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This is a call for papers for a workshop which will explore the history of the British Post Office from its monopolization of the telegraph  service in 1869 under control of the state until the privatization of  the telecommunications business as British Telecom.


The history of the Post Office’s communication networks has, until recently, long been one of state monopoly, and the twentieth-century Post Office was both one of  the UK’s largest state bureaucracies and largest employers. However, in contrast, it is apparent that histories of the Post Office are as disconnected as they are diverse, and so this workshop will synthesise these approaches and foreground the Post Office. We are influenced by numerous histories where the Post Office is explored on diverse registers.

For example, Duncan Campbell-Smith (2012) explores the history of the Post Office as a business organisation since its inception, whereas Patrick Joyce (2013) locates the Post Office as central to the networks and systems of the state used to communicate power. Business and the state alone, however, are not our foci: from Frank Bealey’s (1976) observation of the unique position of Post Office engineering staff as Civil Servants, to Iwan Rhys Morus’ (2000) analysis of the telegraph’s
promise of “instant intelligence” to Victorian society and the state, there has long been recognised an intrinsic technological element to the modern Post Office.

How might these histories be synthesised? There are histories which include the Post Office’s role in regulating the emergence of radio astronomy (Agar, 1998), the interaction of computerisation and
mechanisation with gender workplace relations (Hicks, 2017), and with the Post Office Savings Bank (Campbell-Kelly, 1998). There are now projects which explore the Post Office’s role in developing assistive technologies for hearing loss (AHRC/Action for Hearing Loss) and as a site of government research (AHRC/The Science Museum).

This range of subjects will therefore draw on and speak to different specialties: general history, political history, science and technology studies (including history of science and technology), business history, and cultural history. This call for papers recognises this fact, whilst seeking to focus discussion productively by asking for papers that satisfy the following criteria: a) papers that take a primarily
historical approach; b) papers that focus on the British Post Office; c) papers that broadly discuss the Post Office and technology; d) papers that focus on the Post Office commencing from its monopolisation of telecommunications networks.


Possible subjects include, but are not restricted to:

  • Technological systems and the Post Office
  • The bureaucratic Post Office (the “Government Machine”)
  • The material and visual culture of the telephone and telegraph services
  • The telephone and telegraph services in popular culture
  • Architecture, exchange buildings and sorting offices
  •  Mechanisation, parcel sorting and exchange automation
  • Involvement in wartime science and technology projects (e.g. Colossus)
  • Gender and Post Office telecom, from telephone users to operators
  • The Post Office and assistive technologies (e.g. hearing aids,
    amplified telephones)
  • Financial technologies (“FinTech”) in historical context, e.g. National Giro, Post Office Savings Bank
  • Regulation, broadcasting and the airwaves, from pirate radio to
    radio telescopes
  • The Post Office and privatisation, the creation of British Telecom
  • Comparative/connective national historiographies of the Post Office

Conference location and submission guidelines

‘The British Post Office in the Telecommunications Era’ will take place at The Science Museum on 31st August 2017. Registration will be free.

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers. Proposals of no more than 350 words, together with the name and institutional affiliation of the speaker, should be sent to Jacob Ward at jacob.ward.12@ucl.ac.uk. The closing date for submissions is 1st May 2017.

The workshop is convened by PhD candidates Rachel Boon, University of  Manchester, Alice Haigh, University of Leeds, and Jacob Ward, UCL, in conjunction with The Science Museum.

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Here is a call for papers for a special topics issue (#92, Fall 2017) of the Virginia Woolf vw miscellany summer 15Miscellany on Woolf and Indigenous Literatures:

Virginia Woolf and Indigenous Literatures

This issue of VWM seeks essays that consider Woolf’s oeuvre in dialogue with works by Native American, First Nations, Australian, and New Zealander authors, among others.

  • What kind of dialogic emerges when placing Woolf’s writings alongside those of indigenous writers?
  • How might indigenous literatures enhance interpretations of Woolf’s modernist, feminist, and pacifist poetics?
  • How might such comparisons affect or inform understandings of subjectivity in women’s lives and literature, and the interconnections between narrative innovation and socio-political activism?
  • Does Woolf’s ecological vision align with those of indigenous writers responding to threats of global destruction and mass extinctions?
  • Could such comparative and intersectional work chip away at the boundaries still often imposed upon literary studies—the “West” versus the “Rest”?
  • Other approaches are welcome.

How to Submit: Please send submissions of no more than 2,500 words, including notes and works cited, in the latest version of Word to: Kristin Czarnecki, kristin_czarnecki@georgetowncollege.edu.

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2017.

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Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield

The Katherine Mansfield Society announces its annual essay prize competition for 2017, open to all, on the subject of: Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf. For more information, see the Essay Prize page.

The society has issued a call for comparative papers on Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf for vol. 10 of the Katherine Mansfield Society Yearbook.  The deadline for completed essays is Aug. 31. The essays submitted will be read by a selected panel, who together will select from them the Prize essay.

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Organizers of the  27th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, which is being held at the27th conference flyer University of Reading, June 29 – July 2, have extended the deadline for the call for papers to Wednesday, Feb. 8. Get more details.

The conference, which coincides with the centenary of the Hogarth Press, has a theme of “Virginia Woolf and the World of Books.”

It includes a showing of letterpress and hand-printed work as part
of the conference. Get more details on the call for printed works on paper.



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Woolf Studies Annual invites articles responding to, in dialogue with, or related to the scholarship of wsa-volume-22the late Jane Marcus for a special section of the 2018 volume.

Articles should be guided by the journal’s usual submission policy and should be submitted no later than June 15, 2017, to woolfstudiesannual@gmail.com.

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Modern Language Association 2018, scheduled for Jan. 4-7 in New York City, will include Virginia top_mla_logoWoolf.

The International Virginia Woolf Society will have one guaranteed panel. The organization can also submit one additional panel, which is often accepted but not guaranteed. In addition, the group will collaborate with another allied organization and submit a third panel.

Submission guidelines

Members of the MLA and the IVWS are invited to submit one panel topic — not an individual paper proposal — for MLA 2018. The proposal should include the following:

  • A maximum 35-word description of the panel. The word count includes the title.
  • The name(s) and contact information of the proposed organizer(s).

Please submit your proposal via email to Christine Czarnecki, president of the IVWS at Kristin_Czarnecki@georgetowncollege.edu. Use the subject line: Woolf MLA 2018.

Deadline for submission: Nov. 14, 2016.

Once the proposals are in, Czarnecki will send them out to the IVWS membership for a vote. If you wish to propose your own special session outside of the IVWS process, please visit the MLA website for more details.

A special Woolf gathering

Members interested in attending the traditional IVWS gathering at the MLA—a dinner to be held either Friday, Jan. 6, 2018, or Saturday, Jan. 7, 2018, should contact Czarnecki so she can consider that when making the booking.

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Call for Papers for the Selected Papers from the 26th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf: Virginia Woolf and Heritagewoolf conference 2016

Volume Editor: Jane de Gay with Tom Breckin and Anne Reus (Leeds Trinity University)

Series Editor: Wayne K. Chapman (Clemson University)

You are invited to submit your conference paper for consideration for the Selected Papers, which will be published by Clemson University Press/Liverpool University Press in time for the Woolf Conference of 2017.

Please submit your paper to Woolf2016@leedstrinity.ac.uk by Aug. 10, 2016.

Submissions should be 3,000-3,500 words, including Endnotes and Works Cited.

  • Please present your paper in the using the latest MLA Style Sheet and use the standard abbreviations for Woolf’s works, as established by the Woolf Studies Annual.
  • Please submit your paper in rich text format (preferred) or a Word docx file.
  • If using illustrations, please send them and captions as separate files and indicate in the body of your paper where the illustrations should be placed. (See over for technical details.) Authors must secure permissions for quotations or images.

The Selected Papers will feature twenty-five papers from the panel sessions, alongside some of the plenary talks. The selection of papers will be based on the following criteria:

    • recommendations by conference delegates
    • the currency/relevance of the paper beyond the conference
    • originality of contribution to Woolf Studies
    • engagement with relevant scholarship
    • the quality of writing and presentation.

Technical note on illustrations

Illustrations can be supplied as electronic files, of which TIFF files are best. Illustrations need to be at least 300dpi (dots per inch) at the size at which they are to be reproduced: i.e. a postage stamp image at 300 dpi is no good unless it is being reproduced at postage stamp size, as by the time it is blown up it will lose resolution. Images can be scaled down to fit, but not scaled up too much unless the resolution is very high.

Scans need to be gray scale or CMYK. If RGB scans are supplied we will convert them into CMYK for the printers, but the colour may alter a bit. So if the illustration needs to be accurate to an original photograph or painting, you must supply CMYK scans with the colour corrected to your satisfaction.

When submitting electronic files for your illustrations, please also submit a visual hard copy reference as well, clearly labelled with its figure number as well as a caption.


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