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Summer 2013 Newsletter

Contents:

I. Britain and the World Journal Listed on Thomson Reuters SSCI
II. Call for Papers:  The Britain and the World Conference 2014, Newcastle University
III. September 2013 Issue of the Britain and the World journal is Now Available
IV. Pictures of the 2013 Conference Posted
V. Professor Christopher Andrew’s Lecture on MI5 Now Available Online
VI. Professor Patrick Salmon’s Lecture on Margaret Thatcher Now Available Online
VII. Upcoming Lecture in the Britain and the World Lecture Series
VIII. Articles on the Global Character of Margaret Thatcher by Society Members
IX. Op-Ed in History News Network by Associate Editor
X. Book of the Month

I. Britain and the World Journal Listed on Thomson Reuters SSCI

In late June The British Scholar Society received word that Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society has been listed in the Thomson Reuters Social Sciences Citation Index, in the History category.  This is a very significant accomplishment for the journal and the Society, as there are only 68 other journals in the History category, spread out over the world.  Another piece of welcome news is that our initial Impact Factor, as calculated by Thomson Reuters, is .231, which puts Britain and the World at a rank of 34th out of the 69 journals in the History category—a placement that illustrates the hard work editors and members are putting in to make the Society a feature of the academic community.  Indeed, having the journal listed in the SSCI involved an arduous three-year journey, and special thanks in this regard must go to the journal editors and staff, particularly S. Karly Kehoe, Gregory A. Barton, John Griffiths, Michael Kandiah, Annie Tindley, and Sally Tuckett.  Their diligent attention to detail and excellence is, we now know, producing fantastic results.

II. Call for Papers:  The Britain and the World Conference 2014, Newcastle University

This serves as a call for papers for the seventh annual Britain and the World Conference. The conference will be held in Newcastle, England from Thursday, 19 June through Saturday, 21 June, 2014.  This marks the conference’s return to Britain after holding the 2012 conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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 speakers for the conference include Professor David Reynolds and Professor Jenny Wormald. David Reynolds is Professor of International History and a Fellow of Christ’s College. From October 2013 he will be Chairman of the Faculty of History.  His visiting positions include posts at Harvard, Nihon University in Tokyo and Sciences Po in Paris. He won the Wolfson Prize for History, 2004, and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005 and a member of the Society of American Historians in 2011. He is the author of eleven books, and three edited or co-edited volumes. He has also written and presented nine historical documentaries for BBC TV, ranging across the international history of the 20th century, as well as the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series America, Empire of Liberty. Professor Reynolds will present the Keynote Address on Saturday, 21 June in the Kings Hall at Newcastle University (Kings Hall Information).

Jenny Wormald is currently an Honorary Fellow in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh.  She previously taught at the University of Glasgow (1966-1985) and Oxford University (1985-2005).  She has published important works on bloodfeud, the Scottish Reformation, and the reign of James VI and I.  She will deliver the Conference Opening Lecture on Thursday, 19 June.

More information about these lectures as well as the announcement of the Frank Turner Memorial Lecture and the Global Britain Lecture 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 fifth annual Wm. Roger Louis Prize, awarded to the best paper delivered at the Britain and the World Conference, will also be announced on 21 June.  The Prize is worth $1000 and the winning paper will be published in a forthcoming issue of Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society, published by Edinburgh University Press.

The Britain and the World Conference 2014 will include our Conference Icebreaker on Thursday night, 19 June, at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, our Dinner Party on Friday night, 20 June at historic and beautiful Alnwick Castle (Harry Potter’s Castle), as well as our Conference wrap-up party at the Town Wall Pub and Eatery on 21 June.  These events will provide numerous opportunities for networking and merrymaking in and around England’s northern capital city of Newcastle.

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 Britain and the World 2014 Conference must be received by Monday, 25 November 2013. Decisions on inclusion will be made by Friday, 17 January 2014. 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 is already available on the 2014 conference webpage at http://britishscholar.org/2014-conference/.  Information on Conference Registration will be forthcoming in January.  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 2013 is available on the British Scholar website by visiting our membership page at www.britishscholar.org/british-scholar/membership/.  Membership for 2014 will be available from 2 December.  If you have any questions about the forthcoming conference, please contact Dr. Martin Farr, President of the Conference Organizing Committee, directly at martindotfarratncldotacdotuk  (martindotfarratncldotacdotuk)  .

Here is more information on the 2014 Conference’s social events, which are sure to be the best we’ve ever offered to our conference participants:

Thursday, 19 June will see the Conference Icebreaker occur at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, on the Riverside Terrace overlooking the Gateshead Millenium Bridge over the River Tyne.  For this special occasion, the bridge will be lit in red—the Society’s primary colour.

Friday, 20 June will be an especially unique experience for an academic conference: the Conference Dinner Party will be held at Alnwick Castle, well known for being the setting of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.  In this were not enough, we have arranged for private coaches to carry conference participants from Newcastle University to the doorstep of this magnificent building, for an evening of dining and revelry in the castle’s Great Hall.

III. September 2013 Issue of the Britain and the World journal is Now Available

The September 2013 issue of our highly-ranked journal is now available on the Edinburgh University Press website at http://www.euppublishing.com/journal/brw.  September 2013 is a special issue on Ireland and Empire.  In addition to the Editorial Introduction, you may read the following article free online:

Jonathan Jeffrey Wright, “‘The Belfast Chameleon’: Ulster, Ceylon and the Imperial Life of Sir James Emerson Tennent”  

The entire March 2012 issue (5.1) is now available for free online by visiting http://www.euppublishing.com/toc/brw/5/1.

IV. Pictures of the 2013 Conference Posted

Over 100 pictures of the 2013 Britain and the World Conference in Austin, TX have been posted online.  Please feel free to peruse them by visiting the Society’s Facebook page.

V. Professor Christopher Andrew’s Lecture on MI5 Now Available Online

In case you were unable to attend Professor Christopher Andrew’s fascinating lecture on the history of MI5, an audio recording of his lecture, “MI5 from the Kaiser to Al-Qaeda,” is available online.  Once you have loaded the website, choose “Click to Listen to a Recording of this Lecture.”  Professor Andrew’s lecture was held on 5 February 2013, with an impressive crowd of over 600 in attendance.

VI. Professor Patrick Salmon’s Lecture on Margaret Thatcher Now Available Online

Illustrating the truly international character The British Scholar Society is forging, a very successful lecture by the Chief Historian at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Professor Patrick Salmon, on the topic of “Thatcher, Europe and the World” was held on 28 May 2013 at Maastricht University in Maastricht, the Netherlands.  If you could not attend this event, a video of the full lecture is available online.

VII. Upcoming Lecture in the Britain and the World Lecture Series

The British Scholar Society is pleased to announce an upcoming lecture in the Society’s lecture series.  Professor Judith M. Brown will present a lecture titled “The Dilemmas of Transition: Opposing and Inheriting Colonial Regimes” on 26 November 2013 at Newcastle University in Newcastle, UK.  A description of the lecture can be found here.  The lecture is scheduled for 17:30 – 18:30 in the Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building.  Please join us for what should be an interesting evening of scholarly conversation.

VIII. Articles on the Global Character of Margaret Thatcher by Society Members

Following the passing of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, there was, naturally, a surge of writing on her legacy in the United Kingdom and around the globe.  Three articles by British Scholar Society members have added their authors’ voices to what promises to a rich area for discussion and debate in the months and years to come.  Please feel free to read them at the following links:

Editor Dr Martin Farr on “Thatcher and the World”

Associate Editor Dr Helene von Bismarck on “Thatcher, Cameron and Europe: Two Speeches, One Concept?”

Op-Ed Columnist Guy Cohen on “Mrs. Thatcher, Beethoven and Nostalgia”

IX. Op-Ed in History News Network by Associate Editor

Associate Editor for The British Scholar Society, Dr Leslie Rogne Schumacher, recently published an op-ed on a precedent from nineteenth-century British history that relates to the ongoing US surveillance scandal exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.  It was published by History News Network under the title “Charles Marvin, a Nineteenth-Century Edward Snowden,” and you can read it here.

X. Book of the Month

Charles Moore, Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume I: Not for Turning

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