Britain and the World Conference 2021 – deadline 8 January 2021

Date / time
Date(s) - 16 June - 18 June
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


This serves as the Call for Papers for the 2021 Britain and the World Conference, Plymouth, UK, 2021. #BATW2021

This is, effectively, the rescheduled 2020 conference which could not take place owing to the outbreak of Covid-19. BATW2021 consequently will be ‘hybrid’: in person for those who wish and are able to be physically present in Plymouth, online for those who cannot or would rather not.

It will take place from Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 June 2021.

As ever, the conference is concerned with interactions between Britain and the wider world from the sixteenth century to the present and will highlight the importance of transnational perspectives. As a conference and society concerned with British studies we welcome papers on all topics and periods, and given that 2020 marked the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage we’re especially keen to see papers that engage with transatlantic relations; the movement of peoples, ideas, and goods; maritime history; port cities, and urban spaces.

We accept individual twenty-minute talks as well as complete panel submissions and roundtables. Abstracts should be 250-300 words. Panels are expected to consist of three or four papers and should be submitted by one person who’s willing to serve as the point of contact. Complete panels should also include a chair. In addition to abstracts for each individual paper, panel and roundtable submissions should also include a 100-150 word introduction describing the main theme. The conference does not discriminate between panels and individual paper submissions, nor between graduate students and established academics.

All submissions for inclusion in the conference should be received by Friday, 8 January 2021 with decisions on inclusion announced by Friday, 29 January 2021. Submissions should be made by email to 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. If your paper or panel was accepted for 2020, then your 2021 submission—even if the topic changes—will be automatically accepted, but you will still need submit your proposal by the deadline.

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

On Twitter our @britishscholar hashtag is #BATW2021. Registration for the Conference will open in early 2021.