From 11-13 September 2024, ESPRit will convene its Twelfth International Conference at the Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo to focus on the theme of PERIODICALS: S.T.E.A.M. AHEAD!

In periodicals, the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (“S.T.E.M.”) and the Arts are imbricated with one another (“S.T.E.A.M.”) in both material and theoretical terms. The history of journals and magazines runs parallel to the industrial and scientific revolutions.  These revolutions have found a privileged place of diffusion in periodicals thanks to the timeliness of information, flexibility of content, easy diffusion and prompt response to the dialogues and controversies reflected within them. Technological progress has shaped the materiality of periodicals, including the type of paper, graphic design and technologies for the reproduction of both text and images.

This international conference will bring together academics from universities around the world from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives to reflect on how periodicals represent, create, maintain, or challenge, the notions of “techniques”, “sciences”, and “art” within the contexts of their localities, their communities of production, their readerships, and their editorial boards.

The event begins with a training day for postgraduate students, followed by two days of presentations by academics from different countries. Extra activities include guided walking tour of the city and visits to museum.

For more information, please go to the conference website or contact the organisers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In order to sign up for the conference, please go to the registration page


Scientific Committee:

Carlotta Castellani (Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo), Contact person
Oliver A. I. Botar (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada)
Caterina Caputo (Università degli studi di Venezia "IUAV")
Gábor Dobó (Kassák Museum, Budapest)
Giovanna Perini Folesani (Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo)
Venanzio Raspa (Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo)
Salvatore Ritrovato (Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo)
Isabel Wünsche (Constructor University, Bremen)