Southern Conference on British Studies
Annual Meeting
Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor
Baltimore, Maryland
November 11-12, 2022
Full / Final Program
 

Welcome to this year’s Southern Conference on British Studies (SCBS) Annual Meeting! We have an excellent series of panels over two days, a joint reception with the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association early Friday evening, and a plenary address by Katie Hindmarch-Watson, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University, late Saturday afternoon. At our Membership Meeting, directly following the plenary address, we will award this year’s Charles Perry Graduate Student Prize for the best paper presented at the conference by a graduate student. Bring your ideas over how we can continue to grow our organization to the Membership Meeting, as we hope to have a robust conversation that will include some of our members Zooming in from various locations around our region. We also plan to have coffee and pastries available in our meeting rooms at the start of each day, so come early to socialize with your colleagues before the sessions begin.

 

As a reminder, the SCBS is meeting in conjunction with the Southern Historical Association (SHA) whose Annual Meeting runs from November 10-13, 2022. The full draft of the SHA program can be found in the Annual Meeting section of the SHA website ( https://www.thesha.org/meeting ).

Registration:

A registration table will be set up by our meeting rooms Friday and Saturday, although SCBS Conference attendees are strongly encouraged to register for the conference using our online form on the SCBS website, under the “Membership Application” tab ( https://www.scobs.org/membership-application ). All presenters are expected to be registered for the conference and current members of the SCBS at the time of the conference.

 

Finding the SCBS Rooms in the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor:
The SCBS Registration table, morning coffee and pastries, and all the SCBS meetings will take place in the Brent and Douglass Rooms, on LEVEL 3 of the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor (see hotel floor plan below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Schedule

8:00AM Registration Table opens – Outside of the Brent and Douglass Rooms

8:15-8:45 – Coffee and Pastries – Brent / Douglass Rooms

 

 

Friday, November 11, 8:45-10:15 – First Friday Sessions  

 

Brent Room - India, Kashmir, and the Nineteenth-Century British Empire

 

Chair: Jill Bender, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

“The Comic Press and the Mutiny,” Michael de Nie, University of West Georgia

“Reforming the ‘Happy Valley’: British Sentimentality and the Shaping of Modern Kashmir,” Andrew Howard, Ohio University

 

Comment: Jill Bender, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

 

 

Douglass Room - Identity and Revolution in Britain’s North American Colonies

 

Chair: Matthew Lockwood, University of Alabama

 

“At the Crossroads: Taverns & the Spread of Revolutionary Politics in the Southern Mainland Colonies,” Ashley Gilbert, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

 

“‘Those Virtuous Citizens’: Loyalty, Exile, and Culture in Occupied Charleston,” Regan Murr, Texas A&M University

 

“A Changing Army: The British Army, Kidnapping, and Modifying the Rules of War during the American Revolution,” Sean C. Halverson, Alabama A&M University

 

Comment: Matthew Lockwood, University of Alabama

 

 

Coffee Break, 10:15-10:30 – 15 minutes – Brent / Douglass Rooms

Friday, November 11, 10:30-12:15 – Second Friday Sessions  

 

Brent Room - Religion, Scotland, and “Britishness”

 

Chair: Jason White, Appalachian State University

 

“Immigration and Religion in Early Modern Scotland,” Ryan Burns, Jacksonville State University

 

“The Franco-American Alliance of 1778 and the Revolution in British National Identity,” Richard Austin Lockton, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

 

“Sour Saints and Bad Subjects: Scottish Presbyterian Dissent and the British State, 1770-1815,” Myles Smith, University of Oxford

 

Comment: Audience

 

 

Douglass Room - Sensory Perceptions, the Body, and Power

 

Chair: Stephanie Koscak, Wake Forest University

 

“The Queen and Pungent Times: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Smell,” Renee Bricker, University of North Georgia

 

“The Miasmic Theft of Modernity: Sulfuric Aromata and Early Modern Empires,” Andrew Kettler, Kenyon College

 

“The Blackamoor and the Circassian: The Intersection of Race and Female Sexuality in English Satire, 1790-1820,” Ashley M. Umphenour, University of Texas at Arlington

 

Comment: Audience

 

​12:15-1:45 – Lunch Break

Registration Table Closes for Lunch – Will Reopen at 1:30

​Friday, November 11, 1:45-3:15 – Third Friday Sessions

 

Brent Room - Industrialization, Technological Change, and Identity

Chair: Michael de Nie, University of West Georgia

 

“Agrarian vs. industrial identity in northern England, ca. 1660-ca.1800,” Peter Larson, University of Central Florida

 

“For Australia or For the Empire?: The Great Air Race, 1919,” Edward Woodfin, Converse University

 

Comment: Michael de Nie, University of West Georgia

Douglass Room - Identity, Social Expectation, and the Female Voice

 

Chair: Ginger Frost, Samford University

 

“‘To a Lady of any delicacy:' The Janus-faced Creation of National Identity Among Women as Explored Through Postcolonial American Cookbooks,” Jennifer Wells, Texas A&M University

“Imperial Mother or Respectable Laborer: Newspaper Advertisements and Imperial Discourse,” Kaitlyn Waynen, Baylor University

 

“At the MLA Annual Convention: The Secularization of Language in Christine Brooke-Rose’s Amalgamemnon,” Robert C. Petersen, Middle Tennessee State University

 

Comment: Ginger Frost, Samford University

Break, 3:15-3:30 – 15 minutes

(Registration Table closes at 3:30)

 

Friday, November 11, 3:30-5:00 – Fourth Friday Sessions

 

Brent Room - Marriage, Divorce, and Legitimacy

 

Chair: Ren Pepitone, New York University

 

“Divergent Families: Marriage and Tools of Legitimacy in the Early Modern British Empire,” Kiri Raber, Florida State University

 

“Domicile Dilemmas: The English wife and the Foreign Husband in Nineteenth Century Divorce Litigation,” Gail Savage, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

 

“‘The Onus of Proof”: Marriage and Divorce in Jewish Immigrant Families in England at the Turn of the Century,” Ginger Frost, Samford University

 

Comment: Ren Pepitone, New York University

 

 

Douglass Room - Negotiating the Imagined Lines of Empire

Chair: Andrew Kettler, Kenyon College

“‘I should loose my county and mountain’: The ‘Great Wolf’ William Tryon and the Imaginary Lines of Empire, 1767-1777,” Stuart Marshall, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

 

“‘Ancient Obligations’: British Imperial Imaginings in Coastal Central America, 1776-1857,” Jeffrey Jones, University of Florida

 

“The British Tribe Next Door: Reality TV, Celebrity Culture and the Persistence of the White Settler Trope,” Richard Voeltz, Cameron University

 

Comment: Andrew Kettler, Kenyon College

 

Friday 5:00PM – 7:30PM Reception w/ European History Section of the SHA                
Moved to Pickles Pub - 520 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD


(See Map. Pickles Pub is less approximately 350 feet from the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor. The SHA Program incorrectly lists Room Holiday 4 as the location, but this had to be changed
due to the cost of holding the event in the hotel).

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Schedule

8:00AM Registration Table opens – Outside of the Brent and Douglass Rooms

 

8:15-8:45 – Coffee and Pastries – Brent / Douglass Rooms

Saturday, November 12, 8:45-10:30 – First Saturday Sessions

 

Brent Room - Spreading the Word: Religion, Magic, and Public Knowledge

 

Chair: Lisa Clark Diller, Southern Adventist University

 

“The Magdalen’s Complaint: Contact Between Pre- and Post-Reformation Ideas,” Heidi Olson Campbell, Baylor University

 

“Print Culture in Old Age: Clerical Publications in Seventeenth-Century England,” Diane Willen, Georgia State University

 

“Ecumenical Orthodoxy and the Abolition of the Slave Trade in Britain,” Timothy Griggs, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

 

“‘It is the task of the book to bear the words’: Historical Fantasy as Metaliterature in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell,” Michael A. Moir, Jr., Georgia Southwestern State University

 

Comment: Audience

 

Douglass Room - Transnational Knowledge and Political Debate

 

Chair: Lucy Kaufman, University of Alabama

 

“Transnational Exchanges of Knowledge: England and the Early Sixteenth Century Book Trade,” Lydia Towns, Stephen F. Austin State University

 

“Russia in British Political Writings of the Early Hanoverian Age,” Michael Swierczynski, University of South Florida

 

“American Atrocities: British Discourse on Lynching in the United States,” Lynda Kellam, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

 

“Fascism and the University: Far-Right Student Groups in 1930s Northern England,” Bruce Hodell, University of Mississippi

 

Comment: Audience

 

 

Coffee Break, 10:30-10:45 – 15 minutes – Brent / Douglass Rooms

 

Saturday, November 12, 10:45-12:30 – Second Saturday Sessions

 

Brent Room - Lost and Found: Spatial and Material Histories of Britain and Empire, 1700-1850

 

Chair: Jill Bender, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

 

“Trade Webs and Waterways: Visualizing Eighteenth Century British Commercial Networks Along the Potomac River,” Greta Swain, George Mason University

 

“Materiality, Space, and Display: Illuminations and Civic Expression in the Long Eighteenth Century,” Timothy Jenks, East Carolina University

 

“‘But One Shilling’: Remembrance, Death, and Dispossession in the Eighteenth Century,”

Stephanie Koscak, Wake Forest University

 

“‘Living Illustrations’ of the ‘Arabian Nights’ Entertainments’: Overland Mail, Egypt, and Empire in the Mid-Victorian Imagination,” Brendan Gillis, Lamar University

 

Comment: Audience

 

 

Douglass Room - British Military and Diplomatic Operations

 

Chair: Peter Larson, University of Central Florida

 

“The Gunpowder Reason: A Plot? Reassessing the English Civil Wars as Materialschlacht,” Matt Osborne, Austin Peay State University

 

“Admiral Roger Keyes and Littoral Operations of the Dover Patrol, 1917-18,” Harrison G. Fender, Ohio University

 

“The Washington Conference: Canada, the United States and the End of the Anglo-Japanese Alliance,” Peter Roy, Ohio University

 

“Britain, Wartime Communication and Diplomatic Contact: The Case of the Nigerian Civil War,” Onianwa Oluchukwu Ignatus, Dennis Osadebay University, Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria

 

Comment: Audience

 

 

12:30-2:30 – Lunch Break

Registration Table Closes for Lunch – Will Reopen at 2:00PM for one hour.

 

Saturday, November 12, 2:30-4:15 – Third Saturday Sessions

 

Brent Room - Negotiating, Combating, and Fostering Early Modern Difference

 

Chair: Karl Gunther, University of Miami

 

“The Logic of Libel in Post-Reformation England,” Samuel Fullerton, University of California, Riverside

 

“Ordering the Strangers: Immigration in Elizabethan Norwich,” Lucy Kaufman, University of Alabama

 

“The Oxford Visitation: Contesting Martyrs and Persecutors Through News,” Isaac Stephens University of Mississippi

 

Comment: Karl Gunther, University of Miami

 

 

Douglass Room - Arbitrating, Adjudicating, and Legislating Ethics: Moral Distinctions in Changing Times

 

Chair: Katie Hindmarch-Watson, Johns Hopkins University

 

“Legislating Nature: Animal Cruelty Laws in Colonial Nigeria”

Saheed Aderinto, Western Carolina University

 

“Gentlemanliness and Questions of Conscience: Regulating the Legal Profession in the Early Twentieth Century,” Ren Pepitone, New York University

 

“Ethical Arguments and Parliamentary Coalitions: Building Support for the Unspeakable,” Charles Upchurch, Florida State University

 

Comment: Katie Hindmarch-Watson, Johns Hopkins University

 

 

Break - 4:15-4:30 – 15 minutes

 

 

Saturday, November 12, 4:30-5:45

 

Plenary Lecture (Douglass Room): Katie Hindmarch-Watson, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University, author of Serving a Wired World: London’s Telecommunications Workers and the Making of an Information Capital (University of California Press, 2022).

 

“Sedition, Suffrage, and Sodomy at the Post Office: Archival Fragments of a Liberal Dilemma”

 

Introduction: Charles Upchurch, SCBS President, Florida State University

 

 

Saturday, November 12, 5:45-6:45     

                 

Douglass Room: SCBS Membership Meeting –

All are welcome (and encouraged) to attend and participate.

Currently, there is an ongoing discussion within the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS) over the role of our regional CBS organizations. At the Membership Meeting Chuck (SCBS President) will informally present on meetings that have been held among the NACBS Executive and the regional CBS presidents, and solicit SCBS member feedback on what individuals most want from our organization. Register in advance for this meeting:


https://fsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lf-2pqT4jHdS_LYreEdvijLpi3NUIBwgg


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Headquarters Hotel: The Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor will serve as the SCBS / SHA Annual Meeting headquarters for the Baltimore, Maryland conference. The hotel is located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, directly adjacent to Camden Yards, the home field of the Baltimore Orioles. The American Visionary Art Museum, B & O Railroad Museum, Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum, and Baltimore Civil War Museum are all located within three-quarters of a mile. All SHA and SCBS sessions will take place within the hotel.

 

Hotel Address: Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, 401 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

 

Reservations and Rates
By Phone: (443) 573-8700 (ask for reservations and mention that you are with the SHA)
Online: https://book.passkey.com/event/50264980/owner/61726/home
SHA and SCBS On-Site Contact: Kyra S. Brock (Senior Events Manager: kyra.brock@hilton.com)
Single Rate: $189.00, Double Rate: $189.00, Triple Rate: $209.00, Quad Rate: $229.00
Those who do not want to use the online link above (which the hotel prefers) can still call the main reservation number and say you are with the Southern Historical Association.
Block Cut-Off Date: October 12, 2021

Transportation and Parking: The hotel does not have an airport shuttle or valet parking. Attendees flying into Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) should plan on a ten mile Uber/Lyft to the hotel. Self-parking is available on-site.

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Your Conference Fees Support the Charles Perry Graduate Student Prize


The SCBS Charles Perry Graduate Student Prize ($250) is awarded to the best paper presented at the conference by a graduate student. All Graduate Students presenting at the Annual Meeting are eligible. The entry deadline was October 15, 2022 (see the SCBS website for full details. www.scobs.org). The award will be presented at the SCBS Business Meeting Saturday evening.

Previous Winners of the Charles Perry Prize include:

Nick Sprenger (Rutgers University) “Empire and Its Outrages: Policing, Violence, and the Colonial Archive in Nineteenth Century Ireland”

Ms. Jessica Payne (Louisiana State University) “Charles I and ‘Elizabethanism’”

Mindy Williams (Purdue University)

 

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Your Conference Fees Support the SCBS Graduate Student Travel Awards

 

The Southern Conference on British Studies annually offers two $500 travel awards for graduate student research. Graduate Students who presented papers at one of our last two meetings (the 2020 SCBS Online Conference, or the 2021 SCBS/NACBS Conference in Atlanta) are eligible to apply. Applicants submit a two-page (maximum) description of the project and the specific research to be conducted using the grant, as well as a copy of the paper read at our annual meeting. The deadline for the submission for the next round of awards will be 31 March, 2023. The winners will be announced by 30 April, 2023.  See the SCBS website for full details. www.scobs.org

 

Winners of the 2022 SCBS Travel Grant:

Jeffrey Jones (University of Florida)

Nick Sprenger (Rutgers University)

 

Previous Winners of the Travel Grant include:

Mr. Cory Wells (University of Texas at Arlington)

John Burrow (Mississippi State University)
 

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The Officers and Councilors of the SCBS are:

Charles Upchurch (Florida State University)                                        President
Jill Bender (University of North Carolina Greensboro)                       VP/President Elect
Eric M. Reisenauer (University of South Carolina Sumter)                  Secretary / Treasurer
Lisa Clark Diller (Southern Adventist University)                                 Past President
Saheed Aderinto (Florida International University)                             Councilor
Amanda Wrenn Allen (High Point University)                                      Councilor
Allen Driggers (Tennessee Technological University)                          Councilor
Ginger Frost (Samford University)                                                         Councilor
Lucy Kaufman (University of Alabama)                                                  Councilor
Peter Larson (University of Central Florida)                                         Councilor
Ren Pepitone (New York University)                                                     Councilor
Jason White (Appalachian State University)                                        Councilor

Your Membership Keeps the SCBS Strong. Please renew your membership,
or recommend the SCBS to a friend.
Joining is easily done online on our website at:

https://www.scobs.org/membership-application