In order to build our online ESPRit community, we are starting a series of monthly one-hour online seminars. The first series will be programmed on Friday afternoons in March, April and May 2021. It will take as its focus ‘Popular Magazines’, and will be co-hosted by the ETMIET/KENI team from Panteion University (Athens). If this trial proves successful, we hope to continue the monthly sessions from September onwards, either by extending the popular magazines theme, or by introducing new ones.

General Theme of the first Seminar Series (March - May 2021):
‘Crossover influences and local identities of the popular illustrated periodicals of the 19th and twentieth centuries’

We propose a series of seminars on the theme of popular periodicals with particular focus on the ways in which the forms, styles, images and symbolic values of popular periodicals cross, or are transformed by, national borders. Presentations may discuss a diverse range of issues, including the following:

  • the role of illustrated print matter in the construction, establishment and transformation of different national and ethnic communities
  • the cross-border influences in the editing, production of print matter, forms, and imagery and their impact on the local publishing of popular magazine
  • popular periodicals as reflection of their era and their specific features in different countries
  • themes on national identities, patriotism, masculinity and femininity, childhood and the family
  • the transfer across borders of technologies of image printing and colour reproduction
  • Illustrated popular print culture in fashion, art, cinema, fiction, popular culture, politics, news, advertising
  • Popular magazines’ role in the development of mass production, commercialization, and mass consumption, and technology
  • Various forms of the popular magazine: crime fiction, pulp fiction, science fiction, etc.
  • The Cold War and its representation in popular magazines

Members and non-members of ESPRit are welcome to participate. We are now inviting proposals for contributions to this first series of ESPRit seminars. These may include:

  • Individual 15 minute presentations on recent or ongoing research
  • 1 hour panels by the members of a particular research project
  • Presentations on personal or institutional magazine collections or online resources for periodical scholars (databases, digital archives, etc.)

Please send your proposals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the 1st of February.

Convegno internazionale | International conference

L’Europa radicale. Riviste e intellettuali tra Sinistra e Nuova Sinistra 1958-1968 | Radical Europe. Periodicals and intellectuals between Left and New Left 1958-1968

Dipartimento di Studi storici - Università degli Studi di Milano

27 November 2020 

online via Microsoft Teams


9.30 a.m.


Giovanni Scirocco (Università degli Studi di Bergamo), Raniero Panzieri, “Mondo Operaio” e il “Supplemento scientifico-letterario” 

Michele Filippini (Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna), Raniero Panzieri all’origine della nuova sinistra 

Giancarlo Monina (Università degli Studi Roma Tre), Lelio Basso e la “Revue Internationale du socialisme/International Socialist Journal” 

Luca Polese Remaggi (Università degli Studi di Salerno), “L’Astrolabio” dal sostegno alla critica del centro-sinistra (1963-1968) 

12 a.m.
(chair: Kristin Ewins) 

Christophe Premat (Stockholm University), Old Left against New Left: the internal debates about the future of Marxism in the radical Left periodicals “Socialisme ou Barbarie” and “Pouvoir Ouvrier” (1958-1969) 

Kristof Niese (Universität Bonn), Transnational connections and vitalising ideas for the New Left? Hans Magnus Enzensbergers journal „Kursbuch“ around ‚1968’ 

3 p.m. 


Marta Margotti (Università degli Studi di Torino), Padroni e operai sulla stessa barca? Rivoluzione sociale, lotta politica e riforma religiosa in alcune riviste del “dissenso” cattolico 

Fabio Guidali (Università degli Studi di Milano), Engagés/enragés: “Quaderni piacentini” e “Giovane critica” dalla periferia al centro 

Enrico Landoni (Università eCampus), Diffondere dubbi e rovinare certezze. L'irriverente ed effimera missione di “Quindici” (1967-1969). 


Scientific committee:

Eric Burton, Universität Innsbruck 

Kristin Ewins, Örebro University and chair of the European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit) 

Fabio Guidali, Università degli Studi di Milano 

Irene Piazzoni, Università degli Studi di Milano 

Christophe Premat, Stockholm University 

Daniela Saresella, Università degli Studi di Milano 


Organization and secretariat: Fabio Guidali

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in case of access issues.

The 9th International ESPRit Conference on 'Periodical Formats in the Market: Economies of Space and Time, Competition and Transfer', which was supposed to be held in Bochum from 16-18 September 2020, has been postponed to 14-16 June 2021. 

Instead, we are organising an ESPRit annual meeting and a workshop on periodical studies on 17 September 2020 from 13:00 CET via Zoom. 


Times given are CET

13.00 — Annual general meeting (for registered ESPRit members)

14.00 — Opening, welcome, meet and greet 

14.30 — Postgraduate panel (Jennifer Buckley, Moritz Bauerfeind, Júlia Fazekas)

15.30 — WeChangEd stories app 

15.50 — Map of periodical studies

16.00 — ESPRit conference 2021

16.10 — Journal of European Periodical Studies

16.20 — Postgraduate panel (Jelena Lalatović, Marianne Noel)

17.00 — Closing remarks and social time

The Zoom link for this meeting will be circulated via e-mail.  Please contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to participate.

Date: Wednesday 11 November 2020 

This online event, part of an AHRC-funded impact project marking the centenary of feminist magazine Time and Tide, will explore the status of women in the media and publishing landscape today in conversation with influential female journalists, editors, and publishers, including Polly Toynbee of the Guardian and Nicola Beauman of Persephone Books.

  • Panel 1 – “Women, Politics, and the Press” – will interrogate the status of women in spheres of print journalism from which they have historically been excluded (politics, economics, international affairs). Confirmed panellists: Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee, and Helen Lewis, staff writer for The Atlantic and former deputy editor of the New Statesman. Chaired by Dr Sarah Lonsdale, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, City University of London.
  • Panel 2 – “Women, Publishing, and the Literary Press” – will focus on literary and review journalism and publishing, in particular the persistent gender bias in favour of male reviewers and books authored by men. Confirmed panellists: Thea Lenarduzzi, Commissioning Editor at the TLS; Catherine Riley, writer and co-founder of the Primadonna Festival; Nicola Beauman, founder of Persephone Books. Chaired by Rebecca Harding, Chair of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.

These hour-long live-streamed panel discussions will be accompanied by pre-recorded illustrated talks about Time and Tide’s interwar history, all of which will be made available on the project website. 

For more about Time and Tide and this project please visit our website,, where further details about the Festival will be published in due course.

The activities of European literary magazines since the 1960s constitute an under-documented and under-analyzed field. And yet most European countries have a lively literary magazine scene. Such a lacuna needs to be addressed and rectified. Certain categories of literature – poetry and short fiction, for example - depend heavily on journals for initial readership and in order to achieve subsequent book publication. This special issue of the Journal of European Periodical Studies aims to draw attention to this vital aspect of the periodical scene and literary periodicals’ importance in relevant national and trans-national literatures. The changing configurations and roles of literary journals in the past decades may also tell us something of the effects of new media on this venerable type of periodical. The period in focus is the last sixty years; this may be interpreted to include literary journals that have emerged in (approximately) the last sixty years, or older literary periodicals that have evolved or played (or evolved to play) significant roles in literature over the past several decades.

Possible topics could include:

  • discussions of the literary periodical scene in individual European cultures;
  • discussions of the activities and changing faces of individual journals in the period under consideration;
  • the intimate relationship between the literary periodical and categories of literature – poetry, the short story, and drama, for example;
  • the effects of specific literary journals on the literature of particular decades or contexts;
  • the literary periodical as a vehicle for literary and social change;
  • the response of literary periodicals to social, cultural, and political changes of the past six decades (Eastern European examples may be of particular interest here);
  • responses of literary journals to new media and the digital revolution;
  • economics and institutional issues in literary magazine publication;
  • editors and their influence on the literary periodical scene.

The aim of the special number is to offer a view of the development and roles of the literary periodical in several European (not only Anglophone) cultures over the past sixty years.

The deadline for article proposals is December 1st 2020, full articles are expected on June 1st 2021. All accepted articles will be reviewed and sent out to one external reviewer (double-blind peer review). The standard length of an academic essay is between 5,000 and 8,000 words, and this includes notes and bibliography.

Please send your article proposals to the guest-editors: Wolfgang Görtschacher (University of Salzburg, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and David Malcolm (SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)