CFP: NAPS Symposium Sept 2018




A one day symposium of the Network of American Periodical Studies
University of Nottingham – Friday 21st September 2018

300 word abstracts and accompanying one-page CVs are due to the symposium organizers, Dr Matthew Pethers ( and Dr Graham Thompson (, by Monday April 16th 2018.

“Context stinks! It’s a way of stopping the description when you are too tired or lazy to go on,” Bruno Latour declares in Reassembling the Social (2005). Taken up as a mantra by various literary critics concerned with overturning the tendency to critique texts as ideological objects, the idea that “context stinks” particularly underpins a constellation of recent approaches to literature that show a renewed attention to aesthetics, close reading, or genre. Although primarily concerned to date with the traditional literary foci of novels, poems and plays, the rejection of New Historicist modes of contextualization under the rubric of what Rita Felski has called “postcritical reading” has much to offer scholars working on periodical culture. But at the same time, if any single hermeneutic strategy can be said to have retarded the progress of periodical studies it is the field’s consistent privileging of content over context. Students of the periodical have typically borrowed their means of analysing them from the study of other forms. Texts – often by already canonical writers – are prised from the wealth of matter published in magazines and newspapers and subjected to detailed descriptive readings that abstract them entirely from their broader periodical environment. The problem for periodical studies is not necessarily that it has been too obsessed with context (though its default interpretive lens has tended to be that of ideology) but that it hasn’t engaged imaginatively enough with the range and diversity of possible periodical contexts.

This symposium thus seeks papers that challenge the narrow content-orientation of much existing periodicals scholarship by engaging with new, deeper and more complex contextualizations of these unique textual objects. In particular, we are interested in work that offers considerations of the American periodical from the perspective not of its content-providers but the perspective of the multiple human and nonhuman actors responsible for assembling and distributing what in the aggregate is a mass of literary material simply too large and various for conventional interpretive approaches. Topics might include:

  • The material constitution of periodicals (paper, illustration, etc.)
  • Transportation and the geography of periodicals
  • Technologies of periodical production
  • The business and commerce of periodicals
  • Periodical editors, managers, and owners
  • Periodicals and manual labour
  • Legal structures and the periodical (copyright, censorship, etc.)
  • Seriality and the temporalities of periodical culture
  • The role of genre in periodical culture
  • The periodical archive and its challenges and limitations
  • The digitization of periodicals and its consequences for textual interpretation
  • The periodical and distant reading
  • The periodical and network theory

The Transnational American Periodical

Registration is now open for

The Transnational American Periodical

15th December 2017 at the British Library Conference Centre #transnationalAP

Conference Schedule
8:45am                        Registration and Coffee
9:15am                        Welcome
9:30-11am       Parallel Sessions
Transnational Careers and Serial Practices
  • Rachael Alexander (Strathclyde University): “Who, under the sun, is Fish?”: Anne Harriet Fish, the Tatler, and Vanity Fair
  • Sarah Galletly (James Cook University): “It’s Dynamite – You’ll Never Print It”: The transnational serialisation of Gwethalyn Graham’s Earth and High Heaven (1944)
  • Faye Hammill (Glasgow University) and Hannah McGregor (Simon Fraser University): Serial Practices Across the 49th Parallel: The Case of Martha Ostenso 
The Transnational Abolitionist Press
  • Marina Bilbija (Tufts University): The Three Anglo-Africans: A Study of “Anglo-African” Worlding in 1860s New York and Lagos
  • Pia Wiegmink (Johannes Gutenberg University): The Annual “Gift” of Freedom: Women’s Transnational Networks in Abolitionist Serial Print Culture
  • Sarah Meer (Cambridge University): Frederick Douglass’s North Star and the journals of William and Mary Howitt: Transatlantic Periodical Alliances
11-11:15am     Coffee Break
11:15-12:00     Keynote: Professor Janet Floyd (Kings College London)
‘A work colony for periodicals: Broadway, Worcestershire and the New York monthlies in the 1880s’
12:00-1:15pm Lunch and Show and Tell Sessions with British Library collections
1:15-2:45pm   Parallel Sessions
The Visual and Screen Cultures of Transnational Periodicals
  • Ceyda Özmen (Ege University): Yıldız Film Magazine as ‘Turkish Photoplay’: Hollywood-Driven Modernity in Transnational/Translational Perspective
  • Thomas Smits (Radboud University): Transnational producers of illustrated news, 1842-1860: Frank Leslie (1821-1880), Thomas Armstrong (1818-1861) and Walter George Mason (1822-1866)
  • Amanda Bellows (New York Historical Society): “Transnational Conceptions of Race and Ethnicity in Nineteenth-Century American and Russian Periodicals”
The Transnational Avant-Garde
  • Barnaby Haran (Hull University): Constructivism and Americanism in The Little Review in the 1920s
  • Kirsten MacLeod (Newcastle University): Montmartre in Manhattan: M’lle New York and Transnational Bohemianism
  • Rosvita Rauch (Independent Scholar): Cuba’s revista de avance: a little magazine posing big questions at the crossroads of the Americas
2:45-3pm        Coffee Break
3-5pm             Single Session
Approaching the Transnational Periodical
  • Mary Grace Albanese (Binghampton University): John Brown’s Haitian Body
  • Gyorgy Toth (Stirling University): The Akwesasne Notes: Organ or Catalyst of Cold War Native American Transnational Protest?
  • Graham Thompson (Nottingham University): The Transnational Periodical Machine
  • Adam Lewis (Boston College): Expatriating American Periodical Studies
5:15-6pm        Q&A with Michael Burland from The American, followed by closing remarks
6pm                 Closing Reception, sponsored by Royal Holloway University
The British Library is the national library of the UK and one of the largest libraries in the world. The Transnational American Periodical will be conducted in the Library’s Conference Centre, located on the right hand side of the Piazza as you enter from the Euston Road.
The main entrance to the Library is 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
Refreshments – Conference fees include all refreshments, lunch and the post-conference wine reception. Kings Cross has a variety of independent and chain cafes (Pret a Manger, Starbucks, Costa) for breakfast before the conference.
Twitter – for those wishing to live-tweet the conference, or to follow the conference proceedings online, we will be using the hashtag #transnationalAP
With thanks for support received from: The British Library; The Eccles Centre for American Studies; The British Association for American Studies; Northumbria University; Royal Holloway University; University of Sussex’s Centre for American Studies.

Mapping the Magazine 5

The fifth ‘Mapping the Magazine‘ conference, to be held at Columbia College Chicago, July 25-27, 2018, invites submissions on the theme Magazines as Curated Communities. Organizers seek proposals for individual papers on topics related to magazine research from many disciplines (Media and Communication, Journalism, Critical and Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology, Linguistics, English, History, Visual Communication, and others). The 2018 conference seeks to explore questions including but not limited to:
  • Redefining magazines: Are podcasts, fashion and lifestyle blogs, Tumblr sites, online fan communities and other collections of content and audiences “magazines”? What are the arguments for and against expanding our notion of magazines?
  • Magazine production: What technological or industry trends are influencing changes in production? What business models work or will work in the future? (Ethnographic approaches to studying magazine production would be especially interesting here.)
  • The perseverance of print: How and why is the print medium currently being used by zines, little magazines, and other underground publications to resist hegemony and online trolling? How are custom(er) magazines using the print medium to convey exclusivity and luxury? How are mainstream consumer titles (re)marketing their print publications to digital natives? How are art magazines and literary magazines driving an interest in print?
  • Magazines as sites of advocacy and resistance: What has changed, if anything, in magazines’ tendency to take on issues of social justice? What campaigns work, and what don’t? How are these publications doing in these contentious times?
  • Trends in magazine content: What is considered newsworthy and storyworthy across generations, countries, and cultures? What is the balance of individualistic versus collectivistic values in different types of magazine content? What has changed over time? Are online news stories increasingly adopting some of the features of magazine content, and what does this mean for magazines? How have the constructions of race, gender, sexuality, disability and other group differences in magazine content changed over time?
  • Readership trends: Who reads what magazines—and why? What is changing and why? How do magazines affect their audiences? What roles do readers play in the evolution of magazines and their content on various platforms?
  • History of magazines. What can we learn from the past? What case studies inform our understanding of magazine media then and now?
  • Advertising trends: From advertorials to native advertising, how has the tension between editorial and advertising evolved? What are the ethical and commercial considerations? How do readers discern the differences? How well do magazines drive sales? What other revenue streams exist?
“Mapping the Magazine” is a series of conferences established by Tim Holmes of Cardiff University. Four conferences have run so far—in 2005, 2007, 2011, and 2016. The fifth conference will be sponsored by Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University, and the Magazine Media Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
 The MtM conferences aim to serve as intimate and meaningful gatherings of magazine scholars from many disciplines who are interested in exploring the current state of magazine research and possibly developing collaborative research projects. MtM5, like all of the preceding conferences, is open to all scholars working in the broad field of magazine research.
Abstracts of 400 words for 20-minute papers are due by December 27, 2017. Please submit abstracts via the conference website at For instructions or to confirm receipt of your abstract, contact Successful applicants will be contacted by February 1, 2018, and full papers will be due to the conference organizers by May 1, 2018. As in the past, papers will be delivered sequentially over the three days, not concurrently in separate streams. Conference delegates are asked to commit to attending all papers.
Registration is free for all presenters and keynote speakers. General admission is $50, and discounted to $25 for students and members of the AEJMC Magazine Media Division.
The organizers are planning to have an edited collection or a special issue of the Journal of Magazine Media based on selected papers from the conference. Please email any questions to the members of the organizing committee: Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin (Columbia College Chicago,; Betsy Edgerton (Columbia College Chicago,; Susan Currie Sivek (Linfield College,; Kevin Lerner (Marist College,; Tim Holmes (Cardiff University,; Miglena Sternadori (Texas Tech University,


The Transnational American Periodical

Tickets are now available for the symposium

The Transnational American Periodical 

A symposium examining American magazines and newspapers through a global lens

Traditionally, and following the work of Benedict Anderson, historians have viewed periodicals as a keystone of the modern nation state and a space for imagining nationhood. This symposium will challenge those perspectives, exploring how American periodicals and periodical literature, from the colonial period to the present day, have reached across borders to displace the nation as the primary site of belonging. The symposium will consider how American periodicals, as well as their editors, contributors, and readers, circulated across national boundaries, and the transnational networks that such circulation both relied upon and created.

Academics from the fields of history, literature, media studies and American studies will explore how changes in the material text, technologies and economies of print, reading publics, and distribution networks shaped transnational discourses and movements. They will also examine how periodicals encouraged and sustained transnational identities within the United States itself, including periodicals aimed at immigrant and diasporic communities. The event will also include a show and tell with original periodicals from the British Library’s collections.

Registration: £25 standard rate; £10 for British Library Members, students (undergraduate and post-graduate), registered unemployed and Early Career Researchers on short-term contracts (ECRs should choose the ‘Student’ ticket category when booking).
Refreshments, lunch and a drinks reception are included in the registration fee.

Sponsored by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, in collaboration with the Network of American Periodical Studies. Supported by the British Association for American Studies and the Centre for Victorian Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Image: ‘Okinawan Girls’ reading Life magazine during the Battle of Okinawa, 1945 (unknown US Marines photographer)
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Name: The Transnational American Periodical
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
Show Map      How to get to the Library
Price: Full Price: £25.00
Member: £10.00
Senior 60+: £25.00
Student: £10.00
Registered Unemployed: £10.00
Under 18: £10.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546

Prize: Submissions invited for Best Article on American Periodicals Prize

Award: Prize for Best Article on American Periodicals

The Research Society of American Periodicals invites submissions for its 2016-17 Article Prize.

The prize is awarded to the best article on the subject of American periodicals published in a peer-reviewed academic journal between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.The Article Prize is designed for early-career scholars. Graduate students and those who received their Ph.D. no earlier than January 1, 2012 are eligible to apply. The prizewinner will be awarded $1000. The prizewinner and two honorable mentions will also be provided with a one-year membership to the Research Society of American Periodicals, which includes a subscription to the society’s journal, American Periodicals. The winner and two honorable mentions will be invited to participate in an RSAP Article Prize Roundtable held at the 2018 American Literature Association conference, to be held from May 24-27 in San Francisco, CA. All roundtable participants will be reimbursed for travel expenses related to the conference (up to $1000).

To apply, please email a .pdf version of the article and a completed registration form to Benjamin Fagan at The registration form can be found here: In order to be considered, all submissions must be received by December 1, 2017.

Research Society for American Periodicals:

registration open for “Magazines on the Move”

Network of American Periodical Studies

Magazines on the Move: North American Periodicals and Travel

(Friday 22nd September 2017 Newton Building, Room 44, Nottingham Trent University)

A one-day seminar hosted by the Centre for Travel Writing Studies, Nottingham Trent University, in collaboration with the Network for American Periodical Studies. Friday 22nd September 2017, Nottingham Trent University

Keynote speaker: Professor Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)

Organisers:  Dr Victoria Bazin (Northumbria University); Dr Rebecca Butler (Nottingham Trent University); Dr Sue Currell (Sussex University); Prof Tim Youngs (Nottingham Trent University)

Friday 22nd September 2017 Newton Building, Room 44, Nottingham Trent University.

Register here

A one-day seminar on hosted by the Centre for Travel Writing Studies, Nottingham Trent University, in collaboration with the Network for American Periodical Studies.

This day-seminar will focus on the relationship between North American travel writing and the periodical format. Its primary purpose is to facilitate historical and critical discussion of narratives…

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CFP: The Transnational American Periodical

The Transnational American Periodical: A one day symposium at the British Library, London, 15 December 2017, in collaboration with the

Network of American Periodical Studies 

Plenary Speaker: Professor Janet Floyd (King’s College London)

The ‘transnational turn’ in American Studies can be understood as perhaps the most important reimagining of  the field since its inception; challenging Americanists to reevaluate disciplinary protocols, re-think their relationship to the region they study, and revise their intellectual and theoretical assumptions. For researchers of American print and periodical culture, this shift has often proved especially challenging; reliance on the work of Benedict Anderson and other scholarship on print and nationhood has led to a dominant view of the periodical as a space for imagining nationhood, or as a keystone of the modern nation state.

Against these arguments for periodicals as an instrument for building and imagining American nationhood, this symposium will explore how American periodicals and periodical literature, from the colonial period to the present day, has reached across borders to displace the nation as the primary site of belonging. The symposium will consider how American periodicals – as well as their editors, contributors, and readers – circulated across national boundaries, and the transnational networks that such circulation both relied upon and created. We invite papers that explore how changes in the material text, technologies and economies of print, reading publics, and distribution networks have shaped and reshaped transnational discourses and movements. We also welcome scholarship that examines how periodicals encouraged and sustained transnational identities within the United States itself, including periodicals aimed at immigrant and diasporic communities.

The symposium will also interrogate the relationship between theory and the archive that emerges from a transnational perspective on American periodicals. How does uncoveringthe material, economic, and social conditions of transnational periodical production and circulation encourage us to rethink theories of cosmopolitanism, the border, or the Black Atlantic? How can we write a transnational history of American periodicals using archives that were shaped in response to nation-centric models of cultural, political, and intellectual history? And how can theoretical approaches adapted from other disciplines inform our approach to and understanding of the transnational impact of American print?

Topics for papers may include:

  • The circulation of US periodicals and periodical literature outside of the United States
  • The circulation of non-US periodicals or the ethnic press in the United States
  • Non-English periodicals or international editions of American periodicals
  • American periodicals and transnational understandings of race, gender, and sexuality
  • Transnational cultures of reprinting or collaboration
  • American periodicals and the development of transnational networks
  • Foreign correspondents and the American periodical
  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to transnational periodical studies.
  • The impact of archives, including digitization projects, on transnational approaches to United States periodicals
  • American periodicals, transnationalism, and the digital age

We invite proposals for both individual papers, and for panels involving three or more participants. As well as traditional 20 minute papers, we welcome proposals for digital project showcases, roundtables, lightening papers, and other non-traditional formats.

We would like to thank BAAS, NAPS and the Eccles Centre at the British Library, whose generous support allows us to offer fee reductions and some travel funding for postgraduates, for early career scholars on hourly-paid or part time contracts, and for early career independent scholars. If you wish to be considered for travel funding, please include this information in your covering email, with an estimate of your travel costs.

Please send all proposals and any questions to the conference organizers Dr James West (University of Birmingham) and Dr Katie McGettigan (Royal Holloway, University of London) at by 15 September 2017. Decisions of acceptance will be made by 1 October 2017.