MBS 2019: Modern British Studies Beyond Boundaries

The Centre for Modern British Studies  at the University of Birmingham will convene a conference on 3-5 July 2019.

The draft programme is available here.

Registration now open. Please register here by 31 May 2019.

This conference is the third in a series of bi-annual gatherings assessing the state of our field and pushing forward conversations about the methodological stakes and the political engagement of our work.

Boundaries and borders are vexed subjects. There could be no more timely moment for questioning the boundaries that have shaped the field of Modern British Studies, and to embark on a project of imagining a scholarly practice that might remake or even transcend them. Modern British Studies Beyond Boundaries seeks to showcase work and provoke dialogue about the boundaries – whether geographical, epistemological, pedagogical, or something else entirely – that have defined the project of British Studies. We want to ask: how can a critical British Studies question, reshape, or perhaps demolish those boundaries, and with what results?


Living Together: Remapping the Boundaries of Multi-Ethnic Britain by Dr Caroline Bressey, Reader in Cultural and Historical Geography, UCL

The Last Conquest of Ireland (Perhaps)? Modern British Studies and Irish History by Professor Enda Delaney, Professor of Modern History, University of Edinburgh

The Drama of Celebrity by Professor Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Plenary roundtable on inclusive pedagogy in modern British studies.

Following the practice of the 2015 and 2017 conferences, we will open with a set of conversations relevant specifically to postgraduates and early-career researchers. The registration fee covers a portion of the cost of running the conference and providing lunches, tea breaks, and receptions. We will continue to offer 100 free registrations for postgraduate students, early-career researchers on short-term contracts, and the unwaged.

Practical information:


On-campus accommodation is available at Edgbaston Park Hotel and Lucas House located in the University’s Conference Park. Please visit www.conferences.bham.ac.uk for further information.

Venue and travel

The venue for the majority of  the conference is in the Arts Building, R16 on the University of Birmingham campus map. All venues will be confirmed closer to the event along with the programme.

Food and drink

The registration fee includes refreshments and lunch, but does not include breakfast or evening meals.