2018 Madingley

BrANCH2018 is now at capacity. We are sorry but we are unable to accept any further registrations at this time.

If you were hoping to attend the conference and have been unable to register in time, please send an email to:  branchconference2018@gmail.com

We will then contact you directly should any spaces become available.

You can view the conference programme here.



Call for Papers (now closed)

25th Annual BrANCH Conference

Madingley Hall, Cambridge, 5-7 October 2018

The BrANCH committee is pleased to invite proposals for our 25th anniversary annual conference, to be held at Madingley Hall, Cambridge, 5th-7th October, 2018.

The Parish Lecture for 2018, we are delighted to announce, is Professor Jim Downs, author of Sick From Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction (OUP 2012) and Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation (Basic Books 2016). Professor Downs will be presenting a paper based on his current research project which is entitled ‘The Laboring Dead: From Subjugation to Science in Global History.’

The BrANCH Keynote for 2018, we are equally delighted to announce, is Professor Robert Cook, author of (most recently) Civil War Memories: Contesting the Past in the United States Since 1865 (Johns Hopkins 2017), but also Civil War Senator: William Pitt Fessenden and the Fight to Save the American Republic (LSU Press 2011); Troubled Commemoration: The American Civil War Centennial, 1961-1965 (LSU Press 2007); Sweet Land of Liberty? The African-American Struggle for Civil Rights in the Twentieth Century (Longman 1997); and Baptism of Fire: The Republican Party in Iowa, 1838-1878 (Iowa State 1994). Professor Cook will be speaking to us on the subject of his current research project that explores African-American responses to the Lost Cause in the early Jim Crow era.


The BrANCH Committee would like to invite both panels and individual papers on all aspects of U.S. history from the period 1789 to 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. Sponsored panels and postgraduate contributions are especially welcome. Subsidies for UK-based postgraduate participants are available for those not in receipt of support from their home institutions. These 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 3 speakers per panel and 300 words per paper, please) by Friday 11th May 2018 to the Conference Secretaries at: branchconference2018@gmail.com.

Please note that all programme participants will be expected either to be members or register as BrANCH members before the conference.

Further information on membership can be found here, and please see our forthcoming events, or you can email the Chair, susan-mary.grant@ncl.ac.uk.

James Williamson and Andrea Livesey, BrANCH 2018 Conference Secretaries.