Call for Papers | NACBS in Little Rock, 2015

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on January 14, 2015


Skyline of Little Rock, Arkansas, from the top of the River Market parking deck looking southwest, March 2005. Photo by Bruce Stracener, via Wikimedia Commons.

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North American Conference of British Studies Annual Meeting
Little Rock, Arkansas, 13–15 November 2015

Proposals due by 3 March 2015

The NACBS (North American Conference on British Studies) and its Southern affiliate, the Southern Conference on British Studies, seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2015 meeting. We will meet in Little Rock, Arkansas, November 13–15, 2015 (in conjunction with the meeting of the Southern Historical Association). We solicit proposals for panels on Britain, the British Empire and the British world. Our interests range from the medieval to the modern. We welcome participation by scholars across the humanities and social sciences.

We invite panel proposals addressing selected themes, methodology, and pedagogy, as well as roundtable discussions of topical and thematic interest, including conversations among authors of recent books and reflections on landmark scholarship. We are particularly interested in submissions that have a broad chronological focus and/or interdisciplinary breadth. North American scholars, international scholars and Ph.D. students are all encouraged to submit proposals for consideration. Panels typically include three papers and a comment, and ideally a separate chair; roundtables customarily have four presentations, as well as a chair; proposals which only include papers will be less likely to succeed. We are not able to accommodate individual paper proposals; those with paper ideas may search for additional panelists on lists such as H-Albion or at venues such as the NACBS Facebook page. Applicants may also write to the Program Chair for suggestions (nacbsprogram@gmail.com).

In addition to the panels, this year we will be sponsoring a poster session. The posters will be exhibited throughout the conference, and there will be a scheduled time when presenters will be with their posters to allow for further discussion.

All scholars working in the field of British Studies are encouraged to apply for the 2015 conference. Panels that include both emerging and established scholars are encouraged; we welcome the participation of junior scholars and Ph.D. candidates beyond the qualifying stage. To foster intellectual interchange, we ask applicants to compose panels that feature participation from multiple institutions. No participant will be permitted to take part in more than one session.

More information is available here»


Call for Papers | Classical Influences on Georgian Stourhead

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on January 14, 2015

Thanks to Hélène Bremer for passing along this CFP:

Classical Influences on Georgian Stourhead
Stourhead, Wiltshire, 11–12 November 2015

Proposals due by 31 March 2015

Pantheon at Stourhead, via Wikimedia Commons. Photo by Luke Gordon, 14 August 2007.

Pantheon at Stourhead, via Wikimedia Commons. Photo by Luke Gordon, 14 August 2007.

The gardens at Stourhead feature a number of elements influenced by the legacy of classical Rome. Henry Hoare, the owner of Stourhead from 1741 to 1783, travelled to Rome as part of his own Grand Tour and his chief architect, Henry Flitcroft, was part of Lord Burlington’s circle. On Day 1 of this event we will explore classical influences on the eighteenth-century English country garden. On Day 2 we will consider classical influences solely in the context of the garden and wider estate at Stourhead.

We invite papers on all aspects of classical influences on the eighteenth-century English garden and particularly the following topics:
• The influence of the Grand Tour on eighteenth-century English country gardens
• Visitor accounts of Stourhead and other eighteenth-century English country gardens
• Eighteenth-century English country garden designers
• The picturesque and the design and reception of the eighteenth-century English country garden
• Depiction of the eighteenth-century English country garden in the fine arts
• The country garden and publishing: newspapers, periodicals, guidebooks and journals
• Topographical poetry
• Theories of meaning in the eighteenth-century English country garden
• Relationships between houses, gardens and wider estates
• Lord Burlington and his circle
• The influence of classical Roman literature on the eighteenth-century English country garden
• Greek influences in eighteenth-century English country gardens

If you would like to present a paper, then please send a 300-word abstract to Dr. John Harrison at: jeh87@my.open.ac.uk by 31st March 2015.

Keynote Speakers
Roey Sweet, author of Cities and the Grand Tour: The British in Italy, 1690–1820 (University of Leicester); and Richard Wheeler, National Specialist in Garden History (National Trust)

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