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“Brexit” and Global Britain
The New Zealand Journal of Research on Europe is looking for submissions for a special issue on the topic of "Brexit and Global Britain".
For more details about the special issue, please visit our website.
Submissions should be made by May 1st, 2018 by email to the editor, at

Ayelet Zoran-Rosen, PhD
Editor, New Zealand Journal of Research on Europe

Sine Ira et Studio: British Historiography and Contemporary Narratives of German History (Symposium)

Curatorial Care: Humanising Practices – Past Presences and Present Encounters
for issue of Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies
Editor-in-chief: Keyan G Tomaselli
Guest Editor: Leora Farber

Autograph ABP (London) and the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre (VIAD), (Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA), University of Johannesburg) are hosting a three-day conference to coincide with the opening of Black Chronicles IV, an exhibition curated by Renée Mussai (Senior Curator and Head of Archive & Research at Autograph ABP) at the FADA Gallery. Centering the visual presence of black figures in Victorian Britain through the prism of studio photography, the exhibition explores politics of subjectivity, representation and agency, and continues Autograph ABP’s critical mission of annotating the cultural histories of photography by addressing its ‘missing chapters’, in tandem with VIAD’s focus on historical redress within photographic archives and the role of positionalities in their production and reception. Black Chronicles IV will also feature the sound-image installation The African Choir 1891 Re-Imagined (songs composed by Phillip Miller & Thuthuka Sibisi) and a special display of The Paris Albums 1900, with more than 200 photographic reproductions from W.E.B. Du Bois’s groundbreaking exhibit at the 1900 Paris Exposition.

Using the exhibition and photographic portraiture as a departure point, the conference will build upon a critical rethinking of curatorial practice, as traditionally bound to a colonial logic of collection, arrangement, ‘safe-keeping’ and display. Challenging the authorial custodianship associated with this tradition, and its historic (but lingering) application in the ethnographic/raciogenic arrangement of marginalised bodies, proposed in this reappraisal is an ethical recourse to curatorial care – where contemporary practices linked to traditional understandings of curating, as a ‘caring for objects’, are reconstituted in relation to (re)-acknowledged subjectivities.

Implied in this shift is a certain imperative, described by Walter Mignolo and Rolando Vazquez as a political and ethical demand to make decolonial subjectivities visual, and to acknowledge, “those dignities wounded under racial classifications, under the logic of the disposability of human life in the name of civilization and progress”[Mignolo, W & Vazquez, R. 2013. Decolonial AestheSis: Colonial Wounds/Decolonial Healings... p.14]. Necessitating a breakdown in disciplinary-specific academic epistemological thinking this commitment to the human plays out in a range of alternative curatorial practices – as not only curators, but also artists, activists, collectives, heritage groups and cultural practitioners revisit, and reconfigure historically-burdened archives, sites, narratives and traditions in the present, with a view to creatively re-inscribing disavowed subjectivities.

In seeking to engage with such curatorial approaches – as practices through which, as Anthony Bogues suggests, “we may grasp how different acts of humanization occur’”[Bogues, A. 2010. Empire of Liberty: Power, Desire, & Freedom: 119] – the conference will comprise an interdisciplinary programme of papers, presentations, panel discussions, screenings and performances. Through an engagement with a multiplicity of critical approaches to collection, presentation and display, and the ways in which these practices impact upon audience engagement, participants will reflect on curation as a means to facilitate opportunities for intersubjective encounters, through the re-inscription of voices historically consigned to the objectifying violence and routine silencing of colonial modernity.

We invite curators, archivists, artists and other creative practitioners, activists, collectives and cultural organisations to submit abstracts towards papers presentations, performances, and film screenings that engage with curating as a critical humanising practice in relation, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Decolonial visual practices / Decolonial curatorship
  • Photography and the Archive
  • Artistic interventions: Refiguring the archive
  • Performance, live art and the body
  • Curating as a performative practic
  • Exploring intimacy and affect in contexts of human absence, loss and erasure
  • Recentralising so-called ‘lost narratives’/ Re-inscribing human presences
  • Agency as performed within the colonial archive
  • Rethinking heritage and historical sites as relational spaces
  • Queering gallery spaces, museums and other art /cultural institutions
  • Public space / Public art / Site specific interventions.

Submission guidelines
Deadline for submission: 1 July 2018
Proposed publication: August 2019
Information and instructions for authors can be found here
All completed manuscripts MUST be uploaded onto the online manuscript portal ScholarOne. Please make the paper under the ‘Curatorial Care’ themed section.
Further inquiries about this open call can be found here

About Critical Arts
Critical Arts prides itself in publishing original, readable, and theoretically cutting edge articles. For more information on the history and the orientation of the journal, as well as guidelines for authors, and legal and editorial procedures, please click hereCritical Arts is now published six times annually and is indexed in the International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS) and the ISI Social Science Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index and other indexes.

From “Old Corruption” to the New Corruption? Public Life and Public Service in Britain, c. 1780–1940

The editors of History Studies invite the submission of papers for inclusion in volume eighteen

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​Manpower and the Armies of the British Empire in the Two World Wars
Royal Military College of Canada
Kingston, Ontario
8-9 November 2018

Raising armies is more than counting people, putting them into uniform, and assigning them to formations. It was, and remains, an exceedingly complex business. It demands efficient measures and processes for recruitment and selection in voluntary military systems and equally efficient measures for registration and assignment in armies built on conscription. It demands training establishments capable of transforming factory workers and farmers into riflemen, in addition to providing them with officers, staffs, and commanders to lead them. It demands balance between the needs of the armed services, industry, and agriculture. And, often overlooked, it demands medical services to mend soldiers when wounded, and programs and pensions to look after them when demobilised. How did the the British Empire and Commonwealth mobilize manpower for the armed services, agriculture, and industry during the two world wars? And how did they care for veterans, both able-bodied and disabled, when the fighting was over?

“Manpower and the Armies of the British Empire in the Two World Wars” will bring together a diverse group of distinguished historians, junior scholars and graduate students to undertake a multifaceted examination of army mobilization for Britain, India, and the dominions. Confirmed speakers include: Gary Sheffield (University of Wolverhampton), Richard Grayson (Goldsmiths, University of London), Kent Fedorowich (University of the West of England), Peter Dennis (University of New South Wales), Jessica Meyer (University of Leeds), Kaushik Roy (Jadavpur University), Jonathan Fennell (King’s College London), Daniel Byers (Laurentian University), Ian McGibbon (Ministry of Culture and Heritage, New Zealand), Ian van der Waag (Stellenbosch University), and Meghan Fitzpatrick (Royal Military College of Canada). The conference organizing committee solicits proposals for papers along the lines of three basic themes: (1) recruitment/conscription and selection, (2) training, employment and the experience of soldiers, and (3) demobilization and veterans’ care. We would also welcome papers that examine manpower in relation to culture, class, gender, race, or disability. Proposals should include a 200-300-word abstract accompanied by a one-page CV. Proposals should be emailed to no later than 22 June 2018. Cornell University Press will publish the proceedings of the conference.

Contact Info: 
Dr. Meghan Fitzpatrick, Royal Military College of Canada

“Music and the culture of domestic craft in Georgian Britain”
Sunday 13 May 2018
11.30am-4.30pm (registration from 11am)
Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ

Cost (inc lunch & refreshments):
  • £19 (WSG members) 
  • £16 (students/unwaged)
  • £21 (non-WSG members)

To register, please fill in and return the registration form

All attendees should bring a 5-minute presentation, from any discipline and any period covered by the Group, exploring the workshop theme.

Topics can discuss (though are not limited to):
  • representations of domestic music-making (in fine & decorative art & in literature)
  • material aspects of domestic music 
  • concepts of art and domestic craft 
  • craft and gender 

Please note that due to time constraints, presentations cannot use PowerPoint, instead a handout (25 copies) can be prepared and given to delegate







Proposals for papers, including a title and an abstract of no more than 150 words, should be emailed to Professor Jonathan Wooding.The closing date for abstracts is 12 May 2018. Proposals for themed sessions would also be welcomed.

Fáilteofar roimh iarratais do pháipéir acadúla i gcomhair Thionól Gaeilge a reachtáilfear Dé Máirt 27 Samhain 2018, mar chuid den chomhdháil ar Léann na hÉireann. 20 nóiméad a mhairfidh gach páipéar ar leith, móide 10 nóiméad ar a mhéid do dh'ospóireacht ina dhiaidh. Beifear ag súil le hachoimre nach mó ná 150 focal a chuirfear chuig an Ollamh Anders Ahlqvist, roimh 12 Bealtaine 2018; beidh áthas airsean aon cheist a fhreagairt.

'Northern Lights: Late Medieval Devotion to Saints from the North of England'
28-30 March 2019, University of Lausanne

Plenary speakers : Julian Luxford (University of St Andrews), Catherine Sanok (University of Michigan), Jocelyn Wogan-Browne (Fordham University)

Despite widespread interest in the cults of northern English saints (600-1200) in the early middle ages, comparatively little work has been carried out on the ways in which these cults evolved between 1300 and 1500. This international conference aims to shed new light upon this understudied period.

Focussed on the cults of Bede’s lauded northern saints (Cuthbert, Hilda, Aebbe, Ninian, Aidan, Oswald, John of Beverley, and others), alongside early post-conquest saints in the same northern tradition (Godric of Finchale, Robert of Knaresborough, Aelred of Rievaulx, William of York, etc.), this conference will examine the ways in which these northern saints were remembered and venerated between 1300 and 1500. Pursuing an interdisciplinary approach, it will take account of new textual, architectural, artistic and liturgical productions, pilgrimage cultures and shrine economies, the relations of these saints to their monastic custodians and local communities, and their utilisation to serve regional and national agendas.

Possible paper topics might include:
  • Texts produced about northern saints in Latin, Middle English, or Anglo-Norman in the post-1300 period (new vitae and miracula, short vitae in Latin and vernacular legendaries, literary references, saints’ plays, liturgical offices, hymns and prayers, listing in kalenders)
  • The status and utilisation of the writings of northern hagiographers in the post-1300 period (Reginald of Durham, Jocelin of Furness, Aelred of Rievaulx, Geoffrey of Coldingham, John of Tynemouth, etc.)
  • The late medieval material culture of northern saints (revisions of shrines and ecclesiastical architecture, new stained glass programmes and panel paintings, statues and manuscript illuminations, movements and locations of relics)
  • The contribution of early northern saints to late medieval religious culture in the north (Richard Rolle’s writings and cult, northern religious poems, treatises, and manuscript miscellanies)
  • The relation of northern saints to the religious orders curating their shrines (remodelling of cults to serve monastic and mendicant agendas, monastic contention over possession of cults and relics, place of saints in monastic/episcopal disputes)
  • The economic and social circumstances of northern cults in the post-1300 period (shrine organisation and revenue, pilgrim numbers and itineraries, saint’s-day fairs and processions, the function of the saint within civic life, secular patronage)
  • The relation of northern cults to midland, southern and Scottish cults, and to Scotland and the Scottish border (colloboration, competition, appropriation, cross-border veneration, the function of northern saints in Anglo-Scottish military campaigns)
  • The presence of northern saints’ cults in continental Europe and Scandinavia (texts, churches, relics)
  • The relation of northern saints’ cults to late medieval constructions of ‘northernness’, ‘Englishness’, and other categories of ethnicity
  • The extent to which northern saints’ cults mediate local, regional or national interests, and the interplay between those interests
  • The degree to which northern saints follow or modify normative hagiographical constructions of gender (what is northern saintly masculinity/ northern saintly femininity?)
  • The relation of northern saints to the physical environment (the northern landscape, birds and animals, the North Sea, rivers, natural territorial boundaries)

If you are interested in applying to give a 20-minute paper, please send a 250-word abstract and brief CV to Christiania Whitehead and Hazel Blair by 15 September 2018.

The conference is organised by Denis Renevey, Christiania Whitehead, and Hazel Blair as part of their ongoing Swiss National Science Foundation project ‘Region and Nation in Late Medieval Devotion to Northern English saints’, based at the University of Lausanne.

The conference will include optional cultural and historical outings in the Vaud and Valais regions of Switzerland. Full details to follow on the webpage. Conference registration will open in summer 2018.

The conference hashtag is #Lights19. You are warmly invited to follow us on Twitter @NorthEngSaints.

From “Old Corruption” to the New Corruption? Public Life and Public Service in Britain, c. 1780–1940
Oxford Brookes University
24-25 January 2019

Keynote speakers: Professor Graham Brooks (University of West London); Professor Angus Hawkins (University of Oxford); Dr Kathryn Rix (History of Parliament)

Context and aims: The problem of “corruption” has proved decidedly more tenacious than post-war theorists of modernization had once predicted. This much is evident globally, where corruption constitutes one of the most pressing problems facing emerging democratic states; but it is also evident in established, Western-style democracies, which remain gripped by recurrent scandals regarding the abuse of public office and widespread concerns about the decay of public life. Scholarship on corruption has flourished; and although much of this has focused on the present, historians have begun to grapple afresh with its multiple manifestations and meanings in the past, reaching back to the early modern period and beyond.

This conference seeks to revisit the wide-ranging struggles against corruption in Britain during the period c. 1780 to 1940, ranging from the conduct of ministerial office and central administration to parliamentary, electoral and local government reform. The period is still considered crucial in terms of the demise of forms of corruption inherited from previous centuries—“Old Corruption”—and more broadly Britain still holds a pre-eminent place among those nations that first embraced modern values of public service and accountability. Yet, beyond the struggles to enact particular reforms and their peculiarly British realization, it is also clear that the very meaning of “corruption” was transformed in the process, as new problems, anxieties and scandals arose regarding the boundaries between the public and private interests of ministers, officials, councillors and MPs—and all in the context of an emerging market-driven, “mass society” that was at once more bureaucratic, democratic and industrialized. Arguably, the problem of corruption was less conquered than refashioned and revitalised, opening up a culture of public vigilance, suspicion and even cynicism that still prevails today.

In sum, the aim of the conference is to:
  • encourage a more integrated approach to the study and conceptualisation of political and administrative corruption during the period when Britain became a mass democracy
  • open up new historical perspectives through which we might better grasp the present

Format and themes: This will be a two-day conference: 24-25th January, 2019, held at Oxford Brookes University and is supported by Newman University, Birmingham, and the History and Policy Unit, King’s College, London.

Papers (of 20 mins in length) might include discussion of—but are not limited to—the following subjects:
  • Conceptualising and historicising “corruption” over the long-term
  • Britain and the British Empire in comparative perspective: cultures of corruption and trajectories of reform
  • Conceptions of public service and corruption: office as private property and office as public trust
  • Patronage, privilege and salaried service in Whitehall and Westminster: from the Northcote-Trevelyan Report (1854) to the payment of MPs (1911)
  • Public and private interests: ministerial and official corruption and scandal
  • The business of politics: party financing, party managers and the practice of mass elections
  • Class and corruption: aristocracy, plutocracy and democracy
  • Corrupt practices and the reform of local government: “Civic Gospels” and “Tammany Halls”
  • The role of the national and provincial press in exposing corruption
  • Representing and imagining corruption: images, narratives, conspiracies

Contacts: Expressions of interest to: and

These should include:
  • a brief ‘bio’ (detailing institution, publications, research interests, etc.)
  • a proposal/abstract (of roughly 300 words)

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 29 June 2018. Alternatively, if you are interested in attending as a delegate please email to reserve a place.

The Press and the Vote
Tenth Anniversary Conference, National University of Ireland, Galway, 9-10 November 2018

‘The gallery in which the reporters sit has become the fourth estate of the realm’ wrote Thomas Babington Macaulay in 1843. The role of the press in informing or influencing, misleading or educating voters has been debated before and since Macaulay’s statement. In 2018 the question of the role and influence of the established press in referendums and elections is as relevant as ever. Marking the centenary of the 1918 general election in Britain and Ireland, 2018 presents a pertinent point to examine these questions.

Held in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, the 1918 general election was the first under the Representation of the People Act where franchise, with some limitations, was extended to women over thirty and men over twenty-one. In Britain it was a successful election for the wartime coalition government and saw a significant increase in Labour’s share of the vote, though not seats. In Ireland there was a landslide victory for Sinn Féin, who largely wiped out the Irish Parliamentary Party, and went on to form the abstentionist First Dáil. It also saw the first election of a woman to the Westminster parliament, though as a Sinn Féin candidate Countess Markievicz did not take her seat. The parties and perspectives involved in the election all had their supporters and critics in the press: the establishment as represented by the coalition, the Labour movement, the spectrum of radical and socialist organisations, Irish nationalism and the women’s suffrage movement.

The Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland (NPHFI) invites papers that interrogate the press and the vote from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The focus of papers should be on print media and / or its intersection and interaction with other forms of media insofar as they relate to the history of print.

Papers are not required to specifically address Britain or Ireland, or the 1918 general election; they may address any historical period, up to and including the present day, and any geographical region or regions. Topics that may be addressed include, but are not limited to:

  • The press as an institution of electoral democracy.
  • The press and electoral propaganda and disinformation.
  • The press in landmark votes and referendums.
  • The press and post-war elections.
  • The press and the extension or restriction of franchise.
  • The press and women’s suffrage.
  • The Vote as an instrument of social change for the women’s suffragist and labour press.

To submit a proposal please email an abstract of no more than 250 words to the NPHFI secretary, Dr James O’Donnell.

Abstracts must contain a clear title and present clearly the main thesis / argument proposed. Each abstract must also include name(s), affiliation, institutional address and email address(es) of the author(s).

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 7 June 2018.

The Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland seeks to achieve gender balance on its conference panels and welcomes proposals from researchers of all career stages working in academia, media, and in professional organisations.

Hosted by the Moore Institute in association with the Centre for the Investigation of Transnational Encounters (CITE) and the Irish Centre for the Histories of labour and Class (ICHLC), and with thanks to the support of Gale Primary Sources.

Reformation Studies Colloquium
Deadline: 25 April 2018
University of Essex, Colchester, 30 August - 1 September 2018
The conference, which meets biannually, will bring together established as well as younger scholars studying all aspects of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations in the British Isles and Europe. We invite papers showcasing all aspects of current research into the Reformations and new trends in the fields from all disciplinary backgrounds. Contributions from current research students are especially welcomed. Papers should be about 20 minutes, additional time for discussion will be allowed in each session. To propose a paper please submit a title and a short summary (no more than 300 words) by e-mail no later than Wednesday 25 April 2018. Contact: Dr Tom FreemanDr Justin Colson. Please join the Reformation Studies Colloquium mailing list here.

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​Settler Social Identities: Rational Recreation in the Long Nineteenth Century 24-25 July 2018, University College Dublin

Confirmed keynotes:
Dr Natasha Eaton (University College London) A/Professor Clara Tuite (University of Melbourne)

This two-day conference, to be held at the Humanities’ Institute, University College Dublin, will bring together an international network of scholars in the interdisciplinary field of settler colonial studies to consider the role that settler literary and social institutions played in the formation of colonial and imperial identities in the long nineteenth century. Historian James Belich’s influential exploration of the economic history of the ‘settler explosion’ that created what Belich terms the ‘Anglo World’ between 1815 and 1920 inaugurated a reassessment of the political, economic and cultural influence of Anglophone settler colonies. Over the past decade, scholars in the interdisciplinary field of nineteenth-century settler studies have begun to argue that, far from simply replicating a series of ‘little Britains’ across the globe, the ‘empire migrants’ of the Anglophone settler colonies developed new forms of national and trans-national identification independent of (albeit in relation to) British national and imperial identities (Harper and Constantine). Interdisciplinary in nature, this conference aims to analyse the role popular entertainments, associational life and literary culture have played in defining and disseminating these new forms of national and trans-national belonging in the British settler colonies of Africa, Asia, North America and Australasia.

Responding to Russell and Tuite’s call to consider sociability as ‘a text in its own right’, this conference will examine the role literary sociability and associational life performed in defining and regulating the ideologies of citizenship in the settler colonies. Focusing on a broad definition of rational recreation this conference will explore how popular reading practices, circulating libraries, public lectures, soirées, exhibitions, clubs, societies and other associations created and reinforced notions of ‘respectability’ and ‘improvement’ that both projected an image of coherent community in nascent settler colonies, and defined who was included and excluded from these new colonial formations. Focusing on the popular and recreational, we encourage papers which engage with understudied facets of colonial experience including the experiences of women, working-class settlers, and indigenous and minority groups. In considering webs of cultural association we also create space for approaches to the field which privilege intra-colonial and trans-peripheral networks of influence, complicating the traditional periphery/metropole binary.

We welcome proposals for individual twenty-minute papers or three paper panels on the following themes:

  • Settler literary and cultural institutions and associational life
  • Intra-imperial or trans-regional intellectual networks in which settler literary and cultural institutions proved important ‘nodes’
  • Colonial print, visual and material culture
  • Popular lecturing and popular reading in the colonies
  • Methodological papers about approaches to the study of settler cultures and societies
  • Colonial exhibitions and Worlds’ Fairs
  • The relationship between literary culture and the (trans)formation of national, colonial and imperial identities
  • The relationship between cultures of intellectual ‘improvement’ and ideologies of exclusion based on class, race, gender in the colonial context
  • The ways minority groups used sociability to gain influence across these intra-colonial and trans-peripheral networks.

Guide for submissions:
Please send 250-word abstracts with a short biography to the conferenced email address:
If you are submitting a proposal for a panel, please include an abstract for each paper (250 words) and a summary of the panel theme (300 words). Please include short biographies for all the speakers on the panel.

All proposals should include your name, email address, and academic affiliation (if applicable).

Deadline for submissions: Tuesday 1 May 2018 

Contact Info: 
Organising Committee:
Dr. Sarah Comyn Dr. Lara Atkin
Dr. Sarah Sharp
Dr. Kathryn Milligan

For any enquiries please contact:

The conference is generously supported by the Humanities Institute and UCD College of Arts and Humanities. 

Sine Ira et Studio: British Historiography and Contemporary Narratives of German History (Symposium)
When Joachim Whaley and Peter H. Wilson published their studies on the Holy Roman Empire a few years ago, some reviewers expressed surprise that there was anything to be gained from the German model of federalism for the future of the European Union. Whaley and Wilson were pointing to a model of flexibility and stability long vanished from the collective memory or, if at all, remembered as a deficient structure. When, shortly afterwards, Christopher Clark published his study on the European crisis of 1914, the German public eagerly read a book that suggested that the German Empire had not solely been responsible for the catastrophe of the First World War, and one could sense their relief: perhaps the centenary would not be dominated by yet another discussion about Germany’s path into the Third Reich.

The success of Clark’s study in Germany proved that the German public still agonises over the focus on their past having caused two World Wars and inflicted endless suffering on the European continent. Clark, whose sleepwalking Europeans have meanwhile become a common point of reference for those who admonish inconsiderate politicians, was promptly given the opportunity to speak to the German public ‘directly’: one wanted to hear more from the man who had successfully challenged the consensus of blame and guilt. This showed again the degree to which the public discourse of twenty and twenty-first-century Germans has become burdened with the quest for national identity.

In this context, recent ‘outsider’ studies of German history had a significant influence on the German public by underlining that 1914 and 1939 are not the only keys to understanding the German past, and that there are stories to be told beyond the ones Germans have become accustomed to telling themselves. Of course, the view that the history of modern Germany can be narrated from without a teleological, traditional historiographical framework is not new among German scholars. The period of the Historikerstreite may well be over and it has become possible to write about German history without normative judgements and moralising advice for future conduct. Yet sometimes the German public seems to be more willing to accept unconventional or controversial perspectives from Anglo-Saxon historians.  

By debating narratives of German history in light of recent British and German historiography we want to examine the mental, intellectual and structural continuities of German history. Besides nationalist and völkisch thinking these might include ideas such as federalism, European exchange and interconnectedness, cultural and economic liberalism and internationalism or religious tolerance. This also includes discussing the interconnections between British and German scholarship historically as well as placing historiographical methodology within its philosophical and political contexts.  

We invite contributions from both early-career and senior scholars who are engaged in historiographical research that is broadly related to these themes and to one or more of the following questions:
  • If we follow Heinrich August Winkler’s argument that Germany overcame its supposedly exceptional position among western democratic states with the unification in 1990, to what extent was recent historiography able to establish new narratives beyond the Sonderweg? What is the focus of such narratives? How, if at all, did approaches by British historians differ from those of their German colleagues in this context?
  • The recent studies of Clark, Whaley or Wilson are first and foremost major works of synthesis. Very few German studies have made the same impact on the German public. How can their success be explained? Can we pin down differences between historical research in Germany and the United Kingdom that may explain their differing reception by scholars and the public?
  • In which ways have recent studies by British historians prepared a new direction for national remembrance in Germany, recognised by the political leadership in Berlin through the appointment of Neil MacGregor as advisor to the curators of the Humboldt Forum, a project designed to ‘reconcile the Germans with their past’?
  • Is it still sensible to speak of British or German historiography, or has historical scholarship on German history become an international affair? How do distinct traditions in the historical profession and different working conditions at universities in both countries affect the study of German history? 
  • How have historical and political particularities such as the nineteenth-century discourses of nation building and empire shaped German and British historiography, respectively? To what extent do they continue to influence differing narratives of German history?
  • What impact has the shifting and often difficult relationship between Britain and Europe had on British narratives of German history? How did this relationship influence British views on Germany’s role in the European integration process?  
  • Both German and Anglo-Saxon commentators have described the current focus of German historiography on post- and transnational themes as escapism and self-denial. To what extent is this view justified? To what extent and in what ways did post- and transnational perspectives in recent historiography contribute to new narratives of German history?
  • How do we evaluate Anglo-German relations historically and in light of recent political shifts? How can historians contribute to British-German exchange and relations in a post-Brexit political order? If we believe MacGregor that Berlin and London are the ‘liveliest European cities’ today, the cities where Europe is ‘redesigned’, the relevance of this endeavour cannot be overestimated.

To participate, please send proposals of up to 500 words and a brief biographical note by 1st August 2018 to:

Southern Conference on British Studies, 2018 Meeting
November 9-10, Birmingham, Alabama
Deadline for submission: April 30, 2018

The Southern Conference on British Studies solicits proposals for its 2018 meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, November 9-10. 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 on the theme of Boycott, Protest and Revolt. We invite papers that address attempts at provoking transformation from a wide variety of perspectives, exploring religious, economic, intellectual, imperial, political, social, and aesthetic themes.

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. Lisa Clark Diller.

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, 2018.

Graduate students who present papers at SCBS meetings are eligible to apply for a $2,500 research travel award in the two years following their presentation. See the SCBS website for more information.

Our names are Kimberly Kent and Megan Groninger and we are both graduate students at Florida State University. We are currently looking for a third member to complete our prospective panel for the SCBS this year (Birmingham, Nov. 9-10); tentatively titled: "Private Agency, Public Lives". The primary goal of our panel is to explore the diverse ways that English women at every class level negotiated public and private agency in the 18th and 19th century; in part through a manipulation of spaces they themselves constructed. 

"One paper will examine the English Woman’s Journal, a periodical aimed at middle-class women printed from 1858-1863. It will specifically explore the ways in which the editors worked within the ideology of separate spheres while simultaneously pushing against it as it sought to help women, especially single women, navigate critical issues regarding women’s roles, their education, and their bodies. The second seeks to re-examine the relationship of the famous Horace Walpole and the much younger Mary Berry by placing female Victorian class experience in conversation with themes of economic independence and social capital."

If you feel that you would be a logical contribution to the panel, please send us a message as soon as possible via e-mail at We are excited to look at projects from scholars at every level, including fellow MA and PHD students. 

The Troubles on Film: Critical Essays and Interviews: Editor: Matthew Edwards

This is a call for papers for a new anthology on The Troubles and how this tragic conflict in Northern Ireland has been represented in popular film and documentary.

Through films such as The Crying GameBloody Sunday'71The Hunger the collection will look to analyse the conflitct through both a historical and cinematic perspective. How have these films/documentaries dealt with such an emotive and sensitive subject and dealt with the controversial political discourse of The Troubles? How do these films portray the sectarian violence and do these films approach the subject matter with their own political agenda/viewpoint? How do these films portray the British forces, paramilitary groups and police/security forces during the conflict?

The collection is looking for scholarly essays (or interviews) on any aspect of the Troubles in relation to its cinematic portrayal. Both minor and major works will be considered along with documentarires and interviews with filmmakers who have been brave enough to turn their cinematic lens on this traumatic event. Films ideal for coverage include In the Name of the Father, Omagh, Bloody Sunday and the work of Neil Jordan. 

Please send a full abstract and full biography to All abstracts should be in Times Roman, pt 12. If invited to submit a full essay for the collection, a style guide will be sent to adhere to (all essays should use the MHRA referencing system). Matthew Edwards is hoping to get all the content finished by September 2018 in order for a 2019 publication.

Matthew Edwards is the editor of a number of scholarly books relating to cinema. He is the editor of The Atomic Bomb in Japanese Cinema, was was published by McFarland to co-inside with the 70th Anniversary of the bombings (2015); Film Out of Bounds (2007, McFarland and Co) and the acclaimed collection Klaus Kinski, Beast of Cinema (McFarland and Co, 2016). He is also the author of Twisted Visions: Interviews with Horror Filmmakers, which was published in 2017 by McFarland and Co. His next collection, The Rwandan Genocide on Film will be published in spring 2018 by McFarland. McFarland and Co are interested in the collection as well are a number of other publishers.


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