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The Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies is seeking submissions for future volumes. The Bulletin is the official journal of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies. It is a fully digital, open access, and double-blind peer reviewed journal and is actively indexed in the MLA International Bibliography. In keeping with the Robin Hood tradition, authors retain their rights to their own materials.

Articles are generally 4,000-8,000 words long. Please see the journal's website for additional submission guidelines.

We invite scholars to submit articles or essays detailing original research on any aspect of the Robin Hood tradition. Submission is via the web, and preliminary inquiries or questions may be directed to Valerie Johnson, (University of Montevallo) and Alexander Kaufman (Ball State University).

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Queen Mary I at Her Accession
Edited by Valerie Schutte

I am seeking essay proposals for an edited volume focused on Queen Mary I at her accession. A few essays and book chapters exist on this subject, but these studies tend to focus solely on the political events around the succession, specifically Edward’s “Devise.” This volume will welcome any topic on Mary’s accession, from a re-evaluation of these political events to material and cultural artefacts. It is the purpose of this collection to offer a more well-rounded picture of Mary’s accession, the events that lead to it, and the political and cultural aftermath, both for and against Mary.

A range of publication outlets have expressed interest. Planned publication will be 2022-2023.I will consider proposals from scholars at all stages of their careers, from graduate students to early career scholars, to tenured faculty.

Possible essay topics include:
  • Historical narrative of events leading to Mary’s accession, beginning in childhood
  • Re-evaluation of political events of July 1553
  • Re-evaluation of “crisis” as used to describe Mary’s accession
  • Accession literature – both for and against Mary – incl. pamphlets and ballads
  • Comparison of Tudor accession proclamations
  • Mary’s relationship with Jane Grey
  • Re-evaluation of Jane Grey’s accession or her circle
  • Mary’s accession from an international perspective
  • Mary’s accession as represented in chronicle
  • Networks of letters that discuss the events of July 1553 
  • Sermons for and against her accession
  • Parliamentary acts related to accessio\
  • Plays and panegyrics

Essays not on these topics will also be considered.

Chapter proposals should be 250-300 words, accompanied by a brief biography, for essays of 7,000-10,000 words. Please email proposals and bios to no later than 1 August 2020. Accepted authors will be notified by September 2020 and complete essays will be due 1 August 2021.

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Chicago, Illinois, November 12-15, 2020 


Extended Deadline: 20 April, 2020 

The NACBS and its affiliate, the Midwest Conference on British Studies (MWCBS), seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2020 meeting. We will meet in Chicago, Illinois, from November 12-15, 2020. We solicit proposals for presentations on Britain, the British Empire-Commonwealth, and the British world, including Ireland, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific (etc.). Our interests range from the medieval to the modern. We welcome participation by scholars from across the humanities and social sciences, from all parts of the globe, and from all career stages and backgrounds. We reaffirm our commitment to British Studies broadly conceived, and welcome proposals that reflect the diversity of scholars and scholarship in the field.

We invite panel proposals that address selected themes, methodology, and pedagogy, as well as roundtable discussions and lightening rounds (8-10 presenters with one chair, a few minutes to each presenter) of topical and thematic interest, including conversations among authors of recent books, reflections on landmark scholarship, and discussions about professional practice. We are particularly interested in submissions that have a broad chronological range and/or interdisciplinary breadth, and that are tightly connected by a theme. Standard panels typically include three presenters speaking for 20 minutes each, a commentator, and a chair, while roundtables typically include four presenters speaking for 15 minutes each and a chair. We are open to other formats, though; please feel free to consult with the program committee chair.

To secure as broad a range of participation, we will also consider individual paper proposals. Panels that include a diverse mix of presenters across fields and career stages are particularly welcome. 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 substantial role. (That is, someone presenting or commenting on one panel cannot also present or comment on another, though 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.

As complete panels are more likely to be accepted, we recommend that interested participants issue calls on H-Albion or social media (e.g., @TheNACBS on Twitter or on the NACBS Facebook page) to arrange a panel. If a full panel cannot be arranged by the deadline, however, please do submit the individual proposal and the program committee will try to build submissions into full panels as appropriate.

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. 

Click here to access the online submission formThe deadline for submissions is 20 April, 2020.

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

  • Names, affiliations and email addresses for all panel participants. PLEASE NOTE: We create the program from the submission, so be sure that names, institutional titles, and paper titles are provided as they should appear on the program.
  • A note whether data projection is necessary, desired, or unnecessary. Please only request if AV is central to convey your presentation. (Because AV is now enormously expensive, it will be provided in only some of the meeting rooms.)
  • A brief summary CV for each participant, indicating education, current affiliations, and major publications. (two-page maximum per CV.)
  • 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.”
  • POSTERS: Those proposing posters should enter organizer information and first presenter information only.

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

All program presenters must be current members of the NACBS by October 12, one month before the conference, or risk being removed from the program.

Some financial assistance will become available for graduate students (up to $500) and for a limited number of under/unemployed members within ten years of their terminal degree ($300). Details of these travel grants and how to apply will be posted to and emailed to members after the program for the 2020 meeting is prepared.

NACBS Workshop Call for Proposals

Captivity, Confinement and Incarceration

“British Liberty” has never precluded confinement. This workshop explores forms of captivity and unfreedom in the British Isles and British Empire. We invite papers that consider slavery, hostage-taking, war captivity, debt imprisonment, medical quarantine, the detention of political suspects, sanctuary, the confinement of refugees and social outsiders, and punitive incarceration. We will ask how to conceptualize the relationship between different forms of confinement, and how practices of holding persons in a state of captivity were reconciled with the “birthrights of Englishmen.” Other questions include: How were confinement and captivity mediated by race, gender, social class, and geography? How was captivity institutionalized at different historical moments? Is Foucault’s paradigm of a “great confinement” or a modern “carceral archipelago” still useful? How do histories of confinement shed light on incarceration in the world today?

Participants will be chosen with a view to the complementarity of their research topics and strong preference will be given to graduate students and early career scholars.

The session will include 6-8 pre-circulated papers of 6,000-8,000 words each. Participants must be prepared to submit their papers by 1 October 2020. Each participant will be required to read all papers for the session, and to share written comments on two of the papers, prior to the conference. The session itself will include brief presentations and discussions of each paper, followed by a more extensive conversation between participants and the audience around common questions and themes.

Those interested must submit a CV and a one-page abstract to Rachel Weil ( and Aidan Forth ( by April 30th. The organizers will endeavor to announce results by the middle of May. Please title your email “NACBS Workshop Proposal.”

Note: Some financial assistance will be available for graduate students (up to US$500) and for a limited number of under/unemployed NACBS members within ten years of their terminal degree (US$300). Details of these travel grants will be posted to and emailed to members once the 2020 meeting program is prepared.

Seeking Presenter for Panel on Exiles and Empire at NACBS in Chicago

A colleague and I will be presenting a panel proposal to the North American Conference on British Studies, which is meeting in Chicago this November 12-15. We are seeking a third panelist to present a paper dealing broadly with issues of exile, refugees, and displacement in Britain and its Empire. 

I will be presenting on the rebellion of the Saint-Domingue-born soldier Jean Kina in British-occupied Martinique in 1801, and more broadly on the Caribbean counterrevolution's effect on the circulation and black and free colored exiles. My co-panelist will be exploring the settlement of French Huguenot soldiers in Ireland in the aftermath of the Williamite-Jacobite war and its effect on the political and religious landscape of the island under the Protestant Ascendancy. 

We would be particularly interested in a proposal that covers another group of exiles or refugees in the long 18th century (Jacobites, American Loyalists, or Palatine Germans, for instance), but we will also happily consider proposals from outside an early modern time frame. We will develop a more narrowly-tailored proposal once we have a third panelist. 

Both my co-panelist and I are ABD doctoral students working on these topics for our dissertations. We would welcome scholars at any stage who have an interest in this timely theme. 

The deadline for the panel proposals to the NACBS is 20 April, 2020 [sic], so please get in touch ASAP if interested.

Patrick Harris 
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies 

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“Shakespeare and Dance”
Deadline for submitting articles: 31 May 2020
Shakespeare Jahrbuch 157 (2021)
The 2021 volume of Shakespeare Jahrbuch will be a special issue on “Dance”. The editorial board invites essays from a variety of perspectives, including literary studies, cultural history, dance studies and the history of dance, performance studies, adaptation studies etc. For more information, please contact the general editor of Shakespeare JahrbuchSabine Schülting. The deadline for submitting articles (of not more than 6000 words) is 31 May 2020. The style sheet will be available on the website of the German Shakespeare Society as of January 2020.

Southern Conference on British Studies
2020 Meeting
November 20-21, 2020: Memphis, Tennessee
Call for Papers

Deadline for submission: May 15, 2020

The Southern Conference on British Studies solicits proposals for its 2020 meeting Memphis, Tennessee. The SCBS will meet in conjunction with the Southern Historical Association.

The SCBS construes British Studies widely and invites participation by scholars in all areas of British history and culture, including the Empire or Commonwealth and the British Isles. We welcome both individual and panel submissions on any topic in British Studies, but especially those related to this year’s theme of "Transgressing Boundaries", which includes works that explore interactions across political, social, racial, religious or other divisions, as well as examinations of how such divisions are created or policed.

Individual proposals should be no more than 250 words in length and include a short biographical statement. Panel proposals should be limited to 750 words and include a rationale for the panel as well as a brief description of each paper and participant. Proposals should be sent to Dr. Charles Upchurch.

The SCBS Charles Perry Graduate Student Prize ($250) will be awarded to the best paper presented at the conference by a graduate student. Entries must be received by October 26, 2020.

Graduate students who present papers at SCBS meetings are eligible to apply for a $1200 research travel award in the two years following their presentation. See the SCBS website for more information.

Hoping find some graduate students to create a panel for the Southern Conference British Studie

I am a student at Mississippi State and I am planning on submitting a paper for the upcoming British studies section at the Southern Conference. I understand that full panel proposals have a better chance of success, and I am looking for people who might also have similar interests and might also be looking to go the the Southern. 

This years call for papers is on the theme, Transgressing Boundaries...

My paper will focus on the various political uses the Whigs and the Tories create out of foriegn affairs the stuggle of foreign peoples for their liberties immediately after the Napoleonic Wars. Please contact me for more details


John Scott. 

Call for manuscripts: Studies in the History and Culture of Scotland (ed. Dr Valentina Bold)
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Philip Dunshea and Peter Lang are seeking proposals for the series Studies in the History and Culture of Scotland (edited by Dr Valentina Bold of the University of Stirling).

This series presents a new reading of Scottish culture, establishing how Scots, and non-Scots, experience the devolved nation. Within the context of a rapidly changing United Kingdom and Europe, Scotland is engaged in an ongoing process of self-definition. The series will deal with this process as well as with cultural phenomena, from debates about the relative value of Gaelic-based, Scots and Anglicised culture, to period-specific definitions of Scottish identity. Orally transmitted culture - from traditional narratives to songs, customs, beliefs and material culture - will be a key consideration, along with the reconstruction of historical periods in cultural texts (visial and muscial as well as historical). Taken as a whole, the series will go some way towards achieving a new understsanding of a country with potential for development into parallel treatments of locally based phenomena. The series welcomes monographs and collected papers. 

Upcoming volumes include Virginia Blankenhorn's Tradition, Transmission, Transformation: Essays on Gaelic Poetry and Song and Peter Jupp and Hilary Grainger's Death in Scotland: Chapters from the Twelfth Century to the Twenty-First. 

Please contact commissioning editor Philip Dunshea if you would like more information on the series, or if you would like to discuss a proposal.

Edmund Waller (1606–1687): A Volume of Essays
Deadline 15 July 2020
Contributions are invited towards a volume of essays on the poet, royalist exile and long-serving Member of Parliament, Edmund Waller (1606–1687). Admired at court in the 1630s and at the Restoration, Waller made a significant impression on seventeenth-century poetry: his Poems (1645) were widely acclaimed; Rochester held that in his panegyrics he ‘does Excell Mankind’. Banished from England in 1645, he made his peace with his kinsman Cromwell in 1651, composing the influential Panegyrick to my Lord Protector  (1655). A capacity for reaching political accommodation with opposing regimes, influenced, like many of his poems, by his close friend Hobbes, was again evident at the Restoration, when he became an active MP, appointed to 209 parliamentary committees; though his independent-mindedness, born partly of considerable wealth, was shown too, not least in his vocal support for religious toleration. The last book-length study of Waller was Warren Chernaik’s The Poetry of Limitation (1968), hence this volume aims to provide the modern scrutiny his life and writings merit. Chapter proposals of c. 250 words on any literary or biographical aspect of Waller should be sent to the editor, Philip Major,, by 15 July 2020.

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