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.