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Call for Papers: 2012 British Scholar Conference (Britain and the World)

June 21, 2012
University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

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This serves as a call for papers for the fifth annual British Scholar Conference. The conference will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland from Thursday, 21 June through Saturday, 23 June, 2012. This marks the first time that the conference will take place away from Austin, Texas, and the British Scholar Society is pleased to announce that it will be hosted by the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology and the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Papers will focus on British interactions with the world from the seventeenth century to the present and will highlight the importance of British history from a global perspective. Beginning in 2012 the British Scholar Conference will also be known as the Britain and the World Conference to mirror the names of our journal, published by Edinburgh University Press, and book series, published by Palgrave Macmillan. Established scholars, scholars at the beginning of their careers, and graduate students are welcome to apply and present at the conference.

Confirmed speakers for the conference include Professor Alvin Jackson, Professor James Belich, and Professor Brian Levack. Alvin Jackson is the Richard Lodge Professor of History at the University of Edinburgh. He also serves as the Head of the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology. Professor Jackson will present the Opening Lecture on Thursday 21 June. James Belich holds the Beit Professorship in Commonwealth and Imperial History at Oxford University. He will deliver the second Frank M. Turner Memorial Lecture. Brian Levack is the John E. Green Regents Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin. He will deliver the Global Britain Lecture on Saturday, 23 June. More information about these lectures as well as the announcement of the Keynote Address will appear in our Newsletter in the months ahead. To receive our free monthly newsletter please sign up by visiting, enter your e-mail address at the top, and click Subscribe.

The third annual Wm. Roger Louis Prize, awarded to the best paper delivered at the British Scholar Annual Conference, will also be announced on 23 June. The Prize is worth $1000 and the winning paper will be published in the March 2013 issue of Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society, published by Edinburgh University Press.

The British Scholar Annual Conference will include our Conference Icebreaker on Thursday night, 21 June, our Dinner Party on Friday night, 22 June, as well as a Real Ale Event at an Edinburgh Brewery on Saturday night, 23 June. These events will provide numerous opportunities for networking and merrymaking in the brilliantly beautiful capital city of Edinburgh.

The conference accepts both individual paper and complete panel submissions. Submissions of individual papers should include an abstract of 150-300 words as well as a few descriptive keywords. Panels are expected to consist of three to four papers and should be submitted by one person who is willing to serve as the point of contact. Complete panels must also include a chair/discussant. In addition to abstracts for each individual paper, panel submissions should also include a brief 100-150 word introduction describing the panel’s main theme. The conference does not discriminate between panels and individual paper submissions.

All submissions for inclusion in the British Scholar Annual Conference must be received by Monday, 10 October 2011. Decisions on inclusion will be made by Friday, 2 December 2011. Submissions should be made electronically to Updates regarding the conference will be periodically posted to the British Scholar website. It is hoped that participants will be able to call upon their departments for hotel and transportation expenses.

Information on hotel accommodation and conference registration will be forthcoming. It should be noted that becoming a member of The British Scholar Society entitles you to a discounted registration rate. Membership in The British Scholar Society for 2011 is available on the British Scholar website by visiting our membership page at Membership for 2012 will be available from 2 December. If you have any questions about the forthcoming conference, please contact the Conference Organizing Committee directly at


The British Scholar Society


Bryan Glass

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