Summer NAPS symposium ‘Periodicals and Travel’


Magazines on the Move: North American Periodicals and Travel

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

Tuesday 6th June 2017, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus

Keynote speaker: Professor Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)

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

This 1 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 of travel in North American periodicals.

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers that examine accounts of travel to, within, or from North America, published in North American periodicals. Topics to be examined in considering the interplay between the travel experience, the written and/or visual record of travel, and the periodical publication of the travel record, may include, but are not limited to:

  • Commercial considerations
  • Editorial policy and interventions
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Periodical context and design
  • Purpose of travel
  • ‘Race’
  • Readership
  • Solo or group travel
  • Technologies of transport/mode of travel
  • Tourism
  • Visual representations

The seminar is a collaboration between Nottingham Trent’s Centre for Travel Writing Studies (CTWS) and the Network of American Periodical Studies (NAPS). It draws on the expertise of both research centres, as well as that of our keynote speaker, Professor Andrew Thacker (NTU), a specialist in modernist magazines and spatial geographies of modernism.

The Centre for Travel Writing Studies (CTWS) was established by Prof Tim Youngs (Nottingham Trent University) in 2002 to produce, facilitate, and promote scholarly research on travel writing and its contexts, without restriction of period, locus, or type of travel writing.

The Network of American Periodical Studies (NAPS) is a research initiative set up by Dr Sue Currell (Sussex University) and Dr Victoria Bazin (Northumbria University). It aims to bring together scholars working on American periodicals (magazines, newspapers and other periodical publications) from a range of historical periods and disciplines.

Paper proposals of c.200 words should be sent to by 5th May 2017. Early submission is advised.

With grateful thanks to the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) for financial support, we are now able to offer a limited number of travel bursaries and fee waivers for postgraduate students to attend. Priority will be given to those offering papers. Please state at the end of your proposal if you are a postgraduate wishing to apply for help towards costs.

CFP Radical American Periodicals

CALL FOR PAPERS: Radical American Periodicals Special issue of Radical Americas

Deadline for Proposals: 1 May 2017

The Network of American Periodical Studies, in collaboration with UCL Press journal Radical Americas, invites submissions for a special issue focusing on Radical American periodicals

In an early issue of New Left magazine Radical America, (a product of the campus-based 1960s movement Students for a Democratic Society) the editors outlined their aim to educate readers ‘about the radical traditions of this country’, to provide a ‘forum for students of American radicalism’, and to break down the barriers between the ‘activist’ and the ‘intellectual’. In doing so, Radical America refashioned a blueprint for American periodical radicalism that had been passed down by activists and editors for generations. As oppositional outlets for expressions of political, cultural, or social dissent, radical American periodicals have played a vital role as a forum for radical debate, and a challenge to mainstream understandings of American democracy, citizenship, and community. Yet what makes a periodical ‘radical’? And what makes it ‘American’? How has our understanding of these terms been shaped by the complex and constantly shifting nature of radical protest and the nation-state? And in what ways does this definition change depending on the editorial production, financial composition, geographic distribution or visual aesthetic of each ‘radical’ periodical?

This special issue seeks to address these questions through exploring the role and resonance of radical periodicals in America from the 18th to the 21st century. Bringing together scholars from a range of different disciplines and historical periods, we seek to interrogate how the concept of the ‘radical periodical’ in America has varied across time and place. We are not only interested in well-established oppositional periodicals, but also more transient forms of radical print – the hand-printed, mimeographed, photocopied, short-lived, minority, dissident, or extremist periodicals which have offered radical new perspectives on American culture, values and politics. We are also interested in papers which examine the connections between individual ideology and editorial intent, radical social movements and periodicals, the development and composition of radical audiences, and the challenges and opportunities of preserving radical periodical in the digital age.

Topics for papers may include:

• Dissident or banned periodicals.
• Communist,fascist or anarchist periodicals.
• Minority, feminist and queer radical publications.
• Reactionary radicalism, white nationalist and far-right periodicals.
• Radical American periodicals abroad and the circulation of radical foreign periodicals in America. • The illustration, formatting and design of radical periodicals.
• The relationship between radical periodicals, organisations and networks.
• Radical periodicals, conservation and the archive.
• Radical zines and periodical radicalism in the digital age.

We welcome work in a number of different formats, including photo-essays, book reviews, interviews and archival notes. Articles for peer review should be between 4,000 and 12,000 words including footnotes. Book reviews should be no more than 1,000 words. Other pieces should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Please consult the UCL Press house style in advance of submission.

Initial proposals (max 4 pages) should be sent to Dr. Sue Currell (S.CURRELL@SUSSEX.AC.UK) and Dr. James West (E.J.WEST@BHAM.AC.UK) with ‘Radical Americas’ as the subject by May 1st 2017

Completed essays will need to be submitted to the editors, with permissions, by September 30th 2017

download CFP poster here RadicalAmericasCFP

Report of Second NAPS symposium

Radical America: Revolutionary, Dissident and Extremist Magazines, 20th May, The Keep, University of Sussex
The Radical America symposium was attended by over 50 delegates and guests and successfully launched the University of Sussex’s special collection of the New Masses magazine as well as gathering together scholars and general public interested in radical or dissident magazines in the US. Attendees came from around the UK as well as from Ireland and the US. 
The day began with an introduction to the Radical America collections at The Keep, including the New Masses archive and ongoing digitization of that collection, as well as a presentation of the Harvey Matusow papers held at Sussex. 
The first panel titled ‘Sexual Dissidence’ covered the sexual politics of the radical Berkeley Barb and the San Francisco Oracle; painting and the revolutionary art of The Masses as well as transatlantic feminist periodical networks of the Women’s Liberation Movement. The second panel examined ‘Spaces of Segregation and Incarceration’ in magazine culture, including the marginalization of Black World staff in the physical work environment of 1970s Johnson Publishing Company; white racial rhetoric in The Citizen Magazine 1961-79, and American women’s prison zines as sites of art and protest. 
Over lunch, delegates were invited to view the Keep’s collection of radical magazines and the newly conserved issues of the New Masses as well as to attend a demonstration of the digital version of the magazine under development. 
After lunch, panel three examined ‘Writers, Artists and Intellectuals as Editors’ with papers presented on Dennis Cooper’s Little Caesar magazine; Orestes Brownson and The Boston Quarterly Review (1838-42) and Pamela Colman Smith’s The Green Sheaf. The final panel for the day focused on ‘visual radicalism and the avant-guard’ with papers on the influence of French visual culture on American periodicals; the influence of modernism and surrealism in Radical America and the radicalism of underground comix. 
A wine reception was then followed by a lively and captivating personal recollection of the ‘The rise and fall of the Chicago Seed and the American underground press in the sixties and seventies’  from former underground magazine editor (and most able raconteur) Abe Peck. Abe Peck’s review essay on the literature of the Underground Press is published here:
There was great enthusiasm for the event and it was notable that no one failed to attend and more people came than were registered. Discussions were lively and engaged and there was much interest from outside of the UK from people who couldn’t attend. Interest in this second of the NAPS network events is also leading to two more themed NAPS events over 2016-17, potentially one on a theme of travel and periodicals (Nottingham Trent) and another on body, race and medicine in magazines (Liverpool/Wellcome).
The day was generously sponsored and supported by The School of English, (organization, catering and hosting costs); The Centre for Modernist Studies (Wine reception and student helpers/costs) and the Centre for American Studies at Sussex (speaker’s travel costs and hosting). Travel bursaries and postgraduate rates were subsidized by a small grant from the British Association for American Studies ( Thanks are also due to colleagues at Sussex who kindly gave their time, expertise and support to present or chair panels.
An online review of the day and an online exhibition is also under preparation. More on that soon……

Woman Thinking: Public Intellectualism in U.S. Periodical Culture

by Cynthia Patterson
Apologies for cross-posting.
Call for Proposals: Panel sponsored by the Research Society for American Periodicals (RSAP) and the Network of American Periodical Studies (NAPS: UK)
As a follow-up to successful panels at the recent American Literature Association (ALA) conference in San Francisco on “Woman Thinking: Public Intellectualism in U.S. Periodical Culture,” we welcome proposals on the topic “Woman Thinking Deuxième Partie : Border Crossing and Public Intellectualism in U.S. Periodical Culture” for the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) 2017 conference, to be held July 5-8, 2017 at the Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France.
In keeping with the conference theme of “border crossing(s),” we specifically invite papers that examine American women periodical writers involved in cross-cultural exchanges.

From the SSAWW 2017 conference CFP:
“The conference theme invites participants to explore the broad spectrum of possibilities generated by cross-cultural interactions, as well as the challenge consequently posed to literary canons. How has this experience affected women writers’ worldview and conception of language? To what extent do their modes of exploration differ from that of their male counterparts? How important were such contacts in allowing women writers to develop a consciousness of otherness and/or forge a community of feeling and experience transcending national and/or cultural barriers?”
The complete CFP can be found at:

Historically, women have been excluded from the markers of intellectualism available to men, ranging from the academy to the church to the state. American periodical culture provided an alternative forum for women thinkers to participate in intellectual exchange and, in so doing, influence public opinion, critique societal practices, and advance human knowledge and freedom. While illuminating studies have linked women’s periodical work to their activism, less attention has been paid to the ways that women have engaged with periodical culture to establish themselves as intellectual authorities in the public mind. For this panel, we seek papers that explore the relationship between women’s periodical work and public intellectualism, particularly as they used their periodical work to forge cross-cultural exchange.
In “The American Scholar,” Ralph Waldo Emerson described the ideal citizen as “Man Thinking.” How did women use periodicals to assert themselves as citizen-thinkers in their own right? How did this work against or in conjunction with women’s societal roles (domestic or otherwise) and how might this relate to the expanding boundaries of the positions of women and intellectuals in American society? How wide a public does a woman need to address to be considered a public intellectual – local, regional, national, global? What types of literacy/writing may define women as intellectuals? What do we have to gain by examining women’s periodical work through a lens of public intellectualism and cross-cultural exchange?
Please send a 250-word abstract and a brief (2-page) research CV to Cynthia Patterson, by June 24, 2016.

Radical America: Revolutionary, Dissident and Extremist Magazines


Reserve a place by booking at Sussex University’s online shop:

Radical America: Revolutionary, Dissident and Extremist Magazines, 20th May, The Keep, University of Sussex

Registration: 9.30 Coffee & Tea

10-10.30: Introduction to radical American collections at The Keep and launch of the New Masses Digital Collection: speakers Sue Currell, Francis Booth and Doug Haynes

Panel 1. 10.35-11.55 Sexual Dissidence (Chair: Luke Walker, University of Sussex).

  • Sex and the radical imagination in the Berkeley Barb and the San Francisco Oracle. Sinead McEneaney (St Mary’s University).
  • ‘The nearest thing to us in all the world’: Naked Bodies as Revolutionary Art for The Masses, John Fagg (University of Birmingham).
  • Transatlantic Feminist Periodical Networks and the Women’s Liberation Movement, Victoria Bazin (Northumbria University).

Panel 2.  12—1.20 Spaces of Segregation and Incarceration (Chair: Doug Haynes, Sussex University)

  • Marginalization and exclusion of Black World staff in the physical work environment of 1970s Johnson Publishing Company. James West (University of Manchester).
  • White Space: Racial Rhetoric in The Citizen Magazine 1961-79, Bradley Phipps, (University of Leicester).
  • ‘We Asked For Life!’: American Women’s Prison Zines as Sites of Art and Protest, Olivia Wright (University of Nottingham).

Lunch 1.20-2.00

Panel 3. 2.05-3.25 Writers, Artists and Intellectuals as Editors (Chair: Nerys Williams, University College Dublin).

  • Anarchy in LA: New York School sociability and Dennis Cooper’s Little Caesar magazine Diarmuid Hester (University of Sussex).
  • The Radical Form of Periodical Poetics: Orestes Brownson and The Boston Quarterly Review (1838-42) Benjamin Pickford (University of Nottingham)
  • “Pamela Colman Smith,The Green Sheaf, and Literary Experimentation” Elizabeth C. O’Connor (Washington College)

Panel 4. 3.30-4.50  Visual Radicals and the Avant-Garde (Chair: Maria Lauret, Sussex University)

  • French visual culture in 1960s American avant-garde periodicals: between Godard and Barbarella, Hugo Frey (University of Chichester)
  • Modernism and the Left, Old and New in Rebel Worker  (1964-7) and Radical America (1970) Jo Pawlik (University of Sussex)
  • Theorising the Radicalism of Underground Comix, Paul Williams (University of Exeter)

5—5.30 Refreshments and wine reception

5.30-7  Plenary talk: ‘The rise and fall of the Chicago Seed and the American Underground Press in the Sixties and Seventies’  Abe Peck (Northwestern University) (Introduced and chaired by Daniel Kane). See Abe’s review essay on the Underground Press here at

Reserve a place by booking at Sussex University’s online shop:

Event to be held Friday May 20, 2016 @The Keep, home of the University of Sussex Special Collections and just slightly outside of the main campus, for directions see

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This conference is sponsored by the School of English, the Centre for American Studies`& the Centre for Modernist Studies at the University of Sussex. Postgraduate bursaries have been sponsored by the British Association for American Studies.

Radical America Guest Speaker Announcement

Announcement: Special Guest Speaker for the 2nd NAPS symposium “Radical America” on May 20th is Abe Peck, the former editor of the Chicago Seed  and author of Uncovering the Sixties: The Life and Times of the Underground Press.

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Abe will discuss the rise and fall of the Chicago Seed as a proxy for the hundreds and hundreds of radical papers that emerged in the 1960s. His talk will cover a wide sweep of experiences from the paper and its role in key radical movements: from the Yippies and the ’68 Democratic Convention to an obscenity bust to eventual extremism and sectarianism. From owned to collectivised The Seed was involved in numerous movements of the era: one issue celebrated both the gay and Native American revolutions. The Seed was also one of the best-illustrated papers of the era, including underground comix.

Other speakers will discuss: Black World during the 1970s; The New Masses 1926-48Sex and the radical imagination in the Berkeley Barb and the San Francisco Oracle; sex and nudity in The Masses; Dennis Cooper’s Little Caesar ; American Women’s Prison Zines; French visual culture in 1960s American avant-garde periodicalsWhite Space and Racial Rhetoric in The Citizen Magazine; New Left magazines in the 1960s, including Radical America. The day will include a discussion about archives, censorship, conservation and digital preservation. There will also be a wine reception and launch of The Keep’s collection of the New Masses magazines.

The full programme for the day will be published soon, in the meantime you can reserve a place by booking at Sussex University’s online shop:

CFP Radical American Magazines


Radical America: Revolutionary, Dissident and Extremist Magazines

CFP: The Second NAPS Symposium is seeking papers that discuss American magazines’ political radicalism and dissidence; experimentalism; marginality; extremism; avant-gardism. Topics to be addressed might include the hand-printed, mimeographed, photocopied, homemade, short-lived, minority, dissident, banned, objectionable, radical, tasteless, amateur, arty, communist, fascist, sectarian, or religious magazines, usually found discarded in the American basement. Further topics of interest: Illustration and design; Networks; Legality; Persecution; Production and distribution; Access, Conservation; and preservation.

Send short abstracts to Sue Currell at by March 25th, 2016. We hope to make some student travel bursaries available so please indicate in your application if you intend to apply for one 

Event to be held Friday May 20, 2016 @The Keep, home of the University of Sussex Special Collections, see

Sponsored by the School of English and the Centre for Modernist Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

The Network of American Periodical Studies (NAPS) is a research initiative that aims to bring together scholars working on American periodicals (magazines, newspapers and other periodical publications) from any historical period.