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: http://onlineshop.sussex.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=86

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 s.currell@sussex.ac.uk 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 http://www.thekeep.info

Sponsored by the School of English and the Centre for Modernist Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. https://centreformoderniststudiessussex.wordpress.com

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.

Call For Papers: “Across Borders: Print and Periodical Studies in Motion”

Call For Papers: “Across Borders: Print and Periodical Studies in Motion”
at New York City College of Technology-CUNY  (Brooklyn, June 9 – 10, 2016)

Periodical content (texts and pictorial material), periodical actors (writers, illustrators, editors), and periodicals themselves have always crossed local, regional, and national borders with comparative ease, yet scholars of periodical studies have often confined themselves to specific locales such as urban print centers or nations, largely ignoring the dynamic, circulatory aspects of magazine cultures. A growing body of scholarship dedicated to understanding border crossings and to recovering the transnational and hemispheric dimensions of print cultural history models promising new theoretical and historical approaches.

This symposium welcomes scholars in periodical studies (art history, history, literature, journalism, media and communications), transnational studies, and hemispheric studies to contribute to a more widespread consideration of transnational circulation and of understudied communities of print within the United States. We invite papers that explicitly go beyond local, regional, and national frameworks to discuss the circulatory and network aspects of magazine and print culture from the beginnings of the periodical press to the digital age. The 2-day symposium will include five panels, a keynote address, and a guided tour of Printing House Square.

Possible topics include:

  • The circulation patterns of magazines within the nation and abroad
  • The culture of reprinting textual and visual material across periodicals
  • The spread of printing and distribution technologies
  • The evolution and diffusion of business models
  • Periodicals as catalysts in cultural dissemination, alternative identities/communities, and social movements
  • Theorizing trans- Periodical Studies
  • The use of digital tools and “deep mapping” to track periodical circulations and networks
  • Relationships between different periodical/print centers
  • Texts, topics, and visuals across periodicals
  • Interrelationships between periodical publishing and book publishing
  • Textual trajectories: transregional, transurban, translocal, and transnational
  • A history of periodical studies across national, disciplinary, and institutional borders
  • Reading and writing practices “on the go” (roving reporters, characters, readers)
  • Travel and migration in periodicals
  • Immigrant periodicals
  • Periodical texts in translation
  • The logistics of moving raw material (ink, paper, manuscripts, visuals)
  • Tour-ism/flaneurism as methodology in periodical studies
  • Seriality: circulations and movements across time
  • Media change and periodical innovation
  • Print cultures vs. print culture

Please send an abstract (max. 300 words) and a short bio. (max. 100 words) to both freitagf@uni-mainz.de and mnoonan@citytech.cuny.edu by March 1st, 2015. Notification by March 15th. Submissions by junior scholars are highly welcome; travel stipends are available.

Organized by Florian Freitag (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany) & Mark Noonan (New York City College of Technology – CUNY)

Radical Periodicals Conference


The 5th International Conference of the European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit), http://www.espr-it.eu

7-8 July 2016 Liverpool John Moores University, UK


From the Black Dwarf to the little magazines of the European avant-gardes, from protest literature of the industrial revolution to the samizdat publications of the Soviet Bloc, from Punch to punk, periodical publications have long been associated with a challenge to dominant and mainstream culture. For ESPRit 2016 we return to this aspect of periodical culture, exploring the counter-cultural role of periodicals with particular emphasis on comparative and methodological points of view. Proposals are invited on topics that include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Periodicals as sites for the genesis and dissemination of counter-cultural ideas, programmes, and manifestos
  • The assimilation of periodical counter cultures into the tradition
  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to the periodical as counter culture and as establishment
  • The agency of periodicals at threshold moments of social, political, and cultural change
  • Illegal and underground publications
  • The interplay between established periodicals and radical newcomers
  • Change and disruption in the history of long-standing periodicals

ESPRit encourages proposals that speak both within and across local, regional and national boundaries and especially those that are able to offer a comparative perspective. We also encourage proposals that examine the full range of periodical culture, that is, all types of periodical publication, including newspapers and specialist magazines, and all aspects of the periodical as an object of study, including design and backroom production.

Please send proposals for 20-minute papers (max 250 words), panels of three or four papers, round tables, one-hour workshops or other suitable sessions, together with a short CV (max. one page), to2016esprit@gmail.com. The deadline for proposals is 25 January 2016.

Registration for the first NAPS symposium

Network of American Periodical Studies

Register here for the symposium on the 18th of December at the British Library


Only £20 for the day or £5 for unwaged/student: includes all refreshments, lunch, wine reception and a BL American periodicals workshop!

Full programme and keynote details here

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