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October/November 2013 Newsletter

I. Call for Papers for the Britain and the World Conference 2014 ends on Monday, 25 November!

The British Scholar Society would like to issue a reminder of its 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. 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. 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.

II. Speakers Scheduled for Annual Conference

Confirmed speakers for next year’s 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.

III. Events Planned for Annual Conference

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 fifth annual Wm. Roger Louis Prize, awarded to the best paper delivered at the conference, will also be announced on 21 June. The Prize is worth $1000 and the winning paper will appear in a forthcoming issue of Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society, published by Edinburgh University Press.

IV. Accommodations Information Available for Annual Conference

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.

V. New Books in Palgrave’s Britain and the World Series

The British Scholar Society is pleased to announce three new books in its Britain and the World book series from Palgrave Macmillan:

Cinema and Society in the British Empire, 1895-1940, by James Burns

Description from Palgrave Macmillan: “This is the first study of the social history of the movies in Britain’s tropical empire. Drawing on a wide array of sources, it reconstructs the emergence of movie-going as a form of public leisure in British territories from Singapore to Guiana. The book demonstrates that, by the eve of the Second World War, movies had become woven into the fabric of urban life, and were infiltrating into the most remote corners of the countryside. As the movies grew in prominence, their popularity sparked debates about empire and identity that resonated across the globe.”

See http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=658343 for more information.

The British Abroad Since the Eighteenth Century, Volume 1, by Martin Farr and Xavier Guégan

Description from Palgrave Macmillan: “This, the first part of a two volume collection of new essays from international scholars, is concerned with examining the British experience of travel, tourism, and imperialism. It considers the British travelling beyond their isles over the last three hundred years, and through a range of interdisciplinary perspectives reflects on their taste for discovery and self-discovery both through the exploration – and exploitation – of other lands and peoples, and also through their encounters with other societies and civilisations. The development into new forms of travel and tourism challenged the perceptions the British had of the world – and the world of the British. These journeys impacted on the representation and formation of ‘Britishness’, and the construction of national identity by defining a non-British world or a world becoming ‘British’.”

See http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=656222 for more information.

The British Abroad Since the Eighteenth Century, Volume 2, by Martin Farr and Xavier Guégan

Description from Palgrave Macmillan: “This, the second part of a two volume collection of new essays from international scholars, is concerned with examining the British experience of travel, tourism, and imperialism. It considers the British travelling beyond their isles over the last three hundred years, and through a range of interdisciplinary perspectives reflects on their taste for discovery and self-discovery both through the exploration – and exploitation – of other lands and peoples, and also through their encounters with other societies and civilisations. Experiencing Imperialism focuses on colonised lands and peoples, from the British Empire and those of other western powers, from territories ruled by the West to those that gained independence. Together the essays offer fresh and often challenging perspectives on the colonial and postcolonial ages, increasingly characterised as they were by the dominance of new means of transport and communication; of a world defined, as they saw it, by those travellers, explorers and colonialists.”

See http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=656227 for more information.

VI. Reminder: Judith Brown Lecture at Newcastle University on Tuesday, 26 November

The British Scholar Society would like to issue a reminder of Professor Judith Brown’s upcoming lecture at Newcastle University, the latest in our European Lecture Series. Professor Brown’s lecture, “The Dilemmas of Transition: Opposing and Inheriting Colonial Regimes,” will occur on 26 November from 17:30-18:30. It will focus on the “transitional generation” who led national movements of opposition to colonial powers and then had to adjust to forming governments and dealing with their colonial inheritance. Most of the evidence is taken from the experience of 20th century Indian political leaders such as Gandhi and Nehru as British rule ended: but the themes it explores are equally relevant to more recent events such as the ending of white rule in South Africa or the dilemmas of those who ave toppled dictatorships in the “Arab Spring”. Please join us what promises to be a very interesting talk.

VII. Associate Editor Dr Helene von Bismarck on Anglo-American Imperialism

Associate Editor at The British Scholar Society’s Dr Helene von Bismarck has written a very interesting short article on the question of American imperialism and its connection to the British example. You can read Dr von Bismarck’s article at the following link:

http://britishscholar.org/publications/2013/10/11/imperialism-and-the-global-anglo-american-relationship/

VIII. Book of the Month

Remaking the British Atlantic: The United States and the British Empire after American Independence, by P.J. Marshall (reviewed by Simon Hill)

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