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The global Irish Revolution, 1916-1923
Queen's University Belfast (25 June 2018)
Queen’s University Belfast, together with the University of Edinburgh, invites papers from early career scholars for a one day workshop on the theme of ‘The global Irish Revolution’. The Irish Revolution 1916-23 is the subject of extensive historical investigation but most of this research has focused on local, regional or national contexts and has yet to be the subject of sustained global historical enquiry.

The workshop will explore the global impact of, and influences on, Ireland’s revolution between the Rising and end of the Civil War. What, and where, were the experiences of Irish revolution across transnational Irish diaspora? To what extent was the Irish Question entangled in wider questions about imperialism and colonisation? How did the ‘Wilsonian moment’ and European partitions affect politics in Ireland? Responses to such questions are open from both transnational and comparative perspectives.

Proposals, comprising a 250-word abstract and short biographical note, should be sent to the workshop convenor, Dr. Darragh Gannon by 1 March 2018. Final papers should be no longer than ten minutes to allow for in-depth roundtable discussion. The one-day workshop will take place at Queen’s University Belfast on 25 June 2018. Travel bursaries may be available to participants who are unable to secure funds elsewhere. This event is organised under the auspices of the AHRC-funded ‘A global history of Irish revolution, 1916-1923’ project (2017-2020), based between Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Edinburgh.

The Invention and Reinvention of Decolonization: Rethinking the ‘Waves’ Narrative
School of Advanced Study, Senate House, LONDON, JUNE 21-22, 2018

Was ‘decolonization’ a European invention designed to ease the ‘White Man’s Burden’ and pave the way for a neo-colonial system of extraction and dependency? Was it a Latin American invention intended to undo ‘the colonial system?’ Or was it an Indian, French Algerian or Caribbean invention? All the above? Is the received ‘wave’ narrative (first, second, third, fourth waves) currently used to tell the global history of decolonization still adequate to the task? Or would notions such as ‘invention’ and ‘reinvention’ be more useful?

Confirmed Keynotes:
Professor Stuart Ward, (University of Copenhagen), author of British Culture and the End of Empire.
Professor Dane Kennedy (George Washington University), author of Decolonization: A Very Short Introduction.

We seek papers that address any of the following:
  • When, where and how was the concept and act of ‘decolonization’ invented or reinvented?
  • The circulation and deployment of concepts or cognate concepts of decolonization and independence across linguistic and imperial spheres
  • The invention or reinvention of the concepts or cognate concepts of ‘colonialism’ and ‘anti-colonialism’
  • Assessments and critiques of the ‘waves’ narrative of decolonization
  • Case studies that engage any of the above

Please submit a 200-word abstract, paper title, and one-page biographical note copied jointly to Professor Philip Murphy and Professor Mark Thurner by Monday 12 March 2018.

Contact Info: 
Institute of Latin American Studies
University of London
Senate House, Malet Street

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Literature, Education and the Sciences of the Mind in Britain and America, 1850-1950
University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
17-18 July, 2018  
Keynote Speakers:Professor Helen Small, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
Professor Priscilla Wald, Duke University

This conference aims to stimulate a wide-ranging discussion about the interactions between British and American literature, education, and the sciences of the mind between 1850-1950. We welcome paper and panel proposals on any aspect of British or American literature, education and/or the sciences of the mind broadly construed.This conference is part of Dr Sara Lyons’ (PI), Dr Michael Collins’ (Co-I) and Dr Fran Bigman’s (Research Associate) AHRC-funded project, Literary Culture, Meritocracy, and the Assessment of Intelligence in Britain and America, 1880-1920. The project is an investigation of how British and American novelists understood and represented intellectual ability in the period, with a particular focus on how they responded to the rise of intelligence testing and the associated concepts of I.Q. and meritocracy. For additional information, please visit our website. Possible topics include literature and:

  • Teaching and Being Taught; pedagogical theory and practice
  • Representations of Places of Learning
  • Examinations, grades, scholarships, qualifications
  • Inequality, Discrimination, and Exclusion in Education
  • Academic Success and Failure
  • Literacy and Illiteracy
  • Intellectuals, Experts, Professionalism
  • Autodidacticism, Informal Education
  • Varieties of education: aesthetic, classical, moral, religious, scientific, technical
  • Learning Styles and Types of Intelligence
  • Intellectual ability and disability

As well as literature and:

  • Professionalisation/ Institutionalisation of Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Psychometrics and personality testing
  • Physiology and psychology
  • Psychological Schools and Controversie
  • Psychology and Philosophy
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Sexology
  • Parapsychology
  • Eugenics
  • Language and Cognition

Please submit an individual proposal of no more than 350 words or an outline for a 3 paper panel proposal by the 1 March, 2018. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes. Please include your name, a short bio, and email address in your proposal. 

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Providence, Rhode Island, October 25-28, 2018
Deadline: 30 March 2018

The NACBS and its affiliate, the Northeast Conference on British Studies, seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2018 meeting. We will meet in Providence, Rhode Island, from October 25-28, 2018. We solicit proposals for presentations on Britain, the British Empire, and the British world, including topics relating to component parts of Britain and on British influence (or vice versa) in Ireland, the Commonwealth, and former colonies in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean (etc.) Our interests range from the medieval to the modern. We welcome participation by scholars from across the humanities and social sciences, from all parts of the globe (not just North America), and from all career stages and backgrounds. We reaffirm our commitment to British Studies broadly conceived, and welcome proposals that reflect the diversity of scholars and scholarship in the field.

We invite panel proposals that address selected themes, methodology, and pedagogy, as well as roundtable discussions of topical and thematic interest, including conversations among authors of recent books, reflections on landmark scholarship, and discussions about professional practice. We are particularly interested in submissions that have a broad chronological focus and/or interdisciplinary breadth. Standard panels typically include three presenters speaking for 20 minutes each, a commentator, and a chair, while roundtables typically include four presenters speaking for 15 minutes each and a chair. We are open to other formats, though; please feel free to consult with the program committee chair.

We hope to secure as broad a range of participation as possible and will thus consider individual paper proposals in addition to the standard full panel proposals. Our preference is for panels that include both emerging and established scholars; we welcome the participation of junior scholars and Ph.D. candidates beyond the qualifying stage. To foster intellectual interchange, we ask applicants to compose panels that feature participation from multiple institutions. In an effort to allow a broader range of participants, no participant will be permitted to take part in more than one session in a substantial role. (That is, someone presenting or commenting on one panel cannot also present or comment on another, though individuals presenting or commenting on one panel may serve as chairs for other panels, if need be.) Submissions are welcome from participants in last year’s conference, though if the number of strong submissions exceeds the number of available spaces, selection decisions may take into account recent participation.

As complete panels are more likely to be accepted, we recommend that interested participants issue calls on H-Albion or social media (e.g., @TheNACBS on Twitter or on the NACBS Facebook page) to arrange a panel. If a full panel cannot be arranged by the deadline, however, please do submit the individual proposal and the program committee will try to build submissions into full panels as appropriate.

In addition to the panels, we will be sponsoring a poster session. The posters will be exhibited throughout the conference, and there will be a scheduled time when presenters will be with their posters to allow for further discussion. 

The submission website  is now open; submissions will close as of 30 March 30 2018.

All submissions are electronic, and need to be completed in one sitting. Before you start your submission, you should have the following information:
  • Names, affiliations and email addresses for all panel participants. PLEASE NOTE: We create the program from the submission, so be sure that names, institutional titles, and paper titles are provided as they should appear on the program.  
  • A note whether data projection is necessary, desired, or unnecessary.
  • A brief summary CV for each participant, indicating education, current affiliations, and major publications. (750 words maximum per CV.)
  • Title and Abstract for each paper or presentation. Roundtables do not need titles for each presentation, but if you have them, that is fine. If there is no title, there should still be an abstract – i.e. “X will speak about this subject through the lens of this period/approach/region etc.”
  • POSTERS: Those proposing posters should enter organizer information and first presenter information only.

All communication will be through the panel organizer, who will be responsible for ensuring that members of the panel receive the information they need.

All program presenters must be current members of the NACBS by September 28, one month before the conference, or risk being removed from the program.

Some financial assistance will become available for graduate students (up to $500) and for a limited number of under/unemployed members within ten years of their terminal degree ($300). Details of these travel grants and how to apply will be posted to and emailed to members after the program for the 2018 meeting is prepared.

Contact Info: 
Krista Kesselring, NACBS Program Committee Chair


Hello, all:
I am hoping to pull together a panel for NACBS 2018 on Prisons & Policing in the British Empire, preferably with fellow scholars focusing on the 19th & 20th century. Submissions aren't due until March, and I know it's a busy time of year, but I thought I'd get the ball rolling. I'm in the early stages of a comparative project examining Borstal institutions in postcolonial Ireland and Kenya, and I hope to present my early findings at the conference. If you have a project and an interest in presenting, please send a brief sketch of what you're working on (nothing formal necessary at this stage) to me.

Other than that, happy holidays to all, and if you're in the throes of grading, good luck & happy end-of-the-semester!

Averill Earls, PhD
Assistant Professor 
Thomas B. Hagen Department of History
Mercyhurst University 

Hello colleagues,

I'd like to put together a panel on topics related to education, identity, and the British Empire. My research examines the complicated relationship between Canadian and Australian educators and the ideal of Britishness in the mid-20th century. This panel could embrace a wide array of topics engaging issues of identity and education across Britain and the British Empire in the modern world.

If you are interested in contributing to a panel on something around a topic like this for next year's NACBS (Providence, RI, October 25-28, 2018), please contact me. Thanks for considering!

-Stephen Jackson

I'd like to put a panel together on topics related to intelligence and information gathering for NACBS 2018. My research explores English Catholic counter-intelligence efforts and evasion strategies in the late-Elizabethan period. The panel could include a variety of topics relating to intelligence networks, spies, and informers in early modern Britain. If you are interested in contributing to a panel on this topic for next years NACBS (Providence, RI, October 25-28, 2018), please email me.  


Jonathan Roche

I'm seeking papers for a potential panel at the 2018 NACBS conference. At the moment, we have two papers that address issues of pilgrimage and religious identity: one paper looks at 17th c. Scottish travelers in the Levant and the ways in which they negotiated their religious identities through dress and through ideas of pilgrimage. The second looks at late 19th c. Roman Catholic pilgrimages in Scotland, and ideas of religious identity and memory. If you have an idea for a paper that would align well with these ideas, please contact Kathy Grenier.

Katherine Haldane Grenier
Professor of History
The Citadel

I would like to put a panel together for this autumn’s NACBS, and I am looking for potential co-panellists.

My paper would be on the involvement of the first women solicitors and barristers in the provision of Poor Man’s Lawyer/pro bono legal aid and advice at settlement houses, youth clubs, churches, and with the main political parties in interwar England. It could fit with a range of different types of paper – and I am very open to suggestions. Gender is a particular rich and timely angle, with possibility of a panel looking at aspects of the impact of the Representation of the People Act 1918 and the Sex Discrimination (Removal) Act 1919, and the development of equal citizenship; there are plenty of cross-sections with the history of philanthropy and voluntary action, cross-class relationships, work and profession, as well as politics in a range of senses. And of course others that I may not have thought of!

If this sounds like it could be of interest to you, please get in touch with me at

James Najarian:
I am looking to put together a panel on Imperial Borderlands in the British Empire in the 19th Century for the North American British Studies Conference in Providence RI, in October 2018. My own paper is on Sir Alexander Burnes's _Travels into Bokhara_ (1835); but I would welcome papers on Central Asia, Northern India, Africa, China, Persia, the Middle East, or other contact zones in the world just outside British Imperial reach at the time. Please send detailed abstracts of 500 words by March 1, 2018.

I am trying to put together a panel for NACBS 2018 in Providence this October. My paper looks at the establishment of the Irish Free State as an early case of twentieth century decolonization that raised fundamental questions about citizenship, imperial belonging, and Britain’s immigration practices. More specifically, my paper explores the impact these questions (and decolonization) had on the Irish diaspora in the U.K. and for the Irish working within the greater imperial network. I am open to taking the panel in any direction, as my paper could mesh well with a variety of topics. If you have a paper that focuses on decolonization, diasporas, citizenship, transfer of power, reworking of identities, interwar Britain, or any other topic that would align well, please contact me through this post, or email me Daniel Joesten 

I am a third-year History PhD at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. My research explores exhibitions of the Irish in World Fairs in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain and the United States. I would like to form a panel on the British Empire, Ireland, transnationalism, provisional topics include display and exhibitions, urban spaces and knowledge production, identity and race. A range of time periods as well as disciplines are welcomed. 
 Shahmima Akhtar
Doctoral Researcher
Department of History
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, B15 2TT
Twitter: @shahmima_akhtar

 'Northern Lights: Late Medieval Devotion to Saints from the North of England'
28-30 March 2019, University of Lausanne

Plenary speakers : Julian Luxford (University of St Andrews), Catherine Sanok (University of Michigan), Jocelyn Wogan-Browne (Fordham University)

Despite widespread interest in the cults of northern English saints (600-1200) in the early middle ages, comparatively little work has been carried out on the ways in which these cults evolved between 1300 and 1500. This international conference aims to shed new light upon this understudied period.

Focussed on the cults of Bede’s lauded northern saints (Cuthbert, Hilda, Aebbe, Ninian, Aidan, Oswald, John of Beverley, and others), alongside early post-conquest saints in the same northern tradition (Godric of Finchale, Robert of Knaresborough, Aelred of Rievaulx, William of York, etc.), this conference will examine the ways in which these northern saints were remembered and venerated between 1300 and 1500. Pursuing an interdisciplinary approach, it will take account of new textual, architectural, artistic and liturgical productions, pilgrimage cultures and shrine economies, the relations of these saints to their monastic custodians and local communities, and their utilisation to serve regional and national agendas.

Possible paper topics might include:
  • Texts produced about northern saints in Latin, Middle English, or Anglo-Norman in the post-1300 period (new vitae and miracula, short vitae in Latin and vernacular legendaries, literary references, saints’ plays, liturgical offices, hymns and prayers, listing in kalenders)
  • The status and utilisation of the writings of northern hagiographers in the post-1300 period (Reginald of Durham, Jocelin of Furness, Aelred of Rievaulx, Geoffrey of Coldingham, John of Tynemouth, etc.)
  • The late medieval material culture of northern saints (revisions of shrines and ecclesiastical architecture, new stained glass programmes and panel paintings, statues and manuscript illuminations, movements and locations of relics)
  • The contribution of early northern saints to late medieval religious culture in the north (Richard Rolle’s writings and cult, northern religious poems, treatises, and manuscript miscellanies)
  • The relation of northern saints to the religious orders curating their shrines (remodelling of cults to serve monastic and mendicant agendas, monastic contention over possession of cults and relics, place of saints in monastic/episcopal disputes)
  • The economic and social circumstances of northern cults in the post-1300 period (shrine organisation and revenue, pilgrim numbers and itineraries, saint’s-day fairs and processions, the function of the saint within civic life, secular patronage)
  • The relation of northern cults to midland, southern and Scottish cults, and to Scotland and the Scottish border (colloboration, competition, appropriation, cross-border veneration, the function of northern saints in Anglo-Scottish military campaigns)
  • The presence of northern saints’ cults in continental Europe and Scandinavia (texts, churches, relics)
  • The relation of northern saints’ cults to late medieval constructions of ‘northernness’, ‘Englishness’, and other categories of ethnicity
  • The extent to which northern saints’ cults mediate local, regional or national interests, and the interplay between those interests
  • The degree to which northern saints follow or modify normative hagiographical constructions of gender (what is northern saintly masculinity/ northern saintly femininity?)
  • The relation of northern saints to the physical environment (the northern landscape, birds and animals, the North Sea, rivers, natural territorial boundaries)

If you are interested in applying to give a 20-minute paper, please send a 250-word abstract and brief CV to Christiania Whitehead and Hazel Blair by 15 September 2018.

The conference is organised by Denis Renevey, Christiania Whitehead, and Hazel Blair as part of their ongoing Swiss National Science Foundation project ‘Region and Nation in Late Medieval Devotion to Northern English saints’, based at the University of Lausanne.

The conference will include optional cultural and historical outings in the Vaud and Valais regions of Switzerland. Full details to follow on the webpage. Conference registration will open in summer 2018.

The conference hashtag is #Lights19. You are warmly invited to follow us on Twitter @NorthEngSaints.

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​Graduate Student Conference "Situating Empire: The Great War and Its Aftermaths"
History Department, Harvard University
November 15-16, 2018

We invite graduate students to submit proposals for a workshop exploring the impact of the Great War upon the configurations of Empire. This workshop is intended only for advanced doctoral students who have completed substantial archival research. Its priority is to provide close readings and feedback on research that speaks to the themes at hand. Accepted papers will be grouped on panels, with one faculty commentator per presenter. Participation in this workshop provides an opportunity to engage in lively and lengthy discussion with faculty, and an emerging cohort of doctoral candidates from around the world. 

Opening remarks will be provided by Professor Erez Manela. Our workshop's keynote speaker will be Professor Heather Streets-Salter, and Professor Antoinette Burton will join us for a plenary panel. 

This workshop will host nine papers comprised of panels of three, occurring over two days. 
Themes of the workshop include (but are not limited to): 
  • the constitution of imperial boundaries with respect to space, mobility, race, and class; intellectual history
  • histories of mobility
  • legal history
  • the history of science and/or medicine. 

Submission Guidelines and Funding
We encourage submissions from individuals at all universities. Interested graduate students should submit a 300-word proposal and one-page Curriculum Vitae (in either Word or PDF format) here. Proposals must be received by March 30, 2018. Papers for each panel will be selected in accordance with the workshop's themes and for their potential to facilitate dialogue across regional specializations. All participants will be notified of participation by May 1, 2018. Given that this workshop requires an engagement with the written work of other participants, all panelists are asked to submit their papers one month prior to the workshop. All questions should be directed to the email above.

We anticipate being able to reimburse reasonable travel and lodging expenses for participants who do not receive sufficient funding from their institutions of study. Due to a limited budget, however, this amount will not exceed $500. Meals will be provided throughout the workshop.

Hardeep Dhillon (Lead), PhD. Candidate, Harvard University
Sarah Balakrishnan, PhD Candidate, Harvard University

Faculty Sponsors
Professors Erez Manela & Sugata Bose


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