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June 2014 Newsletter


I. New Way to Sign Up for Annual Conference Dinner Party

To stimulate the greatest possible participation in the activities associated with the Society’s annual conference, we have arranged for a separate way to purchase a ticket to the dinner party. This is intended for those who are interested in attending the dinner party but are otherwise unable to attend the conference. This will hopefully make our dinner party truly an historic event—in both senses of the term!

For those who want to attend the dinner but cannot come to the rest of the conference (or if you did not sign up for the dinner party when you first registered and would now like to attend), go to the following link and follow the instructions to sign up:

II. Final Newsletter Reminder: Register for Annual Conference

We are less than two weeks away from the start of the Society’s annual conference, so we would like to issue a final newsletter reminder to register for the conference using the following link:

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

III. Updates to Conference Programme

A number of updates and additions have been made to the programme for the Society’s annual conference. Please visit the following link to peruse the more than one hundred panels and presentations that will be featured:

IV. David Reynolds’ Keynote Address at Annual Conference

We are very excited that Professor David Reynolds, Chair of the Faculty of History and Fellow of Christ’s College Cambridge, will be delivering the keynote address at this year’s conference. Quite germane given that this year marks the centennial of the opening of the First World War, the title of his lecture is “Britain and the Long Shadow of the Great War.”

V. Final Newsletter Reminder: Accommodation Information for the Annual Conference

Rooms can fill up fast when there are conferences in town, and thus we would like to issue a final reminder via newsletter to conference participants who have not yet booked their accommodations in Newcastle to visit the special website we have set up to facilitate this process. We have made agreements for special pricing for conference participants at the following hotels, all of which are conveniently located in relation to conference meeting areas as well as local sites and attractions.

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.

VI. Society General Editor in Debate on Scottish Independence

On 29 June the Society’s General Editor, Dr Bryan S. Glass, will take part in a debate on whether Scotland should be an independent kingdom, sponsored by Intelligence Squared and hosted at the Chalke Valley History Festival in Wiltshire, UK. Alongside Sir Menzies Campbell, Michael Gove, and Sir Simon Jenkins, Dr Glass will be debating the following motion under the moderation of Bronwen Maddox:

“History shows that Scotland and England would be better off as separate kingdoms.”

More information on the Chalke Valley History Festival, which will run from 23 to 29 June, can be found at the following link:

Those interested in learning more about Intelligence Squared and its sponsored debates should go to their website:

VII. Book of the Month

Catherine Molineux, Faces of Perfect Ebony: Encountering Atlantic Slavery in Imperial Britain

Reviewed by Susan D. Amussen






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