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Autumn 2016 Newsletter

I. Deadline Approaching: Call for Papers for 2017 Britain and the World Conference

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the 2017 Britain and the World Conference in Austin, TX is fast approaching. Submissions must be received by 21 November. Please see below for the CFP, which includes more information on this year’s conference planned events and activities.

Call for Papers: Britain and the World Conference 2017

Place: Austin, Texas

Dates: April 6-8, 2017

Deadline for submissions:  Monday, 21 November 2016

Decisions on inclusion:  Monday, 5 December 2016

After London in June 2016, Britain and the World returns to Austin for 2017 and our tenth anniversary conference. As in 2015, the conference venue and hotel will be the Doubletree University Area, which is a five minute walk from the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. As ever, the conference is concerned with interactions within the ‘British world’ from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the present and will highlight the importance of transnational perspectives.

The Keynote Speaker will be Professor Carla Pestana of UCLA, and two other three plenary speakers will be confirmed. There will be lunchtime roundtables on Brexit and on public history.

The conference accepts both individual twenty-minute papers and complete panel submissions. Panels are expected to consist of three 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, nor between graduate students and established academics.

As ever the conference icebreaker will be held on the first evening, the Dinner Party on the second, and the outings in downtown Austin on the third. These events will provide numerous opportunities for networking and more in and around the live music capital of the world.

All submissions for inclusion in the conference must be received by Monday, 21 November 2016, with decisions on inclusion announced on Monday, 5 December 2016. Submissions should be made by email to editoratbritishscholardotorg  (editoratbritishscholardotorg)  . Please submit all information in the body of your email (no attachments or PDFs, thank you) and in the following order: name, affiliation, email, paper title, abstract, keywords.

Updates regarding the conference will periodically be posted on the Society website. It is hoped that participants will be able to call upon their departments for hotel and transportation expenses as the conference is not able to offer financial support.

On Twitter the hashtag is #BATW2017. Registration for the Conference will open on 9 January 2017. If you have any questions about the forthcoming conference, please contact the Conference Organizing Committee directly at conferenceatbritishscholardotorg  (conferenceatbritishscholardotorg)  .

Best wishes,

Michelle Brock

Martin Farr

Conference Organizing Committee 2017

For more information, go to the following link:

II. Dinner Party Location for 2017 Britain and the World Conference

We are excited to announce that the Dinner Party for the Tenth Annual Britain and the World Conference will take place at the beautiful Oasis Restaurant on stunning Lake Travis!  The Dinner Party will occur on Friday, April 7, 2017 and buses will be provided to and from the restaurant. For details on the restaurant site, including pictures, please visit the following link:

III. Call for Contributors: New Blog on Teaching Britain and the World

The British Scholar Society is pleased to announce a new venture, a blog on Teaching Britain and the World. This serves as a call for authors who would like to contribute to this blog with a post that is no longer than 1000 words. As historians, most of us are not only researchers, but also academic teachers, and we are keen to foster the dialogue about your different experiences, plans and projects in the university classroom. The (by no means exclusive) list of possible subjects includes teaching methods, the challenge of balancing research and teaching obligations, the construction of syllabi, the use of primary sources, the impact of current affairs and public debates on classroom discussions, language barriers, and much more. In order to make this as broad a discussion as possible, we are keen to include colleagues at every level of their career, who study any period from the seventeenth century to the present, teach at a variety of academic institutions, and come from both Anglophone and non-Anglophone backgrounds. We are also keen to include student perspectives. The only requirement is that the blog entry has to focus on the specific challenges of teaching the history of Britain and the World. If you have an idea for a blog entry, please get in touch with Dr Helene von Bismarck at helenedotvondotbismarckatbritishscholardotorg  (helenedotvondotbismarckatbritishscholardotorg)  .

IV. New Web Admin/Master Needed for British Scholar Society Website

The British Scholar Society has need of a new webmaster for its website. We are particularly interested in securing the help of someone who has extensive and demonstrated experience in web design, especially as relates to building and maintaining websites from the ground up. Anyone serving in this capacity would be accorded an Associate Editor position in the Society for their term as webmaster. Those interested should email the Director of Communications & Social Media, Dr Leslie Rogne Schumacher, at lschumacatsjudotedu  (lschumacatsjudotedu)   for more information.

V. Location Announced for 2018 Britain and the World Conference

We now are able to announce the location for the 2018 Britain and the World Conference, which will return to the United Kingdom for its eleventh annual meeting and its fourth in the UK. 2018’s conference will take place at the University of Exeter, in relationship with the Centre for Imperial and Global History. We are very pleased to be working with Exeter’s Dr Marc-William Palen and others in making the preliminary arrangements for what promises to be a fantastic event.

VI. Call for Submissions to Britain and the World Journal and Book Series

The British Scholar Society would like to take this opportunity to invite our Newsletter subscribers to consider submitting their research to our journal, Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society, and our ‘Britain and the World’ book series. Our journal, which is included in the Thomson Reuters Social Sciences Citation Index, is edited by Prof John M. MacKenzie and published biannually by Edinburgh University Press. Our book series is edited by Dr Martin Farr and published by Palgrave Macmillan. More information on our journal and our book series, including instructions for those interested in submitting their work, can be found at the following links:

VII. Call for Contributors to National Archives Blog

The National Archives (TNA) has communicated to us a blog feature called ‘Connecting collections: tell us your research story’. Please take a moment to read their press release below and consider contributing.

‘The National Archives, working with members of the archives sector, is calling for blog entries from academic researchers which explore the connections between archives across the UK and around the world.

‘Archival research can lead you to surprising locations – and conclusions. Have you consulted a record in one archive whose value only became clear when contextualised with a record held elsewhere? Tracked down a document and found yourself as intrigued by its location as its content? Or aimed to link collections together? We’d like to hear about your eureka moments, but also the hard work of research, with days with little to show.

‘For this series, we’re as interested in your methodology and experience of archival research as we are in what you’re studying. We hope your story will both enrich people’s understanding of the possible connections between archives, and encourage researchers to be adventurous when planning their own journeys.

‘Better research expands the world for us all.

‘For further information and to submit a blog post, please visit:

Deadline for submissions: 5th December 2016

VIII. Information on Liverpool Centre for Port and Maritime History

In keeping with our interest in forging ties between our organization and others with overlapping areas of focus, we would like to draw our readers’ attention to the Liverpool Centre for Port and Maritime History (CPMH).

As communicated to us by the CPMH’s Acting Director, Dr Simon Hill, the centre ‘covers global maritime and port history broadly considered, extending from the medieval period to the modern era. Amongst the various topics that we have considered are: ports and the environment, lawlessness at sea, early modern British privateers operating in Swedish waters, Malaysian sailors in Liverpool, international shipping during the 1970s, the cultural experience of sailing on trans-Atlantic liners, and so many more topics besides’.

For more information on the CPMH, please contact SdotJdotHill1atljmudotacdotuk  (SdotJdotHill1atljmudotacdotuk)   or visit the following link:

IX. Event: ‘Outlaws by Shore and Sea’

The International Postgraduate Port and Maritime Studies Network (IPPMSN) will hold an event at the Tate Liverpool on 8 December on the topic of ‘Outlaws by Shore and Sea’. Tickets are free, but must be arranged online. Please visit the following link for more information:

X. New Post for Society Vice-Chair

The British Scholar Society’s Vice-Chair and Director of Communications & Social Media, Dr Leslie Rogne Schumacher, has been named the 2016-2017 David H. Burton Fellow at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to a teaching and research appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor, Burton Fellows run a departmental pedagogy workshop and deliver a yearly public lecture. More information on Dr Schumacher’s projects and initiatives while serving as the Burton Fellow can be found at the following link:

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