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The Eccles Centre for American Studies

The Eccles Centre for American Studies was founded by David and Mary Eccles in 1991. Based at the British Library - which houses the foremost collection of American books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers and sound recordings outside of the United States - the Centre has two broad aims: to promote the Library's North American materials, and to support American Studies in schools and universities.

Forthcoming Events and Conferences

EXHIBITION
Lines in the Ice: Seeking the Northwest Passage
Open everyday until Sunday 29 March, 2015; free admission

Lines in the Ice examines why Europeans are drawn to explore the Arctic and, in particular, the fabled Northwest Passage. Arctic exploration has influenced our culture, changed the societies of indigenous peoples, and had a powerful effect on the making of the modern world. Find out more...

- Read more about the research behind the exhibition on the British Library Americas blog or explore #BLArctic.

Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowships

Applications are invited for the 2015 Eccles Centre Visiting Professorships, Fellowships and Postgraduate Awards to help support scholars wishing to visit London to use the British Library's collections relating to North America. Closing date: 30 January 2015. Read more...

Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award

The Eccles Centre is delighted to announce that Sarah Churchwell, Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at UEA, writer and 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction judge, and Benjamin Markovits, critically acclaimed author and Granta Best of Young British Novelist 2013, are the joint winners of the 2015 Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award. Read more...

Watch former Writer in Residence, Naomi Wood, explain how the award helped her research her novel Mrs Hemingway (Picador, 2014).

New Research Resources

PODCASTS

Benjamin Franklin House Symposium 2014
Reflections on Press Freedom by Alan Rusbridger

Sulgrave Manor Watson Chair Lecture 2014
In Woodrow Wilson's Shadow: America's Great War, 1914-2014 by David Reynolds

Nineteenth Annual Douglas W Bryant Lecture
How Dismal is the Future of American Politics? by Tony Badger

LECTURE PDFs

Tenth Annual Eccles Centre Plenary at the British Association for American Studies Conference
Race and Racism in "The Age of Obama" (PDF format) 539KB by Paul Gilroy, King's College London

Eighth Annual Eccles Centre Plenary at the British Association for Canadian Studies Conference
From Cannon to Canons: Writing the Literary History of Francophone Canada (PDF format) 1.45MB by Rosemary Chapman, University of Nottingham

Second Biennial Eccles Centre Plenary at the European Association for American Studies Conference
Lincoln's Just Laughter: Humour and Ethics in the Civil War Union (PDF format) 490KB by Richard Carwardine, University of Oxford

For more research resources, explore our bibliographical guides, plenary lecture PDFs and DW Bryant lecture PDFs.


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