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October 2015 Newsletter

I. Call for Papers: 2016 Britain and the World Conference

The British Scholar Society is pleased to issue a formal Call for Papers for the ninth annual Britain and the World Conference, which will take place at Senate House at the University of London from 23 to 25 June 2016. Paper and panel proposals should focus on Britain’s interactions with the world from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the present.  Established scholars, scholars at the beginning of their careers, and graduate students are all equally welcome to apply and present at the conference.

The conference accepts both individual paper and complete panel submissions. Submissions of individual papers should include an abstract of 200 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, 4 January 2016. Submissions should be made electronically to editoratbritishscholardotorg  (editoratbritishscholardotorg)  . Updates regarding the conference will be periodically posted to the Society website. For additional details, please go to the following link:

II. Keynote and Plenary Speakers for 2016 Britain and the World Conference Announced

In addition to dozens of panels, the 2016 Britain and the World Conference will feature four general lectures. We are delighted to say that our keynote speaker for 2016 is Professor Catherine Hall (University College London), whose groundbreaking work on Britain and its empire is known to all in the field of British Studies. We also have scheduled three additional plenary speakers who are also leaders in the field: Professor Stephen Conway (University College London), Professor Margaret Hunt (Uppsala University), and Professor Philip Murphy (Institute of Commonwealth Studies).  Check the conference website in the coming weeks and months for more information on the subjects of our speakers’ presentation (

III. Professor John M. MacKenzie Named Editor-in-Chief of Britain and the World

It gives us great pleasure to announce that John M. MacKenzie, Emeritus Professor of Imperial History at the University of Lancaster, Honorary Professor at the University of St. Andrews, Honorary Professor at the University of Aberdeen, and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, has been named the Editor-in-Chief of Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society. He is the Founding Editor of the Studies in Imperialism series (Manchester University Press), which has published more than 100 volumes over the past three decades. Professor MacKenzie is widely considered to be the foundational figure in the cultural study of British imperialism.

Volume IX (2016) of the journal will mark the beginning of Professor MacKenzie’s tenure. For more information on Britain and the World, including instructions for submissions, please visit the journal website at:

IV. New Volume in “Britain and the World” Book Series

A new volume, Angela Thompsell’s Hunting Africa: British Sport, African Knowledge and the Nature of Empire, has been released in The British Scholar Society’s “Britain and the World” book series published by Palgrave Macmillan, which intriguingly describes Dr. Thompsell’s book as “[recovering] the multiplicity of meanings embedded in colonial hunting and the power it symbolized by examining both the incorporation and representation of British women hunters in the sport and how African people leveraged British hunters’ dependence on their labor and knowledge to direct the impact and experience of hunting.”

For more information on this exciting addition to the “Britain and the World” book series, go to More details on the book series, as well as information on how interested authors can propose a title, can be found at:

V. Promotion of Society Associate Editor to the Board of Directors

The British Scholar Society has welcomed a new member of the Board of the Directors, Helene von Bismarck. Dr. von Bismarck has served as an Associate Editor for the Society since May 2012, and has now taken up the post of the Society’s Director of Outreach. More information on Dr. von Bismarck’s work and accomplishments can be seen at:

VI. New Feature from The British Scholar Society

Among Dr. von Bismarck’s new initiatives as Director of Outreach is a new feature for The British Scholar Society’s website ( on organizations and institutions related to the Society’s areas of interest and goals. Dr. von Bismarck describes this new feature below:

“It is the aim of The British Scholar Society to encourage conversation and intellectual exchange on the topic of Britain’s place, both historic and present, in the world. This is why, from now on, we will regularly portray other institutions and organizations on our website, whose work, events and publications could be relevant to our members. We will feature university departments, scholarly associations and other intellectual networks. Our hope is to foster international dialogue and encourage collaboration among colleagues by drawing the attention of our readers to the many interesting places where important research about Britain’s political, cultural and economic interactions with the wider world since the seventeenth century is being conducted. If you would like to see your institution portrayed on our website, please contact helenedotvondotbismarckatbritishscholardotorg  (helenedotvondotbismarckatbritishscholardotorg)  .”

VII. Society General Editor Comments on New Labour Party Leader

The General Editor of The British Scholar Society, Martin Farr, has recently been in the news for providing expert commentary on the recent election of the new Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Dr. Farr’s contributions to discussion and debate over Mr. Corbyn’s stunning victory, and that victory’s deeply significant implications, are available to read at the following links:

VIII. UK National Archives Seeking New Delegates for User Advisory Group

The UK National Archives has issued a call for new voluntary representatives to join their User Advisory Group (UAG). According to TNA, the UAG “aims to give people who use our services the opportunity to participate in The National Archives’ planning and decision making processes. Delegates represent ‘the voice’ of different sections of our user community, not only their own interests. As well as attending meetings, each delegate has a responsibility to engage with members of their user communities, to share information and to gather feedback.”

More information on this opportunity can be found at the following link:

IX. Book of the Month

October 2015: Victorian Bloomsbury

Reviewed by Susie Steinbach, Hamline University

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