting is to gather information from NACBS members over concerns that they might have related to these issues in advance of the NACBS Conference in November. We are also concerned to hear from the membership about ways to make the online conference to be held in November as diverse, accessible, and inclusive as possible. Come and share your thoughts. In addition, members of the RTF will inform attendees of the results of previous meetings and the status of ongoing projects.
If you would like to attend, please email [email protected] and a Zoom link will be sent to you shortly before the event.
Joy Dixon and Chuck Upchurch,
Current co-chairs, NACBS Rights Task Force


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