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May- June 2010

In this issue:
I. Professor A. G. Hopkins from the University of Texas at Austin to deliver the 2011
II.
Professor Peter Clarke to deliver the 2011 Conference Opening Lecture
III. Two Volume Special Offer Membership available until 31 August 2010
IV. Reminder: Proposals for the 2011 British Scholar Annual Conference due by 12 July
V. Book of the Month – May-June 2010
VI. Featured Scholar – May-June 2010

I. Professor A. G. Hopkins from the University of Texas at Austin to deliver the 2011 British Scholar Annual Conference Keynote Address

A.G. Hopkins, the Walter Prescott Webb Chair of History at the University of Texas at Austin, will deliver the Keynote Address at the 2011 British Scholar Annual Conference. Professor Hopkins’ lecture is entitled, “The United States, 1783-1861: Britain’s Honorary Dominion?” on 1 April 2011, followed by the annual British Scholar Dinner Party.

Professor Hopkins is the author of seminal works on British Imperial history, economic history, and globalization, including An Economic History of West Africa (1973), British Imperialism, 1688-2000 (2001, formerly published in two volumes in 1993) and Global History: Interactions Between the Universal and the Local (2006).

II. Professor Peter Clarke to deliver the 2011 Conference Opening Lecture

Peter Clarke, former Professor of History and Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, will deliver the Conference Opening Lecture on 31 March 2011. His most recent book, The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Origins of Pax Americana (London, 2008), has been hailed as a “sweeping, brilliantly vivid history” of the last days of the British Empire. More information about Peter Clarke’s talk will be forthcoming on the British Scholar Conference 2011 website in the coming months.

III. Two Volume Special Offer Membership available until 31 August 2010

Membership in The British Scholar Society has increased to $46 per year as of 15 April 2010. But you may still enjoy the membership rate of $35 per volume if you sign up for our Two Volume Special Offer before 31 August 2010. By signing up for the Two Volume Special Offer for $70, your membership in The British Scholar Society will last until 31 December 2011 and you will receive the September 2010 double issue as well as the March 2011 and September 2011 issues of the journal.

Please visit www.britishscholar.org/membership.html and click on the “Two Volume Special Offer” button to take advantage of this offer today through Paypal.

You may also send a check for $70 to:

The British Scholar Society
5102 Woodview Avenue
Austin, TX. 78756-1905

Please make your check payable to “British Scholar”.

IV. Reminder: Proposals for the 2011 British Scholar Annual Conference due by 12 July
This is a reminder that both paper and panel proposals for the 2011 British Scholar Annual Conference must be submitted by 12 July 2010. You may find the full call for papers below:

31 March-2 April

Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

Call for Papers-2011 British Scholar Annual Conference

This serves as a call for papers for the fourth British Scholar Annual Conference. The conference will be held in Austin, Texas from Thursday, 31 March through Saturday, 2 April, 2011 at the Harry Ransom Center on the University of Texas at Austin 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 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.

We are proud to announce that A.G. Hopkins will be delivering the Keynote Address entitled “The United States, 1783-1861: Britain’s Honorary Dominion?” on 1 April 2011, followed by the annual British Scholar Dinner Party. Hopkins is the Walter Prescott Webb Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of seminal works on British Imperial history, economic history, and globalization, including An Economic History of West Africa (1973), British Imperialism, 1688-2000 (2001, formerly published in two volumes in 1993) and Global History: Interactions Between the Universal and the Local, (2006).

Peter Clarke, former Professor of History and Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, will deliver the Conference Opening Lecture on 31 March 2011. His most recent book, The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Origins of Pax Americana (London, 2008), has been hailed as a “sweeping, brilliantly vivid history” of the last days of the British Empire. More information about Peter Clarke’s talk will be forthcoming on the British Scholar Conference 2011 website in the coming months.

Reba Soffer, Professor Emeritus at California State University, Northridge, will present a stand-alone lecture on the afternoon of 2 April, entitled “Is Intellectual History a Good Idea?” Amongst her influential works is her newest book History, Historians, and Conservatism in Britain and America: From the Great War to Thatcher and Reagan (2009).

The second annual Wm. Roger Louis Prize, awarded to the best paper delivered at the British Scholar Annual Conference, will also be announced on 2 April. The Prize is worth $1000 and the winning paper will be published in the September 2011 issue of Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society, published by Edinburgh University Press.

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 Monday, 12 July, 2010. Decisions on inclusion will be made by Friday, 1 October, 2010. Submissions should be made electronically to mikkibatbritishscholardotorg  (mikkibatbritishscholardotorg)  . 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.

V. Book of the Month
The award-winning Making Ireland Irish: Tourism and National Identity since the Irish Civil War by Eric Zuelow is the May-June 2010 British Scholar Book of the Month. The American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) recently awarded the James S. Donnelly, Sr. Prize for Books on History and the Social Sciences to Eric G.E. Zuelow, Assistant Professor of European History at the University of New England. We invite you to read the review by clicking on the cover above.
VI. Featured Scholar
We are very pleased to announce that, Andrew Thompson, Professor of Imperial and Global History and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Leeds, is the Featured Scholar for May-June 2010. To read his thoughtful answers to our questions, click on his photo above.
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