Periodical Formats in the Market: Economies of Space and Time, Competition and Transfer / Periodische Formate auf dem Markt: Ökonomien von Raum und Zeit, Konkurrenz und Transfer

1–17 June 2021

organised by the DFG Research Unit 2288 Journal Literature

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 9th conference of the European Society for Periodical Research at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, will be held online. The virtual event aims to bring scholars together, to present and discuss recent work on periodicals, to meet in virtual coffee breaks, to get in touch, and to keep in touch. We welcome proposals from researchers at all stages of their careers from various disciplines.

1-13 June 2021:

Watch and comment pre-recorded presentations at the conference website

11 June 2021:
Postgraduate Workshop

14–17 June 2021:

Online conference with live sesssins: Keynotes, Plenary Panels, Roundtable
ESPRit Annual Business Meeting (for paying members of ESPRit - to register, click here)

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(plus preceding Workshop on Academic Poster Presentations)

11 June 2021

(15 & 22 April 2021)

Deadline for 500-word abstracts: 28 February 2021

In conjunction with the virtual 9th ESPRit Conference “Periodical Formats in the Market”, a virtual postgraduate workshop will be held on 11 June 2021. The workshop is open to postgraduate students working on any topic with regard to periodicals from any historical period, geographical origin, and cultural context. Personalised feedback will be offered by a committee comprising ESPRit members and members of the DFG Research Unit 2288 Journal Literature.

In addition to the virtual workshop an 11 June 2021, there will be an online workshop on 15 & 22 April 2021 where all workshop participants will get a professional training on the concept and design of academic posters (15 April) and their effective presentations (22 April).

This workshop will be held in English by a communication designer and trainer via ZOOM.

To apply, please send a 500-word abstract of the thesis to be presented in a poster presentation and a short CV (150 words) including name, institutional affiliation, and email address to the organisers no later than 28 February 2021 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

We look forward to welcoming you to the virtual workshop!

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.)