In the Spring of 2021, ESPRit organises a series of online seminars around the theme of ‘Crossover influences and local identities of the popular illustrated periodicals of the 19th and twentieth centuries’

The inaugural keynote lecture of the series will be held by Victoria Kuttainen (James Cook University) on 26 March from 12-1PM CET.

The seminar will be held online via Zoom. All are welcome to attend. Please enter your details below in order to receive the meeting link.

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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!

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

7–17 June 2021

organised by the DFG Research Unit 2288 Journal Literature

Deadline for 300-word abstracts: 20 December 2020

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.

Week 1 (7–11 June 2021)

Live kick-off session with keynote lecture on Monday, 7 June 2021
Launch of pre-recorded presentations and panels at the conference website
Postgraduate Workshop

Week 2 (14–17 June 2021)

Keynote, Plenary Panels, Roundtable
ESPRit Business Meeting
Live Q&A-sessions in the afternoon (CET) to discuss the papers of the first week
Social time and virtual coffee breaks

We welcome proposals for pre-recorded original papers of 15 minutes and panels of 3–4 papers, or live roundtables (with up to 6 discussants) concerning the conference topic: Periodical Formats in the Market: Economies of Space and Time, Competition and Transfer. We kindly ask to prepare your pre-recorded presentation by 31 March 2021. Accepted presentations are already part of the program, you don’t need to send a new proposal!

The conference seeks to examine journals from the 18th to the 21th century within the market and its sociocultural, economic, and legal frameworks, exploring two main areas:

  • economies of time and space, e. spatiotemporal aspects of the production, distribution, and reception of periodicals and similar serialized formats, and
  • facets of competition and transfer between periodicals within localised and regional as well as international

For this purpose, the conference looks at periodicals as agents that react to sociocultural space configurations while simultaneously participating in their nascency, formation, appearance, and perpetual transformation. The conference seeks to advance theoretical approaches, established analytical methods, and analysis oriented towards the spatiotemporal dimensions of periodical culture. To achieve this goal, the 9th ESPRit conference invites theoretical input, case studies, and comparative analysis from philological, philosophical, as well as sociological perspectives from all disciplines (such as philology, media history, history of publishing and printing, comparative literature, cultural studies, gender studies, visual studies, postcolonial studies).

Possible topics and case studies include but are not limited to:

  • the formation of periodicals and (international) periodical culture in their relation to space and time;
  • the representation and/or production of cultural, temporal, and/or geographic distance in periodicals;
  • spaces and geographies of production and distribution: spatiotemporal parameters and frameworks like postal service, newsrooms and pressrooms, relations between editorial boards;
  • spaces and geographies of reception: newsagents, cafés, salons, communes, urban/suburban/underground spaces;
  • the writing/printing space: private, semi-public and public writing/printing spaces, technological change and its influence on format and layout;
  • periodicals and utopias/dystopias;
  • cultural, economic, or legal forces of regional, national, or international diversification and exchange within periodical culture, copyright, news agencies, clipping services;
  • material dimensions of journals in space and time: volumes and/or issues of periodicals as visual, tangible, and corruptible objects, contaminations between book forms and journals, paratextual strategies for attracting or evolving reading publics;
  • specific forms of concurrence, competition, and transfer of/in periodicals within certain epochs and in the market of (often interrelated) cities or countries;
  • the translation of periodicals across time and

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to conference organisers Christian A. Bachmann, Andreas Beck, Mirela Husić, Nora Ramtke, and Monika Schmitz-Emans (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) no later than 20 December 2020. Please include name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a short CV (150 words). Individual pre-recorded presentations should be 20 minutes long. We especially welcome proposals for pre-recorded panels of 3 or 4 speakers and live roundtables with up to 6 discussants. The conference language will be English; German presentations are also welcome. Further information, including details regarding registration, will be published on the conference website:

We look forward to welcoming you to this virtual ESPRit conference!

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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 takes as its focus ‘Popular Magazines’, and is co-hosted by the ETMIET/KENI team from Panteion University (Athens). 

Programme of the ESPRit online seminars: 
‘Crossover influences and local identities of the popular illustrated periodicals of the 19th and twentieth centuries’

26 March, 12-1PM CET:
Keynote lecture by Victoria Kuttainen (James Cook University) [title to be announced] 
NB: Registration for this session is now available here.

16 April, 3-4PM CET:

- Charlotte Lauder (University of Strathclyde and National Library of Scotland), “Pithy people: the People’s Friend, a national magazine for Scotland”

- Júlia Fazekas (ELTE University, Budapest), “Popularity of Hungarian and European fashion magazines in the 1840s”

14 May, 3-4PM CET:

- Patrick Rössler (University of Erfurt), “From Simplicissimus to Simplicus and Der Simpl. Satire magazines between Nazi gleichschaltung and exile, 1934-35”

- Mary Ikoniadou (University of Central Lancashire), “Refugee publishing. The case study of the Greek political refugees in East Germany. Imaginings and aesthetics of repatriation amidst Cold War borders”

The seminars will be held online via Zoom. All are welcome to attend; registration via this website is required for receiving the meeting link. Any questions or suggestions regarding the ESPRit online seminars may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Organising committee:

Gioula Koutsopanagou
Aled Jones
Peter Buse
Maaike Koffeman

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

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