2013 Conference

The 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.

Draft Program

The most recent draft of the conference program is available here:

2013 MWCBS Program – July draft

Hotel 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: 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 (lsigel@depaul.edu) or our contact at the hotel, Lisa Le (312-795-6517,   Lisa.Le@silversmithhotel.com) if you have any problems.]

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