Dear Delegates,

Hosting the Sixth Annual Conference of ESPRit at IULM has been a wonderful experience for us. We've had the opportunity to experience at first hand the intrinsic qualities of ESPRit, over and above the academic quality of the panels and papers: a genuine passion for research, rigorous but never pigeonholed into distinct disciplines and approaches, respect for all serious researchers regardless of their status, and not least openness and friendliness.

We thank you all for making it such an interesting and successful event! And, of course, we hope that you enjoyed both the conference and your stay in Milan. You will soon find a photo gallery of the event on the ESPRit conference website ( We invite you to send us your pictures so that we may all share them!

It is now time to launch the call for papers for the Journal of European Periodical Studies. As already announced by Marianne van Remoortel during her welcome address, the best contributions will be published in a special issue of JEPS focused on the theme of the conference: “Conflict in the Periodical Press” ( As co-editors of this special issue, we are delighted to invite you to submit your complete papers by sending them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The deadline for submission is 13thNovember 2017. Authors will be notified of acceptance/non-acceptance via email by early January 2018.

Information about JEPS policies and author guidelines can be found at

As the number of quality contributions we expect is likely to be high and space limited in the special issue, we would like to inform our delegates that the best papers that cannot be included in the special issue will be considered for later issues of JEPS.

Scientific Committee:
Prof. Paolo Giovannetti
Prof. Paola Carbone
Dr. Mara Logaldo
Dr. Andrea Chiurato

The April 2017 issue of legal history journal Clio@Thémis is a special issue on "Periodicals and Colonial Empires" that may be of interest to periodical scholars.

You can read the introduction to the special issue here, and the full issue is freely available here (abstracts in French and English, full articles either in French, Italian, English, or Spanish)

Call for Papers:

Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

The 49th Annual Convention

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

April 12-15, 2018

Female Editorship in Italy and the Trans-Formation of the Public Sphere

 This roundtable is part of the 49th annual Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) convention which will take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from the 12th until the 15thof April 2018.

We wish to outline possible avenues for theoretical reflection on the connections between the periodical press in Italy and the participation of women in the public sphere. Recent scholarship has defined periodical studies as a vibrant field of research which aims to explore the role of the press in the dissemination of knowledge, the circulation of ideas and the formation of culture (Jack Censer, 1994; Pierre Rétat, 2001; Hilary Fraser, 2003). Nevertheless, the participation of Italian women editors in the social, political and cultural discourse of their country and of Europe as a whole remains largely unexplored (Elena Brambilla, 2013). In fact, during the second half of the 18th century, the rise of the press in the Veneto region defined a new position for women’s access to politics and culture. Women such as Elisabetta Caminer Turra and Gioseffa Cornoldi became editors of monthly periodicals in order to create a space for representation, information and cultural mediation.

In the 19th century, journals and periodicals became increasingly important mainly due to the tumultuous period of the Risorgimento when women editors such as Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso and Giovanna Bertòla Garceà played a prominent role in Italy’s struggle for independence. After the country’s unification, women continued to have a strong presence in the press industry either as advocates of female education (e.g. Sofia Bisi Albini) or as proponents of labor rights (e.g. Emilia Mariani). By taking into account the larger sociopolitical context in which Italian women developed their editorial activities, this roundtable will provide new insights into the main characteristics and the impact of their journals. Last but not least, special focus will be set on the transnational character of the press and the contribution of women editors in taking the Italian language and culture beyond the borders (e.g. in Europe, in America and around the world).

Deadline: Scholars at any stage of their research are welcome to submit their abstracts (100-250 words) before the 30th of September 2017. Submissions for this panel can be sent via the convention’s website and not by e-mail to the organizer:

The Presence of Women Editors in the Press Industry (1850-1950)

This panel examines the active participation of women in the public dialogue through the prism of their periodical publications. The rise of the periodical press has been recognized as a key factor in the formation of the public sphere in the nineteenth century (Habermas 1962). Studies of twentieth-century editorship, however, tend to take the institutionalization of editorship for granted. Male editors are often known by name, and they are studied in the light of their impact on the socio-political landscape of their time. Historically, however, editorship (and women’s editorship in particular) was often anonymous or pseudonymous and even explicitly staged as performance. Therefore, this panel encourages a thorough study of the common strategies and the cross-cultural networks that women editors developed in order to make their voice heard. More particularly, this panel outlines possible avenues for theoretical reflection on editorship by shedding light on periodical publications across linguistic, socio-cultural and historical boundaries. Transnational perspectives on female editorship are particularly welcome because they offer a comparative viewpoint and a complementary insight into women’s determination to position themselves in the public arena as makers of culture, arbiters of social values and proponents of their rights. Last but not least, this panel draws attention to the influence that female editorship exerted on the political, cultural, and aesthetic evolution which would come to shape and define modernity.

Deadline: Scholars at any stage of their research are welcome to submit their abstracts (100-250 words) before the 30th of September 2017. Submissions for this panel can be sent via the convention’s website and not by e-mail to the organizer:

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56° Congreso Internacional de Americanistas (ICA)
Simposio: Cronistas, corresponsales y viajeros culturales entre Sudamérica y Europa (s. XIX-XX)
Salamanca, 15 al 20 de julio de 2018.

Coordinadores: Dr. Emiliano Gastón Sánchez (Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero—Instituto de Estudios Históricos—CONICET) y Dra. Magalí Andrea Devés (Universidad de Buenos Aires—Instituto Ravignani—CONICET)

Uno de los rasgos distintivos del proceso de modernización de la prensa sudamericana en el último cuarto del siglo XIX es la emergencia de la figura del corresponsal. Este término, que en sus orígenes ostentaba un carácter polisémico, fue adquiriendo a lo largo del siglo XX contornos más precisos para hacer alusión a figuras portadoras de perfiles profesionales más delimitados y asociadas a labores específicas al interior de las publicaciones periódicas.

Retomando las innovaciones historiográficas de las últimas décadas, asociadas al abordaje cultural, intelectual y literario de la prensa periódica entendida en un sentido amplio ―diarios y semanarios de gran tirada pero también a las revistas culturales―, este simposio tiene como propósito reunir distintos trabajos que giren en torno a las figuras de los cronistas y corresponsales. Proponemos una indagación acerca de estas figuras como mediadores culturales para la circulación de ideas, saberes e imaginarios a ambos lados del Atlántico; las redes de los corresponsales sudamericanos instalados en las metrópolis europeas y de los europeos radicados en Sudamérica; la labor de los corresponsales en los territorios nacionales y en el continente sudamericano y su contribución al desarrollo de identidades de carácter nacional y regional; la evolución del corresponsal de guerra a lo largo de los conflictos del periodo (la guerra hispano-norteamericana, la Gran Guerra, la Guerra Civil española, la Segunda Guerra Mundial, etc.); el relato de viaje de los intelectuales a la Unión Soviética y los Congresos Antifascistas y las dimensiones materiales asociadas al pasaje de las crónicas al formato libro, entre otros ejes.

Envío de propuestas de ponencia: hasta el 20 de octubre de 2017 a través de la página: Simposio: Cronistas, corresponsales y viajeros culturales entre Sudamérica y Europa (s. XIX-XX). Con copia a:Dr. Emiliano Gastón Sánchez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) y Dra. Magalí Andrea Devés (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


(Note: the symposium language is Spanish)

56º International Congress of American Studies (ICA)
Symposium: Cultural chroniclers, correspondents and travellers between South America and Europe (19th-20th centuries)
Salamanca, 15-20 July 2018

Coordinators: Dr. Emiliano Gastón Sánchez (National University Tres de Febrero—Institute of Historical Studies—CONICET) and Dra. Magalí Andrea Devés (University of Buenos Aires—Institute Ravignani—CONICET)

The emergence of the correspondent in the last quarter of the 19th century is an important part of the attempt to modernise the press. Although the term ‘correspondent’ had a polysemic value in the first years of its appearance in the press industry, it acquired throughout the 20th century precise functions and limitations.

Given the historiographical innovations of the last decades which have been associated with the cultural, intellectual and literary approaches of the periodical press, the aim of our symposium is to gather different studies on the work of chroniclers and correspondents. Therefore, we propose the study of such figures as cultural mediators who contributed to the circulation of ideas and knowledge on both sides of the Atlantic. We are also interested in exploring the networks that were established between the South American correspondents who lived in various European capitals and the European correspondents who migrated to South America. The contribution of the press to the development of national and regional identities both in Europe and in South America as well as the role of the war correspondent throughout that period (Spanish-American War, the Great War, the Spanish Civil War, World War II, etc.) constitute important axes of our congress. Last but not least, we aim to explore travel accounts written by correspondents who travelled to the Soviet Union and participated in Antifascist Congresses. Research on these or other relevant topics will be welcomed.

Deadline for abstract submission is the 20th October 2017 through the symposium website: (in Spanish), and as an e-mail to the coordinators Dr. Emiliano Gastón Sánchez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Dra. Magalí Andrea Devés (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

As an assemblage of heterogeneous materials, the magazine has proven to be a useful and engaging resource for scholars of modernism and modernity across the disciplines: from the study of advertising and marketing, literature, gender, history, and celebrity to the visual arts, political and aesthetic movements, print culture, media, and more. Moreover, just as readers move through and use these texts in a variety of ways, so too do scholars: the magazine’s internal diversity demands an interdisciplinary range of approaches. While this richness and diversity affords a multitude of scholarly interventions, the correlative conundrum is, as Patrick Collier (2016) has noted, scholars of modern periodicals cannot come to an agreement about what our object of study is: "we need greater self-consciousness and a concertedeffort to come to consensus or, better, to a clear articulation of our differences."

In this digital essay cluster, we wish to highlight the productive interdisciplinarity of modern periodicals and, in particular, the scope of methodologies that inform scholarly work on magazines across the disciplines.

To that end, we are assembling a cluster of highly inquisitive and process-conscious essays of 4,000-6,000 words that begin to engage the question:

How does my discipline shape how I read, use, and navigate a magazine?

To best display the richness and productivity of interdisciplinary approaches, we are asking this question of a particular periodical: The Western Home Monthly (1899-1932). Recently digitized by the Peel Prairie Provinces project, a digital initiative of the University of Alberta Libraries, this periodical will be, for most if not all scholars involved in thisproject, an unknown and unfamiliar object (learn more at With this “blank slate” we can move in a self-conscious and self-reflexive way through the recently digitized archives and reflect on how our discipline frames our approach to research and produces our object of study.

We welcome a broad range of approaches and specialities including:

  • Marketing and advertising
  • Literary studies
  • Political Science
  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Media studies
  • Digital humanities
Brief abstracts detailing your specialty and approach due September 15th, 2017. Send abstracts to Hannah McGregor (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Katja Lee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with subject heading: WHM Abstract. Full papers (4,000-6,000 words) due January 1, 2018.

This inquisitive round table will be published on the Print Plus platform of Modernism/modernity. As such, dynamic, visual and multi-media materials are warmly encouraged.