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November 2015 Newsletter

I. New Feature on The British Scholar Society’s Website: “Related Organisations”

The British Scholar Society has introduced a new outreach initiative, which will feature profiles of and information on organisations whose focus and methods are related to those of The British Scholar Society. Like our annual Britain and the World Conference, our journal Britain and the World, and the monthly British Scholar Newsletter, our hope is that this “Related Organisations” feature ( will bring scholars and groups of scholars from around the globe together in knowledge-sharing and collaboration. It is therefore with pleasure that we announce that the well-known and highly regarded Centre for Imperial and Global History (CIGH) at the University of Exeter will be the first profile in our Related Organisations feature. Read the full write-up about the CIGH at the following link:

II. Reminder: Call for Papers for 2016 Britain and the World Conference in London

We would like to remind everyone of the 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:

III. Comments from New Editor-in-Chief of Britain and the World, Professor John M. MacKenzie, on Next Issue of Journal

Last month we made the exciting announcement that John M. MacKenzie, Emeritus Professor of Imperial History at the University of Lancaster, had been named the new Editor-in-Chief of Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society. The next issue of the journal, Volume IX (2016), will be the first under Professor MacKenzie’s guidance, and the Board of Directors were pleased to learn that he has made the following statement about the contents of that issue:

“This is the first issue of Britain and the World for which I have acted as Editor-in-Chief, thereby giving me the great privilege of writing this introduction. For me, it is a hugely auspicious beginning since the articles here are so rich in their content and so revelatory of significant common threads that run through them.”

The rest of Professor MacKenzie’s piece can be found in Volume IX of Britain and the World, which will be released in March 2016. For more information on the journal, including instructions for submissions, please visit:

IV. Society General Editor on Recent UK Political Events and Trends

General Editor of The British Scholar Society, Dr. Martin Farr, has contributed several articles and extended commentaries on recent and ongoing matters in UK politics and society. Please visit the following links to read Dr. Farr’s insights.

On the deaths of former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and former Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer Denis Healey:

On the history and significance of the Shadow Cabinet in UK politics:

On the review of the Freedom of Information Act:

V. Society Assistant General Editor on Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Set in 1868 London

Society Assistant General Editor, Dr. Robert Whitaker, has used his expertise in British history and on history in video games to provide an analysis of Ubisoft’s new game Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, which is set in 1868 London. Speaking with Chris Suellentrop of Shall We Play a Game?, Dr. Whitaker (who is the creator and host of a web series on history and video games, History Respawned), describes the accuracies, inaccuracies, significance, and impact of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate in the following interview:

Dr. Whitaker’s insightful interview with Mr. Suellentrop also merited an additional write-up on Kotaku, a premier outlet for gaming news.

VI. The British Scholar Society on Social Media

The Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to remind our readers of The British Scholar Society’s profile and activities on social media. The Society has an active and informative Twitter account as well as a public Facebook profile, which are used to communicate Society events and initiatives as well as provide details on articles and other web content that are of interest to scholars of Britain and the world. Links for the Society’s Twitter and Facebook profiles can be found below:

VII. Call for Papers: British International History Group

The British International History Group (BIHG) has issued a Call for Papers for its annual conference, which will be held 8-10 September 2016 at the University of Edinburgh. The deadline for submissions of paper and panel proposals is 1 March 2016. More information on the BIHG, its conference, and instructions for submissions can be found at:

VIII. Book of the Month

October 2015: Africa, Empire and Globalization: Essays in Honor of A. G. Hopkins

Reviewed by James R. Brennan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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