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​C21 Global Victorians: When East meets West

American Conference for Irish Studies, Boston Park Plaza Hotel, March 20-23, 2019;

Declarations of Independence: Treaties, Transitions, and Tearing Away

In “Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen,” W. B. Yeats asked, “But is there any comfort to be found? / Man is in love and loves what vanishes, / What more is there to say?” The old world had ended, and a new one was beginning. The year 1919 witnessed the first meeting of Dáil Éireann, the start of the Irish War of Independence, the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the publication of several episodes of Ulysses in The Egoist, the release of the expanded version of Yeats’s The Wild Swans at Coole, and Éamon de Valera’s dramatic visit to America, among many other notable events. It was, in short, a year of treaties, transitions, and tearing away, a time when Irish writers, artists, historians, intellectuals, political parties, and social movements faced the realities of a continent beginning to recover from the Great War and a nation still fighting for independence. 

In the centenary year of these events, we invite Irish Studies scholars to gather in Boston, birthplace of the American Revolution and self-styled capital city of Irish America, to reflect on the 1919 era, its legacies throughout the twentieth century, and its resonances within the twenty-first. We welcome papers and panel proposals in all areas of Irish Studies, with particular interest in topics related to independence, transitional moments, and negotiated treaties or agreements.

Possible topics might include but are not limited to:
  • Formulations of political and/or artistic independence
  • Negotiated spaces
  • Contested territories
  • Peace agreements or broken treaties
  • Women’s rights
  • Domestic revolutions
  • Sexual orientation and transgender identities
  • Religious differences and interdenominational collaborations
  • Poetic statements of community or individualism 
  • Literary portrayals of individual and collective independence
  • Dramatic representations of rebellion on stage or screen
  • Ireland, America, and Paris

Conference events will include a poetry reading by Michael Longley at the Boston Public Library, as well as keynote addresses by Aileen Dillane, Catherine McKenna, John Regan, and a reading by poet Leontia Flynn. The Boston Park Plaza hotel is centrally located, and conference participants are encouraged to make the most of the many archives and university libraries in the Boston area during their stay. The Burns Library of Boston College will host an onsite exhibit of artifacts from their Irish collections.

Submission Guidelines: Individual papers and panel submissions (3-4 participants) are welcomed, as are proposals for presentations in non-traditional formats such as roundtables, discussion groups, or seminars. Abstracts should be 250 words in length and should include a brief (100-word) bio of the presenter. Proposals should be submitted via Please note that participation in ACIS 2019 is available only to American Conference for Irish Studies members in good standing. Details on joining ACIS or renewing your membership can be found at

Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis, but the final deadline for submission is Friday, November 16, 2018.

Conference co-hosted by Boston College, Bridgewater State University, Framingham State University, and UMass Boston.  

Questions? Email

Britain and the World Conference, Kansas City, MO, April 2019.

After our annual conference in Exeter in June 2018, Britain and the World returns to the US: Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 April at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza.

As always, the conference is concerned with interactions within the 'British world' from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the present and will highlight the importance of transnational perspectives.

We accept both individual twenty-minute papers and complete panel submissions. Panels are expected to consist of three or four papers and should be submitted by one person who is willing to serve as the point of contact. Complete panels should also include a chair. In addition to abstracts for each individual paper, panel submissions should also include a 100-150 word introduction describing the panel’s main theme. The conference does not discriminate between panels and individual paper submissions, nor between graduate students and established academics.

The conference icebreaker will be held on the Wednesday evening, a welcome reception on the Thursday, the Dinner Party on the Friday, and the outings downtown on the Saturday.

Known as the City of Fountains, Kansas City is rumoured to have more fountains than Rome and is synonymous with art, jazz, and barbecue. With authentic Kansas City BBQ, over 40 venues for live jazz, and it’s a penchant for green spaces, KC is ranked among America's most underrated cities and one of its friendliest. With the National World War One Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Truman Presidential Library all in close proximity, Kansas City provides “an unmatched ambience of Midwestern charm”.

We have secured eighty deluxe guestrooms, Wednesday-Saturday, at the special rate of $169 per night; many other hotels may be found in the immediate vicinity.

Conference rates cover registration (including a rolling membership which includes subscription to Britain and the World peer-reviewed EUP journal), refreshments throughout the day, lunch on all three days, and dinner on Thursday and Friday.

Tenured/permanent faculty: $200
Untenured/fixed-term faculty: $150
Student: $100

Tenured/permanent faculty: $250
Untenured/fixed-term faculty: $200
Student: $150

We’d like to stress that Britain and the World is a non-profit organisation; all proceeds are spent on the conference.

All submissions for inclusion in the conference should be received by Monday, 19 November 2018, with decisions on inclusion announced on Monday, 3 December 2018. Submissions should be made by email. Please submit all information in the body of your email (no attachments or PDFs, thank you!) and in the following order: name, affiliation, email, paper title, abstract, keywords.

Updates regarding the conference will periodically be posted on the Society website. It is hoped that participants will be able to call upon their departments for hotel and transportation expenses as the conference is not able to offer financial support.

On Twitter our @britishscholar hashtag is #BATW2019. Registration for the Conference will open on Monday 7 January 2019.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact the Conference Organizing Committee directly.


Margaret Cavendish Society Conference 6-9 June 2019 TRONDHEIM, NORWAY
The society welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers on topics related directly or indirectly to the theme, or on any aspects of Cavendish, her work, her family (including William Cavendish, Jane Cavendish, and Elizabeth Cavendish) and her contemporaries, influences, and responses to her work. In particular, we invite panel proposals on the work of Anne Conway and other early modern women scientists and philosophers. Papers may explore, but are not limited to, the following disciplines: 

- art history
- social history
- book history
- digital humanities
- the history of science
- political theory
- literature
- ecocriticism
- gender studies 
- philosophy
- translation studies
- pedagogical approaches

The 2019 conference will feature invited speaker Siri Hustvedt, author of The Blazing World (2014):

Siri Hustvedt is the author of a book of poems, four collections of essays, six novels, and a work of nonfiction. In 2012 she was awarded the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities. Her most recent novel The Blazing World was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Los Angeles Book Prize for Fiction 2014. Hustvedt has a PhD in English from Columbia University and is a lecturer in psychiatry at the Dewitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry in the Psychiatry Department of Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages. 

Abstracts of 150 to 200 words should be emailed to Lara Dodds and Lisa Walters together with a brief CV by December 1st, 2018.

For more information, or to register for the conference, please visit the website of the Margaret Cavendish Society.

A celebration of European friendship, kinship and transnational connections
Aston University
Friday 29 March 2019

Guest speakers
Prof Dr Heinrich Detering (Universität Göttingen)
Dr HDR Thierry Laurent (Sorbonne/Université de Haute Alsace)

Papers, posters, performances and other interventions (20-25 minutes max) are invited for a special one-day colloquium at Aston University on Friday 29th March 2019. The aim of the colloquium will be to explore, analyse and celebrate the representations and narratives of transborder affiliations, inspirations and tensions that mark, shape and transform relationships between Europeans across the centuries but especially those that cross the English Channel in either direction. Contributions from humanities specialists of any European culture (including Britain) and timeframe are welcome.

This colloquium is not a forum for international relations, diplomacy, political science, current affairs or simple lamentation. Rather, it is about the richness and timelessness of a continental village of which the personal, artistic, cultural, geographical and historical infrastructure can never be destroyed by treaty, law or any legal instrument.

The publication of a collection of peer-reviewed papers from the colloquium is planned.

Abstracts of 250 words in English requested by 7 December 2018 

Contact Info: 
PD Dr Uwe Schütte
Aston University, Birmingham, UK

Community, Culture, Crisis: the Inner City in Post-War Britain
Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester – Friday 26th April 2019

In 1988, the urbanist and anarchist Colin Ward claimed that ‘the inner city is an idea, not a place’ (The Times, 19 December 1988). To an extent, Ward was right. The term ‘inner city’ emerged in the United States in the 1960s to describe predominantly African-American ‘downtown’ areas before entering the vocabulary of British urban policy and social criticism over the next decade. During the 1970s, the inner city became the locus of governmental and media concern surrounding areas typified by multiple deprivation, dereliction, and the concentration of ‘New Commonwealth’ communities. As a result, the term became a euphemism through which politicians and commentators could discuss issues of race, poverty, and social inequality in post-war Britain.

However, inner-city areas were—and remain—the home of diverse communities and cultures, with the everyday lives and identities of residents firmly rooted in the physical environment. In spite of the importance of the inner cities—as the locus of crisis narratives as well as a lived space—historians have only recently begun to turn their attention to these spaces.

We invite papers of 20 minutes for a one-day workshop at the Centre for Urban History in Leicester on themes including, but not limited to:

  • Life-cycles: growing up and/or growing old in the inner city.
  • Intersections: gender/race/class and the inner city.
  • Poverty and social inequality.
  • Policing the inner city.
  • Sex and sexualities in the inner city.
  • Activism and community politics.
  • De-industrialisation and economic change.
  • Urban redevelopment and the physical environment.
  • The inner city in politics and policy

We intend for selected papers to appear in a special issue/special section of Urban History and therefore ask that submissions reflect critically on the workshop’s theme. Please send abstracts of no longer than 250 words by 15th December 2018.

The workshop is kindly supported by Urban History. We are able to refund, in whole or in part, the travel expenses of attendees. Priority will be given to postgraduates and early career researchers.

Organisers: Dr Aaron Andrews (Centre for Urban History), Dr Alistair Kefford (Centre for Urban History) and Dr Dan Warner (University of Liverpool).

Famines in Ireland before 1845 and after 1852
The Great Hunger of 1845 to 1852 has cast a long shadow over the subsequent history of Ireland and its diaspora. Since 1995, there has been a renewed interest in studying this event, by scholars, students, archeologists, artists, musicians, folklorists etc. This interest shows no sign of abating. New research, methodologies and approaches have greatly added to our understanding of the causes, impact and legacies of this tragedy.
The focus on the Great Hunger has overshadowed other periods of famine and food shortages in Ireland and their influences on a society in which poverty, hunger, emigration and even death, were part of the life-cycle and not unique to the 1840s.

‘Famines before 1845 and after 1852’ will explore the impact of these intermittent crises on the people of Ireland. Scholars, students and researchers of all disciplines are welcome to submit a proposal.
Confirmed keynote speakers, Dr. Ciarán Reilly, of Maynooth University, will speak about the famine of 1831, and Dr. Gerard Moran, Social Science Research Centre, NUI Galway, will speak about 'The Forgotten Famine of 1879-1882'.

Please send abstracts of up to 350 words to by 15 January 2019.
All other queries, direct to:

Quinnipiac University is located in Hamden, near to the beautiful Sleeping Giant Mountain, its name, like Quinnipiac, being derived from native American folklore. The programme will include visits to the exhibition, ‘James Hack Tuke: Quaker philanthropist and friend to Ireland's poor’, to Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, the Knights of Columbus Museum, Yale University and downtown New Haven.

Convenors: Professor Christine Kinealy, Quinnipiac University and Dr Jason King, Irish Heritage Trust. In partnership with the Irish Heritage Trust and the National Famine Museum at Strokestown.

Contact Info: 
Ireland's Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University 275 Mt. Carmel Ave. Hamden, CT 06518 

Call for Proposals - Special Issue of Fast Capitalism on NAFTA and Brexit
Fast Capitalism is seeking critical essays for possible inclusion in a special issue on NAFTA and Brexit. The goal is to gather both scholarly essays and political commentaries in time to present careful critical studies of the links between neoliberal trade practices negotiated by nation-states, large corporations, international organizations and the populist opposition to such global initiatives in local, regional, and national arenas, while the respective governments involved in these activities debate new policy initiatives.

In January 1994, the United States, Mexico, and Canada entered into the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Embodying neoliberal values in a free trade pact for North America, NAFTA provided the freer flow of capital, goods, and wealthy people, while restricting the flow and opportunities of labor. Industrial jobs drained from the USA into Mexico where labor restrictions kept wages low, and a lack of environmental laws permitted pollution. Fast forward 24 years, and the unmitigated disaster that NAFTA brought to many communities has stirred enough populist pushback that President Trump and his administration have pushed for a makeover to “make America great again.”

At this remarkable confluence of angry populist resistance with the bravado of life-long businessperson, Trump declared that he would “rip-up the deal” in 2015 if elected. This was a promise many on the left hoped he would keep, believing that new opportunities could be claimed for deindustrialized towns and underemployed workers. Of course, his opposition to the deal from the 1990s was not based upon a systematic critique. Instead, his position on free trade played upon real and imagined losses felt by certain interest groups, economic regions, and electoral blocs that have sought to have their concerns heard for years. In many ways, Trump has used global trading practices as one of his familiar rebranding exercises by taking what he was “unfair” to the US, making a series of mid-range recalibrations in NAFTA practices, and then appropriating the rhetoric of “fair trade” as a radical transformation of North American trade processes. Reframing some minor changes to the agreement as the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA), Trump presents himself as the defender of American businesses, labor groups, and national sovereignty. Yet, critics ask if these political ploys only lead to “putting lipstick on a pig.”

During the same times in which Donald Trump has tried to rebrand free trade in America, nationalist conservative interests in Great Britain have pushed to find a path to separate the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU). As the first, and largest free trade agreement developing out of the post-WW 2 reconstruction of the war-torn European continent, the European Economic Community gradually evolved into the supranational governance structures of the European Union to fulfill the postwar dream of a liberal world order where capital, goods, and people could move freely throughout Europe (eventually under a single currency) as well as ensure a long-lasting “democratic peace” through trade between liberal capitalist democracies. Great Britain always kept the EU at arm’s length by refusing to accept the Euro as its currency as well as refusing to have Brussels dictate its directives to London. In 2016, larger populist currents in Great Britain, not unlike those that lead to the election of Trump in the US, approved a national referendum to negotiate a “British Exit” (i.e. Brexit) from the EU. Now the British Government and Conservative Party are struggling at home and on the Continent with how to remake their place in Europe, while leaving the EU. The finalization of both these historic agreements is still in process, but those negotiations also are worthy of comment.

We seek papers to address the history, impact, and current debates about both the European Union/Brexit and NAFTA/USMCA, and are in interested in reviewing submissions in a number of forms including: scholarly research essays, commentaries, polemics, policy proposals, biographies, etc.

Proposals should be 200-400 words. Describe your argument and the format of your contribution. Please send proposals to David Arditi no later than December 1. Full essays of accepted proposals will be due by March 1, 2019. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Contact Info: 
David Arditi
Editor - Fast Capitalism

Global Knowledge, Global Legitimacy? Transatlantic Biomedicine since 1970
When the French pharmaceutical company Roussell Uclaff, a subsidiary of the German chemical giant Hoechst AG, was ready to introduce an abortion pill in 1988, American activists flooded the company’s headquarters near Frankfurt with protest letters. In response, the company’s German CEO mandated to stop the project. But the French state – a Hoechst minority shareholder – took the idea across the border, patented it, and embarked on medical trials for the new product in France. 

Ten years later, scientists in the United States successfully isolated human embryonic stem cells. The country’s regulatory framework had left them free to let the cells proliferate indefinitely. But researchers adopted concepts implemented in Britain to limit the cells’ growth to 13 days after gestation.

Such examples illustrate the transnational implications of controversies arising from scientific research and therapies evolving in academic settings and in companies coordinating their efforts globally. Global research practices have raised questions about the reach of regulations. Scientific findings and technologies have prompted support and resistance informed by beliefs and worldviews, some with transnational scope and with an impact on national laws as well as on the regulation of research and therapy. Cultural, moral, or religious considerations have affected the ways in which scientific insights or technologies were enabled, received, or restricted. Concerns about the availability of therapies sparked public debates and led to national and global responses by advocacy groups, foundations, political parties and governments. This conference will focus on the national/global nexus through the prism of biomedicine and its context since 1970.

The role of biomedicine has shifted over the past half-century. It was shaped by economic and political developments and it prompted cultural and political responses. Many of these developments were considered central to the transatlantic world in a global context, and this provides us with an opportunity to use biomedicine as a prism for investigating the history of the past half century. Such efforts can build on research in different subfields: Economists and legal scholars have been interested in evolving industries, concepts of intellectual property, or the impact of legislation such as the 1980 Bayh-Dole Act on American universities. Political scientists have focused on the challenges to ethics and regulation of global research in national contexts. Historians of science and medicine have dealt with the debates sparked by cognitive developments in specific fields and the ramifications of shifting structures within biomedical and clinical research. Scholars of contemporary history have emphasized the cultural, social, and political implications of medical advances such as the pill, assisted reproduction, PID, or DNA testing in societies on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. For this conference, we would like to bring together colleagues from relevant fields to discuss the shifting role and impact of biomedical science and medical therapy since 1970 and to develop from it larger themes for writing the history of this period.

One key focus concerns the relationship between the global setting for research, transnational public debates about its implications, and the political responses in nation-states including the US. While public as well as private research is global in scale, its moral implications frequently play out in debates that are coordinated or echo across borders, with political consequences that are shaped by national governments and sometimes coordinated with supranational organizations such as the EU or the UN. While biomedical research has been global in nature, its regulation has stubbornly resisted integration with a globalized narrative historians have sought to develop. What narratives evolve from a history of biomedicine and its uses on different national, transatlantic, and global levels? How do we relate advances in biomedical research to the history of legitimizing it? How has this relationship changed since 1970? We invite papers that identify larger themes for the history of the past fifty years from concrete examples in the history of biomedicine.

Topic areas may include:

  • Changes in the global and national settings for research such as universities, private or public research institutions, and industry
  • Responses to research and medical options and their significance for changing cultural, moral, or religious belief
  • The transnational and national roles of individual researchers, professional associations, expert panels, foundations, advocacy groups (including patients), politicians, and religious communities
  • Larger shifts in the intellectual framework for assessing such changes, including discourses on markets, individual responsibility, and justice
  • The role of supranational actors such as the WHO, the EU or the UN in national and global publics
  • Case studies such as the national and global dimensions of debates about the beginning of life, the value of the individual, family and gender norms, or the relationship between humans and nature

We aim to publish the papers presented at the conference as an edited book or as a special issue of a journal. Confirmed conference participants include Susan Lederer (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Bruno Strasser (University of Geneva and Yale University).

The conference will be held at the GHI Washington. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the institute. The deadline for proposals (for a 25-minute paper) is December 15, 2018. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short CV (1-2 pages) in one single PDF document to For further information about the conference, please contact Claudia Roesch

Holy Wars and Sacred States: Religious Conflict, the State, and Sacred Power in Early Modern Europe
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, UK
4-6 July 2019

CFP Deadline: 31 January 2019

Four hundred years after the outbreak of the Thirty Years War is a good time to re-consider early modern European religious conflict in the round. That religious conflict profoundly shaped European modernity – from the Schmalkaldic War, the Thirty Years War and the Civil Wars in Britain and Ireland, to the Khmelnytsky Uprising, and beyond – is indisputable, and the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 is just one sign that the confessional age did not end in 1648. Was religious conflict always about hordes of irrational fanatics flinging themselves at each other with no regard for material wellbeing? How did religious militants and religious moderates differ in their approach to conflict? Can secular motivations be separated from sacred ones in what remained a religious culture? How did early modern nations conflate fighting for country with fighting for God, and vice versa? How did millenarian views, confessional orthodoxy, and patriotism interact in periods of conflict among rulers and ruled? To what extent can the creation of areas of human life free from God be separated from the state’s appropriation of sacred power?

The organisers would like to explore these and similar questions in the context of discussions about early modern warfare, civil and religious conflict, toleration, and the confessional and sacred character of the early modern European state. Our conference will take the temperature of the study of religious conflict across sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth century Europe from the Stuart kingdoms to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. We hope to create dialogue between historians of political, social, religious, and intellectual life, ranging across all of Europe’s confessions. We are also interested in drawing the attention of the Anglophone world to the scholarship of Paolo Prodi (1932-2016), and the variety of the confessionalisation thesis which he advanced. Prodi argued that early modern Europe saw the reversal of the papal revolution of the twelfth century, the re-establishment of territorial churches (whether Anglican, Gallican, or Josephist), and the sacralisation of the European states, which reached its most extreme form in the development of the twentieth century political religions, whether fascist or communist. Irene Fosi (Chieti-Pescara) will lead a special panel on Prodi’s legacy.

Plenary lectures will be delivered by Eric Nelson (Harvard) and Stefania Tutino (UCLA).

We would be delighted to consider proposals for twenty-minute papers from graduate students, early career, and established scholars related but not limited to:

  • All aspects of religious warfare and conflict between and within early modern European states.National and transnational movement between grades of religious conflict, from legalistic persecution, to civic rioting, to religious civil war.
  • The place of political violence in the search for confessional security, and the different grades of force that might be employed in evangelisation and conversion. 
  • Toleration and the role of religion in peace-making.
  • Discourse among the faithful on the subject of warfare; the justice of wars in defence of religion; the justice of evangelisation by force.
  • The place of warfare in the Confessionalisation Thesis.
  • The relationship between religious conflict and the sacralisation of European states.
  • The merging and transposition of religious devotion, national interest, and violence in early modern states.

Contact Info: 
Please send a one-page CV, a title, and an abstract of no more than 400 words to Dr Floris Verhaart by 31 January 2019. Please direct any queries to the same email address.

A limited number of travel bursaries will be available for graduate students submitting by the application deadline; please mention that you would like to be considered for such a bursary in your application.

This conference, funded by the European Research Council as part of War and the Supernatural in Early Modern Europe 

Imperial Legacies of 1919   
Conference Date: April 19-20, 2019

Deadline for Papers and Panels: December 31, 2018
Roundtable participant proposal deadline: 31 January 2019
Undergraduate Student Poster competition proposal deadline: 15 February 2019

Journalist and author Shrabani Basu will provide a distinguished lecture on Indian soldiers related to her recent work: For King and Another Country (2015). Prior to the conference, she will also host a screening of Victoria and Abdul, a film based on her book of the same name. Historian of the British Empire Dr. Susan Kingsley Kent will provide the keynote address. Her esteemed works include Aftershocks: Politics and Trauma in Britain, 1918-1931 (2009); The Women's War of 1929: Gender and Violence in Colonial Nigeria (2011) and The Global Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 (2012).

Conference Description

The year 2019 is the perfect opportunity to analyze the global consequences of war and peace. That year marks the centenary of the Treaty of Versailles, which set the terms for peace after the First World War. Unfortunately, the meaning of “peace” was dictated largely by European Empires with limited visions for avoiding future conflict, not only in Europe but around the world. This conference will commemorate the 1919 centenary by hosting an international 2-day conference that explores the on-going legacies of war and imperialism.

  Shifting our lens to colonial spaces and debates, “Imperial Legacies of 1919” explores the multiple and contending meanings of 1919. In South Asia, for example, the year 1919 was not known for international peace treaties but rather the 1919 Amritsar Massacre during which a British officer commanded troops to open fire on an unarmed crowd. This gave leading figures such as Mohandas Gandhi the moral imperative to fight against colonialism. At the same time, the year 1919 connotes important moments in anti-colonial revolutions in places like Ireland and Egypt. Meanwhile, strikes and labor activism intensified around the world in response to the Bolshevik revolution (1917) and the return of soldiers to the home front. Soldiers, veterans, and civilians coped with wartime traumas, postwar disabilities and demobilization well beyond 1919.

  The terms of peace and creation of the League of Nations mandates led to the dismantling of the German, Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Russian empires. This meant redrawing international borders, including in the Near East, in what became known as the “Middle East” in the United States. Aerial warfare in the League of Nations mandates and during the Third Anglo-Afghan War (1919) targeted civilians with ongoing violence across the imperial world. Pan-Asian, Pan-African, Pan-Islamic and anti-colonial activists attempted to find alternative sources of unity to challenge European imperialism.

While the year 1919 holds an important place in world history, issues such as economic inequality, unstable border relations, religious and linguistic identities, veteran and civilian relations, gender inequality, and the long-term traumas of war remain harsh realities for people around the world. This conference will be a timely reflection on pressing global issues that link past and present.

Paper and Panel CFP (Deadline December 31, 2018): The conference organizers welcome individual paper or full panel submissions from junior and senior scholars at any stage of their academic career. We welcome proposals for both conventional 3-4 person panels and those that offer an unconventional approach to panel organization. Papers and panels may be on any region, theme, and topic related to “imperial legacies of 1919” but we especially welcome reflections on the following themes:
  • Gendering War and Peace
  • War Psychology, Health, and Trauma
  • The League of Nations Mandate System
  • Crypto-Colonialism
  • Environment and Empire
  • Capitalism and Imperialism
  • Language and Identity
  • Anti-colonial and peace movements
  • Food, war, and empire
  • War Reporting, Media, and Memory

Those interested in presenting an individual paper should send a 250-word abstract and current CV by December 31, 2018 to Prospective panels should send a 200-word panel abstract, 150 word abstracts for each paper, CVs for each panelist, and, if available, names of prospective chairs and commentators. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

Graduate Student Roundtable CFP (Deadline January 31, 2019):

We will also accept proposals for graduate students who would prefer to be considered for inclusion on one or more graduate student roundtable(s) on any time period or theme related to empire (Deadline January 15). We especially recommend this for MA students, pre-ABD PhD students, or PhD students who are exploring a new part of their research. Priority will be given to roundtable participants who engage with the themes of “identity and empire” or “war and empire.”

Graduate students who wish to be considered for the graduate student roundtable session should send a 100-200 word abstract for a 5-10 minute presentation that gives a general outline of what the scholar would like to contribute to a roundtable on war and empire. According to the AHA “The roundtable format—which can be used for the presentation of original research, work-in-progress, or discussion of professional concerns—offers short presentations, a fluid organization (not limited to the chair/presenter/commentator structure), and ample time for discussion with the audience. Roundtables foster a congenial exchange between audience and discussants.”

Graduate Student Ambassador: Kevin Broucke, UNT History, Military History Center Fellow

Undergraduate Poster Prize (Proposal deadline February 15, 2019):

Undergraduate students from all universities are encouraged to apply for a place in the undergraduate poster prize competition on any topic related to war and empire. All accepted and completed posters will be displayed at the conference.

Undergraduate students who wish to be considered for the undergraduate poster prize should send a 100-200 word description of their poster, with 1 to 3 sample images, related to any theme or topic relevant to this conference. For further guidelines on poster sessions please click here.  Deadline for consideration: February 15, 2018

Undergraduate Student Ambassador: Savannah Donnelly, UNT History

About UNT

The conference will be hosted in the new, state-of-the-art, Union facilities at the University of North Texas. UNT is a tier-1 research university of over 35,000 students in the Dallas-Forth Worth Metropolitan area. We are conveniently located in Denton, about 30-45 minutes from the DFW airport. Denton is center of arts and music with a growing independent restaurant scene in North Texas. The conference organizers welcome and encourage the participation of LGBTQIA+ presenters.

We will also host a screening of Victoria & Abdul and a Q&A with the original book’s author, Shrabani Basu, on the evening of April 18, 2019, for UNT and interested conference participants and members of the public.

Registration Fees:

Thanks to the generous support of the Charn Uswachoke International Development Fund, the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, UNT-International and the UNT departments of History, Linguistics, Anthropology, Political Science, English and Women’s and Gender Studies, we will be able to offer discounted registration to all presenters and participants. Travel assistance is not available.

UNT undergraduate and graduate students: Free registration for panels, film screening and keynote (registration required, meals not included)

UNT Faculty in History, Anthropology, Political Science, English, Linguistics, WGST: Free registration for panels, film screening, and keynote (registration required, meals not included)

Non-UNT undergraduate and graduate students: $25 (includes all panels, invited talks, and conference meals)
Under-employed researchers/post-doc/early career: $40 (includes all panels, invited talks, and conference meals)
Tenured associate professors or equivalent: $60 (includes all panels, invited talks, and conference meals)
Full professors: $75 (includes all panels, invited talks, and conference meals)
“Conference meals” include one lunch and one dinner and are included with paid registration.
Please send all questions, inquiries, and proposals to

Conference Organizers:
  • Kate Imy, UNT History (Principal Organizer)
  • Shobhana Chelliah, UNT Linguistics
  • Andy Nelson, UNT Anthropology
  • Nancy Stockdale, UNT History
  • Sadaf Munshi, UNT Linguistics
  • Geoffrey Wawro, UNT History, Director of UNT Military History Center
  • Waquar Ahmed, UNT Geography

Graduate Student Ambassador: Kevin Broucke, UNT History, Military History Center Fellow

Undergraduate Student Ambassador: Savannah Donnelly, UNT History

Special thanks to Charn Uswachoke International Development Fund, the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, UNT-International and the UNT departments of History, Linguistics, Anthropology, Political Science, English and Women’s and Gender Studies for sponsoring this event.

The Irish Republican Army on Film: Critical Essays and Interviews
from editor: Matthew Edwards

This is a call for papers for a new anthology on the I.R.A and its depiction in film and documentary, with particular emphasis on The Troubles.

Through films such as The Crying Game, Bloody Sunday, '71, The Hunger the collection will look to analyse the conflict 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 on The Troubles and other key historical events? 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? How has the I.R.A been depicted on genre films?

The collection is looking for scholarly essays on any aspect of the I.R.A 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.

To date, I have sourced an interview with the director of The Outsider.

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). I am hoping to get all the content finished by end of January 2019, though I can be flexible.

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. My latest collection, The Rwandan Genocide on Film was published in summer 2018 by McFarland. McFarland and Co are interested in the collection as well are a number of other publishers.

(Un)Like. Intermedia Portraying Practices, c. 1700 to the Present

University of Nottingham, Humanities Building, Friday 11 January 2019, 10.00 – 16.00.

Keynote speaker: Professor Christine Hallett (University of Huddersfield)

This one-day workshop seeks to bring together researchers with an interest in the history and representations of healthcare, medicine, nursing, hospitals, and public health in the UK between 1800 and 1948, with a particular focus on local and regional histories.

Over the course of the nineteenth century, healthcare became increasingly organised, centralised and professionalised, paving the way for the reforms of the twentieth century leading to a national healthcare system. But this process was piecemeal and haphazard, often dependent on local and even individual initiatives. Hospitals were funded by local subscriptions; reforms such as the introduction of professional nurses, district nursing, and improvements to workhouse infirmaries occurred on a local basis, and spread only gradually.

As a result, the experiences of patients, nurses, doctors and other care practitioners differed significantly according to geographical location, as well as by class, wealth, and gender. This workshop seeks to highlight these local and regional differences and experiences in order to build up a more textured, nuanced picture of the development of healthcare in the industrial age.

This workshop is the first of a series to be held arising from the AHRC-funded project ‘Florence Nightingale Comes Home for 2020’, which examines the influence of Nightingale’s upbringing in the Midlands on her work and ideas. This first workshop invites contributions from a wide range of scholars in order to develop insights into broader histories of health and care in a regional perspective.

Possible themes for contribution include:
  • How can localised studies of historical health and care contribute to a broader understanding of the state of health and healthcare in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries?
  • How did standards of, and access to healthcare vary according to regional differences? How did patient experiences differ by region?
  • How was healthcare delivered in the home? How did this differ from its delivery in institutional environments? Were there significant overlaps between conceptions of health at home and in institutions?
  • How can studies of individual institutions, such as workhouse infirmaries, hospitals, and nursing homes, contribute to broader regional and national histories of health?
  • How did hospital nursing, district nursing and women’s involvement in healthcare develop differently in different areaHow did connections and divisions between the rural and the urban inform healthcare?
  • How did representations of health vary across localities? How might we better understand these regional cultures of health?

Practical details
  • An abstract of no more than 300 words along with a short (12 page) CV should be sent here by Friday 16 November 2018.
  • The workshop is fully funded as part of the AHRC Research Grantfunded project ‘Florence Nightingale Comes Home for 2020: an historico-literary analysis of her family life’, grant ref AH/R00014X/1.
  • There will be no charge for attendance.
  • A limited number of travel bursaries are available for travel within the UK. To apply, please include an estimate of your travel costs in your email application.

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Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies

The Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (PCCBS) will meet at UC Merced from March 22-24, 2019. The CFP can be found here.

The PCCBS invites papers representing all fields of British Studies — broadly defined to include those who study the United Kingdom, its component parts and nationalities, as well as Britain’s imperial cultures. We welcome proposals from scholars (including doctoral candidates working on their thesis*) in a wide range of disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, including History, Literature, Political Science, Philosophy, Religion, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Theater Studies, and Art History.

Proposals for individual papers, partial panels, or complete panels are all welcome, although complete panel proposals are preferred. We encourage the submission of proposals dealing with interdisciplinary topics, as well as pedagogies and technologies.

The deadline for submission of proposals is DECEMBER 1st, 2018. Proposals should include a 200-word abstract for each paper plus a biography for each participant. Those submitting full or partial panel proposals should include a brief description of the panel plus a brief biography for the panel chair as well as for its commentator (if any). Proposals will be submitted by google forms. As we will use the data entered for the program, please be careful with spelling of names, institutions and paper titles.

Individual paper proposals should be submitted here.

Panel proposals should be submitted here.

Looking to form a panel for the upcoming PCCBS (Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies) to be held in Merced, CA at the University of Merced March 22-24, 2019. 

The deadline for submission of proposals is DECEMBER 1st, 2018. 

I'm interest in 'famous' or 'infamous' trials and how they are used (or abused) by whatever factions see fit. I myself will deliver a paper on Admiral John Byng's court martial which ran several weeks from late December 1756 to February 1757. The dates 1660 to 1836 are used in hopes of gaining either continuity or aberations as these trial cases may present themselves, so roughly from the Restoration to just before Victorian Britain. I wish to emphasize Britain, which includes its colonial holdings and any trials that may have eminated from the empire which were followed in London and elswhere in England by significant numbers.

Thoughts to consider: The law is as Hobbes put it, 'a fetter' on one's rights. Did these [in]famous trials involve the curtailment of rights? How were English/British rights conceived prior to trial, and then were the outcomes of such trials consistant with those perceptions? How were these trials publicly viewed/received? Who publicized them? What did these trials say about print culture? Political involvement? Factionalism?

I'm very open to ideas.

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Shakespearean Translations – Translating Shakespeare
Deadline 30th November 2018
Shakespeare-Tage, Weimar, Germany, 26–28 April 2019 
It is a critical commonplace that Shakespeare in many ways relied on and produced various forms of translations – translations of foreign words, translations of literary texts, translations from one medium into another, to name but a few. Over time, Shakespeare’s works themselves have become some of the most widely translated texts in world literature. As of today, his works have been translated into more than 100 languages. Moreover, his plays and poems have travelled across time and space, and they have been re-translated time and again in order to adapt them for contemporary audiences. More often than not, such translations also raise questions about the original works and their socio-cultural as well as literary contexts. This year’s Shakespeare-Seminar seeks to address the manifold questions that are raised by intercultural and transhistorical translations as well as by Shakespeare’s own role as translator. Our seminar plans to address these issues with a panel of six papers during the annual conference of the German Shakespeare Association. As critical input for the discussion and provocation for debate, we invite papers of no more than 15 minutes that present concrete case studies, concise examples and strong views on the topic. Please send your proposals (abstracts of 300 words) by 30 November 2018 to the seminar convenors: Lukas Lammers, Free University Berlin and Kirsten Sandrock, University of Göttingen.

C21 Global Victorians: When East meets West
A One-day Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Warwick, England
Saturday 15th February 2019
Keynote speaker:
Professor Regenia Gagnier, University of Exeter
Profesor Stefano Evangelista, University of Oxford

Each society imagines the other based on its own social, political, religious and ethical tradition, spiritual paradigms, and perspectives on humanity and the world. The description of foreigners touches on the things that are most intrinsic and most fundamental to any society or culture. “A society’s view of foreigners may at times be one of disinterest, or curiosity, or rapturous approval, or unjust condescension or hatred. But the reasons for this infatuation or repulsion are in themselves always enlightening.” (J. Gernet,1994). The problematic term “Oriental” abounds fascinating arguments, and have already developed into an established school in post-colonial studies since the publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978). It seems that the Western images in Eastern context, however, comparatively received less scholarly attention. Therefore, while exploring the Asian images in the long 19th-century art and literature, this conference also wishes to address a reversed gaze at the “exotic” Occidental Other to present that such intercultural exchanges between the two are in fact mutual. The Victorian style is also a major commercial inspiration in the creative industry in the 21st century. The increasingly popular Neo-Victorian trend in films and fashion arena is encouraging an examination of such “exotic” images in a modern interpretation.

This event aims to create a multi-disciplinary forum where Victorianists and scholars interested in material culture of the Victorian era, in general, to discuss different approaches to study the cultural interchanges between the two sides of the globe – with a focus on East and South East Asia – within the framework of the long 19th century and its legacy in the 21st, highlighting the interconnections between the “Oriental” and the “Occidental”.

We welcome expressions of interest for papers of 15-20 minutes long.

Please send your abstracts (of up to 250 words) to by 10th Nov 2018.

Possible themes, approaches, and topics might include:
• Otherness and diaspora
• Neo-Victorian Aestheticism in the Orient
• Victorian Material Cultures
• Chinoiseri
• Japonism
• Wilde
• Beardsleyana
• Sexuality and gender
• Consuming the Victorians
• Dandyism and Fashion
• Neo-Victorian in manga/anime

Publishing opportunities:
This conference is funded by the Humanities Research Centre and the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. The outcome of this project will be considered for the Warwick Series in the Humanities (with Routledge) publication.

(Un)Like. Intermedia Portraying Practices, c. 1700 to the Present
The Centre for Life-Writing Research & The Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King’s
King’s College London
3 May 2019

Portraiture and life-writing have long been understood as genres that, for all their differences, share key concepts. As both genres are concerned with the individual figure, they rely on particularities and specificities, on telling events and characteristic anecdotes and, most importantly, on a representative depiction of the subject in question which was similar or like. Resemblance, similarity, likeness – these were the terms by which works were judged. A letter to the Daily Gazetteer remarked in 1742: ‘I think it is agreed on all Hands that in Biography, as it is in Portrait Painting, a Likeness is to be preserved, if we would give satisfaction in either Science.’ Importantly (and to complicate the study of likeness), the media concerned with likeness were likewise considered to be alike. The art theorist Jonathan Richardson famously wrote in 1715: ‘to sit for one’s Portrait is like to have an Abstract of one’s Life written and published, and to have one consigned over to Honour or Infamy’. Richardson referred to the long tradition of inter- or multi-media portraying and life-writing practices, the linking of literary with visual portraits for mutual benefit and the reciprocal bolstering of genres by providing additional information or another perspective. Next to resemblance and medial proximity, Richardson introduces a third aspect: appreciation or emotional response to portraits and biographies. Samuel Johnson would later write in the Idler no. 45 (1759) that ‘Every man is always present to himself, and has, therefore, little need of his own resemblance; nor can he desire it, but for the sake of those whom he loves, and by whom he hopes to be remembered’. Likeness, it appears, therefore intersects with the representation’s potential to make a person not only like, but also likeable, to have third parties appreciate both the individuals and their representations. This notion of recognition – understood as identification – being closely linked with respect and social approval still shows in such phenomena as Facebook and Instagram, where ‘to like’ equals acceptance, affirmation, or recommendation, signalling approval of the online persona.

This one-day workshop on 3 May 2019 seeks to address the different layers of likeness – resemblance, multimediality, appreciation – in portraits and life-writing in Europe since the beginning of the eighteenth century. We welcome studies on established genres but we are particularly interested in papers that explore hybrid, informal or unusual portraying practices while considering their socio-historic implications.

Topics may include:

  • ‘portraying’ as a multimedia concept
  • portraiture negotiations and portraits as negotiations
  • the notion of ‘character’ and ‘the self’ in different media
  • the role of character sketches, descriptions of persons, and drawings in social interaction and the public sphere
  • the ‘good likeness’ and adjacent terms and concepts
  • recognition, appreciation, sympathy, affection, or antipathy in discourses on likeness
  • reversing concepts: unlikeness, dissimilarity, difference, dislike
  • economies of production
  • portraiture in paratexts
  • publicity, celebrity and portraying.

Proposals that draw on materials from the King’s College London/Royal Archives collaboration Georgian Papers Programme are especially welcome.

We look forward to receiving abstracts (c. 300 words) for papers not exceeding 20 minutes or proposals for preformed panels and a brief academic bio by 30 November 2018. Contributors will be notified by December 15, 2018. Please direct your proposals and any enquiries here.


Professor Clare Brant
Co-Director, Centre for Life-Writing Research
King’s College London
Department of English
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE

Kerstin Maria Pahl
Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Lentzeallee 94
14195 Berlin

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