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Newsletter: April/May 2013


I.  2013 Britain and the World Conference Summary and Thanks
II.  2014 Britain and the World Conference in Newcastle, UK
III.  2013 Wm. Roger Louis Prize
IV.  March Issue of Britain and the World Now Available
V.   New Titles in The British Scholar Society’s Book Series with Palgrave Macmillan
VI.  Anne-Marie Motard named to Society’s Advisory Board
VII. Book of the Month

I. 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.

II. 2014 Britain and the World Conference in Newcastle, UK

In an effort to continue building the identity of The British Scholar Society as a truly international organization, 2014’s annual Britain and the World Conference will return to the British Isles next year and will be held 19-21 June 2014 at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. Please mark your calendars now and news will be made available about this exciting event in the coming months. Spoiler alert: The Dinner Party will be held in a medieval castle!

III. 2013 Wm. Roger Louis Prize

As mentioned above, the end of our annual conference saw the awarding of the 2013 Wm. Roger Louis prize, which goes to the best paper given at the conference. This year’s award was actually shared by two papers, which were deemed so excellent that they both were deserving of the distinction. This year’s award went to:

Dr. David Atkinson (Purdue University), for his paper “‘Let it be pure and spotless’: The White Australia Policy, the British Empire, and the World”

Dr. James Owen (History of Parliament Trust), for his paper “Exporting the Westminster Model: MPs and Colonial Governance in the Victorian Era”

$1000 is awarded to the recipient of the Wm. Roger Louis Prize ($500 for each winner this year), plus the inclusion of the recipent’s paper as an article in a future issue of Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society, published by Edinburgh University Press. The Society congratulates Doctors Atkinson and Owen on their accomplishment.

IV. March Issue of Britain and the World Now Available

The March issue of Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society is now available, both in print form and online. The table of contents for this issue is as follows:

Gregory A. Barton, “The History Magna Carta”

Ashley Jackson, “Military Migrants: British Service Personnel in Ceylon during the Second World War”

Andrew Novak, “Averting an African Boycott: British Prime Minister Edward Heath and Rhodesian Participation in the Munich Olympics”

David Worthington, “‘All our dear countrymen’? British and Irish expatriates east of the Rhine as recorded in the Triennial Travels of James Fraser of Kirkhill (1639-1709)”

Sue Onslow, “The Man on the Spot: Christopher Soames and Decolonisation of Zimbabwe/Rhodesia”

Brian P. Levack, “Britain’s First Global Century: England, Scotland and Empire, 1603-1707”

Witness to History: Sir Roger Carrick, “Some Aspects of the United Kingdom’s Relations with Former Colonies: the Australia Case”

Links are provided to “The History Magna Carta” and “The Man on the Spot”. These articles are available free online. If you would like to purchase a membership in The British Scholar Society and receive volume 6 (2013) of the journal in print and online access to all issues past and present please visit our membership page at and click on “Become a Member”.

V. New Titles in The British Scholar Society’s Book Series with Palgrave Macmillan

The British Scholar Society is delighted to announce our two newest additions to the Society’s book series published by Palgrave Macmillan.  Clicking on the links or the covers of the books will take you to the homepage for each title on Palgrave Macmillan’s website:

Helene von Bismarck’s British Policy in the Persian Gulf, 1961-1968: Conceptions of Informal Empire


Christopher Hagerman’s Britain’s Imperial Muse: The Classics, Imperialism, and the Indian Empire, 1784-1914


VI. Anne-Marie Motard named to Society’s Advisory Board

AM Motard 1Anne-Marie Motard of the University of Montpellier has been named as a Member of The British Scholar Society’s Advisory Board. Dr. Motard is Professor of Contemporary British Studies and Associate Vice President for International Relations. Please join us in welcoming Professor Motard to The British Scholar Society’s Advisory Board.


VII. Book of the Month

Tillman W. Nechtman, Nabobs: Empire and Identity in Eighteenth-Century Britain



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