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North American Conference on British Studies Annual Meeting

November 3, 2017 - November 7, 2017
North American Conference on British Studies

Denver
United States

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The NACBS and its affiliate, the Western Conference on British Studies, seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2017 meeting. We will meet in Denver, Colorado, November 3-5, 2017. 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 presenters, a commentator, and a 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. Applicants may also write to the Program Chair for suggestions (nacbsprogram@gmail.com).

In addition to the panels, we will be sponsoring a poster session.  The posters will be exhibited throughout the conference, and there will be a scheduled time when presenters will be with their posters to allow for further discussion.  

All scholars working in the field of British Studies are encouraged to apply for the 2017 conference.  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. In an effort to allow a broader range of participants, no participant will be permitted to take part in more than one session in a substantive role. (That is, someone presenting or commenting on one panel cannot also present or comment on another, but individuals presenting or commenting on one panel may serve as chairs for other panels if need be.) Submissions are welcome from participants in last year’s conference, though if the number of strong submissions exceeds the number of available spaces, selection decisions may take into account recent participation.

All submissions are electronic, and need to be done in one sitting.   Before you start your submission, you should have the following information:

  1. Names, affiliations and email addresses for all panel participants.  PLEASE NOTE: We create the program from the submission, so please put the formal name of your university, not the local shorthand; names should be as they should appear on the program.  
  2. A note whether data projection is necessary, desired, or unnecessary.
  3. A brief summary CV for each participant, indicating education, current affiliations, and major publications.   (750 words maximum per CV.)
  4. Title and Abstract for each paper or presentation.   Roundtables do not need titles for each presentation, but if you have them, that is fine.  If there is no title, there should still be an abstract – i.e. “X will speak about this subject through the lens of this period/approach/region etc.”
  5. POSTERS: Those proposing posters should enter organizer information and first presenter information only.

All communication will be through the organizer, who will be responsible for ensuring that members of the panel receive the information they need.

The submission website at http://www.nacbs.org/conference will open in early January; submissions will close as of March 3, 2017. 

We will also have two special workshop sessions for doctoral students and early career scholars to present their research, with details and separate calls for proposals to be issued shortly.

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

Krista Kesselring

NACBS Program Chair

Professor of History

Dalhousie University

Email: nacbsprogram@gmail.com

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