Welcome to the European Society for Periodical Research. Since its inception in 2009, ESPRit has proven its value as an international network for periodical researchers. We are proud of our inspiring annual conferences which bring together scholars from inside and outside of Europe and of the peer-reviewed Open Access Journal of European Periodical Studies (JEPS) which has entered its fourth year. 

Until recently, ESPRit membership has been informal, consisting mainly of a subscription to our mailing list. As from July 2019, a paid membership system is being put into place. Periodical scholars who wish to support the Society, participate in its annual meetings, and benefit from discounts at future events, are kindly invited to register their membership by clicking on the button below.



The 8th ESPRit Conference will take place on 12-13 September 2019 in Athens. The subject of the conference will be the visual culture of periodical literature, viewed in its broadest sense and in a comparative context. This approach is intended to encompass all visual aspects of periodicals, including typography, covers, format, illustration, fine and avant garde art, cartoons, advertising copy, photojournalism, fashion, portraiture, illustrated travel accounts and ethnographic studies, religious imagery, propaganda and all other dimensions of the visual culture of the printed page. Of particular interest are the development and use of new print technologies for the reproduction of images, the juxtapositions or interactions of imagery and text (at the level of the page or the opening, the issue or the series), the evolution of visual tropes/memes (for example in propaganda and advertising), innovation in design, the emergence of new markets, studies of reader reception of and engagement with visual cultures, the formal (legal) or informal (editorial) regulation of the printed image, and the influence of periodical illustration on art and photography more broadly and on the use of imagery in the daily press in particular.

The conference will draw on and enhance the current Greek Press History Workshop (ETMIET)/ Research Centre for Modern Greece (KENI), Panteion University research project on Greek twentieth-century popular print that seeks to establish the first fully-comprehensive archive of periodicals in Greece, in collaboration with the Journalists’ Union of Periodical and Electronic Press (ESPIT), and the National Library of Greece. Further dimensions that arise from the particular Greek experience, and which invite broader international comparative perspectives, include: (a) the relationships between the uses of imagery in the periodical literature of metropoles and diasporas; and (b) an exploration of the methodologies and the political economies of periodicals research, particularly under the current global circumstances of austerity for the Humanities in general.

A postgraduate workshop will take place on 11 September 2019 where students will have the opportunity to present their ongoing research in fields related to the conference theme.

During the three days participants will have the opportunity to visit an exhibition on visual aspects of the conference theme.

For more information on the programme and registration, please visit the conference website: esprit2019athens.com

Women Editors in Europe, 1710-1920

an International Conference

28-29 May 2019, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium



Research on women’s contributions to the periodical press often focuses on women’s periodicals, considering them as separate “feminized” spaces devoted to the interests of particular circles of female readers.

This conference takes a different approach. Focusing on women editors rather than women’s periodicals, it explores how periodical editorship enabled women to create public voices, participate in public debate

and act as agents of change far beyond their immediate sphere of influence.

As part of the European Research Council funded project “Agents of Change: Women Editors and Socio-Cultural Transformation in Europe, 1710-1920,” we invite papers on a wide variety of topics related to female
periodical editorship in Europe in the broadest historical sense of the word (not just the current European Union) from the early eighteenth to the early twentieth century.

Topics may include:

  • Women editors as makers of culture or arbiters of taste
  • Women editors as advocates of social change
  • Women editors as proponents of women’s rights
  • Women editors as mediators (e.g. transnational or cross-cultural)
  • Women’s editorial identities
  • Women’s editorial strategies
  • Female editorship and/as authorship
  • Male editors adopting female editorial personae
  • Women taking on multiple roles as editors, authors, publishers, translators, salon hostesses, activists etc.
  • Women editing behind the scenes as subeditors, assistants, editors’ wives etc. or influencing (male) editors in their own creative ways
  • Women editors’ networks
  • Digital periodical studies focusing on women editors and their periodicals
  • Gendered approaches to theories of editorship

We invite case studies of individual editors as well as comparative, theoretical or methodological approaches. We are particularly interested in papers examining women’s editorship across chronological or language boundaries.

The working language of the conference is English. We welcome proposals from researchers at all stages of their careers.

Proposals of around 250 words (references not included) for 20-minute papers and a short CV (no more than 200 words) should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 November 2018.

We also welcome proposals for joint panels of three papers. Please include a brief rationale for the panel along with an abstract and CV for each presenter.

Updates can be found on the Women Editors Conference Website: http://www.womeneditors.ugent.be/

The new PeLiAS joint seminar (Periodicals Literature Arts Sciences) will study art, literature and science periodicals as cultural mediators from the 18th to the first half of the 20th century. The seminar considers periodicals as social, material and entrepreneurial constructions, involving multiple actors: writers, artists, typographers, engravers, printers, publishers or readers in relation with various socio-professional groups (art and literature circles, science groups, academics, theatres, galleries, publishing houses, etc.). The seminar adopts a twofold approach: periodicals are analysed both as a communication medium pertaining to print culture and as a multidisciplinary cultural object. The notion of mediator allows for highlighting the circulation of ideas, texts, images and writers. Periodicals are approached in terms of «networks»: dialogues are established between diverse periodicals beyond the traditional split categories opposing the big vs. the small press, reviews vs. books, or art and literature journals on one hand vs. scientific journals on the other. Periodicals are also studied in their outreach and popularizing dimension, both on a literary and scientific level, and in their relationship to the book and various audiences.

The new joint seminar prolongs the panel «Agencies of Scientific Periodicals» chaired by Hélène Gispert at the 7th ESPRit international conference Periodicals In-Between : Periodicals in the Ecology of Visual and Print Culture, organised by Evanghelia Stead in Paris (26-29 June 2018). It looks back at the approaches developed in France by Evanghelia Stead and Hélène Védrine on art and literature periodicals (L'Europe des revues, 2008, and L'Europe des revues, II, 2018) and by Hélène Gispert on scientific and technical periodicals (GHDSO-EST group).

Les périodiques comme médiateurs culturels (Littérature Arts Sciences)

Le nouveau séminaire PéLiAS (riodiques Littérature Arts Sciences) se propose d’étudier les périodiques artistiques, littéraires et scientifiques du 18e siècle à la première moitié du 20e siècle en tant que médiateurs culturels. Il s’agit d’analyser les périodiques en tant que constructions sociales, matérielles et entrepreneuriales, qui font intervenir de multiples acteurs : écrivains, artistes, typographes, graveurs, imprimeurs, éditeurs, ou lecteurs, etc., et touchent des milieux socio-professionnels variés (milieux artistiques et littéraires, scientifiques, universitaires, théâtres, galeries, maisons d’édition, etc.). L’approche adoptée est double : les périodiques sont interrogés en tant que support de communication appartenant à la culture de l’imprimé et en tant qu’objet culturel pluridisciplinaire. La notion de médiateur permet d’insister sur la circulation des idées, des textes, des images et des rédacteurs. Les périodiques sont pensés en terme de « réseau » : un dialogue s’établit entre différents périodiques au-delà des catégorisations et partages traditionnels qui opposent grande et petite presse, revues et livres, revues artistiques et littéraires et revues scientifiques. Les périodiques sont aussi étudiés dans leur dimension de vulgarisation, tant au niveau littéraire que scientifique, et dans leur rapport au livre et aux différents publics.

Ce nouveau séminaire collaboratif prolonge le panel « Action des périodiques scientifiques » présidé par Hélène Gispert au 7e colloque international d’ESPRit Les Périodiques comme médiateurs. Les périodiques dans l’écosystème de la culture imprimée et visuelle, organisé par Evanghelia Stead à Paris (26-29 juin 2018). Il s’appuie sur les approches élaborées en France d’une part par Evanghelia Stead et Hélène Védrine sur les périodiques d’art et de littérature (L’Europe des revues, 2008, et L’Europe des revues, II, 2018), de l’autre par Hélène Gispert sur les périodiques scientifiques et techniques (groupe GHDSO-EST).


Friday 22 March 2019 / Vendredi 22 mars 2019, Université Paris-Sorbonne, 16h-19h, salle Paul Hazard

 Periodicals and Publishing / Périodique et édition

Yoan Vérilhac (Université de Nîmes, RIRRA 21, Montpellier III) et Caroline Ehrhardt (Université Paris-8, IDHES)

Friday 24 May 2019 / Vendredi 24 mai 2019, Université Paris-Sorbonne, 16h-19h, salle Paul Hazard

 Periodicals and Images / Périodique et image

Valérie Stiénon (Université Paris 13, Pleiade) et Delphine Benoît (Université Paris Sud, GHDSO)

Friday 11 October 2019 / Vendredi 11 octobre 2019, Université Paris-Sorbonne, 16h-19h, salle Paul Hazard 

Periodicals and Translation / Périodique et traduction

Francis Mus (Université de Liège, CIRTI) et Patrice Bret (Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris, sous réserve)

Friday 15 November 2019 / Vendredi 15 novembre 2019, Université Paris-Sorbonne, 16h-19h, salle Paul Hazard

Periodicals and Vulgarisation / Périodique et vulgarisation

Mark Morrisson (Pennsylvania State University) et Jonathan R. Topham (Leeds University, sous réserve)

Organizers / Organisateurs:

Hélène Védrine (Paris-Sorbonne, CELLF 19-21)

Norbert Verdier (Paris-Sud, EST-GHDSO)

Alexia Kalantzis (Versailles Saint-Quentin, CHCSC)

Scientific Committee / Comité scientifique:

Evanghelia Stead (UVSQ, CHCSC & IUF)

Hélène Gispert (Paris-Sudy, EST-GHDSO)

Viera Rebolledo Dhuin (UVSQ, CHCSC)

Hélène Védrine (Paris-Sorbonne, CELLF 19-21)

Norbert Verdier (Paris-Sud, EST-GHDSO)

Alexia Kalantzis (UVSQ, CHCSC)

Label : MSH Paris Saclay & CELLF 19-21


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Writing Time: Temporalities of the Periodical in the Eighteenth Century
Panel at ISECS International Congress on the Enlightenment, Edinburgh, July 14-19, 2019

In this panel we aim to investigate eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century journals and related forms of periodical publication in light of their relationship to time. Periodicity is perhaps the most obvious temporal feature of medial formats such as journals, magazines, moral weeklies, and newspapers: the recurring intervals at which periodicals appear undeniably shape production and reception. Furthermore, journals and their contributors report or comment on current events; they organize material according to recognizable patterns (rubrics and genres), which establish repetition and variation over time; they experiment with various modes of seriality; and they rework long-standing metaphors for time in the context of the journal format.

We invite case studies of journals, authors, literary texts, and periodical genres that shed light on the many ways in which periodicals “write time.” How do authors, editors, or journals respond to the temporal constraints and possibilities of periodical publishing in the eighteenth century? How do they represent newness and tradition, history and revolution? Which aesthetic, material, and medial strategies do periodicals deploy in archiving accounts of the past, present, or (imagined) future and thereby creating new temporalities? And how do journal-specific temporalities map onto other modes of prose narrative such as conjectural history, historiography, ethnography, travel writing, urban reportage, antiquarianism, or the novel?

Sean Franzel, University of Missouri, and Nora Ramtke, Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Please send your proposal (max. 1000 words) and a short biographical note by December 15, 2018 to Sean Franzel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Nora Ramtke (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
We will notify you January 15, 2019 about whether your submission has been accepted. We will then submit the panel to the ISECS committee. The final confirmation is expected by March 15, 2019.

For further information on the ISECS Congress, please visit: https://www.bsecs.org.uk/isecs/en