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2020 Graduate Student Research Award–Call for Proposals

The Southern Conference on British Studies (SCBS) is offering a $1250 travel award for graduate student research in 2020. Graduate students who presented papers at one of our last two meetings (2018 or 2019) are eligible to apply. Please submit a two-page (maximum) description of your project and the specific research to be conducted using the grant, as well as a copy of the paper read at our annual meeting, to Lisa Clark Diller ( by 15 March 2020. The winner will be announced by 15 April.

Registration Information for the 2019 SCBS Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY

Registration is now open for the 2019 Southern Conference on British Studies’ annual meeting.  This year the SCBS will meet in Louisville, Kentucky at the Galt House Hotel.  Sessions will be held over two full days–November 8 and 9.The theme of this year’s conference is “Remembrance and the Future” and a review of the program promises papers that are important, relevant, and varied in period and topic.

Please register for the meeting by completing this Registration Form and mailing it to the address at the bottom.  The form is fillable if downloaded and opened in a pdf reader. Unfortunately at this time we are unable to accept credit or debit cards for payment so please use either a personal or institutional check made payable to The Southern Conference on British Studies (or SCBS). We encourage you to take this opportunity to renew your membership to the SCBS or to join us as a new member.

We will again meet in conjunction with The Southern Historical Association. Information regarding this meeting and hotel room availability and rates can be found here.

Call for Papers–2019 Meeting

Southern Conference on British Studies

2019 Meeting

November 8-9, 2019, Louisville, Kentucky

Call for Papers

Deadline for submission: May 15, 2019

The Southern Conference on British Studies solicits proposals for its 2019 meeting Louisville, Kentucky, November 8-9. The SCBS will meet in conjunction with the Southern Historical Association.

The SCBS construes British Studies widely and invites participation by scholars in all areas of British history and culture, including the Empire or Commonwealth and the British Isles. We welcome both individual and panel submissions on any topic in British Studies, but especially on the theme of Remembrance and the Future. We invite papers that address commemoration, memory, history, and attempts to plan for the future. We also invite submissions from a wide variety of perspectives, exploring religious, economic, intellectual, imperial, political, social, and aesthetic themes.

Individual proposals should be no more than 250 words in length and include a short biographical statement. Panel proposals should be limited to 750 words and include a rationale for the panel as well as a brief description of each paper and participant. Proposals should be sent to Dr. Lisa Clark Diller at:

The SCBS Charles Perry Graduate Student Prize ($250) will be awarded to the best paper presented at the conference by a graduate student. Entries must be received by October 26, 2019.

Graduate students who present papers at SCBS meetings are eligible to apply for a $1200 research travel award in the two years following their presentation. See the SCBS website for more information:

Welcome to the SCBS

image003Welcome to the Southern Conference on British Studies (SCBS), a regional branch of the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS).  The Conference meets annually, customarily in the Fall in conjunction with the Southern Historical Association.  The meeting comprises two days of paper sessions with two or more panels running concurrently.

Future SCBS meeting dates:

November 8-9, 2019: Louisville, Kentucky

November 20-21, 2020: Memphis, Tennessee

November 5-6, 2021: New Orleans, Louisiana

The SCBS construes British Studies very broadly to include the history, literature, arts, and culture of the Home Islands and the Commonwealth.  It welcomes into membership anyone interested in such subjects, whether or not pursued professionally.

Dues for the SCBS are $15 annually for regular membership, $10 for students, and $300 for a lifetime membership.  As a courtesy, the Southern Historical Association extends the option of affiliate membership (non-voting) to members of the SCBS for $7.  For those interested, full membership in the SHA’s European History Section is available. All SCBS dues may be paid through the SCBS Secretary/Treasurer.  Please complete our Membership Form and mail to the address indicated.