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Southern Conference on British Studies

2023 Meeting

November 10-11, 2023: Charlotte, NC

Call for Papers

Deadline for submission: May 15, 2023

The Southern Conference on British Studies solicits proposals for its

2023 meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. The SCBS will meet in

conjunction with the Southern Historical Association.


The SCBS construes British Studies widely and invites participation

by scholars in all areas of British history and culture, including the

Empire or Commonwealth and the British Isles. We welcome both

individual and panel submissions on any topic in British Studies, but

especially those related to this year’s theme, Changing Environments,

which includes works that explore engagement across political, social,

racial, religious or spatial landscapes, as well as examinations of the

varied ways that one’s surroundings might be captured, constructed,

or altered.


Our Plenary Address, “Colonialism and Nature: The British and Their Animal Subjects of Africa" will be given by Dr. Saheed Aderinto, Professor of History at Florida International University. 

Individual proposals should be no more than 250 words in length and include a short biographical statement. Panel proposals should be limited to 750 words and include a rationale for the panel as well as a brief description of each paper and participant. Proposals should be sent to Dr. Jill Bender at


The SCBS Charles Perry Graduate Student Prize ($250) will be awarded to the best paper presented at the conference by a graduate student. Entries must be received by October 15, 2023.


Graduate students who present papers at SCBS meetings are eligible to apply for one of two $500 Research Travel Awards given annually by the SCBS. Graduate students are eligible in the two years following their presentation. See the SCBS website for more information:

Professor Saheed Aderinto, Founding President of the Lagos Studies Association, is the author of Animality and Colonial Subjecthood in Africa: The Human and Nonhuman Creatures of Nigeria (Ohio University Press/New African Histories Series, 2022), Guns and Society in Colonial Nigeria: Firearms, Culture, and Public Order (Indiana University Press, January 2018), and When Sex Threatened the State: Illicit Sexuality, Nationalism, and Politics in Colonial Nigeria, 1900-1958 (University of Illinois Press, 2015), which won the 2016 Nigerian Studies Association's Book Award Prize for the “most important scholarly book/work on Nigeria published in English language.”

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