Friday, April 28, 2023


Deadline Extension: CFP Midwest Conference for British Studies

by David Pennington

Deadline Extended!!!  The Midwest Conference for British Studies is proud to announce that its 70th Annual Meeting will be held at Bowling Green State University on October 13-14, 2023.


The MWCBS 2023 has extended its deadline for paper and panel proposals to May 26, 2023.  The MWCBS 2023 will feature a wide variety of papers and panels from established and early career scholars, and a keynote speech from Christopher Otter, professor of history at the Ohio State University and author most recently of Diet for a Large Planet:  Industrial Britain, Food Systems, and World Ecology (2020).  Perhaps the only thing that could make the conference any better would be YOUR PAPER!

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 from Roman Britain to the modern age. We welcome scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including but not limited to history, literature, political science, gender studies, art and music history. We welcome scholars at all stages of their careers, from graduate students to emeriti, as well as independent scholars, people working in associated careers, and more traditional academics. We accept full panel proposals and individual proposals equally. The MWCBS encourages scholars to use H-Albion to find additional panelists. Our organization can also help find chairs, commentators, and additional panelists, if needed.

The MWCBS welcomes individual proposals and proposals for panels (of three participants plus chair/commentator), roundtables (of four participants plus chair), poster sessions, and panels featuring the pre-circulation of papers among participants and audience members.

The MWCBS welcomes proposals that:

• Examine new trends in British Studies
• Explore new developments in digital humanities, pedagogies, and/or research methodologies
• Present professional development sessions on collaborative or innovative learning techniques in the British Studies classroom or on topics of research, publication, public outreach, or employment relevant to British Studies scholars
• Offer comparative analyses of different periods of British Studies, such as comparing medieval and early modern issues in context
• Situate the arts, letters, and sciences in a British cultural context
• Present new research on the political, social, cultural, and economic history of the British Isles
• Examine representations of British and imperial/Commonwealth national identities, including the construction of identities shaped by race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and dis/ability
• Consider Anglo-American relations, past and present
• Assess a major work or body of work by a scholar

The MWCBS welcomes presentations 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 Jim Sack Travel Awards will also be available, and all graduate students are encouraged to apply. Further details will be available on the MWCBS website:

Proposal Requirements and Deadline:

• Include a 200-word abstract for each paper and a 1-page c.v. for each participant, including chairs and commentators.
• For full panels, also include a 200-word abstract for the panel as a whole.
• Please place the panel abstract, accompanying paper proposals, and vitas in one Word or PDF file and submit it as a single attachment. Also identify, within the e-mail, the panel’s contact person.

• All proposals should be submitted electronically by May 26 to the Program Committee Chair, David Pennington at


For information on shuttles from Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, and Dayton airports to Bowling Green State University, go to:


For more information and updates about the MWCBS, go to

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

 Professor Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, University of Galway, will deliver this year’s Memorial Lecture, which will take place in-person at UCC on Thursday 27th April 2023 at 4pm (BST)

The Lecture, titled: Pater Ecgberct of Rath Melsigi: the hero of Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica?’ will take place in ORB 255 Seminar Room, O’Rahilly Building, University College Cork.

NOTE: For those of you who will not be able to attend the 2023 Jennifer O’Reilly Memorial Lecture in person, the following weblink will allow you to watch the live stream:

The Memorial Lecture in honour of Jennifer O’Reilly was established in 2017 by the School of History. Each year a distinguished scholar is invited to speak on either the writings of Bede or medieval iconography, two subjects that Dr O’Reilly explored in her research and teaching: 

Please, distribute the information about the event via your own networks and mailing lists.

Looking forward to seeing you at the lecture.

Kind regards,





Colette Pettit, School of History, University College Cork, 5 Perrott Avenue, Cork.

Email:  Phone: 021-490 2551

Web link:



Monday, April 24, 2023

 The Digital Classicist London seminar invites proposals for the Summer 2023 series. We are looking for seminars on any aspect of the ancient or pre-colonial worlds, including history, archaeology, language, literature, cultural heritage or reception, that address innovative digital approaches to research, teaching, dissemination or engagement. Seminars that speak to the ancient world beyond Greco-Roman antiquity are especially welcome.

Seminars will be held fortnightly through June and July in the Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, London, and will be simultaneously streamed to remote audiences on Youtube, but we hope most speakers will be physically present in London. We have a small budget to support travel for speakers within the UK.

Please send an abstract of 300 words to <> (clearly marked "Digital Classicist London") by the end of Monday May 1.

Monday, April 10, 2023

 CFP via The Bryn Mawr College Graduate Group Symposium Committee

Call for Papers 

Timecraft: From Interpreting the Past to Shaping the Future 

The Fourteenth Biennial Symposium organized by Graduate Students in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art at Bryn Mawr College 

November 10th-11th, 2023 

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: Friday May 5th, 2023, 5:00 PM EST. 


Past, present, and future are not universal truths but ideas that emerge in relation to human existence. The social construction of time takes many forms. From the collection of relics and repatriation of antiquities to the creation of memorials and the removal of monuments, traces of the past help us to make sense of the current moment. Performances of epics collapse the past into the present and wish-fulfilling rituals tie the present to the future. Questions about time are accordingly wide ranging. For instance, how do researchers identify the cultural strategies people use to define their own time? What does the archaeological record tell us about continuities with and breaks from the past? How do objects and texts reflect attitudes and anxieties about the future? 

Timecraft invites you to consider the ways in which people use the concept of time to understand the past, define the present, and envision the future. This will be the fourteenth biennial symposium organized by students in the Graduate Group of Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art at Bryn Mawr College. We encourage graduate students in relevant disciplines, working in any time period, to send us paper proposals on timecraft. Applicants may choose to present their research in the following formats: 

  • Several regular panels are intended for full-length paper presentations. 15- to 20-minute papers will be followed by individual, 10-minute Q&A sessions in these panels. While we are planning the regular panels as in-person sessions, we hope to provide space for remotely-delivered papers to those participants who are unable to travel to the area. 
  • One lightning panel is intended as an opportunity to share works-in-progress, and is geared towards fostering a hybrid mode of participation, allowing both remote and in-person participants to bring ideas into conversation. Five-to seven-minute introductions of the works-in-progress will be followed by a 10-minute Q&A after each paper. 

Application process: Applicants are encouraged to submit abstracts to either or both types of panels, provided that the two submissions are separate works. We will consider submissions from graduate students at any point in their degree. All proposals should be sent to the BMC Graduate Symposium Committee at by Friday May 5th, 2023, 5:00 PM EST. 

  • To apply for the regular panel please send an abstract of 300-words to us, specifying your preferred panel format in the subject line of your email. 
  • To apply for the lightning panel, please send a 150-word abstract to us, specifying your preferred panel format in the subject line of your email. 

Review and Acceptance Process: The committee will assess submissions through a blind review process. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by Monday May 22nd, 2023. 

Please contact us with any questions regarding the symposium at 

Please visit this link to see a list of some suitable topics for Timecraft