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January 2015 Newsletter

I. New Chair of Advisory Board

The British Scholar Society is delighted to announce that Professor Linda Colley has been named as the new Chair of our Advisory Board. Serving as the Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University, Dr. Colley is a world-renowned historian of Britain whose many works are, without a doubt, intimately familiar to scholars in every area of British Studies. Dr. Colley will serve a term of five years as the Advisory Board Chair, and we are excited for what this new connection will bring in the coming years. More information on Dr. Colley’s work and accomplishments can be found at the following link:

http://www.princeton.edu/history/people/display_person.xml?netid=lcolley

II. Plenary Speakers Announced for Annual Conference

Two speakers for plenary talks at the 2015 Britain and the World Conference have been announced. Along with our keynote lecture, delivered by Professor Jane Ohlmeyer of Trinity College Dublin, Professors Anna Clark and Patrick Salmon will also deliver lectures on topics pertinent to scholars of British Studies. Dr. Clark, who serves as Professor of History at the University of Minnesota, will give the Britain and the World Lecture, in which she will discuss the past and future of British Studies, especially in light of the “global turn” in our and other fields of inquiry. An article version of lecture will also appear in our journal, Britain and the World. Dr. Salmon, Chief Historian at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), will give the Frank Turner Memorial Lecture. We are looking forward to the insights he will provide, both as a scholar and in the context of his role at the FCO. More information on Dr. Clark and Dr. Salmon can be found at the following links:

http://www.hist.umn.edu/people/profile.php?UID=clark106

http://www.lse.ac.uk/IDEAS/people/bios/salmonPatrick.aspx

III. Reminder: Conference Hotel Booking Available

The Society would like to remind its participants in the 2015 Britain and the World Conference that you may now book your room at our conference hotel, the Hilton Doubletree University Area.  The room block is available until 6 March 2015 and rooms are limited, so please do not wait to book.  You may purchase your room at the following link:

http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/A/AUSIMDT-BSS-20150401/index.jhtml

IV. Society Editors on Witches, Angels, and Demons in Video Games

As announced in a previous edition of the Newsletter, Assistant General Editor Robert Whitaker has undertaken a fascinating project that investigates the relationship between history and video games. His work has been featured both in the form of online articles and in interviews with historians whose work is related to particular video games. A new episode of Dr. Whitaker’s web series, History Respawned, features an interview with Assistant General Editor Michelle Brock on the historical depiction of witches, angels, and demons in the context of the game Diablo III. Dr. Brock’s and Dr. Whitaker’s conversation is available at the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssxOjMHDkf8

V. Announcement from Newsletter Editor Leslie Rogne Schumacher for our Subscribers

It gives me great pleasure to announce that there are now more than 1000 subscribers to the British Scholar Newsletter. Not only does this number represent both past and anticipated participants in our annual conferences, but also the work of all of our members, editors, Board of Directors and Advisory Board members, and affiliates at Edinburgh University Press and Palgrave Macmillan in spreading the word of the work that The British Scholar Society is doing. This is also an indication of a new and growing energy and excitement that I think we all sense in the field of British Studies more broadly. In the coming months, I will begin to roll out a number of new regular and occasional features in the Newsletter, and I hope to see our subscriber numbers grow to even greater heights.  Thank you for reading my words, and please never hesitate to contact me with events, announcements, comments, and suggestions (lesliedotschumacheratgmaildotcom).

VI. Workshop on Empire, Slavery, and Economics at the University of Nottingham

A one-day workshop titled “The Economies of End of Empire” will take place on 28 January 2015 at the University of Nottingham. The workshop will feature several talks on slavery, abolition, and the British Empire. Admittance is free but participants should register by noon on 19 January 2015. More information can be found at the following link:

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/cebh/activities.aspx

VII. British Association for Canadian Studies CFP

The British Association for Canadian Studies (BACS) will hold its annual conference in London on 23-25 April 2015. Individual and panel submissions are both welcome, and the deadline for submission is 30 January 2015. More information can be found at the following link:

http://www.canadian-studies.net/news-topmenu-57/398-bacs-40th-anniversary-conference-new-call

VIII. Book of the Month

John E. Crowley, Imperial Landscapes: Britain’s Global Visual Culture, 1745-1820

Reviewed by Douglas Fordham, University of Virgi

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