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The North American Conference on British Studies meets annually, normally in a joint meeting with one of the regional conferences, and occurs over a weekend, beginning on a Friday. 

The national and regional meetings offer a wide range of sessions as well as opportunity for exchange of views among scholars from around the world. In recent years, the joint national meetings have taken place in Vancouver (2019), Providence (2018), Denver (2017), Washington, D.C. (2016), Little Rock (2015), Minneapolis (2014), Portland (2013), Montreal (2012), Denver (2011), Baltimore (2010), Louisville (2009), Cincinnati (2008), San Francisco (2007), Boston (2006), Denver (2005), Philadelphia (2004), Portland (2003), Baltimore (2002), Toronto (2001), Pasadena (2000), Cambridge (1999), Colorado Springs (1998), Pacific Grove, CA (1997), Chicago (1996), Washington, D.C. (1995), Vancouver (1994), Montreal (1993), and Boulder (1992).

The NACBS also participates at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in January. From time to time, the NACBS cooperates with other organizations in the sponsorship of major scholarly symposiums, in association with the Royal Historical Society, the British Association for American Studies, and others.

Other events and information are regularly updated on H-Albion, the H-Net discussion list in British and Irish history.


Dear NACBS Members:

We are delighted to announce the program for our 2020 conference, to be held online over two weekends: November 7-8 and November 14-15. Please mark your calendars.

The program committee, led wonderfully by Kate Staples, has planned a rich array of offerings. We will open with a plenary session on Black British History: Past, Present, and Future, followed by 54 panels on a wide range of exciting new work. We will host a graduate student reception and we will have our annual awards ceremony. A draft copy of the program is attached below.

This year’s conference will be free to all NACBS members. Details about registration and online access will follow soon.

With best wishes,

The NACBS Executive

The Annual Conference will take place on Zoom

November 7-8 & 14-15

Members can access the conference program webpage here


2020 Annual Conference


If you have questions about the submission process or suggestions for program development, please contact:

Kate Kelsey Staples
NACBS Program Chair
Associate Professor of History
West Virginia University
Email: [email protected]
For questions related to local arrangements for the NACBS Annual Conference please contact the NACBS Executive Director, Laura Beers at [email protected] or NACBS Media Director Joel Hebert at [email protected] 


In addition to the national meeting, each of the regions holds their own annual conference. The following calls for papers or programs for regional meetings are available:

Middle Atlantic (MACBS)
2020 conference cancelled due to COVID-19
Midwest Conference on British Studies (MWCBS)

North East (NECBS)
Online Conference
10 October 2020
Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (PCCBS)
2020 conference cancelled due to COVID-19

Southern (SCBS) 
Online Conference
20-21 November 2020
Western (WCBS)


After a very successful joint meeting at Portland with the NACBS in 2003, Northwest Conference on British Studies (NWCBS) voted to disband this regional, with NWCBS members to be affiliated with either the Pacific Coast CBS or the Western CBS. But NWCBS continues to exist, virtually, with an unmoderated NWCBS listserv (to which all in the region are invited to subscribe).


Online, November 7-8 & 14-15, 2020