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The MACBS is the Mid-Atlantic regional affiliate of the North American Conference on British Studies. The 2017 MACBS conference will be held at the University of Maryland in College Park on the weekend of April 1-2.  George Robb, a past president of MACBS, will deliver the plenary address, on "The British Assault on American Neutrality during World War I."   We will also feature a plenary panel on "British History After Brexit," featuring Dane Kennedy, Alison Games, Dinyar Patel, and Zara Anishanslin. CLICK HERE for the call for papers, and stay tuned for more information about local arrangements.  The MACB co-hosted the well-attended NACBS conference in Washington, DC, this past November.  Click here for an archive of past conferences.

Graduate Student Reseach Travel Award

The MACBS is pleased to announce the 2017 winners of the Graduate Student Research Travel Award:

Marga Andersen, American University (Advisor: Laura Beers), for research on her dissertation, "Like Lions After Slumber: Challenges to Britishness by Jewish and Irish Immigrants in Late-Victorian London” ($500)

David G. Reagles, Drew University (Advisor: Jonathan Rose), for research on his dissertation, "Letters to Malcolm: Textual Communities and Religious Culture, ca. 1964-1982” ($500)

The deadline for submission for next year's award is February 1, 2018.The dissertation advisor of the student must be a member of the MACBS and award winners will be expected to present a paper at the MACBS conference following their research travel. Click here for more details.

Graduate Student Paper Prize

In 2011 MACBS inaugurated a new $250 prize for graduate students who read papers at its annual conference. The 2015 winner was Erica Mukherjee, a Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University, for her paper "Civilizing the Uncivilizable: The British Idea of the Indian Railway System." Click here for a list of previous winners and to find out how to enter.

MACBS Officers:

President: Andrew August, Department of History, Penn State, Abington
Vice President/President Elect: Timothy Alborn, Department of History, Lehman College/CUNY
Secretary: Julie Taddeo, Department of History, University of Maryland, College Park
Treasurer: Amanda Herbert, Department of History, Christopher Newport University:

Program chairs (2017 conference):
Brett Bebber, Department of History, Old Dominion University:
Nicholas Popper, Department of History, College of William & Mary:


Membership dues are $15. Our conference registration fee includes payment of dues. If you are not planning to attend the 2015 conference but would like to maintain your membership in MACBS, please send a check (made out to the Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies) to Timothy Alborn, Department of History, Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Blvd West, Bronx, NY 10468. Your dues contribute to our ability to fund graduate student travel and research.

Useful links:

American Friends of the IHR

British Studies at Columbia
British Studies Intelligencer
Institute of Historical Research
Northeast Victorian Studies Association
Royal Historical Society
Victorianist Collective
At the Circulating Library: A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837?1901

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