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American History in the UK

BGEAH (British Group of Early American Historians), BrANCH (British American Nineteenth Century Historians) and HOTCUS (Historians of the Twentieth Century United States) are pleased to invite participation in a new survey exploring the conditions of study, recruitment and employment within the field of American history as practised in the UK.
The survey is open to anyone who is teaching or conducting research in American history, from the pre-colonial period onwards, at a British higher education institution, or who has recently done so. Postgraduate research students, early career researchers, and established academics are all invited to respond.
The survey will normally take around ten minutes to complete. It will remain open until March 1. Its principal purpose is to produce a broader base of knowledge about the social forces shaping the field of American history in the UK.
We would like to know more about who is studying and working in the field, what routes they have followed into the field, and what obstacles they have encountered – or are likely to encounter – along the way.
Over the course of the past twenty years, the community of American historians in the UK, in terms of both faculty and postgraduate students, has grown very significantly, through its constituent organizations and under the umbrella of BAAS. But size alone is not a guarantee of inclusiveness or representativeness. It is now time for the field to build upon its achievements in network- and capacity-building with efforts to make the pursuit of advanced degrees and careers in American history more accessible to all members of society. To do that, we need better information about current conditions. 
Surveys are rarely sources of joy. The categories used will not always match the varieties of human identity and experience. There may be some questions that you do not feel able to answer. But we hope that you will see value in completing the survey as fully as you can and passing the link on to others.
We aim to produce a report on the results and recommendations for action by summer 2018. The report will focus on aggregate findings. Individual responses will remain confidential.

Book Launch: Adam I.P. Smith, ‘The Stormy Present: Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics 1846-1865’, UCL, March 20th

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The University of North Carolina Press is hosting a book launch at UCL on Tuesday 20th March to celebrate the publication of Adam I P Smith’s latest (and Lincoln Prize shortlisted) book, The Stormy Present: Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics 1846-1865.

The event will be held in The Garden Room, Wilkins Building, UCL between 18.00 and 20.00. There will be speeches at 18.45.
Simply for catering purposes, if you intend to come to this, please let Adam know at:

BrANCH EBAAS (2018) Panel CFP

BrANCH invites submissions for a panel(s) to be submitted to the joint British Association for American Studies/European Association for American Studies Conference that will be taking place in London, 4-7 April, 2018. The details are at:

Without being prescriptive, BrANCH proposes that a sponsored panel(s) might showcase the range of research undertaken by BrANCH members and postgraduates, ideally structured around the EBAAS conference theme of ‘Environment, Place and Protest.’

  1.     Open Panel on BrANCH Research

EBAAS has noted that 2018 is an opportunity, fifty years on, to reflect on the tumultuous events of 1968. A BrANCH panel, obviously, would have the opportunity to locate this anniversary in a far longer temporal trajectory. With this in mind, a range of possible political historical topics suggest themselves, inspired not least by the fact that the EBAAS Conference coincides with the sesquicentennial of President Andrew Johnson’s narrowly avoiding impeachment in the Senate in April 1868. That year, too, saw the first Memorial Day celebrations, and the various ongoing political, economic, social and environmental challenges and changes associated with Reconstruction. A BrANCH panel need not, of course, adhere to the anniversary angle, as the ‘Environment, Place and Protest’ theme allows for a range of approaches.

  1.     BrANCH Postgraduate Panel

BrANCH would anticipate that a distinct postgraduate panel would offer the opportunity for our postgraduate and ECR members to showcase their research in a different environment but broadly within the ‘Environment, Place and Protest’ theme.

Note: in order to facilitate postgraduate/ECR involvement, BrANCH is able to offer some limited financial support in the form of travel costs only up to a maximum of £100 for each of three participants if financial support from the home HEI is not available. BrANCH regrets that it cannot cover conference fees or accommodation costs or any other expenses associated with attendance at EBAAS 2018.

We invite proposals (ideally three-paper panel proposals but individual, too) of c.250 words for each proposed 20-minute presentation. These, together with a one-page C.V. for each panel participant should be sent to the BrANCH Chair, Professor S-M Grant ( by Friday 1st September, 2017.

BrANCH News and Announcements 2/2/2017

Dear BrANCH members,

Please find below the latest news and announcements received by BrANCH.


Post-doctoral fellowships at Newcastle University

History at Newcastle welcomes expressions of interest from outstanding early career researchers wishing to take part in the Fellowship competition recently advertised by the Research Excellence Academy at Newcastle University. Post-doctoral fellowships will be funded for up to three years at RCUK UK/EU rates. It is expected that History will be allowed to put forward one candidate for consideration by a University-wide panel.

Please email the application and a brief cv to Leigh Denley by Wednesday February 8th. For any material that is in press/accepted please supply relevant documentation.

Early career researchers will be expected to have received their doctorate on or after 1 August 2011 and not to have held a substantive Lecturer level post.

Best wishes,

Violetta Hionidou, Head of History


Pocahontas and after: historical culture and transatlantic encounters, 1617-2017 

Registration is now open for Pocahontas and after: historical culture and transatlantic encounters, 1617-2017 at The British Library and the Institute of Historical Research, London.  March 16-18, 2017

Register and download the programme at the IHR website:

A major international conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Pocahontas’ death.  Co-hosted by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library and the Institute of Historical Research.

Additional support has been provided by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, The University of Warwick, and the British Association for American Studies

In 2017 the Anglo-American world will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Pocahontas.  Numerous commemorative activities, from walking tours to talking monuments, have been planned on both sides of the Atlantic. Intense, closely focused interest in her life is, of course, not a new phenomenon.  Her story has been romanticised at many points over the centuries, and multiple representations of Pocahontas (as Noble Savage, Mother of a Nation, propaganda icon, seductive temptress) have materialised in historical accounts, in literature, and in visual, material, and performance art.  From a range of historical and literary perspectives, and for a variety of social and political purposes, Pocahontas has left an enduring legacy among Indigenous, local, national, and international communities.

Using Pocahontas’ visit to England and her death and burial in Kent as an entry point, this conference will explore the continued interest in Pocahontas as a subject of study.  It will explore the academic challenges posed by the multiple versions and the contemporary appropriations of this Pamunkey woman variously known as Amonute, Matoaka, Pocahontas, and Rebecca.  In exploring the life and afterlives of Pocahontas, it aims to open new interdisciplinary discussions.

Additionally, the Satuday 18th will host a range of cultural activities, including:

  • A special session with David Givens of Historic Jamestown and Ashley Atkins of the Pamunkey Indian Museum.
  • A panel debate on the iconography of Pocahontas and its relationship to contemporary indigenous women’s political and social issues.  Confirmed speakers: Joanne Prince of Rainmaker Gallery, Bristol; Shelley Niro, Mohawk film-maker and artist; Dr Max Carocci, Chelsea College of Art; Dr David Stirrup, Reader in Indigenous and Settler Literatures of the Americas at the University of Kent; and Dr Buck Woodard, Colonial Williamsburg, American Indian Initiative.
  • Screening of Reel Injun and Indigenous London with director Q&A’s
  • A musical performance by singer-songwriter ElizaBeth Hill

If you have any questions, please email


BrANCH Historians on the Inauguration of Trump

Following a contentious, divisive, and historic U.S. election campaign, the day has finally arrived: Friday 20th January marks the inauguration of the 45th U.S. President, Donald J. Trump. Whether you love or loathe ‘the Donald’, this presidency promises to be one-of-a-kind. Or, does it? BrANCH historians share their thoughts on the new presidency at the links below;

  • BrANCH Chair, Susan-Mary Grant, discusses the ‘newness’ and ‘tradition’ of Trump’s presidency alongside fellow academics of Newcastle University here.
  • Catherine Clinton joins other U.S.-based historians discussing their plans for inauguration day with Times Higher Education here.
  • You can also catch up with Adam Smith’s five-part discussion of Trump’s ‘Presidential Precedents’ on BBC Radio 4 here.
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Donald and Melania Trump. Image: Wall Street Journal.



BrANCH News and Announcements 12/12/2016

Dear Colleauges

In addition to our newsletter on the 9th, please find the following news and announcements:

1) Iwan Morgan Prize

Please see the attached flyer – please note that the deadline is this Friday

 Morgan Lecture Announcement.docx


2) BrANCH Annual Conference – Call for Papers

24th Annual BrANCH Conference

University of Warwick, 6-8 October 2017

Call For Papers

Peter Parish Memorial Lecture: Emily West (University of Reading), “Reflections on the History and Historians of the Black Woman’s Role in the Community of Slaves”

Saturday Night Keynote: Jeff Forret (Lamar University)

The BrANCH committee is pleased to invite proposals for panels and papers on all aspects of U.S. history from the period 1789-1917. We particularly encourage panels that open new lines of communication between established thematic specialties as well as individual papers that cut across traditional categories of historical inquiry in imaginative and innovative ways. Postgraduate contributions are especially welcome. Subsidies for UK-based postgraduate participants will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Please send a brief CV and a summary of the proposed paper or panel (no more than three speakers per panel and 300 words per paper, please) by Friday 24 February to the Conference Secretaries at Please note that all programme participants will be expected to register as BrANCH members.


 BrANCH CFP plain text for web.docx

 branch CFP.pdf


3) Papers of the Revolutionary Era

The Pinckney Statesmen Papers Project is delighted to announce the
publication of Volume 1 of the Papers of the Revolutionary Era Pinckney
Statesmen Digital Edition. The volume is available online now through
Rotunda, the digital imprint of the University of Virginia Press, at PREVIEW ACCESS IS
FREE TO ALL THROUGH JANUARY 31. Access will be by purchase of an individual
or institutional license at a modest cost thereafter.

The Papers of the Revolutionary Era Pinckney Statesmen Digital Edition is a
multi-year initiative to collect, transcribe, annotate, and publish the
correspondence and other public and private papers of Charles Cotesworth
Pinckney (1746–1825), his brother Thomas Pinckney (1750–1828), and their
cousin Charles Pinckney (1757–1824). These three South Carolina men played
leading roles in military, political, economic, social, and diplomatic
affairs on the state and national stages from the American Revolution
through the War of 1812.

The Pinckney Statesmen Papers is intended for scholars, teachers,
researchers, students, and ordinary curious-minded people. Check it out!

And don’t forget to FRIEND US on Facebook @PinckneyPapers…


Best Wishes,