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Autumn 2017 Newsletter


I. Call for Papers: 2018 Britain and the World Conference

After our tenth anniversary conference in Austin in April 2017, Britain and the World returns to the UK for 2018: Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 June. It will be at Exeter University: the venue is Reed Hall and accommodation is at the neighbouring Holland Hall, and, as always, 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 Richard Overy (Exeter), and the Plenary Speaker is Professor Audrey Horning (Queen’s University Belfast). There’ll be lunchtime roundtables on cinema and history, and on public history. Publishers present will include our journal publisher Edinburgh University Press, and our book series publisher Palgrave Macmillan, and the commissioning editor will be present throughout to discuss your publishing plans.

We accept 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 should also include a chair. In addition to abstracts for each individual paper, panel submissions should also include a 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 Thursday evening, the Dinner Party on the Friday, and the outings downtown on the Saturday. These events will provide numerous opportunities for networking and more in the capital of Devon.

Exeter is two hours by direct train from London, and there is a direct National Express bus line from Heathrow Airport. Exeter also has its own international airport, and is one hour by train from Bristol.

On campus is the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, home to one of the largest collections in Britain of material relating to film. The University’s special collections are noted for archives relating to twentieth-century South West Writing (and include the papers of Daphne du Maurier), literature and visual culture, Victorian culture and imperial endeavour, Arab and Islamic studies, and religious and parish book collections. In city centre there are Exeter Cathedral and archives, the Devon and Exeter Institute (which houses a large collection of local archival materials), Exeter Castle, and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM).

All submissions for inclusion in the conference should be received by Friday, 15 December 2017, with decisions on inclusion announced on Monday, 8 January 2018. Submissions should be made by email to 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.

Registration rates and other fees are as follows:

Waged Member –  £140 / $185
Non-Waged Member – £95 / $125
Waged Non-Member – £185 / $244
Non-Waged, Non-Member – £140 / $185

B&B housing – £51.00/night / $67
BBQ dinner– £20.00 / $26
3-Course Dinner – £30.00 / $ 40

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 our @britishscholar hashtag is #BATW2018. Registration for the Conference will open on Monday 5 February 2018. If you have any questions about the conference, please contact the Conference Organizing Committee directly at conferenceatbritishscholardotorg.

II. Statement on Charlottesville

The British Scholar Society condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the bigotry and violence of the white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups that gathered in Charlottesville on the weekend of August 11-12, 2017. Such displays of racism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia must never be condoned or excused in our society. We would also like to offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those whose loved ones were lost or injured during that weekend’s protests.

As historians of Britain and the world, we regularly encounter evidence of racism, white supremacy, and oppression in our own teaching and scholarship. The history of Britain and its empire, like the history of the Confederacy, provokes complex and important debates about memorialization and public memory, particularly with regard to the intertwined legacies of racism, slavery, and colonialism. Indeed, Britain’s impact on the world was shaped by such coercive structures of power. We believe that the events in Charlottesville testify to the need for historians to provide informed, thoughtful acknowledgement of and guidance on these difficult issues. We look forward to continuing these challenging yet necessary conversations with our fellow members and the wider public in the future.

The Board of the British Scholar Society

III. Conferences of Interest

The Scale of History Conference
Australian National University, 2-6 July 2018.
Online submission system available November 2017

Presidents and Premiers Conference
Newcastle University, 26-27 May 2017

International History and Diplomacy in the 20th Century Conference
Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford/Liverpool John Moores University, 4-5 May 2018
Submissions due 2 February 2018

IV. Report on 2017 Britain and the World Conference

Britain and the World returned to its birthplace, Austin Texas, for its tenth anniversary conference from April 6 to 8, 2017. Special thanks were offered to the person who made it all possible, our founder Bryan Glass, who was present throughout, and played a key role, as ever, in arranging the practicalities of conference.

The event went along on oiled casters in all its tried and trusted familiarity: 75 stimulating papers on 25 stimulating panels punctuated with lunchtime roundtables (a Society welcome, one concerning Brexit, and another historians and social media). There were two plenary lectures of great distinction: Susan Grayzel on gender and civil defence in inter-war Britain, and Carla Pestana’s keynote on the English invasion of Jamaica. What we found particularly satisfying was the increasing range and diversity of the conference, something we’re very keen to further encourage. Molly Beck, the commissioning editor for history at Palgrave was present throughout and discussed, often poolside, many book proposals for the Britain and the World series.

Britain and the World has always been a very social affair. The all-day beverage service was well-used, and at a conference where ice seldom needs to be broken our opening night saw delegates wining and dining at the august Scholz Biergarten. Conference dinner on the Saturday was at the extraordinary Oasis on Lake Travis (cliché though it is, “unforgettable” is sometimes warranted). The last night of conference saw delegates on their traditional outings around downtown Austin. Our social media footprint was Sasquatch-esque: #BATW2017 tweets were viewed over 40,000 times, and general social media engagement (likes, retweets, etc) was very healthy (please follow, and in turn be followed, @britishscholar). All aid the networking of persons, ideas, and publications which is so intrinsic to a successful conference.

Austin has been wonderful, but the plan for conference henceforth is to visit places it’s never been to before; indeed to places one might not otherwise visit but for a cause such as everyone’s (apparently) favourite conference. So we’ll be in Exeter, UK, 21-23 June 2018. We also want have the next two conferences confirmed, and so BATW2019 will be in … Kansas City, US, 11-13 April 2019. Myself, Mikki, and Marc have already visited and confirmed arrangements for Exeter, and Justin has been on the ground in Kansas City.

We hope very much to see you next year. Do keep in touch, and please encourage your institutions to subscribe to the journal!

Yours ever,

Martin Farr

V. Exciting New Collaboration Announced

The British Scholar Society is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the North American Conference of British Studies (NACBS) regarding our blog on Teaching Britain and the World. All posts will from now on be published both on our website and on the NABCS’ blog, The British and Irish Studies Intelligencer. This serves as a call for authors who would like to contribute to this pedagogy-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)  .

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, 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. Postdoctoral Opportunity

Rhinehart Postdoctoral Fellowship in British History, 2018/19
Appalachian State University, North Carolina

This Fellowship is open to early-career scholars who have recently been or will shortly be awarded their doctorates in early modern or modern British history. In line with ongoing initiatives to internationalize the campus at Appalachian State, the post is designed for non-U.S. citizens. Appalachian State has a traditional strength in British studies, reflected in the Library holdings, the long association with the prestigious journal Albion, and the establishment in 2008 of a Distinguished Professorship in British History (the endowment for which also funds the Rhinehart Postdoctoral Fellowship). This is a 9-month appointment (September to May), non-renewable. Fellow will receive a maintenance grant ($7500); rent-free accommodation; health insurance; visa assistance; grant of $1000 towards air fare; office on campus with computer; and access to all appropriate academic support services.

Applications should include:

(1) one-page CV;

(2) 400-word outline of the research project to be carried out at Appalachian State, with a statement explaining why access to the Special Collections and other material at Appalachian State would be helpful [for information about the Collections consult

collections, or email spcollatappstatedotedu  (spcollatappstatedotedu)  ];

(3) letter of recommendation from the candidate’s supervisor.

Send in hard copy, in triplicate, to Dr. Michael Turner, Department of History, Appalachian State University, Anne Belk Hall, ASU Box 32072, Boone, NC 28608, USA. Informal inquiries can be emailed to turnermjatappstatedotedu  (turnermjatappstatedotedu)   (or alternatively, call 828-262-8102). Closing date for applications: December 8, 2017. Successful candidate will be expected to take up the Fellowship at Appalachian State University in September 2018. Appalachian State University has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and to maintaining working and learning environments that are free of all forms of discrimination.

VIII. BATW Members in the Press

Brock, M. ‘No, there is no witchhunt against powerful men’, Washington Post (18 October 2017).

Farr, M., ‘Is Theresa May an unlucky gambler, or just a bad one?’, The Conversation (2 June 2017).

Hill, S., ‘Brexit and the American Revolution: lessons for Liverpool’s new metro mayor’, The Conversation 1 June 2017).

Palen, M-C., ‘Britain’s imperial ghosts have taken control of Brexit’, The Conversation (26 June 2017).

Palen, M-C., ‘Protectionism 100 years ago helped ignite a world war. Could it happen again?’, Washington Post (June 30 2017).

Schumacher, L. R. Interviewed in ‘Saudi women celebrate removal of driving ban’. WHYY/National Public Radio (10 October 2017).

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