UPDATE: Virginia Woolf 2006: Woolfian Boundaries (UK) (1/4/06; 6/22/06-6/25/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Anna Burrells
contact email: 

New web site address:

the 16th Annual International Conference on

email: vwoolf2006_at_bham.ac.uk

Virginia Woolf

22 – 25 June 2006

hosted by the University of Birmingham

at Crowne Plaza Hotel

Central Square

Holliday Street
Birmingham B1 1HH

In affiliation with the International Virginia Woolf Society and the
Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain.

This conference takes Virginia Woolf to Britain's second city in order to
explore her work from perspectives 'beyond the boundary' of her own
positions and attitudes. Her coolness towards the provinces and 'prejudice'
against the regional novel (Letters 6. 381) are thus the starting-point for
considering her writing in the light of its own 'limits', self-declared and
otherwise. Themes for papers may involve Woolf and:

  Nationhood & patriotism

The metropolis & the region

South & north

Home & abroad

Nationalism &internationalism

Women & men

Education & its limits

The present & the past

Modernity & tradition

Social class & race


The elite & the common

Critical history & reception

Urban & rural

Insiders & outsiders


The conference will centre on a series of parallel paper sessions, plus
keynote addresses and round-table discussions. Other events will include
displays, exhibitions and performances. Birmingham is in central England and
very close to a range of cities and locations including Stratford, Warwick,
Worcester, Oxford, Lichfield and the Malvern Hills. The airport is a few
miles from the city centre.

Call for Papers and Panel Proposals

Paper and panel proposals should incorporate one or more of the themes
listed above. Panels will include three participants, preferably from
different institutions, who will be allocated 15-20 minutes each to make
their presentations. Please be sure that the scope of proposed papers is
appropriate to the time allowed. For paper proposals, please submit a
250-word description of the paper to be presented. For panel proposals,
please submit a 250-word description of each paper to be presented by each
of the three panel participants along with the proposed title of the panel.
All submissions should include the title of the paper(s) and name(s),
contact details and institutional affiliation(s), where applicable, of

Submissions in electronic form are preferred. Please send submissions by
email to the address below, either as an email attachment (in Word Doc or
RTF format) or included in the body of the email message. If you are unable
to email your proposal, you may post either a PC compatible floppy disk
containing the document (in Word Doc or RTF format) or a paper copy to:

Conference Co-ordinators

International Virginia Woolf Conference

Department of English

University of Birmingham


Birmingham B15 2TT


The deadline for receipt of submissions is 4 January 2006.

Conference Co-ordinators: Anna Burrells, Steve Ellis, Deborah Parsons,
Kathryn Simpson. For more information contact us by email
vwoolf2006_at_adf.bham.ac.uk or by post at the Department of English address
above. The conference web pages will be live from Autumn 2005 at

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