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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,

BrANCH News and Announcements 09/12/2016

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the recent calls and announcements received by BrANCH:
1. Call for Papers: Insiders and Outsiders: Historical Perspectives on Power Relations in Modern America.

The QMUL Biennial Symposium in American History

At a rally in North Carolina on 5 November 2016, Donald Trump described his political journey: “I went from being the ultimate insider to being an outsider like they’ve never seen before.” Three days later he was elected the 45th President of the United States. Trump’s victory is redrawing the boundaries between insiders and outsiders in modern America. Yet the construction of these categories has always been contested, and that process of contestation is key to understanding power relations in the United States.

We welcome proposals for papers that explore any aspect of this dynamic, including themes such as: populism, immigration, identity, and the public sphere(s).

Date: June 16th 2017.

Venue: Queen Mary University of London.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Mae Ngai, Columbia University.

Comment: Professor Eric Foner, Columbia University.

The QMUL Biennial Symposium in American History seeks to showcase diverse methodologies and approaches, and welcomes papers on any period of American history.

Please send paper proposals of 300-500 words plus a 1 page CV to Dr. Daniel Peart at Papers should be 20 minutes in length.

Deadline for proposals: January 15th 2017.

2. Pocahontas and After: historical culture and transatlantic encounters, 1617-2017
Please see the attached flyer
3. Rothermere American Institute Visiting Fellowships
Please see the attached flyer
4. Society for the History of Women in the Americas Annual Conference
Please see the attached flyer
We hope everybody has an enjoyable and productive Christmas break!
Best wishes,

Lasky Prize and Richard E. Neustadt Prize

5192v0j2gklBrANCH ispleased to be informed that Dr Donald Ratcliffe has been awarded the Lasky Prize for the best book on American political history published in the US in 2015, and the Richard E. Neustadt Prize for the best book on American government and politics for his book on the 1824 Presidential Election, The One-Party Presidential Contest: Adams, Jackson, and 1824’s Five-Horse Race.