Event Date/Time: Jul 02, 2012 End Date/Time: Jul 05, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 12, 2012
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Proposals are now invited for ‘The British World Conference’, to be held at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, in conjunction with the Public Memory Research Centre and the Anglican Historical Society of Australia. The conference seeks to increase scholarly understandings of the religious and cultural adjustments that accompanied British political change and expansion.

This conference is an exciting regional and international opportunity for the convergence of scholars in a range of disciplines, from history, religious studies, literature, e-pedagogies, education, post-colonialism, anthropology, legal studies, sociology and indigenous studies. This conference will provide a stimulating forum for the latest research into a range of disciplines and will feature addresses by a number of internationally renowned plenaries.

Abstracts are welcome on any aspect of history and or place where the government, religion, people and cultures of the British Isles have been of influence. The time period is open and may extend from the medieval to the modern period.

From a teaching perspective, the landscape in which we teach history has clearly changed over time. In recognition of such developments, under our ‘Precious Past and Digital Future’ stream, we invite papers which investigate the digital dimension of teaching history and religious studies.

We especially welcome paper proposals from early career researchers and postgraduates.

Christopher Haigh
New College, Oxford

Alison Wall
New College, Oxford

Peter Goodall
University of Southern Queensland
Lynette Olson
University of Sydney

Helen Farley
Australian Digital Futures Institute

Possible themes include (but are not limited to):

The British World
Empire and colonial reach
Music, art and architecture
Education and schooling
The English language and translation
Environmentalism and the Church
Gender and sexuality
Indigenous religion meets the British
The British Isles and the Church in literature
The Church and the law
Liturgical reform and Biblical Scholarship
Medieval and the early modern Church
Migration and transnationalism
Religious identity
Relations with extra-western religions

Precious Past and Digital Future
Virtual worlds in history teaching
Images and texts in teaching
Writing and teaching history and religious studies

Abstracts of 250-300 words for a 20 minute paper should be sent to british.history@usq.edu.au by April 12 2012. Abstracts should be accompanied by a brief (100 word) CV of the presenter.

For the registration form (including early bird rates) please see http://www.usq.edu.au/oac/Research/bwc.

Digital Futures: A particular dimension of this conference will include the digital future of British studies and will include workshops on the use of Second Life technologies in teaching history and religious studies. A plenary address by Dr Helen Farley and expert workshops on Second Life resources will be a feature of this conference.

Proceedings: Prospective contributors are invited to submit a written version of their paper for review for inclusion in the conference proceedings, which will be e-published. For guidance on length, format and style, please go to http://www.usq.edu.au/oac/Research/bwc.

Contact details:
Website: http://www.usq.edu.au/oac/Research/bwc

Please email us on: british.history@usq.edu.au

Written correspondence can be addressed to:
Dr Marcus Harmes
Faculty of Arts Open Access College
University of Southern Queensland
Toowoomba Q 4350 Australia


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