Northeast Conference on British Studies Annual Meeting

Date / time: 1 May, 12:00 am

Call for Papers, deadline – 1 May 2023 | Annual Meeting, 13-15 October 2023

The Northeast Conference on British Studies (NECBS) will hold its 2023 annual meeting from Friday to Sunday, October 13-15, at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The keynote speakers will be Dana Rabin (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Daniel Woolf (Queen’s University, Ontario). We encourage in-person attendance, but for those who cannot make it, we aim to have one hybrid (in-person and virtual) session per time slot.

We solicit the participation of scholars in all areas of British Studies, broadly defined. In particular, we welcome proposals for interdisciplinary panels that draw on the work of historians, literary critics, and scholars in other disciplines, whose focus is on Britain and its empire, from the Middle Ages to the present. Proposals for entire panels on a common theme will be given priority, although individual paper proposals will also be considered if several of them can be assembled to create a viable panel. Proposals for roundtable discussions of a topical work, on current issues in the field, or pedagogical practices with respect to the teaching of particular aspects of British Studies are also encouraged. The typical ninety-minute panel will include three papers (each lasting for roughly twenty minutes) and a chair. In the interest of allowing greater audience participation in Q&A, the position of “moderator/comment” is optional. Roundtables may have a looser format.

Proposals should be submitted electronically using the form below. Each proposal should include a general description of the panel or roundtable (including an overall title), a 200-300 word abstract for each paper to be read, and a one-page curriculum vitae for each participant. Please include the address, phone number, and e-mail address of all participants (including the chair and, if applicable, moderator) in the proposal, and indicate whether the paper(s) will be delivered in-person or virtually. For panel or roundtable proposals, please designate a main contact person to submit the proposal.

Graduate students, please note: Each year the NECBS Executive Committee awards the David Underdown Memorial Prize to the best graduate student paper presented at the conference. (See details here

All submissions must be received by May 1, 2023 (final decisions will be announced in early June 2023).

Questions about proposals can be directed to Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre, NECBS Vice President and Program Chair, at

Link to electronic submission form:

Image: Dover Harbour in 1855 by William Henry Prior (Wiki Commons)