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October 2014 Newsletter

I. Reminder: CFP for Annual Conference

The British Scholar Society would like to remind everyone of the Call for Papers for our annual conference, which will be held 2-4 April 2015 in Austin, TX. More information on the conference can be found at the following link:

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. 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 Conference must be received by Monday, 17 November 2014. Decisions on inclusion will be made by Friday, 5 December 2014. Submissions should be made electronically to editoratbritishscholardotorg. Updates regarding the conference will be periodically posted to the Society website. It is hoped that participants will be able to call upon their departments for hotel and transportation expenses.


II. Annual Conference Keynote Speaker Named

The Keynote Speaker for the Britain and the World 2015 Conference will be Professor Jane Ohlmeyer of Trinity College Dublin.  Professor Ohlmeyer’s Keynote Address is titled ‘Eastward Enterprises: Colonial Ireland, Colonial India’, and it will reconstruct the career of Gerald Aungier, the most important early governor of Bombay (1669-1677).  Aungier was the grandson of an early seventeenth-century Wexford planter and the brother of the earl of Longford, an active colonist and entrepreneur who developed 1670s Dublin on the back of Indian treasure. Aungier planted and colonised Bombay much as his relatives had Ireland during an earlier period. This lecture explores similarities and differences in the colonial processes and looks again at Irish and British expansionism in the East.


III. Call for Participants in Roundtables at Annual Conference

Britain and the World 2015 will feature two roundtables of the greatest importance to all scholars concerned with Britain’s history and future.  We are looking to attract scholars to take part in each roundtable, so please use the links below to read more about the planned topics as well as learn how to register your interest in participating.  The deadline to apply is Monday, 17 November 2014.

Roundtable: Atlantic and Global Perspectives

Roundtable: Britain after the Referendum


IV. Reminder: Book Reviews Editor Needed

The British Scholar Society would like to remind our newsletter recipients of its call for a new Book Reviews Editor for its journal, Britain and the World. Those interested in taking on this responsibility should email editoratbritishscholardotorg with inquiries or to submit your name for consideration. Please include a current CV and a brief note explaining your background, your experience, and the resources you would offer if you took on the position. We will begin reviewing applications for the position on 1 November, so if you are interested in applying please plan on submitting the necessary materials by Friday, 31 October 2014.


V. General Editor’s Note on the September Newsletter

From the Society’s General Editor, Bryan S. Glass:

“The reference to the Edinburgh conference in the last newsletter simply related to factors (the organizers only able to arrive on site during the latter planning stages of the conference, the conference being held in several buildings rather than one, problems encountered with serving refreshments to participants, and the unfortunate circumstance of prolonged bad weather) which did not apply at Newcastle.  Even with these difficulties it was still an excellent conference and we cherish the support we received from the University of Edinburgh, its faculty, and staff.  See our conference recap at:  No criticism of the University or its staff was intended.”

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