2020 MID-ATLANTIC CONFERENCE ON BRITISH STUDIES ANNUAL MEETING
William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
SATURDAY and SUNDAY, APRIL 18-19
The MACBS – the mid-Atlantic affiliate of the NACBS, the main organization for British Studies in Canada and the United States – is soliciting proposals for papers and panels on all areas of British Studies for our annual conference at William & Mary in Williamsburg. We welcome participation from scholars of Britain, the British Atlantic World, and the British Empire broadly defined, and we are open to proposals ranging from the ancient to the contemporary and from scholars of history, anthropology, literature, art, politics, economics and related fields. Senior faculty, junior faculty, and graduate students are all encouraged to participate.
Proposals for both individual papers and full panels are welcome. Paper proposals should include a brief (no more than 250 words) abstract of the paper and a curriculum vita. Full panel proposals should also include a one-paragraph description of the panel’s overall aim and indicate which panel member will serve as the organizer and primary contact.
Williamsburg, part of the “Historic Triangle” of communities in Southeast Virginia, is accessible by air, train, and car. It is a lively college town and popular sightseeing destination.
All submissions must be received by 3 January 2020.
Send proposals via email to:
Dept. of History
University of Richmond
Dept. of History
Wake Forest University
Funding for Graduate Students
We are able to provide limited funding on a needs basis to graduate students presenting papers at the conference. Applicants must be enrolled in good standing in a PhD-granting program and should submit the following information to the program co-chairs by email:
- Your name, email address, institution, and name of advisor
- Statement of interest and name of conference paper
- A budget outlining your approximate conference expenses
- A list of funding already received or available for conference travel and expenses
Teaching with The Pulter Project
May 9, 2020, Northwestern University
Hosted by Wendy Wall and Leah Knight, co-directors of The Pulter Project
Keynote: Frances E. Dolan (University of California, Davis): “Mucking about with a Poet in the Making”
We seek proposals exploring innovative ways to integrate The Pulter Project: Poet in the Making into the classroom. This digital site presents multiple versions of the striking religious, political, scientific, and personal poetry of seventeenth-century writer Hester Pulter. If we include Pulter’s works in courses on poetry, religion and literature, science and literature, women’s writing, and/or early modern history, what new knowledges come to light? How, we ask, does the material form of the text shape a student’s reading experience, and alter understandings of authorship and literary production? How might creative pedagogies utilize a hands-on site and/or enable the digital publication of undergraduate and graduate student work?
Topics may include reflections on:
- proposed or past syllabi and assignments that partake of the project to illuminate new ways of understanding religious experience; political protest writing; early modern women’s writing; mourning; fantasies of the cosmos; physics; astronomy, death, etc.;
- reading formats in the classroom: anthologies, print, digital sites, rare book rooms, EEBO;
- using the “versioning” of texts to teach theories of authorship, materiality, intellectual property, and/or literary production;
- the challenges of teaching early modern women writers;
- assignments other than the standard paper; and
- curricular challenges and triumphs.
Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Leah Knight and Wendy Wall at email@example.com by Dec 10, 2019.
Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists
June 12-14, 2020
The Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists (CQHA) will hold its 23rd biennial conference at Earlham College on June 12-14, 2020.
CQHA is a community that brings together those who study the history of Quakers and Quakerism with practitioners from cultural institutions that make records of the Quaker past available for scholarship. The Conference takes place every two years at locations in North America and abroad, and welcomes both Quaker and non-Quaker participants from diverse backgrounds.
We invite proposals for presentations on any aspect of Quaker history, across all time periods and locations. This year we encourage proposals on the following topics: Challenges of diversity, equity, or inclusion in Quakerism; Quakerism in Indiana and the US Midwest; (Re)assessments of Quakerism and Quaker historiography.
In addition to individual paper presentations (20 minutes), we welcome proposals for panels of complete sessions (2-3 papers), roundtable discussions (60 or 90 minutes), workshops (up to a half day), or other collaborative formats. We also seek participants for a session of lightning talks (5-7 minutes each), a format especially well suited to works-in-progress, summaries of recent publications, or ongoing projects. All presenters are required to register for the conference.
Proposals should consist of the following elements:
- Identify the format of your proposed presentation: a single paper, a panel of papers, a roundtable discussion, a workshop, a lightning talk, or other format, and indicate its proposed length.
For each presentation proposed, please supply:
- a one-page description of the proposed presentation that highlights argument, approach, or methodology, as well as anticipated content; and
- a one-page vita or resume for each presenter.
Proposals for sessions should be sent as a package, including an overall session description as well as the requested materials for each participant.
The deadline for proposals is December 6, 2019.
Logistics: Dormitory lodging and meal service will be available on the campus of Earlham College, within walking distance of conference sessions. Hotels, bed & breakfasts, and AirBnBs are located within driving distance in the city of Richmond. Located in eastern Indiana, Richmond is accessible by plane plus shuttle or car from Dayton (45-minutes), Indianapolis (90-minutes), or Cincinnati (90-minutes) airports. Richmond is accessible by car via I-70 and US routes 27, 35, and 40. The nearest Amtrak station is Connersville, Indiana (35-minutes).
In an area settled by Quakers in the early nineteenth century, the city of Richmond is located along the historic National Road and serves as county seat for Wayne County, Indiana. Richmond is home to four colleges and two seminaries including Earlham College and Earlham School of Religion, and is headquarters of Friends United Meeting. The city and region offer an abundant selection of restaurants, shops, museums, outdoor recreation and cultural opportunities.
Funding Opportunity from Friend Historical Association (FHA)
Funding for Underrepresented Scholars: Friends Historical Association offers a funding opportunity to better support scholars whose race or ethnicity, gender expression and sexual preference, faith (or lack thereof), and/or other facets of background and identity are traditionally underrepresented amongst CQHA conference presenters and attendees. Stipends of $1,000 are available for up to three applicants. Applications are due December 11, 2019. Please click here for details.