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The MACBS invites you to its annual conference, March 27-28, in Baltimore! The meeting is hosted by Johns Hopkins University.

We are pleased to announce a special conference roundtable, organized in part as a tribute to the work and legacy of Judy Walkowitz, who will be retiring from Johns Hopkins University this year: "London, Britain: the Role of the Capital in Studies of British History." This roundtable examines the many ways that historians of Britain have used the capital city of London as a centerpiece for historical studies of race, nationalism, culture, socioeconomics, gender, politics, sexuality, and environment. Cities have a respected and well-established place in historical and literary studies of the past, but London?s special role ? as the largest, most populous, and most culturally, financially, and politically powerful urban space in the British world ? has proven to hold special appeal for early modern and modern scholars alike. The alleys, squares, buildings, and parks of London were spaces of performance, but also of careful making and unmaking, negotiation and argument. Many different kinds of people worked simultaneously to shape the city, both geographically and ideologically, to their own complex ends. In ten- to fifteen-minute presentations, roundtable participants will describe their own uses of the metropolis as a site for historical research, and will also reflect on the importance of London as a case-study example within the historiography of British urban space.  Confirmed Roundtable Participants: Linda Levy Peck (George Washington), Farid Azfar (Swarthmore), Peter Thorsheim (UNC-Charlotte), and Judith Walkowitz (Johns Hopkins).

We hope that you will join us in Baltimore this spring. We are currently soliciting proposals for papers and panels on Britain, the British Atlantic World, and the British Empire broadly defined. Our interests range from the ancient to the contemporary and we welcome participation by scholars of history, anthropology, literature, art, politics, economics and related fields. Senior faculty, junior faculty, and graduate students are all encouraged to participate.

Please visit the Program page (on the menu bar above) for more details.


The registration fee is $75 for faculty members and independent scholars and $40 for students. Both fees include $15 MACBS membership dues for 2015. Click here to download the registration form.  Instructions for paying by check are included in the form. To pay by credit card, please use the paypal button below, then fill in the registration form and email it to

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