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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.

Call for Papers–2020 Meeting

Southern Conference on British Studies

2020 Meeting

November 20-21, 2020: Memphis, Tennessee

Call for Papers

Deadline for submission: May 15, 2020

The Southern Conference on British Studies solicits proposals for its 2020 meeting Memphis, Tennessee. 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 those related to this year’s theme of Transgressing Boundaries, which includes works that explore interactions across political, social, racial, religious or other divisions, as well as examinations of how such divisions are created or policed.

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. Charles Upchurch 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, 2020.

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.