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Britain and the World 2019 Conference

  • Marriott Country Club Plaza 4445 Main Street Kansas City, MO, 64111 United States (map)

This serves as the Call for Papers for the 2019 Britain and the World Conference, Kansas City, April 2019.

After our annual conference in Exeter in June 2018, Britain and the World returns to the US: Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 April at the Marriott Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO.

As always, the conference is concerned with interactions within the 'British world' from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the present and will highlight the importance of transnational perspectives.

The conference plenary speakers will be Professor Alison Games, of Georgetown University, and Professor Susan Kent, of the University of Colorado Boulder.

We accept both individual twenty-minute papers and complete panel submissions. Panels are expected to consist of three or four papers and should be submitted by one person who is willing to serve as the point of contact. Complete panels should also include a chair. In addition to abstracts for each individual paper, panel submissions should also include a 100-150 word introduction describing the panel’s main theme. The conference does not discriminate between panels and individual paper submissions, nor between graduate students and established academics.

Known as the City of Fountains, Kansas City is rumoured to have more fountains than Rome and is synonymous with art, jazz, and barbecue. With authentic Kansas City BBQ, over 40 venues for live jazz, and it's a penchant for green spaces, KC is ranked among America's most underrated cities and one of its friendliest. With the National World War One Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Truman Presidential Library all in close proximity, Kansas City provides “an unmatched ambience of Midwestern charm”.

The conference icebreaker will be held on the Wednesday evening, a welcome reception on the Thursday, the Dinner Party on the Friday, and the outings downtown on the Saturday.

What better to follow a second full-day of conference in arguably the BBQ Capital of the World than “smoked meats and amusements”? We’re delighted to announce that this year’s conference dinner will be hosted at Char Bar, a pre-eminent local smokehouse. (With GF and vegan menus.) Char Bar is 15-minutes’ walk from the conference hotel. We have our own dining space, and so need to know numbers. The plentiful buffet will be only $38, please sign up under 2019 Conference Registration. We hope very much you can join us at one of the highlights of conference.

We've secured eighty deluxe guest rooms at the Marriott, Wednesday-Saturday, at the special rate of $169 per night; many other hotels may be found in the immediate vicinity.

Conference rates cover registration, refreshments throughout the day, and lunch on all three days.


Tenured/permanent faculty:                $200

Untenured/fixed-term faculty:             $150

Student:                                               $100


Tenured/permanent faculty:                $250

Untenured/fixed-term faculty:             $200

Student:                                               $150


We’d like to stress that Britain and the World is a non-profit organisation.

All submissions for inclusion in the conference should be received by Monday, 19 November 2018, with decisions on inclusion announced on Monday, 3 December 2018. Submissions should be made by email to Please submit all information in the body of your email (no attachments or PDFs, thank you!) and in the following order: name, affiliation, email, paper title, abstract, keywords.

Updates regarding the conference will periodically be posted on the Society website. It is hoped that participants will be able to call upon their departments for hotel and transportation expenses as the conference is not able to offer financial support.

On Twitter our @britishscholar hashtag is #BATW2019. Registration for the Conference will open on Monday 7 January 2019.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact the Conference Organizing Committee directly at

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