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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Details

Name: The Transnational American Periodical
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
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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
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
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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 fagan@auburn.edu. The registration form can be found here: http://bit.ly/2x9XWOa 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 http://onlinestore.ntu.ac.uk/product-catalogue/science-and-technology/conferences/magazines-on-the-move-north-american-periodicals-and-travel

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 transnationalperiodicals@gmail.com by 15 September 2017. Decisions of acceptance will be made by 1 October 2017.

 

 

 

registration open for “Magazines on the Move”

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 http://onlinestore.ntu.ac.uk/product-catalogue/science-and-technology/conferences/magazines-on-the-move-north-american-periodicals-and-travel

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 of travel in North American periodicals.

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.

Keynote speaker: Professor Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)

Full Registration (£20 – which includes lunch)

Half Day excluding lunch (£10)

Fee £20 (including lunch and refreshments) or £10 (without lunch). For registration and other queries please email: ctws@ntu.ac.uk by 14th September 2017.

Programme

9.15 – 9.45 registration

9.45 Welcome

 10.00 – 11.00 Keynote: Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University), ‘“America Invades Europe”: The Modernist Revue en Voyage’ (Chair: Victoria Bazin, Northumbria University)

11.00 – 12.30 Panel 1: Tourism and emigration in periodicals (Chair: Sue Currell, University of Sussex)

Shannon Derby (Tufts University, USA), ‘Tourism Narratives and the Production of Paradise’

Claire Lindsay (University College London), ‘Tourism advertising in Mexican Folkways (1925-1937)’

Mieke Neyens (KU Leuven), ‘True Norwegians in Mexico. Reports of travel and migration in Nordmannsforbundet, 1907-1940’

12.45- 1.30 Lunch

 1.30 – 3.00 Panel 2: Black travel writing and periodicals (Chair: Nick Grant, University of East Anglia)

Sofia Aatkar (Nottingham Trent University), ‘Motivity and Mobility in Jamaica Kincaid’s “On Seeing England for the First Time” (1991)’

Rachel Farebrother (Swansea University), ‘“It all depends how you look at it”: Travel Writing in the Brownies’ Book, 1920-21’

Jak Peake (University of Essex), ‘Life “Beyond the Color Line”? New York Wanderers and Caribbean Wonders’

3.00 – 3.30 Tea

3.30 – 5.00 Panel 3: Genres, form and location (Chair: Stephanie Palmer, Nottingham Trent University)

Josefin Holmstrom (University of Cambridge), ‘“A dream of enchantment”: Travelling with Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Agnes of Sorrento’

Matthew Pethers (University of Nottingham), ‘Early American Periodical Culture and the Problem of the Picaresque’

Eric White (Oxford Brookes University), ‘On the Move and On the Margins: Stranded Expatriates in Globe and The New Review’

5.00 Closing remarks: Tim Youngs (Nottingham Trent University)

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. http://centrefortravelwritingstudies.weebly.com/ctws-events.html

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.

The registration page for the Magazines on the Move seminar is now live at:
 
 
For catering purposes, please register before the 14th. There is the option to detail any dietary preferences or requirements when you click on the add basket tab.
 
You may also like to register for this free event at Nottingham Contemporary on the Thursday evening. Details are here:
 
You may also be interested in a photography exhibition there, ‘States of America’, the link for which is here:

 

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.

Summer NAPS symposium ‘Periodicals and Travel’

CALL FOR PAPERS:

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 ctws@ntu.ac.uk 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