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Summer 2012

In this issue:

I. Call for Papers: Britain and the World Conference 2013
II. Conference 2012 Recap
III. Fully-Funded PhD Opportunities in Rome
IV.  T. M. Devine Wins the Prestigious Sir Walter Scott Prize
V.  Our June, July, and August Op-Ed Columns
VI. Book of the Month

I.  Call for Papers: 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  (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  (conferenceatbritishscholardotorg)  .

Best wishes,
Bryan Glass
Trevor Simmons
Organizing Committee
The British Scholar Society’s Britain and the World Conference 2013

II.  Conference 2012 Recap

The 2012 Britain and the World Conference occurred between 21 and 23 June at the University of Edinburgh.  This marked the first time that our conference was held outside of Austin, Texas.  Over 170 participants attended from 21 countries on five continents, making this the most cosmopolitan British history conference ever held (for pictures of the festivities please visit the 2012 Conference webpage at

In addition to offering papers from all over the world, the conference featured four stand-alone lectures and two Round-Table discussions.  The Gale-Cengage Learning Lecture was delivered by Professor Alvin Jackson of the University of Edinburgh and opened the conference on 21 June.  Professor Jackson spoke on “The Two Unions: Ireland, Scotland and the Survival of the United Kingdom, 1707-2007.”  Immediately following, James Belich provided the second annual Frank M. Turner Memorial Lecture on “Beyond Empire: Expanding the Histories of Expansion.”  The first of our Round-Tables occurred on Thursday evening where panelists debated whether or not Scotland was headed towards independence in the scheduled 2014 referendum.  This was a lively session and it is available for viewing on the Conference 2012 webpage at  The Keynote Address was delivered on Friday evening following a very full day with 56 individual papers being presented.  Mike Russell, Education Minister for the Scottish Government, provided attendees a partially autobiographical sketch with “Scotland Transformed: Cricket, Passports, and the resilience of the social union.”  Saturday afternoon included a debate about Scotland’s involvement with the British Empire, which featured T. M. Devine, John MacKenzie, Stephen Howe, and Stuart Ward.  Brian Levack delivered the inaugural Britain and the World lecture, entitled “Britain’s First Global Century: England, Scotland, and Empire, 1603-1707” to complete an intellectually-stimulating conference.

The Conference closed on Saturday evening, 23 June, with the awarding of the 2012 Wm. Roger Louis Prize for the best paper presented at the conference.  James Burns, Associate Professor of History at Clemson University, won the prestigious award.  The Wm. Roger Louis Prize comes with a monetary award of $1000.  Additionally, Dr. Burns’ paper, “Excessive Americanisms: Hollywood in the British Empire, 1918-1930”, will be printed as an article in a forthcoming issue of Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society.

Overall, the 2012 Britain and the World Conference was a huge success with excellent papers on a wide range of subjects.  There literally was something for everyone in attendance. The Society would also like to thank our hosts and sponsors for their generosity:

British Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Cambridge University Press
Center for European Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Department of History, Texas State University
Edinburgh University Press
Gale Cengage Learning
I.B. Tauris
Oxford University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies, University of Edinburgh
The Folio Society

We look forward to seeing many new and familiar faces in 2013 as the Britain and the World Conference returns to Austin, Texas.  Thank you for helping us make 2012 a conference to remember!

III.  Fully-Funded PhD Opportunities in Rome

IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca ( is accepting applications, from extremely motivated students oriented towards dynamic and highly applicative research opportunities, for fully-funded Ph.D. positions in its 2013 Doctoral Research Program within the “Political History” track.

The Track in Political History, in close collaboration with the Institutional Change, Economics, Society (ICES) Research Unit (,  aims to provide students with the most advanced and up-to-date theoretical and methodological instruments for the historical study of nineteenth and twentieth century politics, policies, political institutions and political ideas.

The program aims in particular at bridging two divides: that which between the theoretical approach of social scientists (political scientists and theorists, economists and anthropologists) and the idiographic approach of historians; and between national and non-national (international, cross-national, transnational, global) political histories. By focusing on the theoretical competences necessary to understand political history, the core courses will aim especially at overcoming the first divide. By comparing national experiences, focusing on transnational phenomena and analyzing the interplay between national and supra-national arenas, the core seminars will especially aim at overcoming the second divide.

Each student is invited to construct a personal study plan with Advisor, drawing from entire range of course offerings to best suit his or her background and research interests.

Please visit the call website ( for more details regarding program content, the numerous benefits that students enjoy (including scholarships and room and board), and for the online application form.

Please apply online ONLY by 26 September 2012.

IV.  T. M. Devine Wins the Prestigious Sir Walter Scott Prize

Chair of The British Scholar Society’s Advisory Board, Professor Tom Devine OBE HonMRIA FRSE FBA, Senior Research Professor in History at the University of Edinburgh, has been awarded the RSE/Sir Walter Scott Prize, for his outstanding contribution to Scottish History. Professor Devine has made a prolific contribution to Scottish historical literature and brought Scottish history alive for audiences around the world. Frequently sought out to contribute to Scottish, UK and international media and learning festivals, he has also initiated projects of truly international ambition and significance, including founding and developing the Research Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies at Aberdeen, and the University of Edinburgh’s Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies.

V.  Our June, July, and August Op-Ed Columns

The British Scholar Society announces the publication of each column when it appears on our Twitter feed and on our homepage at under “News from the Society”.  In case you missed any of these fascinating articles, or simply want to read them again, they are all available by clicking on the individual links below or by visiting our Op-Ed page at  There you can click on an individual columnist and their personal pages, which include the columns, will appear.

June Columns:

Rebecka Black, Identification Please: Complications of Display and Gender Identity at the National Portrait Gallery
Mark Doyle, Commerce, Dissent, and the Jubilee
Leslie Rogne Schumacher, Primat der Innenpolitik: Promoting “New” Diplomatic History
Michael Talbot, On the universality of archives: or, why Stephen Fry is wrong
Helene von Bismarck, “With Europe but not of It” – An Exclusively British Attitude?

July Columns:

Jodi Burkett, The Conference Season 2: The Social History Society Annual Conference
Mark Doyle, When Martin Met Elizabeth

August Columns:

Mark Doyle, How England Invented the Olympics
Allegra Geller, Moral Treatment of the Insane: The Legacy of Phrenology in the Nineteenth Century
Leslie Rogne Schumacher, Games and Goliaths: Julian Assange, Britain, and Ecuador
Helene von Bismarck, The Historian William Hague

VI.  Book of the Month

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