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The MACBS is the Mid-Atlantic regional affiliate of the North American Conference on British Studies.

Our annual conference was held on April 5-6, 2014 at Lehman College of the City University of New York, located in the Bronx.The plenary speaker was Susan Pedersen, Professor of History at Columbia University. Click here for the program, and click here for an archive of past conferences. The 2014 NACBS conference will be taking place in Minneapolis, MN, on November 7-9: click the NACBS link above for more information. The 2015 MACBS conference will be held at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore on the weekend of March 27-28. More information will be posted here about this conference as it's available.

Graduate Student Paper Prize

In 2011 MACBS inaugurated a new $250 prize for graduate students who read papers at its annual conference. This year's winner is Jane Smith, a Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, for her paper "The Highwayman and the King: Constructing Popular Royalism in Cheap Print during the Interregnum." Click here for a list of previous winners and to find out how to enter.

Announcing a new Graduate Student Reseach Travel Award: Two Winners!

The MACBS is pleased to announce the winners for 2014 of the Graduate Student Research Travel Award:

Sophie Muller, History, Graduate Center, City University of New York (Advisor: Timothy Alborn), for research on her dissertation, "Unmanly Masculinities: Spaces and Memories of Victorian and Edwardian Working-Class Boyhood" ($500)

Jordan Smith, History, Georgetown University (Advisor: Alison Games), for research on his dissertation, "The Invention of Rum" ($500)

The deadline for submission for next year's award is December 15, 2014.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.

MACBS Officers:

President: Amy Froide, Department of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Vice President/President Elect: Andrew August, Department of History, Penn State, Abington
Secretary: Julie Taddeo, Department of History, University of Maryland, College Park
Treasurer: Timothy Alborn, Department of History, Lehman College/CUNY

Program chairs (2014 conference):
Laura Beers, Department of History, American University:
Amanda Herbert, Department of History, Christopher Newport University:


Membership dues are $15. Starting with the 2013 conference, our conference registration fee includes payment of dues. If you are not planning to attend the 2014 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; or pay online. Your dues contribute to our ability to fund graduate student travel and research.

Useful links:

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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