WCBS 2016, Tempe AZ, 6-8 October

Western Conference of British Studies Annual Conference 2015

Tempe, Arizona, 6-8 October 2016

This year’s conference theme: “Citizens and Subjects”

-> NOTE: Deadline for proposals extended to 30 June 2016

The Western Conference on British Studies announces the forty-third annual conference that will convene in Tempe, Arizona on 6-8 October 2016 at the The Tempe Mission Palms hotel. Concurrent sessions will be held on Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8.

The hotel is offering nightly conference rates of $149 (single or double), $159 triple and $169 quad.  There is also an additional nightly hospitality rate of $16.95 which includes airport transportation and wireless high speed internet in guestrooms.  Please call 1-800-547-8705 to reserve your room and be sure to identify yourself as a WCBS conference attendee.

As always, we invite panels of 3-4 presenters with chair and commentator or individual papers on any aspect of British Studies.  Advanced graduate students and early career scholars are particularly encouraged to propose papers or panels.  For the 2016 meeting we would especially like to invite any papers that focus on or situate research within the theme “Citizens and Subjects” broadly conceived (citizenship, contested identities, race and citizenship, royal subjects, barriers to citizenship, gendered citizens, revoked citizenship, immigration or emigration, civil defence, civic duty, Imperial subjects, the politics of identity, etc.)

The conference will feature a plenary address by Dr. Susan R. Grayzel (Professor of History and Director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, University of Mississippi), author of numerous works, including  At Home and Under Fire: Air Raids and Culture in Britain from the Great War to the Blitz (Cambridge University Press, 2012), The First World War: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford St. Martins, 2012) for the Bedford Series in History and Culture, and Women and the First World War (Longman, 2002). She is also the co-editor with Philippa Levine of Gender, Labour, War and Empire: Essays on Modern Britain (Palgrave, 2009).

We will also hear the outgoing presidential address by Dr. Chris Frank (Associate Professor of History, University of Manitoba), author of Master and Servant Law: Chartists, Trade Unions, Radical Lawyers and the Magistracy in England, 1840-1865 (Ashgate, 2010) and a forthcoming book on working class wage regulation by way of ‘truck’.

Please submit proposals, including 250 word abstracts for each paper and a 1-2 page C.V. for each presenter, chair and commentator by 30 April June 2016 to the conference program chair, Dr. Lynn MacKay at:  WCBSAZ2016@gmail.com

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