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CFP: Northeast Conference on British Studies 2022

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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 1, 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].edu

The in-person conference will follow Bates College’s fall COVID-19 guidelines. At present those include a requirement that outside visitors can show proof either of vaccination and boosting or of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of arrival. We will communicate any updates with presenters over the summer, along with local arrangement details, including shuttles to/from Portland, Maine, transportation hubs. 

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Southern Conference on British Studies

2022 Meeting

November 11-12, 2022: Baltimore, MD

Call for Papers

Deadline for submission: May 15, 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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The information pages for NACBS prizes, awards, and grants are now updated for the 2022 application season. 

  • John Ben Snow Prize – for the best book by a North American scholar in any field of British Studies dealing with the period from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century.
  • Stansky Book Prize – for the best book published anywhere by a North American scholar on any aspect of British studies since 1800.
  • Walter D. Love Prize – for the best article or paper of similar length or scope by a North American scholar in the field of British history.
  • Judith R. Walkowitz Prize – for the best published article on issues relating to gender and sexuality in British culture.
  • NACBS Undergraduate Essay Contest – for the best essays on British topics submitted by undergraduates studying in American and Canadian universities
  • NACBS M.A. Essay Prize – for the best piece of original research produced by a student in a “stand-alone” M.A. program at a university or college in the U.S. or Canada.
  • NACBS Pre-Dissertation Grants – awarded to Ph.D. candidates to pursue preliminary research on potential dissertation-length studies related to any topic in British (including Scottish, Irish, and Imperial) history or British Studies.
  • NACBS Dissertation Fellowship – awarded to support dissertation research in the British Isles on any topic of British (including Scottish, Irish and Imperial) history or British Studies.
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Submission Portal for NACBS 2022

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The Submission Portal is now open to accept submissions for NACBS 2022. Please visit the conference page here.

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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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CFP: NACBS Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 10-13, 2022

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 The NACBS and its affiliate, the Midwest Conference on British Studies (MWCBS), seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2022 meeting. We will meet in Chicago, Illinois, from November 10-13, 2022. We solicit proposals for presentations on Britain, the British Empire-Commonwealth, and the British world, including Ireland, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific (etc.). Our interests range from the medieval to the modern. We welcome participation by scholars from across the humanities and social sciences, from all parts of the globe, and from all career stages and backgrounds. We reaffirm our commitment to British Studies broadly conceived, and welcome proposals that reflect the diversity of scholars and scholarship in the field.

We invite panel proposals that address selected themes, methodology, and pedagogy, as well as roundtable discussions and lightening rounds (8-10 presenters with one chair, a few minutes to each presenter) of topical and thematic interest, including conversations among authors of recent books, reflections on landmark scholarship, and discussions about professional practice. We are particularly interested in submissions that have a broad chronological range and/or interdisciplinary breadth, and that are tightly connected by a theme.  Standard panels typically include three presenters speaking for 20 minutes each, a commentator, and a chair, while roundtables typically include four presenters speaking for 15 minutes each and a chair. We are open to other formats, though; please feel free to consult with the program committee chair.

To secure as broad a range of participation, we will also consider individual paper proposals. Panels that include a diverse mix of presenters across fields and career stages are particularly welcome. To foster intellectual interchange, we ask applicants to compose panels that feature participation from multiple institutions. In an effort to allow a broader range of participants, no participant will be permitted to take part in more than one session in a substantial role. (That is, someone presenting or commenting on one panel cannot also present or comment on another, though individuals presenting or commenting on one panel may serve as chairs for other panels, if need be.) Submissions are welcome from participants in last year’s conference, though if the number of strong submissions exceeds the number of available spaces, selection decisions may take into account recent participation.

As complete panels are more likely to be accepted, we recommend that interested participants issue calls on H-Albion or social media (e.g., @TheNACBS on Twitter or on the NACBS Facebook page) to arrange a panel. If a full panel cannot be arranged by the deadline, however, please do submit the individual proposal and the program committee will try to build submissions into full panels as appropriate.

In addition to the panels, we will be sponsoring a poster session.  The posters will be exhibited throughout the conference, and there will be a scheduled time when presenters will be with their posters to allow for further discussion. 

The submission website at will open in late January; submissions will close as of 15 March 2022.

All submissions are electronic, and need to be completed in one sitting.   Before you start your submission, you should have the following information:

  1. Names, affiliations and email addresses for all panel participants.  PLEASE NOTE: We create the program from the submission, so be sure that names, institutional titles, and paper titles are provided as they should appear on the program.
  2. A note whether data projection is necessary, desired, or unnecessary. Please only request if AV is central to convey your presentation.  (Because AV is now enormously expensive, it will be provided in only some of the meeting rooms.)
  3. A brief summary CV for each participant, indicating education, current affiliations, and major publications.   (two-page maximum per CV.)
  4. Title and Abstract for each paper or presentation.   Roundtables do not need titles for each presentation, but if you have them, that is fine.  If there is no title, there should still be an abstract – i.e. “X will speak about this subject through the lens of this period/approach/region etc.”
  5. POSTERS: Those proposing posters should enter organizer information and first presenter information only.

All communication will be through the panel organizer, who will be responsible for ensuring that members of the panel receive the information they need.

All program presenters must be current members of the NACBS by November 10, one month before the conference, or risk being removed from the program.

Some financial assistance will become available for graduate students (up to $500) and for a limited number of under/unemployed members within ten years of their terminal degree ($300). Details of these travel grants and how to apply will be posted to and emailed to members after the program for the 2022 meeting is prepared.

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The American Trust for the British Library (ATBL) Transatlantic Fellowship Program is pleased to again co-sponsor a series of transatlantic fellowships that connect the research collections of the British Library with the holdings of select American institutions.

The ATBL Transatlantic Fellowship Program is an integral part of the ATBL’s mission to promote and support the work of the British Library, one of the world’s greatest research libraries. The ATBL seeks to promote transatlantic understanding through related events, lectures, and discussion in the United States and within the UK, as well as providing incremental financial and in-kind gift support for the British Library’s collection, preservation, and outreach activities.

The ATBL’s Transatlantic Fellowship Program supports transatlantic research projects that make use of collections in any department in the British Library as well as those housed with a partner institution in the United States. The Program especially targets graduate students, recent PhDs, early career scholars, adjunct faculty, librarians, or curatorial staff who otherwise do not have access to departmental research funds.

Currently, the ATBL 2022-2023 Transatlantic Fellowship American partners include the Houghton Library at Harvard University, the Virginia Fox Stern Center for the History of the Book in the Renaissance at Johns Hopkins University , and the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan.

The ATBL’s 2022-2023 Transatlantic Fellowships provide awardees with $5,000 USD to support at least four weeks of research between both the British Library and the American partner organization, with at least one week of research time at each institution. Successful applicants, hailing from any academic discipline, will propose research projects that make equal use of primary source material found in any collection of the British Library as well as in the American partner institution.

In addition to the $5,000 USD award, the Fellow will become Library Fellow supporters of the ATBL for the calendar year following completion of the Fellowship Program. Fellows will also have the opportunity to present on their research completed on a designated ATBL panel at the Modern Language Association’s (MLA’s) annual conference and at the ATBL’s Annual General Meeting. Recipients of the ATBL and Virginia Fox Stern Center Transatlantic Fellowship will also have the opportunity to present their research as part of the Virginia Fox Stern Center for the History of the Book in the Renaissance’s sponsored panel at the Renaissance Society of America (RSA) annual conference.

For eligibility requirements, application deadlines, and application instructions specific to each ATBL Transatlantic Fellowship, please see our website for more information. For additional questions, please email [email protected].

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The Rutgers British Studies Center and The Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies seeks scholars whose work reckons with some aspect of the British presence and legacy in mainland Latin America for a workshop, to be held May 6, 2022.

Abstracts due Friday, December 17, 2021


For more information, visit:

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The NACBS Graduate & Early Career Caucus are happy to announce the finalized schedule for its Fall 2021 Professional Development Series. We’ve done our best to vary the start times in hopes of accommodating folks in different time zones. Each session will have an extensive Q&A session, so please bring your questions!


“Using Digitized Primary Sources for Historical Research”

Saturday, October 30th at 11:00 am EST (4:00 pm GMT/8:00 am PST)

Simon Devereaux (University of Victoria), Michael de Nie (University of West Georgia), and Emily Rutherford (University of Oxford) will discuss how they approach digitized collections, especially in comparison to physical archives. They will also detail their specific experience with the Old Bailey Online, the British Newspaper Archive, and recently digitized British newsreels. This workshop constitutes one of four pre-conference virtual events hosted by the NACBS Executive Council, so the Zoom link will be available using your NACBS membership login on the Cambridge Core site.


“Navigating the Archive”

In-person roundtable at NACBS Atlanta

Susan Pennybacker (University of North Carolina), Paul Deslandes (University of Vermont), David Chan Smith (Wilfrid Laurier University), and Michael Silvestri (Clemson University) will discuss their strategies for both planning and executing successful archival trips, as well as common pitfalls graduate students and early career scholars should try to avoid.


“Careers Beyond the Professoriate”

December 3rd at 4:00 pm EST (9:00 pm GMT/1:00 pm PST)

Antoinette Burton (Professor of History, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Director of Humanities Without Walls), Jessica Queener (Assistant Provost of Graduate Education Policy, West Virginia University), Joel Hebert (Federal Historian, Department of the Navy), and Elise Lipkowitz (Science Policy Analyst, National Science Foundation) will discuss their career trajectories and provide advice for graduate students and early career scholars interested in exploring jobs outside the professoriate. Register for the Zoom link here.


Please email [email protected] with any questions or concerns. We hope to see you at this semester’s events!

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NACBS Online Programming

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NACBS will host 4 online events on Saturday, October 30 and Saturday, November 6, in conjunction with the Atlanta conference. These events will be freely accessible to all NACBS members. Please visit our online programming page for the schedule.

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