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Special Issue on "A British Childhood? Some Historical Reflections on Continuities and Discontinuities in the Culture of Anglophone Childhood"; Deadline: 6 May 2019

This special edition of Genealogy will consider the history of childhood through a focus upon continuities and discontinuities in British and affiliated Anglophone cultures. It will begin with a reflection upon the changing nature of childhood in Britain, and the traces that previous generations of children have left in ‘folk’ and nursery tales and rhymes, some of which were taken into British colonial culture, in the US in particular (Not just ‘once’ upon a time by Pam Jarvis).

Reflecting the changes in childhood, starting from the later period of ‘enlightenment’ the authors will consider the conscious recognition of the particular needs of young children in the work of the London Foundling hospital ("Child Abandonment in England, 1743-1834: The Case of the London Foundling Hospital" by Claire Phillips) and the philosophical influences on thinking about childhood that led to such development ("Susan Isaacs, child of the late Victorian age and pioneering educational thinker: some social and literary influences on the development of her philosophy" by Philip Hood and Kristina Tobutt).

The ways in which discussions took place about the education and care of very young children in the nineteenth century will be examined. Yinka Olusoga’s "Younger Infants in the Elementary School: Discursively Constructing the Under-Fives in Institutional Spaces and Practices" will consider how young children were reconstructed as ‘scholars’ by Victorian industrialists, and Betty Liebovich will explore an early twentieth century development upon this construction, which prepared the ground for the modern British nursery school in her article "Margaret McMillan’s Contributions to Cultures of Childhood".

Finally, Jonathan Glazzard will explore a contemporary "Anglophone childhood British and American concern", that of mental health difficulties amongst children and young people, picking up on the threads of continuity and discontinuity introduced in Pam Jarvis’ reflection upon the fading of traditional folk narratives in the 21st century. In his article The changes in children and young people’s mental health over time he will consider changing attitudes to mental health problems with respect to the complex and interconnected process of stigmatisation and medicalisation from the 19th century to the present.

Overview of topics covered by this special issue: current and historical constructions of childhood; childhood play and recreation; childhood and ‘folk’ narratives; philosophies of childhood; childhood and industrialisation; childhood and post industrialisation; childhood education; childhood health; cultures of childcare.

Manuscript Submission Information:

Manuscripts should be submitted online by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors pageGenealogy is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Contact Info: 
Anyone who has interests in submitting, please feel free to contact the Guest Editor Dr. Pam Jarvis or the Managing Editor Ms. Allie Shi.

The British Milton Seminar, Spring Meeting, 2019
Deadline 31 January 2019
Birmingham, Saturday 16 March 2019.
There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm, and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm. We currently intend that each session will have two papers (of approx. 25-30 minutes each), for which proposals are invited. Please send proposals to Dr Hugh Adlington and Professor Sarah Knightby no later than 31 January 2019.

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

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

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

Changing Histories: Rethinking the early modern history play
CFP deadline: 31 January 2019
King’s College London, hosted by the London Shakespeare Centre, 4th–5th July 2019
Critical accounts of the early modern “history play” have tended to use the classification of plays in Shakespeare’s First Folio to define the genre and align it with the dramatization of medieval English monarchical history. However, early modern dramatists, audiences, publishers, and readers looked far beyond these parameters. If our definition of the “history play” is expanded to incorporate a wider range of histories (including material that was believed to be historical), then the genre explodes both geographically and temporally. It would include, for example, classical history, biblical history, pre-Christian British history, European and Middle Eastern history, and recent history. Starting from this expanded definition of the “history play”, Changing Histories seeks to explore the application of the term “history” during the period, interrogate enduring critical views of historical drama, and examine the interconnections between texts representing a range of different pasts. One of the conference’s main objectives is to open up new critical approaches to early modern historical drama and encourage a productive exchange between theatre scholars and historians. We invite papers that examine history plays and/or ideas of history and historiography through a variety of approaches. To apply, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short biography to the conference organizers, Dr Kim Gilchrist (University of Roehampton) and Dr Amy Lidster (King’s College London) here by 31 January 2019.

Charity, Welfare and Emotions in Early Modern Britain: A Royal Historical Society Symposium
Nottingham Trent University, 5th September 2019

This symposium seeks to explore the relationship between the emotions and experiences of charity and welfare. One of the key developments in recent scholarship on welfare and poor relief has been a growing emphasis on a diversity of experiences beyond formal contributions and statutory entitlements, as well as an increasing understanding of the complexity of motivations for giving. And the field has also witnessed a turn to foreground the experiences of the poor and those in need of care, rather than simply focusing on the ways in which they were helped and/or controlled. At the same time, the history of emotions is an exciting and rapidly expanding field which offers not just fresh subject matter, but new ways of approaching and conceptualising historical study itself. The potential for linking these two areas has not been fully realised, especially in the study of the early modern British Isle.

The main aim of the Symposium is to stimulate dialogue at the intersections of these two fields, on the basis that emotions history offers the opportunity to enrich and deepen the study of charity and welfare, while the processes of giving, receiving and surviving which are at the heart of poverty and poor relief studies offer untapped potential for the study of emotions and emotional experiences. We therefore welcome proposals, especially from postgraduate or early career researchers, for 20 minute papers on this theme, including (but not limited to)

  • Emotions in the narratives or experiences of the poor
  • Cultures of giving and the role of emotions in charity, philanthropy and welfare
  • Family relationships and experiences of support and giving
  • Emotional communities in fundraising, voluntarism or mutualism
  • Performative aspects of giving and receiving charity
  • Emotions and experiences of exclusion and discipline
  • Emotions and experiences of illness, disability and care
  • Emotional responses to crisis, disaster and suffering.

The deadline for proposals is 1 February 2019. Proposals, consisting of a title,300-500 word abstract, and either an outline CV or a brief biographical summary, should be emailed to John McCallum or Lizbeth Powell as well as any queries about the Symposium.

Thanks to the generous support of the Royal Historical Society, this day-long Symposium will be free to attend. We hope to be able to offer a limited number of subventions towards some of the travel and accommodation costs for postgraduate or unwaged speakers, subject to availability and to be confirmed nearer the time.

Confirmed speakers: Jonathan Healey (Oxford);Chris Langley (Newman); Hannah Robb (Manchester)

‘Civility and Incivility in Early Modern Britain, 1500-1700’
Deadline 1 April 2019
Oriel College, Oxford, 28 June 2019
Recent years have seen an increased scholarly interest in early modern ideas about civility. Although often associated with urbanity, gentility, or refinement, this conference will explore ideas of civility more broadly, asking how the limits of acceptable behaviour and discourse were defined, enforced, and negotiated in early modern Britain. Participants are encouraged to interrogate the different ways that historians might think about the dynamic relationship between civility and incivility between 1500 and 1700. Submissions are invited on all aspects of political, social, religious, or intellectual history, and interdisciplinary contributions are likewise encouraged. Proposals for twenty-minute papers are encouraged from graduate students, early career researchers, and established scholars. Please email a one-page CV, a title, and an abstract of c.350 words by Monday 1 April 2019. Please also indicate if you would like to be considered for a graduate travel bursary. More details can be found on the conference website.

‘Disseminating Shakespeare in the Nordic Countries, 1789 - 1914’
Deadline 31st March 2019
We are currently seeking contributions to a planned anthology on the early reception of Shakespeare in the Nordic countries during the ‘long’ 19th century. While the transmission of Shakespeare into other languages and cultures was always highly complex, the early dissemination of his works in the Nordic countries was particularly multifaceted due to the importance of German and French translations and theatre companies in the early part of the period, as well as extensive political, cultural and linguistic influences between the Nordic countries themselves. Variously affected by significant political developments in Britain and on the Continent (e.g. the French Revolution) and by changing aesthetic ideals (notably Romanticism), the introduction of Shakespeare in the Nordic countries was arguably an inter-European process that happened in different ways and at different points in time. The long 19th century was moreover a time of national revivalism, and the role of Shakespeare in the establishment of national Nordic cultures and literatures is a significant though still underexamined field. We will need abstracts of ca 500 words, outlining the scope and basic research questions of your contribution, by 31 March, 2019. A selection of the submitted abstracts will be included in a book proposal to an international publisher. Although we do not solicit finished essays at this stage, it may be useful to know that the actual chapters are to be 6000-9000 words and that the selected essays are to be completed by the end of 2019. The volume will be edited by Nely Keinänen (University of Helsinki, Finland) and Per Sivefors (Linnaeus University, Sweden). Abstracts should be sent to both editors.

England’s Islamic Identity: Writing from the Islamic Periphery, 1500-1700
Deadline not stated
The Museum of the Order of St John, Clerkenwell, London, 7th June 2019
This one-day event aims to examine the rich history of Anglo-Islamic cultural exchange in the Anglophone literature of the early modern period. As increased commerce and exploration widened the scope of English interactions abroad, the body of writing concerned with an increasingly familiar portion of the world grew rapidly. English writers now sought to understand and portray Islamic places and people, from Mughal India to North Africa, in relation to themselves. These writers, often merchants and adventurers in their own right, found themselves at the centre of supremely rich and expansive foreign power structures, prompting the calibration of an English national identity still only in its infancy. This event is particularly interested in how the increasingly formalised Anglo-Islamic interaction spurred a change in English thinking about national identity in an ever-expanding world, from the period before the conception of the British Empire to an environment of burgeoning imperialism. We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers which consider how early modern English writers interpreted the Islamic World through an English lens. Please send 200 word abstracts to EnglandsIslamicIdentity

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: Jan.9,2019
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 Jan. 9, 2019): 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:

  • Borderlands, Labor, and Migration
  • 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 Jan. 9 2019 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: Jan. 9, 2019 

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.

Contact Info: 
Kate Imy, University of North Texas

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.

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North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), Columbus, OH (Oct. 17-19, 2019)
We are excited to welcome you to Columbus, Ohio. Our keynote speakers will be film director Mike Leigh and historian Priya Satia. We invite proposals on any aspect of media, mediation, medium-ness, genus, or genre. Possible topics include (among others) literary and artistic form; word, image, and sound production; the general and the specific; the average and the exceptional; and historical, social, and scientific taxonomies. We also, alternatively, offer the theme itself as generic: the conference is open-call on any topic, as long as it is conducive to a short presentation. 

We invite both traditional proposals and ones that experiment with the genre of the conference session. Submit on any area of research, teaching, or project-building (collaborative, creative, and/or public) that would be of interest to Victorianist scholars. 

Other submission guidelines:
  • Paper: max. 500 words
  • Panel (3-4 speakers): max. 1000 words
  • Roundtable (5-8 speakers with brief position statements): max. 1200 words.

A panel or roundtable proposal should articulate the overall topic, its interest to the field, and each presenter’s contribution. All submissions should include brief (1-2 pp.) CVs for all presenters. Conference participants may moderate other sessions, but otherwise should not appear in more than one session.

Submission Process

  • The deadline for proposals is January 28th, 2019 (note the update).

To submit a paper, panel, or roundtable proposal, please click here.

We are using the ExOrdo abstract management system to receive proposals, to notify participants of acceptance, and for conference registration. You will be asked to set up an account with ExOrdo, which will be used for notifications and to register for NAVSA 2019.

Issue Your Own CFP 

To issue your own call for papers for a panel or roundtable, click here. There is a dedicated page on this NAVSA 2019 site for these CFPs; please check here regularly. 

If you have questions, please email

The Northeast Conference on British Studies (NECBS) will hold its annual meeting in 2019 in Montreal, Québec, Canada on Friday and Saturday, October 4-5. The conference will be hosted by McGill University, with Brian Lewis acting as local arrangements coordinator.

We solicit the participation of scholars in all areas of British Studies, broadly defined. In particular, we welcome proposals for interdisciplinary panels that draw on the work of historians, literary critics, and scholars in other disciplines, whose focus is on Britain and its empire, from the Middle Ages to the present. Proposals for entire panels on a common theme will be given priority, although individual paper proposals will also be considered if several of them can be assembled to create a viable panel. Proposals for roundtable discussions of a topical work, on current issues in the field, or pedagogical practices with respect to the teaching of particular aspects of British Studies are also encouraged. The typical ninety-minute panel will include three papers (each lasting for roughly twenty minutes) and a chair. (In the interest of allowing greater audience participation in Q&A, the position of “moderator/comment” is optional.) Roundtables may have a looser format.

Proposals should include a general description of the panel or roundtable (including an overall title), a 200-300 word abstract for each paper to be read, and a one-page curriculum vitae for each participant. Please include the address, phone number, and e-mail address of all participants (including the chair and, if applicable, moderator) in the proposal. For panel or roundtable proposals, please note the name of the main contact person. Electronic submissions (as e-mail attachments in Word) are preferred, with all the various materials presented in a single document.

Graduate students, please note: Each year the NECBS Executive Committee awards the David Underdown Memorial Prize to the best graduate student paper presented at the conference. (See details here.)

All submissions must be received by May 1, 2019 (final decisions will be announced in late June 2019).

Please send your proposals to:
Caroline Shaw, NECBS Vice President and Program Chair

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 2019 Shakespearean Theatre Conference: “Festival and Festivity”
Deadline 1 February 2019
Stratford, Ontario, June 20-22, 2019
While all approaches to Tudor-Stuart drama are welcome, we especially encourage proposals that respond to our broad theme of “Festival and Festivity.” How do we understand and perform festive, antic, celebratory, or bacchanal elements in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries? How did these plays draw on and contribute to early modern festive cultures, and how have historical changes to such cultures shifted the meaning of theatrical revelry? To what extent is the festive limited or invigorated by genre and convention? The conference is a joint venture of the University of Waterloo and the Stratford Festival, and will bring together scholars and practitioners to talk about how performance influences scholarship and vice versa. Paper sessions will be held at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford campus, with plays and special events hosted by the Stratford Festival. The conference schedule will include free time to attend evening performances of Othello, Henry VIII, and Merry Wives of Windsor. By arriving a day early or leaving a day late, conference goers will also be able to see the world premiere of Mother’s Daughter, Kate Hennig’s historical drama about the ascension and reign of Mary Tudor. Additional conference information will be posted as it becomes available. Full details of the Festival’s schedule are available. Please send proposals here.

Western Conference on British Studies 
The WCBS Program Committee, co-chaired by Susan Grayzel and Joseph Ward of Utah State University, seeks to design a meeting that is both interdisciplinary and wide-ranging in its temporal span. Scholars of Britain, the British Atlantic World, and the British Empire broadly defined are invited to participate. Professor Durba Ghosh of Cornell University will deliver the conference’s keynote lecture.

The committee welcomes proposals for both individual papers and full panels, and it encourages graduate student submissions. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract of each paper and a short curriculum vitae for each participant. Full panel proposals should also include a brief description of the panel's overall aim and indicate clearly the panel’s organizer and primary contact. Please submit proposals via email (with “WCBS 2019” in the subject line) by the end of the day on Friday, April 19, 2019.

The conference will also feature a poster session for undergraduate students; please contact the conference organizers for more information on this session.

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