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April 2014 Newsletter

In this issue:
I.        Draft Programme for 2014 Britain and the World Conference Now Available
II.      Social Events Announced for 2014 Britain and the World Conference
III.    Registration for the 2014 Britain and the World Conference Now Open
IV.    Accommodation Information for the 2014 Britain and the World Conference
V.      Position of Society Minutes Secretary Open
VI.    General Editor Bryan Glass to participate in an Intelligence Squared Debate on Scottish Independence
VII.   Society Editors on History in Video Games
VIII. International Conference on Commerce in the “Indian Ocean World”

I. Draft Programme for 2014 Britain and the World Conference Now Available

The draft programme for The British Scholar Society’s annual Britain and the World Conference in Newcastle, UK is now available. It features over a hundred presenters from more than a dozen countries and nearly forty panels on a range of topics related to the British world. In addition, several exciting plenary talks have been announced:

*The lunchtime lecture on Thursday 19 June will be delivered by Reba Soffer (California State University, Northridge) on the topic of “Fiction and Realities in the Interwar Decades: The Newer Men and the Newer Women.”

*The annual Frank Turner Memorial Lecture will be given on the evening of Thursday 19 June by Jenny Wormald (University of Edinburgh), whose presentation is titled “‘The Curse of Meroz’: Britain and the World in the Seventeenth Century.”

*A special “brunchtime” lecture on Friday 20 June will feature Professor John MacKenzie, who will speak on ‘Sniping from the Periphery: The Historical Awkward Squad’..

*Andrew Thompson (University of Exeter) will deliver this year’s Britain and the World Lecture on the afternoon of Friday 20 June, on the subject of “Humanitarianism on Trial: How a Global System of Aid and Development was Forged through the End of Empire.”

*General Editor of The British Scholar Society Bryan S. Glass (Texas State University) will speak on “The Scottish Nation at Empire’s End” for the lunchtime lecture on Saturday 21 June.

*This conference’s Keynote Address will be given by David Reynolds (Christ’s College, Cambridge), on a topic to be announced.

Please visit the following link to preview the other fascinating panels and presentations that will be featured at this year’s Britain and the World Conference:

http://britishscholar.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Britain-and-the-World-2014-Draft-Programme.pdf

II. Social Events Announced for 2014 Britain and the World Conference

 This year’s Britain and the World Conference in Newcastle, UK will feature several conference-wide events, continuing the Society’s tradition of using its conference to help foster intercontinental intellectual connections and promote stimulating conversation over good food and drink. This year’s conference participants can look forward to:

*An Icebreaker gathering on the evening of Thursday 19 June will take place on the Riverside Terrace at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (BALTIC), a world-class art museum housed in a renovated mill situated on the River Tyne and overlooking the Gateshead Millenium Bridge, which will be lit in The British Scholar Society’s primary colour of red for the evening. More information on BALTIC’s building and collections can be found at the following link:

https://www.balticmill.com/

*The night of Friday 20 June will feature the annual Conference Dinner Party, which will be held this year at Alnwick Castle, famous for being the set of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. Conference participants will be transported via private coaches, to dine in Alnwick’s Great Hall. More information, including pictures, on Alnwick Castle can be found at the following link:

http://www.alnwickcastle.com/

The State of the Society address will be given before dinner at Alnwick Castle where the Wm. Roger Louis Prize will be awarded.

*A final gathering will be held in the evening on Saturday 21 June at the Town Wall Pub, located in the historic Bewick House, providing conference participants with an opportunity to reflect on the conference’s proceedings, enjoy the company of old friends, and hopefully cement new, international relationships in a symbol of The British Scholar Society’s mission. Visit the following link to learn more about the Town Wall Pub and its rich history:

http://www.thetownwall.com/

*Conference participants and other interested parties can go to the following link for more information on conference events, as well as view a virtual tour of conference facilities, an interactive map of Newcastle University, and information on special collections housed at the university for those who may decide to do some research whilst in the area:

http://britishscholar.org/2014-conference/

III. Registration for the 2014 Britain and the World Conference Now Open

Participants can now register online for the annual Britain and the World Conference at the following link:

http://webstore.ncl.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=9&catid=53&prodid=297

Registration Rates are as follows:

Faculty Member: £55

Student Member: £45

Faculty Non-Member: £115

Student Non-Member: £105

If you are not yet a Member of the Society but would like to join before Registering for the Conference please visit http://britishscholar.org/british-scholar/membership/ and purchase your Membership today!

This year’s Conference Dinner Party at Alnwick Castle—a truly unique event—requires an additional, but very reasonable, fee of £50 per person. Participants can manage both their registration and dinner fee by visiting the link listed at the top of this item.

IV. Accommodation Information for the 2014 Britain and the World Conference

The Society has set up a webpage to facilitate the booking of accommodation. You can make your own arrangements, but we have arranged deals with the following establishments for 19-21 June 2014 which vary in price, although all are within a few minutes’ walk of each other:

County Hotel

Holiday Inn Express

Sleeperz Newcastle

Euro Hostel

Albatross Backpackers

The conference website offers more detailed information on the nature of these lodgings, including their level of affordability and proximity to Newcastle University.

V. Position of Society Minutes Secretary Open

The Society would like to announce the opening of a position as the Minutes Secretary for meetings of the Administrative Board, which take place each year at the annual conference. Requirements for the position include a proficiency with note-taking (both typed and written), efficient organizational ability, and good communications skills. Interested parties can contact General Editor Bryan S. Glass at editoratbritishscholardotorg.

VI. General Editor Bryan Glass to participate in an Intelligence Squared Debate on Scottish Independence

The General Editor of The British Scholar Society, Bryan Glass, will participate in an Intelligence Squared debate on whether Scotland should be an independent kingdom at the forthcoming Chalke Valley History Festival (Date: Sunday, 29 June). Along with Jeremy Black, Sir Menzies Campbell, and Sir Simon Jenkins he will be debating the motion: HISTORY SHOWS SCOTLAND AND ENGLAND WOULD BE BETTER OFF AS SEPARATE KINGDOMS. The debate will be moderated by Bronwen Maddox. For more information on this debate and to book your tickets, visit http://www.cvhf.org.uk/speaker/bryan-glass/ and click on the event link to the right.

VII. Society Editors on History in Video Games

Assistant General Editor Robert Whitaker has embarked on a fascinating and much-needed investigation into the way history is presented, created, and often fictionalized in the medium of video games. History in literature, films, live drama, and music has long been considered an essential part of understanding the cultural underpinnings of the historical narrative. However, to this point investigations of video games with historical textures have largely been the province of game studies/theory or journalism on popular culture. Mr. Whitaker has written several articles on the subject of history in video games, as well as conducted a range of interviews with fellow historians for his YouTube series History Respawned. A number of Mr. Whitaker’s important contributions should be of great interest to Society members and Newsletter recipients:

*“History Respawned: Assassin’s Creed IV” features an interview with General Editor Bryan S. Glass, who discusses the Golden Age of Piracy as depicted in the game Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. You can watch the full forty-five minute interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C9h3p5Efa4.

*Mr. Whitaker and Dr. Glass have also contributed a fascinating guest post to the early Americanist blog The Junto, titled “‘X’ Marks the History: Plundering the Past in Assassin’s Creed IV.” Those interested can read it here: http://earlyamericanists.com/2014/02/05/guest-post-x-marks-the-history-plundering-the-past-in-assassins-creed-iv/

VIII. International Conference on Commerce in the “Indian Ocean World”

Newsletter recipients whose area of study falls in the region of the Indian Ocean may be interested in a conference hosted by McGill University’s Indian Ocean World Centre on the topic of “Currencies of Commerce in the Great Indian Ocean World,” to be held 22-24 April 2015 in Montreal, Canada. An abstract of no more than 500 words should be sent to iowcatmcgilldotca by 1 October 2014. More information on the conference can be found here, and interested parties are encouraged to visit the IOWC’s website in the coming months as information is added.

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