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Conference 2010

25-27 March
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

Tom Devine’s Keynote Speech

Chris Dudley wins the Inaugural Wm. Roger Louis Prize

The British Scholar Annual Conference Committee is pleased to announce that Chris Dudley has won the inaugural Wm. Roger Louis Prize for the best paper presented at the 2010 conference. His paper, entitled “The Decline of Religion in British Politics, 1710-1730,” will be published in the September 2010 issue of the British Scholar Journal. In addition, Chris received $1000 for winning the prize.

Final Conference Program Available

The conference will deal with a number of themes from a very diverse set of panelists. This year’s program is a testament to the international scope of the British Scholar Society. If you are not yet registered do so today by scrolling down to registration. Registration includes admission to the Conference Opening Lecture by Frank Turner, all of the panels, the British Scholar Dinner Party on Friday evening, March 26 in the Texas hill country, as well as Tom Devine’s Keynote Address which asks the question “Did Slavery make Scotland great?” If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at conferenceatbritishscholardotorg  (conferenceatbritishscholardotorg)  . We look forward to seeing many new and familiar faces at the conference in March.

>> See the final conference program here <<

Announcing the Wm. Roger Louis Prize for the Best Paper Delivered at the British Scholar Annual Conference

We are pleased to announce that British Scholar has received a benefaction to fund the Wm. Roger Louis Prize for the best paper delivered at the British Scholar Annual Conference. The first Wm. Roger Louis Prize will be awarded at the forthcoming British Scholar Annual Conference from 25-27 March 2010. The Prize will be an annual occurrence at the conference and we look forward to receiving many excellent submissions. The Prize is worth $1000 and the winning paper will be published in the September 2010 issue of the British Scholar Journal. Papers must be received by the Conference Organizing Committee at conferenceatbritishscholardotorg  (conferenceatbritishscholardotorg)   on or before 1 March 2010 to be eligible.

British Scholar Annual Conference Hotel Designated

We are excited to announce that British Scholar has designated the AT&T Conference Center as the official hotel for the 2010 Conference. The hotel, which recently opened in September 2008, is on the campus of the University of Texas and a two minute walk from the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.

The contracted rate for the Conference is $159 per night per room. The normal rate for this hotel is $249 per night per room. Each room features either a king bed or two queen beds along with a flat panel television and free wireless internet. Additionally, each room enjoys a view of downtown Austin, the University of Texas campus, or the beautiful inner courtyard. If you would like more information about the AT&T Conference Center please visit their website

You may call 1-877-744-8822 or 1-512-404-3600 to make a reservation. When making a reservation please be sure to let them know that you are calling for the British Scholar Conference rate.

Professor T. M. Devine is the Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History and Palaeography and Director of theScottish Centre for Diaspora Studies and Head of School at the University of Edinburgh. Before arriving at Edinburgh in 2006, Professor Devine was the Glucksman Research Chair of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen and Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Centre in Irish and Scottish Studies (Aberdeen, Trinity College Dublin, and Queen’s University Belfast) between 1999 and 2005. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh as well as an Honourable Member of the Royal Irish Academy. In 2001 he was presented by HM the Queen with the Royal Gold Medal, Scotland’s supreme academic accolade, and appointed OBE in the New Year Honours List 2005 for services to Scottish history. He is the only historian elected to all three national academies within the British Isles.

Professor Devine is the author or editor of some two dozen books and around 100 academic articles on topics such as emigration, famine, empire, Scottish transatlantic commercial links, Irish immigrants, urban history, the Scottish Highlands, sectarianism, and identity and rural social history. His latest books are Scotland’s Empire, 1615-1815, published in 2003, a co-edited volume, The Transformation of Scotland (2005), Clearance and Improvement: Land, Power and People in Scotland (2006) and an edited volume entitled Scotland and the Union, 1707-2007 (2008).

We are greatly looking forward to Professor Devine’s keynote address at the 2010 British Scholar Annual Conference. The tentative title of Professor Devine’s lecture will be “Scotland and the Spoils of Empire.” Start making plans today to be with us for this unforgettable event.

Call for Papers – 2010 British Scholar Annual Conference

This serves as a call for papers for the third annual British Scholar Conference. The conference will be held in Austin, Texas from Thursday, March 25 through Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the Harry Ransom Center on the University of Texas campus. The conference, which is organized by the British Scholar Society and British Studies at the University of Texas, focuses on British history from 1688 to the present. The purpose of the British Scholar Conference, just like the British Scholar Journal, is to highlight the importance of British history from varied perspectives. Established scholars, scholars at the beginning of their careers, and graduate students are welcome to apply and present at the conference.

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 the person willing to serve as both chair and respondent. In addition to abstracts for each individual paper, the panel chair 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 British Scholar Annual Conference must be received by Sunday, July 5, 2009. Decisions on inclusion will be made by September 25, 2009. Submissions should be made electronically to conferenceatbritishscholardotorg  (conferenceatbritishscholardotorg)  . 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 and conference registration will be forthcoming. 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 is available on the British Scholar website by visiting our membership page.

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