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Marking 100 years since the end of the First World War and 80 years since the publication of Three Guineas, the 28th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, invites papers addressing the dual theme of Europe and Peace. Download the call for papers.

From the ‘prying’, ‘insidious’ ‘fingers of the European War’ that Septimus Warren Smith would never be free of in Mrs. Dalloway to Woolf’s call to ‘think peace into existence’ during the Blitz in ‘Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid’, questions of war and peace pervade her writings. They are also central to Woolf’s Bloomsbury circle, exemplified in John Maynard Keynes’ The Economic Consequences of the Peace, Clive Bell’s Peace at Once and Leonard Woolf’s Quack, Quack!

While seeking proposals that address the European contexts and cultures of modernism between wars, we also encourage exploration of how these writings can help us think through what it might mean to create peace in Europe today amid various political, humanitarian, economic and environmental crises.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Bloomsbury and pacifism
  • Literature of the First and Second World Wars
  • The Spanish Civil War
  • The Armistice and Paris Peace Conference
  • Three Guineas and its legacies
  • International/transnational/cosmopolitan Woolf
  • Bloomsbury and the European avant-garde
  • Feminism, queer studies and LGBT+ politics
  • Empire, race and ethnicity
  • Woolf and continental philosophy/theory
  • European translations of Woolf and Bloomsbury
  • Ecological/environmental/economic crises
  • Violence, trauma and fascism
  • Bloomsbury and classical antiquity
  • Woolf across visual art, film, dance and music
  • Travel writing and European journeys

Abstracts of a maximum of  200 words for single papers and 500 words for panels should be sent to vwoolf2018@gmail.com by 1 February 2018.

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The new deadline of June 30 has been set for the upcoming  special issue of Virginia Woolf Miscellany (#92, Fall 2017). It seeks essays considering Woolf’s oeuvre in dialogue with works by Native American, First Nations, Australian, and New Zealander authors, among others.

Questions to consider:

  • 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.

Deadline for submission: Extended to June 30.

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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.

Background

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.

Topics

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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