Esprit: European Society for Periodical Research

I’ve just been told about a new European organization for Periodical Studies: Esprit: The European Society for Periodical Research. They are hosting a conference this December in Manchester that might be of interest to Magmoders:

Periodicals Across Europe
9-10 December 2011

Keynote speakers

Professor Sophie Levie (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
Professor Barbara Mittler (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)
Professor Sascha Bru (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

The conference will be held at The Burgess Foundation, Manchester.

To mark the foundation of the European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit), the Centre for Periodicals Research at the University of Salford is hosting the Periodicals Across Europe Conference on 9-10 December 2011.  The theme of the conference is the comparative study of European periodicals and periodical cultures, and the conference organizers now welcome proposals for contributions.

We take ‘periodical’ in its widest sense to mean magazines, journals, newspapers and any other form of serial publication.  ‘Comparative study’ is equally broadly defined.  The conference aims to consider the differences or similarities in periodical cultures between European nations and languages; between historical periods; and between European and non-European periodical cultures.  The organizers anticipate that this comparison will arise from the juxtaposition of papers, so individual papers need not be explicitly comparative.  Topics for proposals may include, but are by no means limited to

•    Periodicals and national culture
•    Internationalization of and in periodicals
•    Trans-European periodical culture
•    Europe seen from abroad in periodicals
•    The language of periodicals
•    Cultural exchanges between periodicals
•    Periodical genres (such as the illustrated newspaper; satiric, fiction or poetry magazines; the review; the woman’s magazine; little magazines; trade journals)
•    Imitation/Influence/Borrowing in periodical culture
•    Periodicals and print and image technologies

While we welcome proposals in any of these areas, we seek especially work on non-Anglophone and/or post-1900 periodicals.  While the study of nineteenth-century Anglophone periodicals is well-established, part of ESPRit’s mission is to open up periodical research beyond this field.

In line with ESPRit’s stated aims, the organizers hope to bring together some of the ‘many European scholars in different disciplines—historians, sociologists, literary scholars, media studies scholars—who use periodicals in their work’.  Ideally, the conference will put experienced researchers from the established field in dialogue with more recent arrivals.  Accordingly, we also welcome contributions which are focused on questions of theories and methodologies of periodical research, as well as proposals dealing with teaching periodicals, and the impact of digitization on periodical research.

The organizers are looking for proposals for conference papers of 15-20 minutes length or for panels of related papers.  However, we also encourage proposals which vary from the conventional format; for example, roundtable debates, workshops, posters, etc.

The conference will be held at The Burgess Foundation, an attractive venue in central Manchester.  It is convenient for hotels and restaurants and a 2-minute walk from Oxford Road Railway Station with direct links to Manchester International Airport.

Proposals of no more than 250 words should be sent to or

Deadline: 11 July 2011.

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