23 Mar – 5 Apr 2020

A nearly carbon-neutral conference

Hosted by the Centre for Design History, University of Brighton

CALL FOR PAPERS:
Future States explores the projection of modern national identities in magazines from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century. The scope of enquiry is global: we are looking to capture the distinct and intertwined histories of magazines in all corners of the world, and to bring together a worldwide community of magazine researchers. But we are doing so in a radically new way.

The event is a nearly carbon-neutral conference (NCNC), a model pioneered by UC Santa Barbara in 2016, and developed in a series of environmental conferences over the past three years. This will, to our knowledge, be the world’s first NCNC in the history of art/visual culture. Running for two weeks (23 March – 5 April 2020), the conference has no physical venue, and its participants do not, on this occasion, meet in person. In place of the concentrated spatial and temporal unity of a conventional conference, Future States offers a more expansive (asynchronous) online event: panellists record a 20-minute video or PPT recording, which is submitted to the organisers in the weeks leading up to the launch. Over the two weeks of the live event, the conference website will host multiple keynotes, panel presentations and curated Q&As; web pages will include a comprehensive database of publications in magazine studies, links to global research centres and archives, and a noticeboard for worldwide research projects. Future States will be a landmark event in magazine studies, and provide a permanent online resource for twenty-first century scholarship.

In the early decades of the twentieth century, ideals of technological modernity and American consumerism had a normative influence on cultures across the globe: magazines in Europe, the US, Latin America, and Asia, inflected a shared internationalism and technological optimism. But there were equally powerful countervailing influences, of patriotic or insurgent nationalism, and of traditionalism, that promoted values of cultural differentiation. Future States explores these dialectical constructions of ideal modernity in the magazines of different countries, exploring how national cultures drew on – or resisted – currents in international modernism, and also informed and constituted this global culture: for example, Garcia Cabral’s extraordinary covers for the Mexican weekly Revista de Revistas brought Art Deco to Latin America, and also presented a distinctive Latin American modernism to an international audience. Modern magazines embodied these dynamic cultural dialogues in their visual images and textual culture, offering a vision of what Partha Mitter calls the “decentred” modernism of the global twentieth century.

Under the general theme of modernity and national identity, and the visual and textual projection of these ideals, Future States will present an eclectic, broad-based enquiry. Conference panels will explore periodicals from the late nineteenth century through to the end of the Second World War, taking in both mass-market and specialist titles.

Please send an outline (ca. 300 wds) of a 20-minute presentation, and a copy of your current CV to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 4 Nov 2019. Conference presentations can be in any language (but would need to be professionally subtitled in English); Q&As will be in English. If you have any queries, please feel free to contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Conference organisers:

Dr Tim Satterthwaite (University of Brighton)

Professor Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)

For more information, please fgo to the conference website: www.futurestates.org 

8-9 July 2020, University of Salford, MediaCityUK

Deadline for 400-word abstracts: 16 December 2019
https://mediabuilding.weebly.com 
 
In 1702 Elizabeth Mallett founded the Daily Courant at her modest bookshop on Fleet Street in London. Two centuries later, the street had become the spatial nerve centre for a range of local, national and international networks of communication that were replicated on “newspaper rows” across the globe. As media influence grew, so too did the size and scale of its buildings, with American publisher Joseph Pulitzer contending that ‘a newspaper plant…should be something to be gaped at.’ Structures such as Pulitzer’s own New York World building, the striking neo-gothic spires of the Chicago Tribune tower, and the sleek art-deco exteriors of the Daily Express buildings in London and Manchester offered their own expressions of media power, modernity, and the aesthetics of mass communication, providing what Aurora Wallace describes as a “definable shape…a hook on which to hang some news about the media itself.”
This conference, located at the heart of MediaCityUK, invites contributions which explore the intersections between media culture, architecture, and the built environment. We are interested in the relationship between media content and media space, and the ways in which this relationship has changed over time. What would press barons such as Pulitzer, who saw their buildings as “the central and highest point(s) of New World Civilization”, have made of Facebook’s Menlo Park Campus; an arguably more impressive yet radically different vision of media power, sophistication, and influence? How might publishers such as Lord Beaverbrook, the ‘first baron of Fleet Street’, have reacted to its decline and dispersal during the latter decades of the twentieth century? More broadly, how have media buildings informed and given form to a range of sociopolitical, cultural and ideological constructs, becoming a “delivery mechanism” for ideas about objectivity, authority and identity? And what can the past and future of media architecture tell us about the changing nature of media production, distribution and consumption in the twenty-first century?

Potential topics and case studies could include:
•    The history and impact of the “newspaper row” (Fleet Street; Park Row; Picayune Place; etc)
•    Media power, message and the modern skyscraper (China Media Group HQ, Beijing; the New York Times building, ‎Manhattan; Der Spiegel building, Hamburg; etc)
•    Media cities and mediated cities (Facebook Menlo Park Campus, Silicon Valley; MediaCity, Salford Quays; Media City Park, Dubai; etc)
•    Liminal spaces, private architectures, media publics (blogging and the coffee shop; radical media and the built environment; media cultures in the ‘post-newsroom’ age; etc)
•    Reuse, relocation, and the afterlife of media architecture (the Daily Express building, Manchester; the Tribune building, Chicago; BBC/Channel 4 move from London to the North, etc)
•    The relationship between media building design and professional ideologies of journalism/newswork (soft power and media architecture; the ‘newsroom’ as a social and cultural construct; etc)
•    Race, Ethnicity and Media Buildings (the Defender building, Chicago; the Daily Forward building, New York; etc)
•    Media architecture and the end of empire (Times of India building, Mumbai; National Media Group, Nairobi; Broadcasting House, London; etc)

Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent to conference organisers Carole O’Reilly [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.] and E. James West [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.] no later than 16 December 2019

A limited number of travel awards are available to subsidize conference attendance by PGRs, ECRs and temporary faculty. To be considered please submit an estimate of travel expenses with your abstract.

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).

Programme

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

Contacts 

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