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Conference 2015

2-4 April

Austin, TexasDoubleTree Austin University Area Hotel Exterior

Final Conference Program Now Available!

2015 Conference Program

Conference Registration is Now Open!

Faculty Member ($150)




Student Member ($130)




Faculty Non-Member ($250)




Student Non-Member ($230)



Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and tea/coffee breaks on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Doubletree Hotel.

Dinner Party – Friday, 3 April 2015 – Scholz Beer Garten!

The Dinner Party is set!  Our Conference Dinner Party will take place at Scholz Beer Garten on Friday evening, 3 April 2015 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.  The Scholz Beer Garten is the oldest continuously operating business in Austin, Texas (since 1866).  You may find out more about our venue at www.scholzgarten.net or at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scholz_GartenThe dinner will feature famous Texas BBQ, sides, and desserts for only $20 per person.  Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided with alcoholic drinks available for purchase.  To purchase the Dinner Party please visit Paypal at:




Call for Papers:  The British Scholar Society’s Britain and the World Conference 2015

Deadline Extended!

Dates:  2-4 April 2015

Deadline for Submissions:  Monday, 15 December 2014

Decisions on Inclusion:  Monday, 29 December 2014

Following our incredibly successful 2014 conference in Newcastle, England, Britain and the World returns to Austin for 2015.  The British Scholar Society announces an extension to its call for papers for the eighth annual Britain and the World Conference. The conference will be held in Austin, Texas at the Doubletree University Area, which is a five minute walk from the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, between Thursday, 2 April and Saturday, 4 April 2015. Papers will focus on British interactions with the world from the beginning of 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.

Professor Jane Ohlmeyer of Trinity College Dublin will deliver the Keynote Address on Saturday, 4 April entitled ‘Eastward Enterprises: Colonial Ireland, Colonial India’. The Keynote Address reconstructs the career of Gerald Aungier, the most important early governor of Bombay (1669-1677).  Aungier was the grandson of an early seventeenth-century Wexford planter and the brother of the earl of Longford, an active colonist and entrepreneur who developed 1670s Dublin on the back of Indian treasure. Aungier planted and colonised Bombay much as his relatives had Ireland during an earlier period. This lecture explores similarities and differences in the colonial processes and looks again at Irish and British expansionism in the East.

Additional confirmed lectures for the 2015 conference include the fifth annual Frank Turner Memorial Lecture on Thursday, 2 April and the fourth annual Britain and the World Lecture on Friday, 3 April.  More information about these lectures 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 Britain and the World Conference will include our Conference Icebreaker on Thursday night, 2 April, our Dinner Party on Friday night, 3 April, as well as a pub crawl through downtown Austin on Saturday night, 4 April.  These events will provide numerous opportunities for networking and merrymaking in and around the live music capital of the world.

The conference accepts both individual paper and complete panel submissions. To present an individual paper you only need to submit 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.  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.

We will also be hosting two important Roundtables at Britain and the World 2015. The first looks at Atlantic versus Global Perspectives on British History and the second investigates Britain after the Referendum. More information is available on the Conference 2015 webpage at http://britishscholar.org/conference-2015/.

All submissions for inclusion in the Britain and the World Conference must be received by Monday, 15 December 2014. Decisions on inclusion will be made by Monday, 29 December 2014. Submissions should be made electronically to editoratbritishscholardotorg  (editoratbritishscholardotorg)  . Anyone submitting a paper or panel proposal by the original deadline of 17 November will receive a decision on inclusion by 5 December 2014. Updates regarding the conference will be periodically posted to the Society 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 our Conference 2015 webpage at http://britishscholar.org/conference-2015/. Registration for the Conference will open on 15 January 2015. It should be noted that becoming a member of The British Scholar Society entitles you to a discounted registration rate. We also offer a discounted registration rate for students.  Membership in The British Scholar Society for 2015 will be available on the British Scholar website by visiting our membership page at www.britishscholar.org/british-scholar/membership/ beginning on 1 October.  If you have any questions about the forthcoming conference, please contact the Conference Organizing Committee directly at conferenceatbritishscholardotorg  (conferenceatbritishscholardotorg)  .

Best wishes,
Michelle Brock
Bryan Glass
Robert Whitaker
Conference Organizing Committee 2015
The British Scholar Society

Keynote Speaker Named

Ohlmeyer pic

The Keynote Speaker for the Britain and the World 2015 Conference will be Professor Jane Ohlmeyer of Trinity College Dublin.  Professor Ohlmeyer’s Keynote Address will be:

‘Eastward Enterprises: Colonial Ireland, Colonial India’

The Keynote Address reconstructs the career of Gerald Aungier, the most important early governor of Bombay (1669-1677).  Aungier was the grandson of an early seventeenth-century Wexford planter and the brother of the earl of Longford, an active colonist and entrepreneur who developed 1670s Dublin on the back of Indian treasure. Aungier planted and colonised Bombay much as his relatives had Ireland during an earlier period. This lecture explores similarities and differences in the colonial processes and looks again at Irish and British expansionism in the East.

Two Roundtables at Britain and the World 2015

Britain and the World 2015 will feature two Roundtables of the greatest importance to all scholars concerned with Britain’s history and future.  Please see descriptions below of each Roundtable.  We are looking to attract scholars to take part in each Roundtable.  The deadline to apply is 17 November 2014.

Roundtable: Atlantic and Global Perspectives

Roundtable: Britain after the Referendum

Conference 2015 Hotel Booking is Now Available!

You may book your room at our Conference Hotel, the Hilton Doubletree University Area.  The room block is available until 6 March 2015 and rooms are limited so don’t wait to book.  You may purchase your room at the following link: http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/A/AUSIMDT-BSS-20150401/index.jhtml

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