Issue 92 Spring 2005

Editorial One change that many BAAS members will have noticed in the last six months is that, while it’s true their subscription fee has risen, they do now receive a shiny hard-copy of the Journal of American Studies. The decision to include the journal in the subscription fee was discussed at last year’s AGM (the…

Issue 91 Autumn 2004

Editorial American Studies made it to the pages of The Guardian this week. Polly Toynbee’s “A degree in bullying and self-interest? No thanks” (August 25) was written in response to declining American Studies applications to universities this year and the prevalence of American Studies places available in clearing. There seems little doubt that American Studies…

Issue 90 Spring 2004

Editorial It’s that conference time of year again and this issue of ASIB contains details of conference registration, with a tear-out registration form at the back of the newsletter, along with a provisional programme. Manchester seems to have attracted a large number of papers and the programme looks as though it showcases the full multidisciplinary…

Issue 89 Autumn 2003

Editorial I write this editorial just a few days after the publication of this year’s A-Level results and with UCAS reporting 602 joint or single honours American Studies courses with vacancies. Figures published earlier this year by UCAS showed as much as an overall drop of 15% in American Studies applications compared with the same…

Issue 88 Spring 2003

Editorial This year’s annual conference is fast approaching and I’m pleased that this issue of the newsletter contains not only registration forms for Aberystwyth but also a provisional programme that should give you all some indication of what to expect over the weekend of April 11-14th. As usual, the line up of plenary speakers and…

Issue 87 Autumn 2002

Editorial Welcome to the 87th edition of the BAAS newsletter and my first as editor. This newsletter hopefully continues the fine work done by my predecessors and follows the format they have established. There is a large—although not complete—collection of reports on papers delivered at the annual conference in Oxford. If anyone who has not…

Issue 86 Spring 2002

Editorial After some discussion, the BAAS executive has determined to re-schedule the release of American Studies in Britain, the BAAS newsletter. Currently, as you will know, our newsletter is scheduled to appear in November/December and May/June – roughly speaking. Aficionados of the newsletter will know that this schedule is more often honoured in the breach…

Issue 85 Autumn/Winter 2001

Editorial: Area Studies Benchmarking: It’s Still Here! Dick Ellis This project is now in the final stages of completion, following the end of the consultative process. It will be important to become familiar with the benchmark, when it is published. I will notify you all on the mailbase when this occurs. The benchmark will appear…

Issue 84 Spring/Summer 2001

Sir Malcolm Bradbury, 1932-2000 At the time of his death Malcolm was working on three projects: a three-part drama-documentary based on the wartime encounters of Churchill and Roosevelt, a novel dealing with the travels of the Vicomte de Chateaubriand, and a second novel concerning the CIA’s financing of Britain’s post-war literary culture. The first was…

Issue 83 Autumn/Winter 2000

Editorial The cover of this issue, featuring Old Blue Eyes, seems singly appropriate, now that the I Did It My Way moment has arrived. It is not without nostalgia that I edit my final issue of American Studies in Britain. This issue includes two pieces on the internationalization of American Studies, first a report by…