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
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Price: Full Price: £25.00
Member: £10.00
Senior 60+: £25.00
Student: £10.00
Registered Unemployed: £10.00
Under 18: £10.00
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