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