Category: Conference


The 2014 MWCBS meeting will be held jointly with the NACBS annual meeting will at the Marquette Hotel in the center of downtown Minneapolis.  The Marquette is an elegant, modern, recently renovated boutique hotel. It  adjoins the architecturally-renowned IDS Tower, opens onto the  Crystal Court atrium of restaurants and shops, and is connected by skyway (as well as by regular sidewalks) to the rest of downtown. Many of the conference events, including the Friday reception, will be held in Windowson Minnesota, an event space on the fiftieth floor of the IDS tower that features spectacular views of the city.

The Marquette is easily accessible via light rail or taxi from the airport. Cultural attractions such as the Minnesota Orchestra and the Dakota Jazz Club are a short walk, the Walker Art Center is a slightly longer walk or bus ride, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is easily accessible by
a short bus ride.  The Mall of America is also accessible by light rail.

A block of rooms has been reserved for NACBS conference attendees the nights of Thursday through Saturday, November 6-8 (a few rooms
are available on Wednesday, November 5, as well).

The NACBS conference rate for rooms is $159 per night (for single/double occupancy).  The conference room rate is guaranteed only
until October 6 and applies to a limited block of rooms. We urge you to stay at the conference hotel and to reserve your room sooner rather than later. The Marquette Hotel conference rate is $159 single or double. You must register by Oct. 6, 2014 to get this rate. Click on this link
<> to reserve a room or call 1-800-328-4782.


minneapolis skylineThe NACBS and its Midwest affiliate, the Midwest Conference on British Studies, seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2014 meeting. We will meet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from November 7-9, 2014. We solicit proposals for panels on Britain, the British Empire and the British world. Our interests range from the medieval to the modern. We welcome participation by scholars across the humanities and social sciences. We invite panel proposals addressing selected themes, methodology, and pedagogy, as well as roundtable discussions of topical and thematic interest, including conversations among authors of recent books and reflections on landmark scholarship. We are particularly interested in submissions that have a broad chronological focus and/or interdisciplinary breadth. North American scholars, international scholars and Ph.D. students are all encouraged to submit proposals for consideration.

Panels typically include three papers and a comment, and ideally a separate chair; roundtables customarily have four presentations, as well as a chair; proposals which only include papers will be less likely to succeed. We are not able to accommodate individual paper proposals; those with paper ideas may search for additional panelists on lists such as H-Albion or at venues such as the NACBS Facebook page. Applicants may also write to the Program Chair for suggestions ( All scholars working in the field of British Studies are encouraged to apply for the 2014 conference. Panels that include both emerging and established scholars are encouraged: we welcome the participation of junior scholars and Ph.D. candidates beyond the qualifying stage. To foster intellectual interchange, we ask applicants to compose panels that feature participation from multiple institutions. No participant will be permitted to take part in more than one session.

The submission website at will open in mid­ January; submissions will close as of March 1, 2014. If you have questions about the submission process or suggestions for program development, please contact

Susan D. Amussen
NACBS Program Chair
Professor of History University of California, Merced

MWCBS 2013 Program

MWCBS 2013 Local Details

Dear Colleagues of the Midwest Conference,

On behalf of DePaul University and the city of Chicago, we wish to welcome you to the 60th Annual Meeting of the MWCBS.  There will be 37 panels over the course of the three day conference, with 100 papers and presentations.

We wanted to provide you with some basic information regarding the conference site and its environment.

The conference site is at the DePaul Center of our Loop campus, at 1 East Jackson Blvd., in the heart of Chicago.  Travel and parking information can be found below.  The bus, elevated and subway systems are convenient for travel from the airport or train and bus stations to the DePaul Center, with stops at the corner of Jackson Blvd and State Street.

The conference itself is located on the 8th floor of the DePaul Center.  Enter the building through the Barnes and Noble store, continue to the interior lobby area just past the store.  There is a bank of elevators opposite an information and security desk.  Take one of the elevators up to the 8th floor.  The MWCBS reception and help desk are located across the hall from the elevators.

In addition to the conference, there are many amenities around the conference site.  See the official Chicago events website (, and the Fall events guide ( for more information.

We’ve also attached a restaurant and events guide (in a Word file) for your reference.  The DePaul Center is walking distance from a number of excellent restaurants (both budget-friendly and expensive), Orchestra Hall, the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, and Grant Park, as well as the Lakefront (east), and Chicago riverfront (both north and west…and south).

REMEMBER!  The conference is scheduled the same weekend as the Chicago Marathon.  The Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 13, beginning at 7:00 a.m.  The route is north of the conference site, but will have an impact on a few things: 1) you might wish to make restaurant reservations for Saturday night, in anticipation of a busier-than-usual dinner crowd in the Loop area (you can also avail yourself of public transportation to explore some of Chicago’s neighborhood restaurants, a bit further from the Loop); and 2) you might want to attend our last Sunday sessions to avoid some of the anticipated traffic congestion.  Chicago will also provide extra security (and security protocols) during the eve and day of the Marathon.  We will provide information on current conditions at the conference.

Again, we welcome you to our university and city and hope you enjoy your visit!

Best regards, Lisa Sigel and Eugene Beiriger, Local Arrangements co-chairs


Transportation guide


Driving to the Loop Campus


From the North and Northwest

The Loop Campus is accessible from the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/I-94) exit at Jackson Boulevard (300 south) and turn east. The Loop Campus is approximately 1 mile from the expressway on Jackson Boulevard.


From the West

The Loop Campus is accessible from the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290). As you begin to enter the downtown area the expressway becomes Congress Parkway. Turn left (north) on Dearborn Street (50 west), go two blocks to Jackson Boulevard (300 south) and turn right (east). DePaul University is one block east on Jackson Boulevard.


From the South

The Loop Campus is accessible from the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/I-94). Exit at Jackson Boulevard (300 south) and turn east. The Loop Campus is approximately 1 mile from the expressway on Jackson Boulevard.


From Lake Shore Drive (North or South)

Exit Lake Shore Drive at Jackson Boulevard and turn west. Proceed to Michigan Avenue (100 east). Turn right on Michigan Avenue, go one block to Adams Street (200 south) and turn left. Go one block to Wabash Avenue (50 east) and turn left. Go one block to Jackson Boulevard.


Automobile Parking at the Loop Campus

DePaul University has no parking facilities of its own in the Loop area, however, many private facilities offer discounts for DePaul students, staff and visitors. Tickets can be validated in the lobby of each DePaul Loop Campus building. Two Chicago Park District underground garages and several private parking facilities are conveniently located for use by DePaul students, staff and visitors.

*Indicates a special discount rate is available for DePaul University. Claim check tickets must be validated at either the DePaul Center, Lewis Center, or Computer Science Center security stations.


Bicycle Parking

Bicycle racks are available on the north plaza of DePaul Center and in front of the Computer Science Center. Bicycles are not permitted inside any building on the downtown campus.


Taking Public Transportation


Rapid Transit Lines

  • Red or Blue Line to the Jackson stop.
  • Brown, Orange or Purple Line to the Adams/Wabash stop or the Library/Van Buren stop.


CTA Buses

Bus routes interconnect throughout the city. These buses stop very near the Loop Campus. All routes are subject to change by the CTA.

  • #1 – Indiana/Hyde Park
  • #3 – King Drive
  • #6 – Jeffrey Express
  • #7 – Harrison
  • #14 – South Lake Shore Express
  • #20 – Madison
  • #29 – State Street
  • #36 – Broadway
  • #37 – Sedgwick/Ogden
  • #60 – Blue Island
  • #62 – Archer Avenue
  • #126 – Jackson
  • #129 – South Loop/West Loop
  • #146 – Marine-Michigan Express
  • #147 – Outer Drive Express
  • #151 – Sheridan Road


Metra Train Stations

All suburban Metra Train Stations are located within walking distance of the Loop Campus:

  • Union Station: Canal Street (500 west) and Adams Street (200 south).
  • Chicago & Northwestern Station: Canal Street (500 west) and Madison Street (0 north/south).
  • LaSalle Street Station: LaSalle Street (150 west) and Congress Parkway (500 south).
  • Illinois Central Station: Michigan Avenue (100 east) and Van Buren Street (400 south).


From the Airports


Driving from O’Hare (approx. 20 miles)

Exit airport on I-190 east. This highway merges with I-90 east about 2 miles east of the airport. I-90 then merges with I-94 about 5 miles east of the I-190/1-90 merge. Continue on I-90/94 (Kennedy Expressway) into downtown Chicago. Exit at Jackson Boulevard east, and continue approx. one mile to corner of Jackson Boulevard (300 south). and State Street (0 E/W). DePaul Center is on the southeast corner of State Street and Jackson Boulevard.


Driving from Midway (approx. 10 miles)

Exit airport. Turn left at Cicero Avenue (Ill 50), approx. 2 miles north to Stevenson Expressway (I-55). Right turn (north) onto Stevenson. Continue on Stevenson to northbound Lake Shore Drive (US 41). Turn left at Congress Parkway (600 south). Continue about 1/2 mile to State Street (0 E/W). Turn right (north) on State Street. Go three blocks north. DePaul Center is on the southeast corner of State Street and Jackson Boulevard (300 south).


Taking Public Transportation

The CTA provides elevated train service from downtown Chicago to both of Chicago’s airports. From O’Hare, take the Blue Line to the Jackson stop. From Midway, take the Orange Line to the Library stop at Van Buren and State.


Traveling Between the Lincoln Park and Loop Campuses

The fastest and most direct method of traveling between DePaul’s Lincoln Park and Loop campuses is to take one of either of the two major CTA Rapid Transit lines that stop at the Fullerton elevated train station. The Brown Line and the Purple line travel the elevated tracks downtown to the Wabash/Adams stop (near the Computer Science Center) or the Library stop (near DePaul Center). The Red Line travels the subway downtown to the Jackson stop at State and Jackson (near DePaul Center). To get to the Lincoln Park campus from the Loop, begin from any of these downtown stops and travel north to the Fullerton station.

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MWCBS 2013 Reminders

Chicago MontageMWCBS participants,

We look forward to seeing all of the friends of the MWCBS at the 60th Annual Conference in Chicago next month, hosted by DePaul University and held at DePaul’s Loop Campus. The final program will be posted shortly on the MWCBS website, which will include room assignments for all sessions.

Regarding registration and hotel bookings, please remember:

1. All information regarding rooms and registration is available on the MWCBS website.
2. Early bird registration is available until September 14th.
3. For information concerning rooms at the Silversmith, please see . NOTE: if any of you are seeking roommates, please email me, and I will put interested parties in contact.

Regarding conference participation, please remember:

1. Check the final program, soon to be posted on the MWCBS website.
2. If you are the panel contact person, please make sure that your fellow panelists receive this information.
3. If you are presenting at the conference, please do your commentator the courtesy of providing a copy of your paper at least three weeks in advance of the conference. Remember, individual conference presentations should be kept to 20 minutes in duration.
4. If you are a graduate student and would like to apply for a Midwest Conference on British Studies Travel Grant, please submit an application through this link by September 19th:
5. If you are a graduate student and would like your paper to be considered for the Walter L. Arnstein Prize, please submit a copy to the Program Chair, Jennifer McNabb,, three weeks in advance of the conference (Thursday, September 19th).
6. If you would like to participate in the tour of the Scottish Home and the Scottish-American Hall of Fame Museum scheduled for Friday, October 11th at 12:15, please contact Euan Hague at by October 1st.

If you have any questions, please contact me at . See you in Chicago.

MWCBS 2013 Registration

Chicago MontageThe registration process for the 2013 MWCBS is now available online at Please note: all panelists are required to register for the conference.

We are using the same system as the North American Conference on British Studies, so the interface should be familiar for many of you, and you may use your credit card for payment. This year’s conference fees are as follows:

  • Early Registration (through 14 September): $90.00
  • Regular Registration (after 14 September): $110.00
  • Early Registration for Graduate Students (through 14 September): $50.00
  • Regular Registration for Graduate Students (after 14 September): $60.00

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. Please see the message from MWCBS President Warren Johnston at Regonline for additional information on this initiative. Details concerning Travel Grant applications will follow later in the summer.

Note: If you have used Regonline before and forgotten your password, you can request it after you have entered your email address.

Jennifer McNabb, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of History
Associate Director, Centennial Honors College
Associate Editor, Quidditas
438 Morgan
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390

MWCBS 2013: Room Reservations

The MWCBS has reserved rooms at the Silversmith Hotel at a special conference rate. The Silversmith Hotel is a historic, boutique hotel located two and a half blocks from the conference facilities and one block from Millennium Park and the Art Institute. It’s located conveniently next to the “El” line, so conference attendees can take public transportation straight from the airport if they choose.  Conference rates are $189.00 plus tax per room per night (two queens or a king) with free wifi and coffee. Participants are welcome to share rooms if they choose. There’s a special link to follow to book rooms for this rate. Please follow:
If you want to call to make reservations, the phone number is 1-800-979-0084.    Please state that the room should be part of the Mid-West Conference of British Studies block. Remember that the conference starts Friday 8 am, October 11, 2013 and goes until Sunday noon, October 13, 2013.

This room rate will be held only through September and only for a limited number of rooms so we suggest that attendees reserve rooms as soon as possible. The Chicago Marathon will be held the same weekend, so it will be hard to find rooms for attendees as we get closer to the conference. Because of the marathon, you might want to book your flights a bit early as well.

[NOTE 3 June 2013: If you make your reservations either by phone or using the electronic link, please indicate single occupancy. Right now the hotel shows no rooms available  for double occupancy. (Don’t worry: the hotel is aware of the issue and has told our members to proceed this way.) If you have any problems, please email the local organizer ( or our contact at the hotel, Lisa Le (312-795-6517, if you have any problems.]


Chicago MontageThe Midwest Conference on British Studies is proud to announce that its 60th Annual Meeting will be hosted by DePaul University in Chicago, October 11-13, 2013.  

The keynote speaker will be Professor Robert Bucholz of Loyola University of Chicago, and the plenary address will be given by Professor Jonathan Rose of Drew University. The MWCBS is also pleased to celebrate the career of Professor Walter L. Arnstein at this year’s meeting.

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

After positive responses to recent roundtables on teaching and employment, we would particularly like to receive proposals for teaching roundtables that discuss collaborative or innovative learning techniques in the British Studies classroom and for professional development roundtables dealing with research, publication, or employment. We are also pleased to announce a session on holdings available to scholars conducting research in the Chicago area.

The MWCBS welcomes papers presented 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 be available, and all graduate students are encouraged to apply. Please see the MWCBS website for further details:

Proposals must:

–       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, include a brief 200-word preview of the panel as a whole.


Please place the panel proposal, the accompanying paper proposals and vitas in one file and send it as a single attachment. Also identify within the email the contact person for the panel.

All proposals should be submitted electronically by April 15, 2013, to the Program Committee Chair, Jennifer McNabb at .

Program Committee: Martin Greig, Ryerson University; Phil Harling, University of Kentucky; Robin Hermann, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Isaac Land, Indiana State University; Jennifer McNabb, Chair, Western Illinois University; and Cathryn Spence, University of Guelph.



Midwest Conference on British Studies Graduate Student Travel Grants

Due to the generosity of donors to the Midwest Conference on British Studies, we will be able to give out a limited number of $200 grants to support graduate student travel to the MWCBS 2015 in Detroit.


Grants will be awarded according to both financial need and the significance of attending the MWCBS to students’ professional development.


If you would like to apply, please fill out this form completely and submit it by 1 September, 2015:

Application for MWCBS Graduate Student Travel Grant 2015