CFP - 2018 Blount Postal History Symposium on WWI at Smithsonian National Postal Museum

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Call for Papers
June 15, 2017
United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, European History / Studies, Government and Public Service, Public History, World History / Studies

Call for Papers

The Tenth Blount Postal History Symposium

November 1-2, 2018

National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Washington DC

Theme of the Symposium: WWI and its Immediate Aftermath

Sponsored by the American Philatelic Society, the American Philatelic Research Library, and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum

On Monday, November 11, 1918, World War I came to an end. Wrought from militarism, nationalism and imperialism, the Great War broke empires, challenged established gender and race relations, and destroyed millions of lives. Mail became the critical link for the families separated and desperate for news. Governments responded to these developments and the disruption of communication networks, and struggled to determine who should be able to communicate with whom and about what.

Deadlines for proposals:

One-page proposal and CV due June 15, 2017. In addition to a one-page proposal, each individual should submit a one-page curriculum vitae with contact information (e-mail, phone, address).

Notification of acceptance will be mailed on or about August 1, 2017. 

Papers due by September 1, 2018.  Accepted proposals must result in papers of 4500-5500 words, including bibliographic material, citations, and image titles. The articles must be formatted according to the guidelines of the Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. Images should be placed and discussed within the text and image permissions must be acquired. Writers will have the opportunity to revise their papers after the symposium and before the papers are considered for publication.

For more information on formatting and permissions, please see below. For the permission form itself, please see the permission form on the press website.

We are interested in papers addressing all regions of the world. Possible topics include: disruptions and shifts in mail transportation systems, communication alternatives to the mail, censorship of and by postal systems, war-saving and thrift-saving stamp programs, war propaganda and the mail, war-time supply issues (inks, papers, etc.), changing demographics and policies towards postal employees, postal systems in occupied territories, the rise of airmail, and stamps of the new countries.

Contact Info: 

Susan Smith, PhD

Winton M. Blount Research Chair

Smithsonian National Postal Museum

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