In Memoriam: Professor George Behlmer (d. 2024)

PCCBS honors its past president, George Behlmer, who passed away on January 4, 2024. A brief account of his life can be found here, In Memoriam George Behlmer

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PCCBS Virtual Conference: March 23, 2024

The PCCBS Annual Conference will be a virtual event held on March 23, 2024. Further information will be forthcoming.

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Call for Prize: PCCBS Book Prize

The prize for the best book published in 2023 by a member of the PCCBS will be awarded at the Virtual Meeting in 2024. The Book Prize submission deadline is February 15, 2024. Copies of the book, in hard copy or PDF, should be sent to all three committee members:

Mark Matera, (UC Santa Cruz) Email Dr. Matera
Department of History
565 Bellevue Ave Apt 2003
Oakland, CA 94610

Alister Chapman (Westmont College) Email Dr. Chapman
History Department
Westmont College
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Lori Anne Ferrell (Claremont Graduate University) Email Dr. Ferrell
1265 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711

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Call for Prize: PCCBS Annual Article Prize

The prize for the best article published by a member of PCCBS in 2023 will be awarded at the Spring 2024 Virtual Meeting. The Article Prize submission deadline is February 15, 2024. Copies of the article should be sent to all three committee members:

Kathleen Noonan, Chair (Sonoma State University): Email Dr. Noonan
Peter Hoffenberg (University of Hawai’i, Manoa): Email Dr. Hoffenberg
Andrea McKenzie (University of Victoria): Email Dr. McKenzie

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Call for Prize: PCCBS Graduate Student Prize

The PCCBS invites entries from PhD students for the annual graduate student prize. The student and the advisor, or instructor, must be current members of PCCBS. The submitted entry will have been presented at any conference in 2023, if the paper concerns a topic within the scope of British Studies. The submission should be the paper as delivered with the addition of necessary notes and citations, the total to not exceed 18 pages double spaced. Graduate Prize Submission: April 1, 2024. Electronic copies of papers not already submitted should be sent to all three members of the committee, along with a cover letter from the instructor or advisor:

Priya Satia, Chair (Stanford University):Email Dr. Satia
Jarrett Henderson (UC Santa Barbara): Email Dr. Henderson
Muriel McClendon (UC Los Angeles): Email Dr. McClendon

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Call for Prize: David Lieberman Presidential Doctoral Student Fellowship

PCCBS David Lieberman Presidential Doctoral Student Fellowship
The PCCBS has established a doctoral fellowship for ABD students in honor and memory of David Liberman, former President of the PCCBS and a dear friend, colleague, and mentor for several decades. David was a renowned scholar of eighteenth-century law and society at UC Berkeley School of Law, as well as a specialist in the works and ideas of Jeremy Bentham.

The fellowship is intended to provide one-time financial support to students who have reached the ABD stage in their graduate programs and who demonstrate both merit and need. The funds are designed to help support an outstanding doctoral student with living and/or research expenses in the coming year. It is open to students working in British Studies defined broadly, who are enrolled in doctoral programs in the Pacific Coast region, and who are members of PCCBS at the time of application.

Applications should include a c.v., a two-page description of the doctoral project, and plans for the next year (April 1, 2024-March 31, 2025). The description should focus on the applicant’s scholarly interests, dissertation project, and budget, which may include living as well as travel and/or other research-related expenses.

In addition, two confidential letters of support, including one from the applicant’s primary adviser and/or members of the doctoral committee should be submitted under separate cover to Erika Rappaport, PCCBS President, who will distribute materials to the Fellowship committee. Please send letters to pccbsnews@gmail.com by February 15, 2024. The letter should describe the applicant’s academic and intellectual qualities and specific financial needs.

The winner(s) will be announced at the annual meeting of the PCCBS during the Spring 2024 Virtual Meeting. The recipient does not need to be present for their announcement, but they will be expected to participate at the following year’s panel for PCCBS award winners to discuss their dissertation project. That participation can be by Zoom if necessary.

The complete application is due by February 15, 2024. Please send all materials to pccbsnews@gmail.com.

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Charivari – PCCBS Newsletter 2023-24

Please see the link below for a copy of PCCBS’s 2023-24 newsletter: PCCBS Newsletter Winter 2023-24

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NACBS Mentoring Program

PCCBS encourages members to participate in NACBS’s new mentoring program that pairs advanced graduate students and early-career scholars with established scholars.

Mentorship may take a range of forms, but it is primarily intended as a means to offer concrete advice regarding the academic and professional job markets, developing and sustaining research agendas, publication strategies, finding and sustaining networks of support, juggling professional commitments, and other career-related issues.

This program is open to all scholars of British Studies wherever they may reside. Mentors should retain active membership status within NACBS throughout their participation in the program; however, mentees are encouraged but not required to join the NACBS.

For more information, and to apply, please see: http://nacbs.org/blog/announcement-of-nacbs-mentoring-program/

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