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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.

Welcome to NACBS 2020 

This year, our annual meeting will take place entirely online over two weekends—November 7-8 and November 14-15.

Our virtual format brings participants together from five continents. We will have the usual broad range of new work, on everything from sixteenth-century tithe litigation to post-colonial tourism. Two “Themed Connections” will foster conversations about pressing problems in our work, namely teaching and research during a pandemic. We will still have our annual graduate students’ reception and our awards ceremony. And we are especially excited about the plenary event that will launch our meeting on November 7, “Black British History: Past, Present and Future.” For more on our presenters, please see below. Finally, all members are encouraged to attend the annual business meeting of the NACBS, at the end of the conference, when we will report on developments of the past year and look forward to the next.

NACBS 2020 is free to all members. Anyone interested in attending can access the conference at the link below where they can join the NACBS or renew their membership. Using their NACBS login credentials, members will then find that the conference portal acts as their gateway to all virtual sessions. Clicking on a hyperlink will redirect you to the appropriate Zoom channel. In addition, all members will be asked to consent to a “Code of Conduct,” setting out appropriate behavior in this online setting.

We encourage chairs and presenters to review the following guidance:

Guidelines for Chairs 

Guidelines for Presenters

Recordings of the panels are also available to access on the conference portal. Just click on the link to the panel you'd like to view and enter the corresponding passcode when prompted. 

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NACBS 2020 Plenary 

"Black British History: Past, Present and Future" 


Kennetta Perry, Tiffany Florvil, Christienna Fryar, Meleisa Ono-George, Nicole Jackson 

November 7, 11am EST 

Dr. Kennetta Hammond Perry serves as founding Director of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK where she is also a Reader in History. Prior to her appointment at De Montfort, she was an Associate Professor of History and Co-Director of the African & African American Studies Program at East Carolina University in the USA.  Her research interests include Black British history, transnational race politics, Black women’s history, archives of Black Europe, and anti-racist movements for citizenship, recognition and social justice throughout the African Diaspora. She has published widely, including a book-length study on African Caribbean migration to Britain following World War II titled London Is The Place For Me: Black Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Race (Oxford Press, 2016).  Currently, she is researching histories of state-crafted racial violence in the UK and completing a monograph tentatively titled David Oluwale’s Britain.

Dr. Tiffany N. Florvil is an Associate Professor of 20th-century European Women’s and Gender History at the University of New Mexico. She specializes in the histories of post-1945 Europe, the African/Black diaspora, social movements, feminism, Black internationalism, gender and sexuality, and emotions. She has published pieces in the Journal of Civil and Human Rights and The German Quarterly. Florvil has also coedited the volume, Rethinking Black German Studies: Approaches, Interventions and Histories, as well as published chapters in Gendering Post-1945 German History, To Turn this Whole World Over, and Gendering Knowledge in Africa and the African Diaspora. Her forthcoming manuscript, Mobilizing Black Germany: Afro-German Women and the Making of a Transnational Movement, with the University of Illinois Press, offers the first full-length study of the history of the Black German movement of the 1980s to the 2000s. She is a Board Member of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History (IFRWH) as well as on the Editorial Board for Central European History and the Executive Board for the Journal of Civil and Human Rights. She is also an editor of the “Imagining Black Europe” book series at Peter Lang Press. Follow her on Twitter @tnflorvil.

Dr. Christienna Fryar is a historian of modern Britain, the British Empire, and the modern Caribbean,and leads the new MA in Black British History program at Goldsmiths at the University of London, the first taught masters’ programme in this subject in the country. Her current research uses disaster studies to embed modern British history within the fields of comparative slavery and emancipation studies. She has published articles in the History Workshop Journal, the Journal of British Studies, and Slavery and Abolition, and recently has been named by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council as a New Generation Thinker 2020.

Dr. Meleisa Ono-George is Assistant Professor in Caribbean History and Director of Student Experience at the University of Warwick. Her research focuses on questions of race and gender in the Anglo-Caribbean, as well as community-engaged historical methodologies and anti-racist pedagogies. She co-chairs the University's Race Equality Taskforce, and co-leads on staff development project focused on anti-racist pedagogy. Meleisa is also a member of the RHS Race, Ethnicity & Equality (REE) Working Group.

Dr. Nicole M. Jackson is an historian of the modern African Diaspora, Black social movements, and community activism, with a current focus on contemporary Black Britain. She is interested in everyday Black people’s work to expand the boundaries of social and political citizenship. She is also interested in the intersection between historical reality and representation in popular culture.


Final Program 2020


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: nacb[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