The MWCBS 2016 is hosted by Iowa State University in Ames. Accommodations will be at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center and the conference events will be at the Scheman Center on the Iowa State campus. A morning and afternoon shuttle will be provided between the Gateway and the Scheman.

You can book your room by calling (800) 367-2637 and asking for the MWCBS conference rate. For online reservation please go to http://gatewayames.com and use the code MCBS2016. The conference rate is $129/night and includes wifi and 1 breakfast voucher/room/night.


Please use this link to register for the 2016 MWCBS:

Eventbrite 2016 MWCBS registration

This year’s conference fees are as follows:

  • Early Registration (through 1 September): $120.00
  • Regular Registration (after 1 September): $140.00
  • Early Registration for Graduate Students (through 1 September): $80.00
  • Regular Registration for Graduate Students (after 1 September): $100.00

Please note: all panelists must register for the conference by September 1, 2015. Participants will be able to pick up conference materials beginning on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 15th in the hotel lobby. Sessions begin Friday morning with the conference materials available at the Scheman Center starting at 8.

The registration process will also allow you to donate to the MWCBS Travel Grant fund, which helps subsidize costs to the annual conference for the youngest members of our organization, who find it increasingly difficult in these times of shrinking university budgets to secure conference funding. The MWCBS relies on member contributions to fund the grants, and the donations we receive will determine the number of awards we are able to give out. The Travel Grant Application is available in a separate post below and the deadline is September 1, 2016.


The conference registration includes the shuttle service to and from the Scheman at the beginning and end of the day’s program. It also includes two tickets, good for a box lunch on Friday and a beverage at the Friday evening reception or two beverages at the reception. Please note: we are providing the box lunch on Friday because the nearest restaurants are a 15-minute walk from the Scheman Center and are often overcrowded and slow during the peak lunch period.

On Friday, September 16th, there will be an early evening reception and plenary speech that includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and canapés. The plenary speaker will be Ian Archer, Oxford University, who will be speaking on “New Directions in Metropolitan History: London 1500-1700”

On Saturday, September 17th, there will be the MWCBS membership luncheon, graduate student awards, and keynote address, for an additional cost of $25 requested at the time of registration. The keynote, entitled “Brexit: Whither the United Kingdom?” will be presented by Susan Kingsley Kent, University of Colorado, Boulder.

Conference registration also includes annual membership in the MWCBS.


Local arrangements will provide a guide to Ames that will be posted on this site later in the summer. This will include suggestions for transportation to and from Des Moines Airport, approximately 40 minutes away.

For program related questions, please contact:

Christine Haskill, Ph.D.
Program Committee Chairperson, MWCBS
Assistant Professor of English
Kendall College of Art and Design
Of Ferris State University
Email: christinehaskill@ferris.edu
For all other conference related questions, please contact:
Lia Paradis, Ph.D.
President, MWCBS
Associate Professor and Chair, Slippery Rock University

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