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Conference 2012

21-23 June
The University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh’s School of History, Classics and Archaeology

2012 Conference Programme (Draft) – Available Here

Video of the Conference’s Round-Table on Scottish Independence:

Conference Pictures Available:

The 2012 Conference Opens

Brian Levack ends the 2012 Conference with the inaugural Britain and the World Lecture

Conference Maps Available:

Campus Map (pdf version):  On page three of this map you will see a building listed as #19, the Medical School.  This is where the School of History is now located.  Please come to building #19 when you arrive at the conference and there will be people there to direct you to registration in the foyer of the Teviot Lecture Theatre.

http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps/buildings/medical-school:  This link will take you to an interactive map that points directly to the Teviot Lecture Theatre.  It is doorway 5 within the Old Medical School complex.

http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps:  This is a fully-interactive map for the entire University of Edinburgh campus.  Once you click here, scroll down and click on “William Robertson Wing”.  The map will then point out the exact location for the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.

DHT Lecture Theatre A http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps/buildings/david-hume-tower-lecture-theatres and George Square Lecture Theatre http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps/buildings/george-square-lecture-theatre.  The first link is for the location of the Independence Round-Table on Thursday evening, 21 June.  The George Square Lecture Theatre will host the Keynote Address on Friday evening, 22 June, and the Round-Table on Scotland and the British Empire on Saturday afternoon, 23 June.

Conference Registration is Now Open

Registration for the 2012 Britain and the World Conference is Now Open.  The rates for Conference Registration are as follows:

Student Member:  $70
Student Non-Member:  $170
Faculty Member:  $85
Faculty Non-Member:   $185

If you want to become a member of The British Scholar Society for $55 before registering you may do so by visiting http://britishscholar.org/british-scholar/membership/ and clicking on “Become a Member”.

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Conference Accommodation Now Available for Booking:

Please Note:  The block will be open for booking until 4 May.  Any unused rooms will be released back to Pollock Halls at that time.

The British Scholar Society’s Britain and the World Conference 2012 is happy to announce that Pollock Halls will serve as our hotel during the conference.  Pollock Halls is conveniently located right next to Arthur’s Seat and is a ten minute walk to the University of Edinburgh’s School of History, Classics and Archaeology where the conference will take place.  Bus service is also available just outside of Pollock Halls and it runs regularly throughout the day.

Our room block is for Wednesday 20 June through Saturday 23 June (leaving Sunday morning, 24 June).

Rooms may be booked by visiting:  http://www.book.accom.ed.ac.uk/.  Once you are on the website you will need to put in the number of days you want to stay, click on the starting date for your stay on the calendar, and then insert the Promotion Code in the last field.  The Promotion Code is BSS12.  This will provide you with the conference rates.  If you would like to arrive earlier or stay later you will need to book that separately.  Room availability outside of our designated block is subject to availability but if done in advance there should not be any problems.

There are a few different options for rooms.  They are:

Holland House:  Single en-suite room:  £45 per night including VAT

This includes:

  • Breakfast fully inclusive
  • Guest pantry
  • Chargeable internet access in room
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • All linen and towels provided
  • Bedrooms serviced daily

John Burnett House:  Twin en-suite room for single occupancy:  £63 per night including VAT

This room includes:

  • Breakfast fully inclusive
  • Guest pantry
  • Chargeable internet access in room
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • All linen and towels provided
  • Bedrooms serviced daily
  • Televisions in room

John Burnett House:  Twin en-suite room for double occupancy:  £85 per night including VAT

This room includes:

  • Breakfast fully inclusive
  • Guest pantry
  • Chargeable internet access in room
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • All linen and towels provided
  • Bedrooms serviced daily
  • Televisions in room

Masson House: Double en-suite room for double occupancy:  £89 per night including VAT

This room includes:

  •  Television including Freeview and DVD
  • Guest pantry
  • Chargeable WiFi & wired internet access
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • In-room safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Complimentary toiletries

Once again, you may book rooms from our room block by visiting http://www.book.accom.ed.ac.uk/.  Our room block is limited so don’t wait until the last minute to book your rooms.  Summer is busy in Edinburgh and accommodation fills up fast.

The Dinner Party at the National Gallery of Scotland

The British Scholar Society is pleased to announce that the Dinner Party will take place at The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant, which is nestled inside the gorgeous National Gallery of Scotland, on the Mound, right in the heart of Edinburgh.  The Dinner Party will take place on Friday night, 22 June from 8 pm until 1 am.  The Dinner Party is an optional event and will cost $80 per person (we have been forced to convert this from £50 per person, based on current exchange rates, to avoid a $4 processing charge from Paypal).  The price includes coffee, water, wine, and a three course meal.  Further details about the menu and how to reserve your space at the Dinner Party will be forthcoming in the March Newsletter.

Call for Papers:  The British Scholar Society’s Britain and the World Conference 2012

This serves as a call for papers for the fifth annual British Scholar Conference. The conference will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland from Thursday, 21 June through Saturday, 23 June, 2012.  This marks the first time that the conference will take place away from Austin, Texas, and the British Scholar Society is pleased to announce that it will be hosted by the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology and the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Edinburgh.  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.  Beginning in 2012 the British Scholar Annual Conference will also be known as the Britain and the World Conference to mirror the names of our journal, published by Edinburgh University Press, and book series, published by Palgrave Macmillan. 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 Alvin Jackson, Professor James Belich, and Professor Brian Levack.  Alvin Jackson is the Richard Lodge Professor of History at the University of Edinburgh.  He also serves as the Head of the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology.  Professor Jackson will present the Opening Lecture on Thursday 21 June.  James Belich holds the Beit Professorship in Commonwealth and Imperial History at Oxford University.  He will deliver the second Frank M. Turner Memorial Lecture.  Brian Levack is the John E. Green Regents Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin.  He will deliver the Global Britain Lecture on Saturday, 23 June. More information about these lectures as well as the announcement of the Keynote Address 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 third annual Wm. Roger Louis Prize, awarded to the best paper delivered at the British Scholar Annual Conference, will also be announced on 23 June.  The Prize is worth $1000 and the winning paper will be published in the March 2013 issue of Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society, published by Edinburgh University Press.

The British Scholar Annual Conference will include our Conference Icebreaker on Thursday night, 21 June, our Dinner Party on Friday night, 22 June, as well as a Real Ale Event at an Edinburgh Brewery on Saturday night, 23 June.  These events will provide numerous opportunities for networking and merrymaking in the brilliantly beautiful capital city of Edinburgh.

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 British Scholar Annual Conference must be received by Monday, 10 October 2011. Decisions on inclusion will be made by Friday, 2 December 2011. Submissions should be made electronically to editoratbritishscholardotorg  (editoratbritishscholardotorg)  . 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 for 2011 is available on the British Scholar website by visiting our membership page at www.britishscholar.org/british-scholar/membership/.  Membership for 2012 will be available from 2 December.  If you have any questions about the forthcoming conference, please contact the Conference Organizing Committee directly at conferenceatbritishscholardotorg  (conferenceatbritishscholardotorg)  .

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