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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.


A leading scholar of British social and cultural history, particularly in relation to issues of gender and sexuality, Professor Judith R. Walkowitz has played a significant role in shaping the field of British Studies and the community of scholars who participate in the endeavor. The Judith R. Walkowitz Article Prize is awarded annually for the best published article on issues relating to gender and sexuality in British culture. 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 2020 prize will be awarded to an article published during the calendar year 2019. [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, 2020 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
School of Social Sciences, Humanities, & Arts
University of California-Merced
5200 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
(209) 228-4590
[email protected]
Chris Waters
Department of History
Williams College
Hollander Hall
85 Mission Park Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267
Brian Lewis
Department of History & Classical Studies
McGill University
Leacock, Rm 613
855 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7
514-398-4400 ext.00684
[email protected]


Amanda Herbert, “Queer Intimacy: Speaking with the Dead in Eighteenth-Century Britain,” Gender & History 31 (November 2018).

In her moving and elegantly written story of love, loss, and deep religiosity, Herbert meticulously charts the importance of friendship and spiritual comradeship between two women in early eighteenth-century England, Sarah Savage and Jane Ward Hunt. Through a close reading of the letters and diary entries that recorded their friendship, as well as the letters that Savage continued to write to Hunt long after her friend’s early death, Herbert deftly explores the logic of epistolary intimacy. In an article that is as methodologically generative as it is rigorous, Herbert uses the story of this friendship to shed broader light on early Georgian practices of bereavement and mourning, the affective friendships that often sustained Nonconformist convictions, and the logic of same-sex female intimacy.