ESPRit online seminars, Autumn 2021: ‘Crossover influences and local identities of the popular illustrated periodicals of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries’

In order to build our online ESPRit community, we are organising a series of one-hour online seminars in collaboration with the ETMIET/KENI team from Panteion University (Athens).  The first series was held in the Spring of 2021. Recordings are available here. You are now invited to the second series:

November 5, 3PM CET: Keynote lecture by Evanghelia Stead (Institut Universitaire de France / Université de Versailles), Exploring Periodicals through Images and Networks

Supported by individual investigation and collaborative work, the presentation offers a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to periodicals. It broaches the beneficial effects of collective exchange, and flags up some of the counter-productive effects and burdens. It embraces not so much strict methodologies as tactics and ploys to variously approach such a varied and complex field. The talk first discusses visual studies and interdisciplinarity. There follows an overview of group work on periodical networks, stressing the importance of relational dynamics. It further shows the preconceptions and limitations behind such expressions as “little magazine” and the recurrent split separating big mags from small reviews. Its conclusion reasons why periodicals are so fascinating and invites further discussion.

The recording of this session is not available yet

November 19, 3PM CET:

1) Susann Liebich (Heidelberg University), A New Zealand ‘quality magazine’: The Monocle, 1937-1939

2) Felix Larkin, Periodicals and Journalism in Twentieth-Century Ireland


10 December, 3-4 PM CET: 

1) Yelizaveta Raykhlina (New York University), From Paris to the Russian Provinces: Russian-language Fashion Magazines of the late 1830s and 1840s as Domains of Cultural Adaptation and Women’s Entrepreneurship.

2) Effrosyni Zacharatou (Athens School of Fine Arts), From Europe to Greece: The illustrated magazine as a distinct form

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As of January 2022, the  European Society for Periodical Studies will award an honorary prize of 500 EURO once every two years to a project that has made a substantial contribution to the field of European periodical studies.


Eligible projects can include, but are not limited to, monographs, edited collections, exhibitions, reference works, the publication of a series, editorships of a journal devoted to periodicals, websites and databases. In the spirit of ESPRit eligible projects are not restricted to the English language, but need to have made a strong impact on the field of European periodical studies beyond the national context in which it was initiated.


To be eligible for nomination, projects need to have been completed within a period of two years before the submission date. Nominees do not have to be ESPRit members, but the project should contribute clearly to research that is in line with ESPRit’s scope (see: Candidates can either submit their own work or nominate the projects of fellow researchers. Jury members can also suggest nominations for the prize.


To submit, those who nominate a project need to write a proposal of 500 words which includes a description of the eligible project and a motivation for the nomination. The submission deadline is January 31, 2022. Nominations can be sent via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Award ceremony

The ESPRit Prize will be handed out during the Annual Meeting. Winners can also be invited to present their projects during the next ESPRit conference and on the ESPRit website. As part of the prize, they will receive free membership of ESPRit for one year.