NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON BRITISH STUDIES ANNUAL MEETING
Chicago, Illinois, November 12-15, 2020
CALL FOR PAPERS
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.
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 www.nacbs.org 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Aidan Forth (email@example.com) 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 www.nacbs.org 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.
Rutgers University-New Brunswick