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September 2011

 In this issue:

I.    September 2011 issue of Britain and the World now available
II.   2nd Notice:  Call for Papers: 2012 British Scholar Conference (Britain and the World)
III.  Accommodation Announcement for the 2012 Conference
IV.  Dr. Helen Berry to present our next installment of the Lecture Series – 6 December 2011
V.    A Recording of our first Seminar is now available Online
VI.   Remember to watch our newest Preface Documentary on Margaret Thatcher
VII.  Don’t forget to use our Shops when purchasing from Amazon
VIII. Book of the Month
IX.    Featured Scholar

I.  September 2011 issue of Britain and the World now available

The September 2011 issue of Britain and the World is now available on the Edinburgh University Press website at www.eupjournals.com/brw.  Both Greg Barton’s Editorial Introduction, entitled ‘Monarchy and the World’, and Mark Doyle’s article ‘Massacre by the Book: Amritsar and the Rules of Public-Order Policing in Britain and India’ are available without a subscription to the journal.  The articles in this issue include:

‘Monarchy and the World’ by Gregory A. Barton

‘The English-Speaking Peoples Before Churchill’ by Peter Clarke

‘The United States, 1783-1861:  Britain’s Honorary Dominion?’ by A. G. Hopkins

‘Massacre by the Book: Amritsar and the Rules of Public-Order Policing in Britain and India’ by Mark Doyle

‘The Last Great Adventure of the Twentieth Century: The Sealand Affair in British Diplomacy’ by Grant Hibberd

In addition, September 2011 features Simon James’ Witness to History piece entitled ‘The Cradle of Privatisation: Wandsworth Borough Council 1980-87’ and Round Tables of two new works:  R. A. Houston’s Punishing the Dead?: Suicide, Lordship, and Community in Britain, 1500-1830 and the very first book in our new Britain and the World series with Palgrave Macmillan, Benjamin Grob-Fitzgibbon’s Imperial Endgame: Britain’s Dirty Wars and the End of Empire.  There are also a number of excellent book reviews included in this issue.

If you are a member, we hope you enjoy reading through this excellent issue of Britain and the World.  If you have not yet joined, we invite you to do so today by visiting http://britishscholar.org/british-scholar/membership/.

II.  2nd Notice:  Call for Papers: 2012 British Scholar Conference (Britain and the World)

This serves as the second notice of the 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.

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. 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 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)  .

III.  Accommodation Announcement for the 2012 Conference

Accommodation for the 2012 British Scholar Conference will be provided by Pollock Halls.  Pollock Halls are nestled up next to Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags in the heart of Edinburgh.  Pollock Halls are just a ten minute walk from the conference venue and mere steps from Edinburgh’s fantastic bus lines that will take you anywhere in the city for £3.20 per day (or £1.30 for a single ride).  By teaming with Pollock Halls we will keep accommodation costs low for attendees during the peak summer season in Edinburgh. En-suite rooms with breakfast included will start at £45 per night for a single.  Additional room options and rates will be available once we finalize our room block in November.  Updates will be posted on our 2012 conference webpage and in the November newsletter.

IV.  Dr. Helen Berry to present our next installment of the Lecture Series – 6 December 2011

Dr. Helen Berry will present the third installment in our United Kingdom Lecture Series on 6 December 2011 at Newcastle University.  Her talk, entitled ‘Opera, passion and tragedy in Georgian Britain: the curious history of the castrato and his wife’, is described as follows:

‘When Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci, castrato and celebrity, eloped with his teenage pupil, the tale of their scandalous marriage gripped Georgian society, as did the tragedy of where it all began: the castration of a boy in a remote hill town in Tuscany. Tenducci’s story throws light on eighteenth-century society: its artistic elite; its opera (both Mozart and Bach wrote for Tenducci); and the meaning of sex and marriage.’

For more information on this lecture please visit our Lecture Series webpage at http://britishscholar.org/outreach/lecture-series/.  We look forward to seeing you in Newcastle on 6 December.

V.  A Recording of our first Seminar is now available Online

If you missed Dr. Martin Farr present his first seminar on Margaret Thatcher’s Britain this past Monday you can watch the replay on our website at: http://britishscholar.org/outreach/online-seminars/.  Also, it’s not too late to sign up for the second and third installments of Margaret Thatcher’s Britain.  Sign up today for the 10 October and 7 November seminars at: http://britishscholar.org/outreach/online-seminars/.

VI.  Remember to watch our newest Preface Documentary on Margaret Thatcher

Our newest Preface documentary features Dr. Martin Farr of Newcastle University discussing how Margaret Thatcher changed the British political landscape by taking inspiration from American philosophers and politicians.  Remember to watch this documentary by visiting The British Scholar Society’s YouTube webpage at http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBritishScholar.

VII.  Don’t forget to use our Shops when purchasing from Amazon

As we announced in our August Newsletter, The British Scholar Society has opened both British and U.S. Amazon stores (links to both stores are available at: http://britishscholar.org/british-scholar/shop/).  All books assigned for the Society’s free Online Seminars are available through both stores.  The stores also include numerous books that focus on Britain’s interactions with the world from the seventeenth century to the present.  Amongst these selections are titles from the Britain and the World book series published for The British Scholar Society by Palgrave Macmillan.  By purchasing through our stores you will help fund the numerous educational activities of the Society including our Online Seminars, our Lecture Series, and our Preface Documentary Series as well as our monthly Newsletter, Featured Scholar, and Book of the Month reviews.

Your financial help is vital to our mission of investigating Britain’s global interactions.  We believe that these global interactions hold the key to increasing interest in British history in schools, universities, and amongst the general public in all parts of the world.  So remember the next time you need to purchase something on Amazon please click through to their website via our store fronts.  You’ll get what you want and help The British Scholar Society in the process.

VIII.  Book of the Month

IX.  Featured Scholar

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