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
- Mon 16 March 2015
Symposium: Alaska, the Arctic and the US Imagination
Panel Discussion: The Future of the Arctic
- Tues 17 March 2015
Inside the Nixon White House
- Mon 30 March 2015
Symposium: Home, Crisis and the Imagination
- Fri 17 April 2015
- Mon 18 May 2015
Inventing The Great Gatsby: 1922-1925
- Mon 1 June 2015
Magna Carta's American Adventure
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...
Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowships
Applications are now closed 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. Read more on the Fellowship programme...
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
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
Robert H Smith Lecture
America and Britain in the 21st Century (PDF format) 114KB by Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald
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