Call for papers: 6th International ESPRit Conference
Conflict in the Periodical Press
6th International Conference of the European Society for Periodical Research
28-30 June 2017
IULM (International University of Languages and Media), Milan
Conflict is at the core of periodical publishing. Disputes constructed and played out on the periodical stage have been periodical themselves, recurring, though under different names and formats, in different periods from the eighteenth-century to the present day. There is often an inherently militant aspect to the promulgation of ideologies in the periodical press. However, the spectacularization of conflict accompanying recent events – the in/out rhetoric of Brexit reporting and the representation of some policies on immigration, for instance – has made this key feature of the periodical press particularly visible and urgent. The 2017 ESPRit Conference seeks to explore from interdisciplinary perspectives (literary, linguistic, historical, political, sociological, etc.) how the periodical press mediates and remediates conflicts, including how verbal and visual devices on the periodicals’ pages enact conflict. 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.
Proposals are invited that deal with, but are not limited to, the following topics:
- Staging conflicts: mediating political, cultural, aesthetic, social, moral disputes
- Visual rhetoric of conflict: e.g., use of black and white, contrasting colours, positive and negative pictures, captions, vectors in the page layout, etc.
- The grammar of conflict: e.g., use in different periods of verbal rhetoric such as refutation, climax/anticlimax, irony, dos and don’ts, etc.
- The performance of conflict in periodicals: manifestos, monographic issues, provocations and replies.
- Dictating socio-cultural agendas: factions and fashions.
- Cultural values and generational conflict.
- Militancy, mediation and re-mediation.
- Translation as a symptom of cultural conflict.
- Conflict as affect and/or entertainment.
- The business or commerce of conflict
- Possibilities and limits of dialogic rhetoric in periodicals.
- Views, not news? The seduction of ideas and the role of public opinion, with particular reference to the representation of or reporting on legal cases, referendums and opinion polls.
A short note from Margaret Beetham
Dear Friends in ESPRit,
I am writing to you as a member of ESPRit and a committed European. As you know, I write also from a deeply divided Britain where many of us are in grief and shock as we try to come to terms with the results of our recent Referendum. Several people have said to me that they feel as it must feel when a country is about to enter a civil war. Several people have said they don’t feel safe going out in the streets. This is a completely irrational feeling for most of us but yesterday I heard from a very upset young woman a story of a horrific racist incident on a Manchester bus. Racism and xenophobia are always lurking but now they seem to have been given legitimation. We are wrestling with how best to resist this. As the lies told during the campaign begin to unravel with who knows what consequences, I want also to resist the emergence of a ‘post-truth’ politics - this may be an issue for us as intellectuals who have dealt freely with various ‘posts’ in our work .
As intellectuals and teachers and mostly those who have not had to carry the burden of neo-liberal economics, we are trying to understand our responsibilities for the divided country we live in and what we can do to mend it. I know you will help and support us in this and I am glad that some of us will be meeting in Liverpool very soon.
Call for Papers: Journal of European Periodical Studies
The Journal of European Periodical Studies is a bi-annual, peer-reviewed online journal devoted to the study of periodicals and newspapers in Europe from the seventeenth century to the present. It publishes research from a broad range of critical, theoretical and methodological perspectives, including, but not limited to, cultural history, literary studies, art history, gender studies, media studies, history of science and digital humanities.
In recent decades, increasing numbers of scholars working in these and other disciplines across the humanities have explored the periodical press as a key site for cultural production, public debate and the dissemination of knowledge. Nevertheless, the study of magazines, newspapers, journals and other forms of periodical publication is still a fragmented field. Scholars usually focus on particular national traditions or historical periods. Much research remains to be done on the interactions among these traditions and the development of the periodical press over the long term. As the official journal of ESPRit, the European Society for Periodical Research, the Journal of European Periodical Studies offers scholars a forum for sharing their research and exchanging ideas across disciplinary borders. Although the journal welcomes articles on any aspect of the European periodical press, it particularly encourages comparative contributions that take the study of periodical publication beyond linguistic, cultural and historical boundaries, explore new theoretical and methodological paths, and thereby open up new lines of scholarly inquiry.
Papers are to be based on a solid formulation of a problem or research question, which is systematically answered in a verifiable manner within the article. Submitted Papers/Articles will be assessed by editorial board members. This assessment can result in an acceptance, renouncement or temporary renouncement of the Paper/Article. If the Article/Paper is accepted for publishing, it will be reviewed and provided with critical remarks by a peer reviewer assigned by the editorial board.
The ideal length of an article is between 5000-8000 words.
Registration Now Open: 5th International ESPRit Conference
The fifth international ESPRit conference "Periodical Counter Cultures: Tradition, Conformity and Dissent" will be held from 7-8 July in Liverpool.
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. The full programme can be found below!
Register for the conference via https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/conferences/esprit-conference. More information on the conference can be found on that website as well!
We're looking forward to seeing you in Liverpool!