NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON BRITISH STUDIES ANNUAL MEETING
Providence, Rhode Island, October 25-28, 2018
Deadline: 30 March 2018
The NACBS and its affiliate, the Northeast Conference on British Studies, seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2018 meeting. We will meet in Providence, Rhode Island, from October 25-28, 2018. We solicit proposals for presentations on Britain, the British Empire, and the British world, including topics relating to component parts of Britain and on British influence (or vice versa) in Ireland, the Commonwealth, and former colonies in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean (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 (not just North America), 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 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 focus and/or interdisciplinary breadth. 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.
We hope to secure as broad a range of participation as possible and will thus consider individual paper proposals in addition to the standard full panel proposals. Our preference is for panels that include both emerging and established scholars; 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 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.
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.
- A brief summary CV for each participant, indicating education, current affiliations, and major publications. (750 words 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 September 28, 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 www.nacbs.org and emailed to members after the program for the 2018 meeting is prepared.
I am hoping to pull together a panel for NACBS 2018 on Prisons & Policing in the British Empire, preferably with fellow scholars focusing on the 19th & 20th century. Submissions aren't due until March, and I know it's a busy time of year, but I thought I'd get the ball rolling. I'm in the early stages of a comparative project examining Borstal institutions in postcolonial Ireland and Kenya, and I hope to present my early findings at the conference. If you have a project and an interest in presenting, please send a brief sketch of what you're working on (nothing formal necessary at this stage) to me.
Other than that, happy holidays to all, and if you're in the throes of grading, good luck & happy end-of-the-semester!
Thomas B. Hagen Department of History
I'd like to put together a panel on topics related to education, identity, and the British Empire. My research examines the complicated relationship between Canadian and Australian educators and the ideal of Britishness in the mid-20th century. This panel could embrace a wide array of topics engaging issues of identity and education across Britain and the British Empire in the modern world.
If you are interested in contributing to a panel on something around a topic like this for next year's NACBS (Providence, RI, October 25-28, 2018), please contact me. Thanks for considering!
I'd like to put a panel together on topics related to intelligence and information gathering for NACBS 2018. My research explores English Catholic counter-intelligence efforts and evasion strategies in the late-Elizabethan period. The panel could include a variety of topics relating to intelligence networks, spies, and informers in early modern Britain. If you are interested in contributing to a panel on this topic for next years NACBS (Providence, RI, October 25-28, 2018), please email me.
I'm seeking papers for a potential panel at the 2018 NACBS conference. At the moment, we have two papers that address issues of pilgrimage and religious identity: one paper looks at 17th c. Scottish travelers in the Levant and the ways in which they negotiated their religious identities through dress and through ideas of pilgrimage. The second looks at late 19th c. Roman Catholic pilgrimages in Scotland, and ideas of religious identity and memory. If you have an idea for a paper that would align well with these ideas, please contact Kathy Grenier.
Professor of History
I would like to put a panel together for this autumn’s NACBS, and I am looking for potential co-panellists.
My paper would be on the involvement of the first women solicitors and barristers in the provision of Poor Man’s Lawyer/pro bono legal aid and advice at settlement houses, youth clubs, churches, and with the main political parties in interwar England. It could fit with a range of different types of paper – and I am very open to suggestions. Gender is a particular rich and timely angle, with possibility of a panel looking at aspects of the impact of the Representation of the People Act 1918 and the Sex Discrimination (Removal) Act 1919, and the development of equal citizenship; there are plenty of cross-sections with the history of philanthropy and voluntary action, cross-class relationships, work and profession, as well as politics in a range of senses. And of course others that I may not have thought of!
I am looking to put together a panel on Imperial Borderlands in the British Empire in the 19th Century for the North American British Studies Conference in Providence RI, in October 2018. My own paper is on Sir Alexander Burnes's _Travels into Bokhara_ (1835); but I would welcome papers on Central Asia, Northern India, Africa, China, Persia, the Middle East, or other contact zones in the world just outside British Imperial reach at the time. Please send detailed abstracts of 500 words by March 1, 2018. I am trying to put together a panel for NACBS 2018 in Providence this October. My paper looks at the establishment of the Irish Free State as an early case of twentieth century decolonization that raised fundamental questions about citizenship, imperial belonging, and Britain’s immigration practices. More specifically, my paper explores the impact these questions (and decolonization) had on the Irish diaspora in the U.K. and for the Irish working within the greater imperial network. I am open to taking the panel in any direction, as my paper could mesh well with a variety of topics. If you have a paper that focuses on decolonization, diasporas, citizenship, transfer of power, reworking of identities, interwar Britain, or any other topic that would align well, please contact me through this post, or email me Daniel Joesten
I am a third-year History PhD at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. My research explores exhibitions of the Irish in World Fairs in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain and the United States. I would like to form a panel on the British Empire, Ireland, transnationalism, provisional topics include display and exhibitions, urban spaces and knowledge production, identity and race. A range of time periods as well as disciplines are welcomed.
Department of History
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, B15 2TT
'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 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.