Call for Papers: British Scholar Conference

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on June 17, 2010

British Scholar Annual Conference
University of Texas at Austin, 31 March — 2 April 2011

Proposals due by 12 July 2010

The conference will be held in Austin, Texas from Thursday, 31 March through Saturday, 2 April, 2011 at the Harry Ransom Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus. The conference, which is organized by The British Scholar Society and British Studies at the University of Texas, focuses on British history from 1688 to the present. The purpose of the British Scholar Conference is to highlight the importance of British history from varied perspectives. Established scholars, scholars at the beginning of their careers, and graduate students are welcome to apply and present at the conference.

We are proud to announce that A.G. Hopkins will be delivering the Keynote Address on 1 April 2011, followed by the annual British Scholar Dinner Party. Hopkins is the Walter Prescott Webb Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of seminal works on British Imperial history, economic history, and globalization, including An Economic History of West Africa (1973), British Imperialism, 1688-2000 (2001, formerly published in two volumes in 1993) and Global History: Interactions Between the Universal and the Local (2006).

Reba Soffer, Professor Emeritus at California State University, Northridge, will present a stand-alone lecture on the afternoon of 2 April, entitled “Is Intellectual History a Good Idea?” Amongst her influential works is her newest book History, Historians, and Conservatism in Britain and America: From the Great War to Thatcher and Reagan (2009).

The second annual Wm. Roger Louis Prize, awarded to the best paper delivered at the British Scholar Annual Conference, will also be announced on 2 April. The Prize is worth $1000 and the winning paper will be published in the September 2011 issue of Britain and the World: Historical Journal of The British Scholar Society, published by Edinburgh University Press.

The conference accepts both individual paper and complete panel submissions. Submissions of individual papers should include an abstract of 150-300 words as well as a few descriptive keywords. Panels are expected to consist of three to four papers and should be submitted by the person willing to serve as both chair and respondent. In addition to abstracts for each individual paper, the panel chair 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 British Scholar Annual Conference must be received by Monday, 12 July, 2010. Decisions on inclusion will be made by Friday, 1 October, 2010. Submissions should be made electronically to mikkib@britishscholar.org. Updates regarding the conference will be periodically posted to the British Scholar website. It is hoped that participants will be able to call upon their departments for hotel and transportation expenses.

Information on hotel accommodation and conference registration will be forthcoming. It should be noted that becoming a member of The British Scholar Society entitles you to a discounted registration rate. Membership in The British Scholar Society is available on the British Scholar website by visiting our membership page.

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