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The official publication of the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), the Journal of British Studies, has positioned itself as the critical resource for scholars of British culture from the Middle Ages through the present. Drawing on both established and emerging approaches, JBS presents scholarly articles and books reviews from renowned international authors who share their ideas on British society, politics, law, economics, and the arts. In 2005 (Vol. 44), the journal merged with the NACBS publication Albion, creating one journal for NACBS membership.

THE JUDITH R. WALKOWITZ ARTICLE PRIZE, 2021 

The Judith R. Walkowitz Article Prize is awarded annually for the best published article on issues relating to gender and sexuality in British culture.  It honors Professor Walkowitz’s outstanding work in the history of gender, sexuality and culture and her influence in the field of British Studies and on the community of scholars who participate in it. The prize is open to scholars resident in North America working in any time period and in any discipline in British Studies, and carries a cash award of $150. The 2021 prize will be awarded to an article published during the calendar year 2020. [Note: Articles considered for the Walkowitz Prize may also be eligible for the Love Prize, but the selection committees will operate entirely separately.]

All scholars who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada and living in either country at the time of the award are eligible to compete. An electronic copy (sent as a PDF) of the nominated article or paper should be sent via e-mail by 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2021 to each member of the Prize Committee. The article file should be named as follows: (NOMINEE NAME_Walkowitz Article). Contact details for each committee member, including e-mail addresses, appear below: 

Chair: Susan Amussen
Department of History
University of California-Merced
[email protected]
 
Katie Hindmarch-Watson
Department of History
Johns Hopkins University
[email protected] 

Pamela J. Walker
Department of History
Carleton University
[email protected]

RECENT AWARD WINNERS

Averill Earls (Mercyhurst University), “Solicitor Brown and his boy: Love, Sex and Scandal in 20th century Ireland” Historical Reflections 46:1 (2020) (doi: 10.3167/hrrh.2020.460106)

In this engaging and stimulating essay, Averill Earls examines how same sex desire and an indecency case brought against two men in1941 determined their lives. On the one hand, Solicitor Brown had a position of respect in the Irish state; his lover Leslie Price was a 17-year-old deserter from the English army. The extensive records of the case allow Earls to track the contours of their relationship in the context of the social history of 1940s Ireland. Her impressive attention to detail and the depth of her archival work creates a compelling narrative. Earls shows how anxieties about sexuality intersected with Irish nationalism to shape the culture of policing and law. She deftly balances a detailed, single case history with a sophisticated cultural and political history to ask how one distinctive case enriches questions central to the histories of gender, sexuality, age, class and nation.


Honorable Mention:

Satyasikha Chakraborty (The College of New Jersey), “’Nurses of Our Ocean Highways’: The Precarious Metropolitan Lives of Colonial South Asian Ayahs,” Journal of Women’s History 32:2 (2020).

This essay offers important insight into the actual lives of Ayahs who came to England, challenging the literary trope of the “family”.

Emily L. Loney (University of Madison-Wisconsin), “Redressing the Past: New Clothes, Old Estates, and Anne Clifford’s Fashioning of Community,” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 15:1 (2020).

Loney provides a fascinating new perspective on the life of Lady Anne Clifford by linking her fashion choices to women’s networks.

PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS