The sixth annual Britain and the World Conference saw over 150 scholars from sixteen countries on six continents gather in Austin, Texas.
The conference opened on Thursday with the Frank M. Turner Memorial Lecture being delivered by John Mackenzie, who presented attendees with his assessment of the continuing debate on the background dynamics and thought processes of British imperialism. Panels on such wide-ranging topics as Cold War British culture, imperial education, and British architecture in the American Southwest followed, with attendees meeting later at Icenhauer’s Bar in Downtown Austin to enjoy some of Texas’s world-famous BBQ, drinks, and engaging conversation. This entertaining event was funded by a generous donation from Gale-Cengage Learning.
On Friday, Wm. Roger Louis spoke on the intriguing topic of the history of Oxford University Press and its connection to the network of the British Empire. That evening, attendees partook of interior Mexican cuisine at Casa Chapala in downtown Austin.
On Saturday, the annual Britain and the World lecture closed our scheduled talks, with Anne-Marie Motard giving an insightful address on the aspects of insularity in the ideology and development of the Labour Party. After this, the annual Wm. Roger Louis Prize was awarded and the conference adjourned for a last night out on the town in warm, lovely, and lively Austin.