19-21 June – CFP Deadline Extended to 15 December!
The 2014 Britain and the World Conference will take place from 19 through 21 June at Newcastle University.
The Call for Papers is Now Available!
Call for Papers Extended to 15 December!
Call for Papers: The Britain and the World Conference 2014
This serves as a call for papers for the seventh annual Britain and the World Conference. The conference will be held in Newcastle, England from Thursday, 19 June through Saturday, 21 June, 2014. This marks the conference’s return to Britain after holding the 2012 conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Papers will focus on British interactions with the world from the seventeenth century to the present and will highlight the importance of British history from a global perspective. Established scholars, scholars at the beginning of their careers, and graduate students are welcome to apply and present at the conference.
Confirmed speakers for the conference include Professor David Reynolds and Professor Jenny Wormald. David Reynolds is Professor of International History and a Fellow of Christ’s College. From October 2013 he will be Chairman of the Faculty of History. His visiting positions include posts at Harvard, Nihon University in Tokyo and Sciences Po in Paris. He won the Wolfson Prize for History, 2004, and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005 and a member of the Society of American Historians in 2011. He is the author of eleven books, and three edited or co-edited volumes. He has also written and presented nine historical documentaries for BBC TV, ranging across the international history of the 20th century, as well as the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series America, Empire of Liberty. Professor Reynolds will present the Keynote Address on Saturday, 21 June in the Kings Hall at Newcastle University (Kings Hall Information).
Jenny Wormald is currently an Honorary Fellow in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh. She previously taught at the University of Glasgow (1966-1985) and Oxford University (1985-2005). She has published important works on bloodfeud, the Scottish Reformation, and the reign of James VI and I. She will deliver the Conference Opening Lecture on Thursday, 19 June.
More information about these lectures as well as the announcement of the Frank Turner Memorial Lecture and the Global Britain Lecture will appear in our Newsletter in the months ahead. To receive our free monthly newsletter please sign up by visiting www.britishscholar.org, enter your e-mail address at the top, and click Subscribe.
The fifth annual Wm. Roger Louis Prize, awarded to the best paper delivered at the Britain and the World Conference, will also be announced on 21 June. The Prize is worth $1000 and the winning paper will be published in a forthcoming issue of Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society, published by Edinburgh University Press.
The Britain and the World Conference 2014 will include our Conference Icebreaker on Thursday night, 19 June, at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, our Dinner Party on Friday night, 20 June at historic and beautiful Alnwick Castle (Harry Potter’s Castle), as well as our Conference wrap-up party at the Town Wall Pub and Eatery on 21 June. These events will provide numerous opportunities for networking and merrymaking in and around England’s northern capital city of Newcastle.
The conference accepts both individual paper and complete panel submissions. Submissions of individual papers should include an abstract of 150-300 words as well as a few descriptive keywords. Panels are expected to consist of three to four papers and should be submitted by one person who is willing to serve as the point of contact. Complete panels must also include a chair/discussant. In addition to abstracts for each individual paper, panel submissions should also include a brief 100-150 word introduction describing the panel’s main theme. The conference does not discriminate between panels and individual paper submissions.
All submissions for inclusion in the Britain and the World 2014 Conference must be received by Sunday, 15 December 2013. Decisions on inclusion will be made by Friday, 17 January 2014. Submissions should be made electronically to editorbritishscholarorg.
Updates regarding the conference will be periodically posted to the British Scholar website. It is hoped that participants will be able to call upon their departments for hotel and transportation expenses.
Information on hotel accommodation is already available on the 2014 conference webpage at http://britishscholar.org/2014-conference/. Information on Conference Registration will be forthcoming in January. It should be noted that becoming a member of The British Scholar Society entitles you to a discounted registration rate. Membership in The British Scholar Society for 2013 is available on the British Scholar website by visiting our membership page at www.britishscholar.org/british-scholar/membership/. Membership for 2014 will be available from 2 December. If you have any questions about the forthcoming conference, please contact Dr. Martin Farr, President of the Conference Organizing Committee, directly at martinfarrnclacuk.
Social Aspects of the Conference
Thursday, 19 June -
Conference Icebreaker: Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art – this will occur on the Riverside Terrace overlooking the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which will be lit in The British Scholar Society’s primary colour of red.
Friday, 20 June -
The Conference Dinner Party: Alnwick Castle – private coaches will whisk participants away to the medieval fortress of Alnwick Castle. Built following the Norman Conquest the Castle is the home of the Duke of Northumberland. It is also known as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. We will dine in the Great Hall of the Castle. A treat fit for a Duke!
Newcastle is the northernmost city in England, has an international airport, and is on the East Coast Main Line, three hours from London and 90 minutes from Edinburgh.The city includes the Castle (1080), Great North Museum (1884), Theatre Royal (1837), Laing Art Gallery (1904), and, of course, St James’ Park (1892). The Northumberland Coast is about thirty minutes’ metro ride away, and includes Tynemouth Castle and Priory (c.1000), and the Collingwood Memorial (1854).
The conference will be held at Newcastle University, in the Armstrong Building (1888, built by William Armstrong) , on the University quadrangle. All sessions will be in seminar rooms and lecture theatres at the School of History. Tea and coffee, and lunch will be served in the Common Room. The keynote will be in the Kings Hall, where Martin Luther King received an honorary degree in 1967 and where the university stages major events and graduations.
Special Collections in the University Library may be of interest. Holdings includes the papers of Gertrude Bell, and those of the Grey, Trevelyan, and Runciman families, all of whom originated locally.
We’ve set up a webpage to facilitate the booking of accommodation. You can of course make your own arrangements, but we’ve arranged deals with the following establishments for 19-21 June 2014 which vary in price, although all are within a few minutes’ walk of each other.
This is the conference hotel, where the keynotes and most delegates will be staying, and where we have secured a large number of rooms at a special rate. The County is literally across the road from Central Station (1850), which means that whether you arrive by rail, or by air (the metro directly links Newcastle International Airport with Central Station in about 25 minutes) it is the most convenient hotel for arrivals and departures. The University is a twenty minute walk, or five minute, two-stop, metro journey away.
This map shows the best route from the Thistle (B) to the Conference (A). It takes in St Nicolas’s Cathedral (1100-1500), Hadrian’s Wall (128 AD), Grainger Town (1824-41), Grey Street (1830s and often called Britain’s finest), and Grey’s Monument (1838).
Is a ten minute walk from Central Station, and 15 minutes from the University. You should be warned that it’s prone to stag/buck/bachelor and hen/hens/bachelorette parties, but affordable.
A very modern hotel, five minutes’ walk from Central Station, but slightly further from the University.
An affordable hostel in the city centre.
Just round the corner from the County. Offers the most affordable accommodation.
As listed above, the 19 June Icebreaker will be held at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (1950; 2002), on the south side of the Tyne, about fifteen minutes’ walk from the County.