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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 meetings have taken place in 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 and at the annual Anglo-American Conference of Historians in London in July. 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.

NOVEMBER 8-10, 2013 


A draft of the NACBS 2013 program is available here.


Step 1: Update NACBS Membership (if necessary)
Secure server through Cambridge University Press 


Step 2: Register for the NACBS 2013 Conference

Online conference registration is through RegOnline.  You do not have to be a member of NACBS to register for the conference.  If you are a member you can register at a lower rate.  If you plan to register as an NACBS member, you will need your NACBS membership number.  This is the same as your Cambridge University Press/Journal of British Studies login ID.  If you have lost your membership information, you can contact Cambridge University Press by phone: 845-353-7500, or e-mail:[email protected].

If you have used RegOnline in the past, the system will ask you for your password (this is a different password than your NACBS password).  If you have forgotten your password, you may request a new one.

Early Registration

NACBS members $170                       
NACBS graduate student members $100

Non-NACBS $190
Graduate student non-members $120

Late Registration (after September 30)

NACBS members $200
NACBS graduate student members $125

Non-NACBS $220
Graduate student non-members $145

Lunches (deadline for lunch reservations is Oct. 21)

Friday lunch $30
Saturday lunch $30


Benson_Hotel.jpgStep 3: Reserve a Hotel Room

The 2013 annual meeting of the NACBS will be held at the Benson Hotel, 309 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97205.  The Benson is an elegant hotel built in 1913.  It was voted the best Portland hotel in 2012 by The Oregonian.

phone:  503-228-2000
FAX:  503-471-3920

The Benson is located in the heart of Portland, within easy walking distance of excellent restaurants, shops, Powell's bookstore, and several brewpubs.  The hotel offers exercise facilities as well as free high-speed internet.  The Palm Court in the lobby is a convenient place to meet friends for breakfast, lunch, or drinks.

Conference Rate

A block of rooms has been reserved for NACBS conference attendees the nights of Thursday through Saturday, November 7-9, 2013.  A few rooms are available on Wednesday, November 6, as well.

The NACBS rate is $130 per night for single/double occupancy.  To negotiate this room rate, the NACBS needs to fill a specified number of rooms, so we urge you to stay at the conference hotel.


The conference room rate is only guaranteed until OCTOBER 16, 2013.  To reserve a room, please follow the links to:


Travel Information

Portland is served by Portland International Airport (PDX), which is approximately thirty minutes from downtown.  Most major domestic carriers have flights to Portland.  For more information visit

If you walk outside baggage claim, following signs to ground transportation, you will find taxi, towncar, and (a few) van shuttle services.  The charges are:

  • van shuttles: $14.00 per person (Blue Star is recommended by the hotel)
  • taxi: $37.00 to $40.00 depending on mileage and per person charge
  • towncar: $50.00 typically a flat fee

For people who wish to use mass transit, there is an excellent choice in the MAX Light Rail that services the Portland Airport.  Take the MAX Red Line (runs every 15 minutes) which takes 38 minutes to Downtown Portland at Pioneer Square.  The cost is $2.50 per person.  The Benson Hotel is four blocks north on Broadway.

For out bound airport transportation, please make reservations with the hotel Concierge desk.

Driving Information

Westbound (from PDX)
Follow Airport Way to I-205 South.  Take I-205 South to I-84 West.  From I-84 West, take the City Center/Morrison Street Exit.  Continue on SE Morrison Street over the Morrison Bridge.  Turn right on SW Second Avenue.  Turn left on SW Oak Street.  Turn left on SW Broadway.  The Benson Hotel is on your right.

Southbound (from Seattle)
Follow I-5 South.  Take the 302A exit (Rose Garden/City Center).  At the top of the exit, turn right towards City Center.  Follow Broadway over the Broadway Bridge (say in left lane).  From the base of the bridge, follow Broadway to 10 blocks until you reach the Benson Hotel on the right (at the corner of Oak and Broadway).

Northbound (from Salem and Eugene)
Follow I-5 North to I-405 North.  Stay in the left-hand lane and take the 1A/Naito Parkway exit.  Follow the signs to Naito Parkway.  Turn left on SW Oak.  Turn left on SW Broadway.  The Benson Hotel is on your right.

Valet parking is available 24 hours a day, for a charge of $31 for overnight.


Portland Visitor Information

The Benson hotel website offers useful links to such topics as Powell's Bookstore, the Pearl District, the Japanese and Chinese gardens, and the numerous food carts that offer an endless variety of cuisines for an inexpensive lunch or dinner.   Additional information can be found at  or  The Willamette Week has a good restaurant guide:  So does the Portland Monthly:

For questions about local arrangements, please contact Randall McGowen, University of Oregon, [email protected].




Call for Papers (closed)

The NACBS and its Pacific affiliate, the Pacific Conference on British Studies, seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2013 meeting.  We will meet in Portland, Oregon from November 8-10. We solicit proposals for panels on Britain, the British Empire and the British world. Our interests range from the medieval to the modern. We welcome participation by scholars across the humanities and social sciences.

We invite panel proposals addressing selected themes, methodology, and pedagogy, as well as roundtable discussions of topical and thematic interest, including conversations among authors of recent books and reflections on landmark scholarship. We are particularly interested in submissions that have a broad chronological focus and/or interdisciplinary breadth. North American scholars, international scholars and Ph.D. students are all encouraged to submit proposals for consideration.  Panels typically include three papers and a comment, and ideally a separate chair; roundtables customarily have four presentations, as well as a chair; proposals which only include papers will be less likely to succeed.  We are not able to accommodate individual paper proposals; those with paper ideas may search for additional panelists on lists such as H-Albion or at venues such as the NACBS Facebook page. Applicants may also write to the Program Chair for suggestions ([email protected]).

All scholars working in the field of British Studies are encouraged to apply for the 2013 conference, though we particularly welcome submissions from those who did not appear on the 2012 program. Panels that include both emerging and established scholars are encouraged: we welcome the participation of junior scholars and Ph.D. candidates beyond the qualifying stage. To foster intellectual interchange, we ask applicants to compose panels that feature participation from multiple institutions. No participant will be permitted to take part in more than one session and no more than one proposal will be considered from each applicant.

The submission website is; submissions will close as of March 25, 2013. 

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

Susan D. Amussen
NACBS Program Chair
Professor of History
University of California, Merced
Email: [email protected]


NACBS Conference Submission website
The site will be open until March 25, 2013 


We are accepting only complete panel proposals.   You will need the following information for your submission:

For each participant:  Name, Affiliation, Status, and email address; a biographical sketch with key recent publications

For those giving papers (as opposed to chairs or comments) we also need the title of the presentation and a brief abstract

Please note: the submission database is used to create the program, so please be as accurate as possible in your information.  In particular, the names of institutions should be as they should appear in the program.  So even if you always use initials, or a short name, please use the formal name of the university.  

Please note: All communication will be directly with the organizer of the panel; we lack the staff to send individual letters to all participants.


Can I submit a single paper?

No. If you have been unable to find colleagues to create a panel, it is unlikely that we can find two papers to create a coherent and compelling panel.

May I submit more than once?

While you may place your name on multiple panels, with extremely rare exceptions, participants can only be on the program once; if you have your name on multiple submissions which are accepted, we will ask you to remove yourself from one.

How can I increase the chances that my panel will be accepted?

In 2012, we had to reject about one quarter of the sessions.   Some of those would have been excellent additions to the conference.  There is no way to guarantee acceptance. There is no clear rule, but in general the panels that have the greatest difficulty being accepted are ones consisting entirely of graduate students or recent Ph.D.s   We also generally frown on sessions from just one institution.   We encourage you to include papers from more advanced scholars along with those by recent Ph.D.s: name recognition helps build audience.  Finding a chair and comment for your session helps too: when choosing between two equally good sessions, we usually choose the one where we don’t have to find the rest of the panel.

Do we need a chair and comment?

Every proposal should have a designated chair.  If you are proposing a set of papers rather than a roundtable, you should have a comment, though the same person can do both.   (Ideally different people serve these different roles, however, and we will often try to fill the role of chair.)  There are two major types of panels:

  1. Roundtable: Usually 3-4 scholars, with a chair, and more informal consideration of a theme or topic.   This session focuses on a discussion of the issues, so often does not have a designated commentator.
  2. 3 (or 4) paper panel:  Here participants deliver formal papers, and there is always a commentator.  You should note that the time constraints mean that in a four paper panel there are usually only 15 minutes per paper, so this is very rushed.  With four participants, you might want to think about a more dialogic format, like a roundtable.

Please note:  Panels not submitted through the submissions website cannot be considered.

If you have further questions, please contact [email protected]


If you have questions about local arrangements, including hotels, registration, please contact the local arrangements chair, Randy McGowen.

If you are publisher and would like to advertise in the program or set up a display at the conference, please contact the local arrangements chair, Randy McGowen.

If you are a conference participant and have questions about the program, please contact the program chair, Susan Amussen.



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)
MACBS, New York City, March 23-24, 2013

Midwest (MWCBS)
Chicago, IL, October 11-13, 2013 
Minneapolis, MN, date to be announced

North East (NECBS)
University of Connecticut, Storrs, October 4-5, 2013

Pacific Coast (PCCBS)
Riverside, CA, March 7-9, 2014

Southern (SCBS) 
St. Louis, MO, October 31-Novermber 3, 2013
Atlanta, GA, November 13-16, 2014
Little Rock, Arkansas, November 11-14, 2015
St. Pete Beach, FL, November 2-5, 2016 

Western (WCBS)
Kansas City, MO, October 3-5, 2013

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).


NACBS/PCCBS 2013 8-10 November 2013 Portland, OR
NACBS/MWCBS 2014 7-9 November 2013 Minneapolis, MN