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Conference 2013

28-30 March 2013

Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

Conference Pictures Now Available

Conference Program Finalized

 2013 Conference Program Final

2013 Britain and the World Conference Summary and Thanks

The sixth annual Britain and the World Conference saw over 150 scholars from sixteen countries on six continents gather in Austin, Texas. The conference was organized by The British Scholar Society and hosted at the University of Texas at Austin. This year’s conference saw a return to the United States after 2012’s successful hosting of the Society’s conference at Edinburgh University in Scotland. Over the course of the three-day event, conference attendees enjoyed 34 panels, six plenary lectures, and a workshop from Gale-Cengage Learning.

The conference opened on Thursday with the Frank M. Turner Memorial Lecture being delivered by John Mackenzie, who presented attendees with his assessment of the continuing debate on the background dynamics and thought processes of British imperialism. Panels on such wide-ranging topics as Cold War British culture, imperial education, and British architecture in the American Southwest followed, with attendees meeting later at Icenhauer’s Bar in Downtown Austin to enjoy some of Texas’s world-famous BBQ, drinks, and engaging conversation. This entertaining event was funded by a generous donation from Gale-Cengage Learning.

Friday saw a host of interesting panels, the morning taken up with panels on subjects such as imperial film and television, legal practice in the British Empire, hunting and empire, and the role of the Continent in British politics. For the lunchtime lecture, Reba Soffer offered a fascinating retrospective on her experiences as an early-career, woman historian a half-century ago. In the afternoon Ray Abruzzi and John LaFave from Gale-Cengage Learning ran a workshop on some of the useful and exciting new digital resources and utilities available to British scholars. Panels on gender and the family, transnational British youth culture, and a round-table on Scotland and the British Empire in the twentieth century were also available to conference attendees. For the conference’s Keynote Address, Wm. Roger Louis spoke on the intriguing topic of the history of Oxford University Press and its connection to the network of the British Empire. That evening, attendees partook of interior Mexican cuisine at Casa Chapala in downtown Austin.

The final day of the conference, Saturday, saw a host of interesting panels on topics like theatre, cinema, and empire, late imperial British diplomacy, imperial frontiers in India and Central Asia, and religion and the British world. David Black showed his remarkable journalistic mind in delivering a detailed off-the-cuff lunchtime lecture on the influence of Scottish artists, architects, and craftsmen in colonial and early Federal America. Following Mr Black’s lecture, conference participants assembled to hear papers related to demons and beer in British history, sampling a variety of excellent beers in a much-welcomed, early-afternoon aperitif. The annual Britain and the World lecture closed our scheduled talks, with Anne-Marie Motard giving an insightful address on the aspects of insularity in the ideology and development of the Labour Party. After this, the annual Wm. Roger Louis Prize was awarded and the conference adjourned for a last night out on the town in warm, lovely, and lively Austin.

The British Scholar Society would like to thank all who attended the conference for making it such a successful and enjoyable event. Special thanks go to those who were involved in its planning, communication, organization, and logistics, especially Trevor Simmons, Bryan S. Glass, Karly Kehoe, Robert Whitaker, Michelle Brock, Martin Farr, Helene von Bismarck, and Leslie Rogne Schumacher. The Society not only welcomes those who attended this year’s conference back for our next conference, but we also welcome those of you reading who have not yet attended our annual event to submit an abstract for the coming one. We hope to hear from you in the coming year and to see you at our next conference in Newcastle.

Conference Maps Available

Please find below links to maps that are related to the conference:

Conference Hotel (Hilton Garden Inn), Conference Venue (Harry Ransom Center), Conference Icebreaker (Icenhauer’s), and Dinner Party:

Food near the Conference venue:

Map of Downtown Austin Entertainment Districts:


Registration for the 2013 Conference is Now Open!

Registration for the 2013 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 $49, through 15 January 2013, before registering you may do so by visiting and clicking on “Become a Member”.

Conference Hotel Room Block Now Available!

We have secured a room block at the Hilton Garden Inn on the famed Sixth Street in downtown Austin for The British Scholar Society’s Britain and the World Conference 2013.  Room rates are set at $159 per night.  The room block is available until 25 February or whenever the rooms run out.  We encourage you to reserve your room as soon as possible given that the Texas Relays are occurring the same weekend and hotels will be hard to come by as we get nearer to the date.  To reserve your room online today please visit our group booking page at:

A  free shuttle will run once a day from the Hilton Garden Inn to the conference at the University of Texas in the morning with a scheduled return trip in the afternoon.  Shuttle times will be announced closer to the conference.  The hotel places you right in the heart of our magnificent capital city and just a short 2 miles from the Harry Ransom Center and the University of Texas at Austin.  Here is some additional information about hotel amenities directly from Hilton:  All our guest rooms and suites feature excellent amenities like one king-sized or two queen-sized Garden Sleep System beds, offering the perfect balance of comfort and support. After a busy day, relax in front of the 42-inch flat-screen LG TVs or surf the net with complimentary WiFi with secure remote printing through PrinterOn®.  All our rooms include a refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, large desk area, hairdryer and iron with board for your convenience.

Call for Papers:  The British Scholar Society’s Britain and the World Conference 2013

Deadline for Submissions:  Monday, 15 October 2012

Decisions on Inclusion:  Thursday, 1 November 2012

This serves as a call for papers for the sixth annual Britain and the World Conference. The conference will be held in Austin, Texas at the Harry Ransom Center on the beautiful campus of the University of Texas at Austin from Thursday, 28 March through Saturday, 30 March, 2013.  Following our successful 2012 conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain and the World returns to Austin for 2013.  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 lectures for the 2013 conference include the Opening Lecture and the third annual Frank Turner Memorial Lecture on Thursday, 28 March.  The Keynote Address will occur on Friday, 29 March in conjunction with British Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  Finally, the second annual Britain and the World Lecture will take place on Saturday afternoon, 30 March.   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, enter your e-mail address at the top, and click Subscribe.

The fourth annual Wm. Roger Louis Prize, awarded to the best paper delivered at the Britain and the World Conference, will also be announced on 30 March.  The Prize is worth $1000 and the winning paper will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Society’s journal Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society, published by Edinburgh University Press.

The Britain and the World Conference will include our Conference Icebreaker on Thursday night, 28 March at Icenhauer’s in downtown Austin, our Dinner Party on Friday night, 29 March, as well as a pub crawl through downtown Austin on Saturday night, 30 March.  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. 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.  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 Conference must be received by Monday, 15 October 2012. Decisions on inclusion will be made by Thursday, 1 November 2012. Submissions should be made electronically to 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. We also offer a discounted registration rate for students.  Membership in The British Scholar Society for 2013 is available on the British Scholar website by visiting our membership page at  If you have any questions about the forthcoming conference, please contact the Conference Organizing Committee directly at conferenceatbritishscholardotorg.

Best wishes,
Bryan Glass
General Editor
The British Scholar Society

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