The Midwest Conference on British Studies is proud to announce that its 62nd Annual Meeting will be hosted by Wayne State University and held at the historic Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit, September 24-27, 2015. The keynote speaker will be Patrick Brantlinger of Indiana University, and the plenary address will be given by Alison Games of Georgetown University.
The MWCBS seeks papers from scholars in all fields of British Studies, broadly defined to include those who study England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Britain’s Empire and the Commonwealth. We welcome scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including but not limited to history, literature, political science, gender studies and art history. Proposals for complete sessions are preferred, although proposals for individual papers will be considered. We welcome roundtables (of four participants plus chair) and panels (of three participants plus chair/commentator) that:
- offer cross-disciplinary perspectives on topics in British Studies
- situate the arts, letters, and sciences in a British cultural context
- examine representations of British and imperial/Commonwealth national identities
- consider Anglo-American relations, past and present
- examine new trends in British Studies
- assess a major work or body of work by a scholar
- explore new developments in digital humanities and/or research methodologies
As the result of positive responses to professional development sessions at recent conferences, we encourage proposals for sessions that discuss collaborative or innovative learning techniques in the British Studies classroom and for sessions on the topics of research, publication, or employment. This year the Program Committee will also entertain proposals for poster sessions and for panels featuring the pre-circulation of papers among participants and audience members.
The MWCBS welcomes presentations by advanced 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 graduate travel scholarships will also be available, and all graduate students are encouraged to apply. Further details will be available on the MWCBS website: http://mwcbs.edublogs.org/
- Include a 200-word abstract for each paper and a brief, 1-page c.v. for each participant, including chairs and commentators.
- For full panels, also include a brief 200-word abstract for the panel as a whole.
Please place the panel abstract, accompanying paper proposals, and vitas in one file and submit it as a single attachment. Also identify the panel’s contact person within the email.
All proposals should be submitted electronically by March 15, 2015, to the Program Committee Chair, Jennifer McNabb at JL-Mcnabb@wiu.edu .
Program Committee: Christine Haskill, Western Michigan University; Jennifer McNabb, Chair, Western Illinois University; Dana Rabin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; David Chan Smith, Wilfrid Laurier University; Bethany Shepherd, Adrian College; and Cathryn Spence, University of Guelph
Visit the MWCBS website at http://mwcbs.edublogs.org/