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March 2015 Newsletter

I. 2015 Conference Dinner Party Tickets Now Available for Purchase

We are pleased to announce that tickets to our 2015 Conference Dinner Party are now available for purchase. Tickets are only $20, buy they must be purchased by Friday, 20 March so we can put in the food order.

The Dinner Party will take place at the Scholz Beer Garten on Friday evening, 3 April from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Founded in 1866, the Scholz Beer Garten is the oldest continuously operated business in Austin, Texas. You may find out more about the venue at or at The dinner will feature famous Texas BBQ, sides, and desserts – all for only $20 per person. Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided, with alcoholic drinks available for purchase.

Again, tickets to this exciting event must be purchased by Friday, 20 March so we can put in the food order. Please use the link on the Conference webpage to purchase tickets:

II. Reminder: Registration for 2015 Conference

We would like to remind those readers who plan on attending the 2015 Britain and the World Conference that conference registration is now open.  In addition to access to all panels and plenary talks, registration includes breakfast, lunch, and tea/coffee breaks on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Doubletree Hotel. Please go to the Conference webpage to register:

III. Final Program for 2015 Conference Now Available

The final program for the 2015 Britain and the World Conference has been completed and is now available to view. In it, details can be found on the many exciting panels, roundtables, and plenary lectures that are planned for our annual meeting in Austin, TX on 2-4 April 2015.

In addition, the program also provides information on our planned events, including the Conference Icebreaker on the first evening of the conference (where the British Scholar Cocktail will be available!), as well as on the Dinner Party and opportunities for outings around Austin. We are looking forward to seeing all of the conference participants in a few weeks!

Britain and the World 2015 Final Conference Program

IV. Information on Allotted Speaking Time for 2015 Conference

The 2015 Conference Organizing Committee would like to respond to queries from our conference participants regarding the allotted time for each panel presenter. Presenters at this year’s conference are each allotted 20 minutes, with each panel’s chair in charge of keeping time.

Presenters are strongly encouraged to make sure their presentations can be concluded in 20 minutes, so their fellow panelists have the same opportunity to speak and so there is ample time for the audience to ask questions after all the panelists have presented.

V. New Issue of Britain and the World Journal Now Available

The new issue of Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society is now available both in print and online. This edition is particularly rich in breadth and depth, with four articles, fifteen book reviews,  a roundtable on the effect of air campaigns on British and German society during World War II, and a new entry in the Witness to History series. Members can access the issue at the following link:

VI. 2015 Membership Renewal

We would like to invite our readers to renew their memberships in the Society (or sign up for the first time). Basic-level membership in the Society 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 for more details on how to sign up for either level of membership in The British Scholar Society.

VII. CFP: “Celebrating Albion” Conference

The British Scholar Society would like to call readers’ attention to the following Call for Papers for what sounds like a fascinating event:

“Celebrating Albion” Conference

Saturday, September 26, 2015, at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

A one-day conference for historians of Britain and Ireland, marking 10 years since the final issue of ALBION, the prestigious and influential journal of British Studies that was based in the History Department at Appalachian State University from 1973 to 2005. The event will include an address by the former editor of the journal, Dr. Michael Moore.

Proposals are invited for papers (15-20 minutes) that either
•       discuss ALBION’s importance and contribution; or
•       represent new research in the fields covered by the journal—British and Irish History.
It is envisaged that the conference will include sessions in both these areas.

Please email proposals (paper title and brief abstract) to turnermjatappstatedotedu  (turnermjatappstatedotedu)   (or post to Dr. Michael Turner, History Department, Anne Belk Hall, Appalachian State University, ASU Box 32072, Boone, NC 28608). Deadline: Friday, March 27, 2015.
A running order of speakers and sessions will be finalized and circulated in April.
If you would like to attend the conference but not present a paper, please notify Dr. Turner.

Conference fee $30.00 (checks made out to ASU please—send to Dr. Turner).
Refreshment breaks, lunch, and dinner to be provided courtesy of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of History, and Belk Library, Appalachian State University.
Participants should make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

VIII. Book of the Month

March 2015: Strong, Beautiful and Modern: National Fitness in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, 1935-1960

Katie Pickles, University of Canterbury



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