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Obituary: Professor Lacey Baldwin Smith

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Lacey_Baldwin_Smith.jpgPROFESSOR LACEY BALDWIN SMITH - GREENSBORO - Professor Lacey Baldwin Smith died peacefully in his home on Sept. 8, 2013, at almost 91 years old. Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., a Guggenheim fellow, twice a Fulbright recipient, and twice recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities award, he was considered one of the "big name" historians. Yet, his writing was as entertaining as it was erudite. From scholarly tomes to "English History Made Brief, Irreverent, and Pleasurable," Lacey was a consummate author, and after 60 years of writing, the majority of his books remain in print. The biography, "Henry VIII: The Mask of Royalty," is one of the most referenced books concerning that famous and willful king. While a historian of the distant past, in his own life, Lacey was not a man to look backwards or rest on the laurels of his youth, and so, at the age of 89, the professor penned "Anne Boleyn: The Queen of Controversy" (published 2013). Then, 70 years after having attempted a novel during W.W.II in a military tent in India, he again turned his hand to what he considered the hardest form. He completed his first work of historical fiction and sent it to the publishers days before his health began failing. Although Lacey's writings often focused on the cut-throat and treacherous world of Tudor and Stuart monarchs, Lacey himself was a gentle and gracious man. While he loved to talk history, he was equally happy to read mystery stories, play poker, or watch his three-year-old grandson run circles around him. Having retired to Greensboro, the small village where he spent every summer of his life, he was a champion of the Greensboro Library, the Greensboro Historical Society, and the Greensboro Land Trust. In the wider community, he served on the board of the American Historical Association, the American Historical Review, the Conference on British Studies, and as editor of the Journal of Modern History. As devoted a teacher as he was a writer, he rarely forgot a student's name. One of his last actions before his death was to write to a former undergraduate, whom he hadn't seen in decades, but who had contacted him regarding his most recent book. The devotion he showed his students was only rivaled by that he showed his wife and children. He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Jean Reeder Smith; and is survived by his son, MacAllister Smith; daughters, Dennison Smith, and Katherine Chandler Smith-Brannon; grandsons, Chandler Smith and Steven Brannon; and granddaughter, Oceana Masterman-Smith. A funeral and memorial will be held in Greensboro next July when Lacey's many friends and relatives return to the lake for the summer. The family requests that, in lieu of cards or flowers, donations be made in Lacey's name to the Greensboro Land Trust: 

Published in The Burlington Free Press on September 15, 2013


NACBS 2014 in Minneapolis, MN, 7-9 November 2014

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The NACBS 2014 will be held in Minneapolis, MN on 7-9 November 2014.



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Saturday and Sunday, APRIL 5-6, 2014

The MACBS, the mid-Atlantic affiliate of the NACBS, the main organization for British Studies in Canada and the United States, seeks participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies. We solicit proposals for papers and panels on Britain, the British Atlantic World, and the British Empire broadly defined. Our interests range from the ancient to the contemporary and we welcome participation by scholars of history, anthropology, literature, art, politics, economics and related fields. Senior faculty, junior faculty, and graduate students are all encouraged to participate.

Proposals for individual papers and full panels are welcome. Paper proposals should include a brief (no more than 250 words) abstract of the paper and a curriculum vita. Full panel proposals should also include a one-paragraph description of the panel’s overall aim and indicate which panel member will serve as the organizer and primary contact.

All submissions must be received by 15 December 2013.

Send proposals via email to:

Prof. Laura Beers, Program Chair
Department of History
American University
[email protected]


Prof. Amanda Herbert, Program co-Chair

Department of History

Christopher Newport University

[email protected]

For additional information, please see the MACBS website:


NACBS 2013 Draft Program (August 2013)

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NACBS 2013 Program (Draft 8-5-2013) by 6500jmk4

The North American British Music Studies Association will hold its Sixth Biennial Conference from Thursday through Sunday, 31 July to 3 August 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada, hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Proposals on topics related to all aspects of British music and musical life in general throughout Britain, the Empire, and beyond are welcome. Those that draw upon interdisciplinary or broader cultural contexts are particularly welcome.

Presentations may take a variety of formats, including individual papers of twenty minutes in length, workshops involving group participation, roundtable discussions, lecture-recitals, and themed panel sessions. The Nicholas Temperley Prize will be awarded for the best scholarly presentation given by a graduate student.

Proposal format and content

  • For individual papers, abstracts not exceeding 350 words should clearly present the title, the subject, the methodology, the argument, and the significance of the findings.
  • For presentations in other formats, proposals should be of similar length (maximum 350 words); they should clearly state and justify the intended format, including amount of time requested, and should indicate the originality and significance of the material to be delivered.
  • Those proposing lecture-recitals must also include recordings of the proposed performer(s) playing examples of the proposed repertory if not of the exact proposed work(s).
  • Anyone proposing a lecture-recital should attach a short biography.
  • All proposals should also indicate audio-visual needs (in a separate line at the end of the abstract, not included in word count).
  • Students should identify themselves as such on the non-anonymous copy of the abstract (see below), so that their papers can be considered for the Temperley Prize.


Proposal transmission procedures

  • Proposals should be sent via e-mail attachment to the Program Committee Chair Roberta Montemorra Marvin ([email protected]) with the subject-line NABMSA 2014 Proposal.
  • The e-mail should carry two attachments in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx, or .rtf only).
    • The first attachment (file name = anonymous submission_short title of the proposal) should include within the text only title and abstract.
    • The second attachment (file name = your own last name_short title of the proposal) should contain within the text your name, address, telephone, fax, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation or city, along with the paper title and abstract. The content of this second attachment should also be pasted into the body of the e-mail in case of transmission problems.
  • Audio or video recordings supporting proposals for lecture-recitals are required (demo disc, .mp3 files, etc.) and should be received (electronically) by the same deadline as the abstract (see below). Please contact the Program Chair via email for instructions on how to transmit these materials electronically. Do not send them as email attachments.
  • The deadline for all submissions is midnight, Eastern Standard Time, 20 January 2014.

It is the policy of the Association that all presenters be members in good standing. More information about NABMSA and its activities may be seen on the Association’s web site,


Submissions will be acknowledged within four days of receipt. Participants will be notified of the acceptance by mid-March 2014. Program Committee for 2014: Roberta Montemorra Marvin (University of Iowa), chair; Christopher Scheer (Utah State University), Derek Scott (University of Leeds); Amanda Eubanks Winkler (Syracuse University)




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The Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (PCCBS) invites paper and panel proposals for its 41st annual meeting, to be held at the Mission Inn, Riverside, California, March 7-9, 2014. 

The PCCBS invites papers representing all fields of British Studies -- broadly defined to include those who study the United Kingdom, its component parts and nationalities, as well as Britain's imperial cultures.  We welcome proposals from scholars and doctoral candidates in a wide range of disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, including History, Literature, Political Science, Philosophy, Religion, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Theater Studies, and Art History.

Proposals for individual papers, partial panels, or complete panels are all welcome, although complete panel proposals are preferred.  We encourage the submission of proposals dealing with interdisciplinary topics, as well as panels on new pedagogies and technologies associated with British Studies.

The deadline for submission of proposals/panels is NOVEMBER 18, 2013.  Proposals should include a 200-words abstract for each paper plus a 1-page c.v. for each participant.  Those submitting full or partial panel proposals should include a brief description of the panel plus a 1-page c.v. for the panel chair as well as for its commentator.  Please place the panel proposal, its constituent paper proposals, and all vitae in one file, making certain that your contact information, especially e-mail addresses, are correct and current.  Proposals should be submitted via e-mail attachment by Nov. 18, 2013, to:

Lori Anne Ferrell, PCCBS Program Committee Chair, Claremont Graduate University, [email protected].


Chicago_montage.jpgThe Midwest Conference on British Studies is proud to announce that its 60th Annual Meeting will be hosted by DePaul University in Chicago, October 11-13, 2013.  

The keynote speaker will be Professor Robert Bucholz of Loyola University of Chicago, and the plenary address will be given by Professor Jonathan Rose of Drew University. The MWCBS is also pleased to celebrate the career of Professor Walter L. Arnstein at this year's meeting.

The MWCBS seeks papers from scholars in all fields of British Studies, broadly defined to include those who study England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Britain's Empire and the Commonwealth. We welcome scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including but not limited to history, literature, political science, gender studies and art history. Proposals for complete sessions are preferred, although proposals for individual papers will be considered. We welcome roundtables (of four participants plus chair) and panels (of three participants plus chair/commentator) that:

* offer cross-disciplinary perspectives on topics in British Studies

* situate the arts, letters, and sciences in a British cultural context

* examine representations of British and imperial/Commonwealth national identities

* consider Anglo-American relations, past and present

* examine new trends in British Studies

* assess a major work or body of work by a scholar

* explore new developments in digital humanities and/or research methodologies

After positive responses to recent roundtables on teaching and employment, we would particularly like to receive proposals for teaching roundtables that discuss collaborative or innovative learning techniques in the British Studies classroom and for professional development roundtables dealing with research, publication, or employment. We are also pleased to announce a session on holdings available to scholars conducting research in the Chicago area.

The MWCBS welcomes papers presented by advanced graduate students and will award the Walter L. Arnstein Prize for the best graduate student paper(s) given at the conference. A limited number of graduate travel scholarships will be available, and all graduate students are encouraged to apply. Please see the MWCBS website for further details:

Proposals must:

-       Include a 200-word abstract for each paper and a brief, 1-page c.v. for each participant, including chairs and commentators.

-       For full panels, include a brief 200-word preview of the panel as a whole.


Please place the panel proposal, the accompanying paper proposals and vitas in one file and send it as a single attachment. Also identify within the email the contact person for the panel.

All proposals should be submitted electronically by April 15, 2013, to the Program Committee Chair, Jennifer McNabb at [email protected] .

Program Committee: Martin Greig, Ryerson University; Phil Harling, University of Kentucky; Robin Hermann, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Isaac Land, Indiana State University; Jennifer McNabb, Chair, Western Illinois University; and Cathryn Spence, University of Guelph.



PCCBS and NACBS 2013 (Nov. 8-10)

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I am writing to you on behalf of the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies to invite scholars working on Britain to participate in the upcoming meeting of the NACBS, to be held in Portland, Oregon, Nov. 8-10, 2013.  The meeting will take place in the historic Benson Hotel (opened in 1913).  The hotel is centrally located with easy access to restaurants, the lovely classical Chinese Garden, and the ever-popular Powell's Bookstore.  One food critic has described the restaurant scene as "the scrappiest, most original gastronomic destination in America."  Those of you familiar with "Portlandia" will have glimpsed another side of life in the Pacific Northwest, one you might encounter if you visit a coffee shop or brew pub.  The MAX light rail system and the Portland Streetcar make travel around the city easy.  Do not miss out on this opportunity to sample the treats Portland has to offer.  The deadline for panel submissions has been extended to March 25th.  I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.  

Randall McGowen, President PCCBS



CFP: NACBS 2013 (deadline extended to March 25)

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At the PCCBS meeting in Berkeley this past weekend, it became clear that for some reason many people -- including long time active NACBS members -- had not seen the CFP for the NACBS Portland meeting.  We are therefore extending the deadline to March 25 to give those who had missed the call an opportunity to submit proposals.   

The call for papers can be found at
Submissions can be made at

If you have questions about proposals or eligibility, please contact [email protected]

Susan D. Amussen
Professor of History
Director, Center for Research in the Humanities & Arts
School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts
University of California,  Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343

The Western Conference on British Studies invites papers for its annual meeting October 3-5, 2013.

For the first time in our history, the Western Conference on British Studies will meet in Kansas City, MO. 

In recognition of Kansas City’s geographic position as the meeting point between urban and rural America, and Missouri’s status as the jumping-off point for the Westward Movement, the conference’s theme will be

“Borders, Boundaries and Frontiers.”  The borders, boundaries and frontiers that we envision range from the geographic to the chronological, from the gendered to the religious, from the boundaries of class to those of nationality and Empire, and we invite everyone to participate! 

Peter Stansky, (Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford University) will deliver the plenary address. 

Missouri has other links to British history and culture that may inspire presentations or panels for our meeting.  Kansas City was a major centre of Irish immigration in the nineteenth century and we would welcome papers that explored topics on border crossing, immigration or emigration.  Fulton Missouri was the locale for Winston Churchill’s famous “Sinews of Peace” or “Iron Curtain” speech, which gave rhetorical rigidity to the political and cultural boundaries between East and West during the Cold War.  As always, papers on any other aspect of the British experience are welcome, including papers exploring interdisciplinary perspectives, reflections on pedagogical issues, or discussion of art, music or material culture. 

The WCBS welcomes papers from advanced graduate students, and offers the Bob McJimsey prize for the best graduate student paper presented at the conference. 

Proposals for papers and full panels, including a 250 word abstract for each paper and a 1-2 pg. c.v. for each presenter, chair/commentator, should be sent to program co-chairs:

Chris Frank, University of Manitoba ([email protected])  or  Lynn McKay, Brandon University ([email protected]) by 30 April 2013.

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