Midwest Conference on British Studies – CALL FOR PAPERS

Date / time: 3 May, All day

Midwest Conference on British Studies - CALL FOR PAPERS


Midwest Conference on British Studies

Toronto Metropolitan University | 27-28 September 2024

Call for Papers, deadline – 3 May 2024

The Midwest Conference on British Studies is proud to announce that its 71st Annual Meeting will be held at Toronto Metropolitan University on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28.

The MWCBS seeks papers from scholars in all fields of British Studies, globally and broadly defined to include those who study the British Isles (including Ireland), the British Empire, the Commonwealth, and British engagement with the world, from Roman Britain to the modern age.

We welcome scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including but not limited to English and literature, history, political science, gender studies, art, and music history. We invite proposals from scholars at all stages of their careers, including independent scholars. The MWCBS equally welcomes individual paper proposals and proposals for panels (two-four presenters, plus chair and/or commentator), roundtables, poster sessions, and panels featuring the pre-circulation of papers among participants and audience members. The MWCBS encourages presenters to use H-Albion and the discussion board at the conference blog, http://mwcbs.edublogs.org/, to find additional panelists. If needed, our organization can help to find chairs, commentators, and additional panelists.

The MWCBS welcomes proposals that:

  • Present new research on the political, social, cultural, and economic history of the British Isles, the empire, and the Commonwealth
  • Situate literature, the arts, and sciences in a British cultural context
  • Examine representations of British and imperial/Commonwealth national identities, including the construction of identities shaped by race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and dis/ability
  • Explore new developments in digital humanities, pedagogies, and/or research methodologies
  • Present professional development sessions on collaborative or innovative learning techniques in the British Studies classroom or on topics of research, publication, public outreach, or employment relevant to British Studies scholars

The MWCBS welcomes presentations by graduate students and will award the Walter L. Arnstein Prize for the best graduate student paper(s) given at the conference. A limited number of Jim Sack Travel Awards will also be available. All graduate students are encouraged to apply. Further details will be available on the MWCBS website: http://mwcbs.edublogs.org/

Individual Paper Proposal Requirements:

  • Include a 200-word conference paper abstract.
  • Include a 1-page c.v. for the author.

Panel Proposal Requirements:

  • Include a 200-word abstract for each paper and a 1-page c.v. for each participant, including chairs and commentators.
  • Include a 200-word abstract for the panel as a whole.
  • Please place the panel abstract, accompanying paper proposals, and vitas in one Word or PDF file and submit it as a single attachment. Also identify, within the e-mail, the panel’s contact person.

All proposals should be submitted electronically by May 3, to the Program Committee Chair David Pennington at dpennington41@webster.edu.

For conference updates and to find fellow panelists, visit the MWCBS website at http://mwcbs.edublogs.org/


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