CFP: Print Networks Conference, St Anne’s College, Oxford, 22-23 July 2014

Deadline: 31 January 2014

Print Networks Conference, St Anne’s College, Oxford: 22-23 July 2014

Worlds of Learning: Education and the Book Trade; Keynote speaker: Professor Simon Eliot

The thirty-second Print Networks Conference on the History of the British book trade will take place at St. Anne’s College, Oxford on 22-23 July 2014.

The conference will take education and the book trade as its theme. Papers are invited on any aspect of printing, publishing, distribution and bookselling for education, broadly defined, since the beginnings of print until the present. How did the book trade and education mutually profit from and shape each other? What was the book trade’s impact on the the development of institutions of learning; the organization of knowledge; pedagogies and technologies of instruction; and on both formal and informal education, including self-help? Papers with an interest in the provincial book trades in Britain are particularly welcomed, as this has been the historical theme of the Print Networks series, but so too are papers on the relationship between metropolitan and provincial book cultures, national and transnational print economies, and on interactions between print and other media. Papers will be considered for publication in Publishing History, the journal of Print Networks.

An abstract of no more than 400 words of the proposed paper (of 25-30 minutes duration) should be submitted by 31 January 2014 to Giles Bergel via email ( or at the address below:

Faculty of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford

Manor Road



United Kingdom

It is understood that papers offered to the conference will be original work and not delivered to any similar body before presentation at this conference.


The Print Networks Conference offers an annual fellowship to a postgraduate scholar whose research falls within the parameters of the conference brief, and who wishes to present a paper at the conference.  The fellowship covers the cost of attending the conference and some assistance towards costs of travel.  A summary of the research being undertaken and a recommendation from a tutor or supervisor should also be sent to the above email or postal address by 31 January 2014.

Accommodation and dining will be available at St. Anne’s College: information on this will be provided along with the conference programme after the closing date for submissions.

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