The inauguration of the Transatlantic Studies Association took place on 11 July 2002 with the first of its annual conferences. Lord Robertson, Secretary General of NATO welcomed the delegates with a video message commending the new initiative. The conferences attract around 100 delegates each year, drawn mainly from North America (35%), the UK (35%), and the rest of from Europe (25%). In 2008 the Association was granted charitable status and formally adopted its constitution.
Chairs of TSA:
2001-2013: Prof. Alan Dobson (founder)
2013-2016: Prof. Giles Scott-Smith
2016-2017: Prof. David Ryan
2017-2020: Prof. Christopher Jespersen
The Association communicates via an e-bulletin and an annual newsletter. The Journal of Transatlantic Studies, with which TSA is associated, is currently published by Routledge with four issues a year.
Links have been cultivated with various other associations and organizations including the British Association for American Studies. The TSA has worked closely with the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) and for three years benefitted from SHAFR sponsorship of an American visiting speaker to the annual TSA conference. These were Mark Stoler, Fred Logevall and Donna Alvah. In 2014 SHAFR, under the leadership of Fred Logevall, kindly agreed to re-instate its support for the TSA’s annual conference for a further three years, 2014-2016. This will enable TSA to once again invite leading scholars from the SHAFR network for its annual conferences.
The Association has been supported financially over the years by the US Embassy London, NATO, the Bruce Center Keele University, Baylor University, the Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau, University College Cork, Failte Ireland, the British Academy, the Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Vlaanderen (FWO), and the Halle Foundation.
The Association runs a database of its members, providing details of their expertise, including their current research and past publications.
The overall aims of the TSA are as follows:
- to provide focus for transatlantic area studies and bring together scholars from different disciplines in order to further research and understanding of transatlantic relations;
- to nurture research networks and disseminate research outputs in an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary environment;
- to support the Journal of Transatlantic Studies;
- to provide a forum that will bring together academics with officials and specialists from other professions;
- The Association will embrace all aspects of transatlantic studies in all time periods.