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Holiday Newsletter 2013/2014

Contents

I.     Happy Holidays from The British Scholar Society
II.   Call for Papers for 2014 Britain and the World Conference Reopened: Rolling Deadline for Submissions until 15 March 2014
III. Renew Your Membership before 31 January and Save!
IV.  Details on Speakers Scheduled for Annual Conference
V.    Events Planned for Annual Conference
VI.  Accommodation Information Available for Annual Conference

I. Happy Holidays from The British Scholar Society

The British Scholar Society would like to wish all of its members, former (and future) annual conference participants, readers of and authors in Britain and the World, and followers of its newsletter a very happy holiday season.  Hopefully, 2014 will bring many exciting developments in your lives, and we hope that the Society will contribute to your scholarly pursuits in the coming year.

II. Call for Papers for 2014 Britain and the World Conference Reopened: Rolling Deadline for Submissions until 15 March 2014

The British Scholar Society would like to issue an important notice regarding submissions to the seventh annual Britain and the World Conference: we are reopening the call for papers.  Now, abstracts for complete panels and individual papers will be accepted on a rolling basis until 15 March 2014.  We are extending the deadline because we have received numerous enquiries from scholars asking if they might still submit.  For anyone submitting by the 15 December 2013 deadline, you will still be notified by Friday, 17 January 2014 about whether your paper has been accepted for inclusion. The conference will be held in Newcastle, UK from Thursday, 19 June through Saturday, 21 June 2014.

Submissions for paper and panel abstracts may focus on any element related to Britain’s interactions with the world from the seventeenth century to the present, and we are especially interested in those that 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. Proposed 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 should also include a chair/discussant (if this proves impossible we will help out here). 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.

Submissions should be made electronically to editoratbritishscholardotorg  (editoratbritishscholardotorg)  .

III.  Renew Your Membership before 31 January and Save!

For 2014, the cost of membership in The British Scholar Society will remain at $59 for the year. However, if you join before 31 January 2014 the price of your membership will be discounted to $52 for the year. Membership in the Society at this level is renewed annually and includes the following benefits:

  • Two issues of Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society
  • A discounted British Scholar Annual Conference registration rate
  • Access to Britain and the World on our Edinburgh University Press webpage
  • 20% off all history titles from Palgrave Macmillan
  • 20% off all history titles from Cambridge University Press
  • 20% off all books published by Edinburgh University Press
  • 10% off all Edinburgh University Press journal subscriptions

The Society also offers a Life Membership for one-time donations of $1000 or more.  In addition to the annual membership benefits, Life Membership includes:

  •  A subscription to Britain and the World for life, with no need to renew
  • Full online access to Britain and the World for life
  • Your name will be featured in the Register of Life Members, found in each issue of Britain and the World and on The British Scholar Society website

Go to http://britishscholar.org/british-scholar/membership/ for more details on how to sign up for either level of membership in The British Scholar Society.

IV. Details on Speakers Scheduled for Annual Conference

Confirmed speakers for this 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.

V. 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 be appear in a forthcoming issue of Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society, published by Edinburgh University Press.

VI. Accommodation 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  (martindotfarratncldotacdotuk)  .

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