MLA Roundtable on Theorizing Periodical Studies

I’m thrilled to be chairing a roundtable discussion at MLA this year.  Organized by Matthew Phillpotts, the panel takes on the problem of theory and periodical studies.  It gathers together some of the top figures in periodical studies and is a must for anyone with an interest in periodicals, Victorian and modern print culture, or digital humanities.  Magazine Modernisms is also providing access to each of the position papers on this site in five posts following this one.

384. What Is a Journal? Toward a Theory of Periodical Studies

Friday, 4 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., Public Garden, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: J. Stephen Murphy, New York, NY

Speakers: Ann Ardis, Univ. of Delaware, Newark; Sean Latham, Univ. of Tulsa; Dallas H. Liddle, Augsburg Coll.; James Mussell, Univ. of Birmingham; Matthew Philpotts, Univ. of Manchester

For position papers, visit after 1 Nov or see this site.

Session Description:

Research in periodical studies continues to flourish, yielding numerous projects that take the periodical as an object of inquiry in its own right. Yet the theoretical development of the field remains elusive. This session tackles this weakness, bringing together periodical scholars from different disciplines to address the fundamental conceptual issues raised by this vibrant new field.


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