Southern Conference on British Studies
Annual Meeting - November 11-12, 2022

We look forward to the excellent panels, keynote, and discussions at this year’s Southern Conference on British Studies (SCBS) Annual Meeting! The conference runs November 11-12, 2022, and the meeting will take place at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. 


The SCBS will be meeting in conjunction with the Southern Historical Association (SHA) whose Annual Meeting runs from November 10-13, 2022. Registered participants for the SCBS Conference can attend SHA panels as well.



SCBS Conference attendees can register for the conference using our online form on the SCBS website, under the “Membership Application” tab ( ). All presenters are expected to be registered for the conference and current members of the SCBS at the time of the conference. Everyone is strongly encouraged to register for the conference and renew their SCBS membership ahead of time using our website, although onsite registration will also be available at the time of the conference.


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)


SHA and SCBS On-Site Contact: Kyra S. Brock (Senior Events Manager:

Single Rate: $189.00

Double Rate: $189.00

Triple Rate: $209.00

Quad Rate: $229.00

Block Cut-Off Date: October 12, 2021


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.


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.


Program Drafts: SCBS and SHA

The full draft program for the SCBS Conference can be found at the bottom of this page.


The full draft of the SHA program can be found in the Annual Meeting section of the SHA website ( ).



SCBS 2022 Program DRAFT


Friday, November 11, 8:15-8:45 – Continental Breakfast – 30 min.

Friday, November 11, 8:45-10:15 – 1:30 minute sessions


SCBS Room 1. India, Kashmir, and the Nineteenth-Century British Empire

Chair: Jill Bender, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


“The Unsettling Existence of Anglo-Indian Children in Thackeray’s Vanity Fair and The Newcomes,” Susan Ray, Delaware County Community College


“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


SCBS Room 2. 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/tea break, 10:15-10:30 – 15 minutes



Friday, November 11, 10:30-12:15 – 1:45 minute sessions 


SCBS Room 1. Religion, Scotland, and “Britishness”


Chair: Jason White, Appalachian State University


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


“The Kirk, the King, and the Covenant: Conflicting Views on Divine Right in Seventeenth Century Scotland,” Isaac Nesbit, University of North Alabama


“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


SCBS. Room 2. 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


“‘Am I Not a Man and a Brother?’: Sentimental Bodies of Color in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda (1801) and Contemporary Visual Arts,” Xinyuan Qiu, Binghamton University


“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




Friday, November 11, 12:15-1:45 – 1:30 minute lunch / SCBS Executive Council meeting                                                    



Friday, November 11, 1:45-3:15 – 1:30 minute sessions


SCBS Room 1. 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


“‘The Machines are Taking Over’: Transnational Networks and Learning to Live with Technological Change in Britain and the United States in the 1960s and 1970s,” Patrick Wilz, St. Olaf College


Comment: Michael de Nie, University of West Georgia


SCBS Room 2. Identity, Social Expectation, and the Female Voice


Chair: Ginger Frost, Samford University


“‘To a Lady of any delicacy’: The Janus-faced creation of national and personal identity 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



Coffee/tea break, 3:15-3:30 – 15 minutes



Friday, November 11, 3:30-5:00 – 1:30 minute sessions



SCBS Room 1. 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


SCBS Room 2. 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 – 7:00PM Reception w/ European History Section of the SHA                          




Saturday, November 12, 8:15-8:45 – Continental Breakfast


Saturday, November 12, 8:45-10:30 – 1:45 minute sessions


SCBS Room 1. 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,” Dianne 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


SCBS Room 2. 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/tea break, 10:30-10:45 – 15 minute break



Saturday, November 12, 10:45-12:30 – 1:45 minute sessions


SCBS Room 1. Lost and Found: Spatial and Material Histories of Britain and Empire, 1700-1850


Chair: Amanda Allen, High Point University


“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


SCBS Room 2. 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, Independent Scholar


Comment: Audience


Lunch Break – 12:30 to 2:30 - 2 hours 


Saturday, November 12, 2:30-4:15 – 1:45 minute sessions

SCBS Room 1. 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


SCBS Room 2. Negotiating, Combatting, 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



Coffee/tea break, 4:15-4:30 – 15 minute break



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


Plenary Lecture (Room 1): 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).


Introduction: Charles Upchurch, SCBS President, Florida State University



Saturday, November 9, 5:45-6:45     


Room 1: Southern Conference on British Studies membership meeting