Future States, a nearly carbon-neutral conference (NCNC) hosted by the Centre for Design History, University of Brighton, is now open for registration. The conference explores the constructive tensions between modernity and nationalism in popular magazines across the globe, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Running from 23 March – 5 April 2020, this is a landmark event in magazine studies, with talks by 35 leading scholars from 15 countries, and multiple Q&As and discussion forums. But there are no air tickets, hotel bookings, or conference packs – and no registration fee. Attendance at Future States is free, and open to all.

Future States is a new kind of academic conference for the world of the internet, and the era of climate crisis. This is a new way to share knowledge, making full use of the amazing capacities of digital technology. Presentations at Future States are recorded in advance, and are viewed by participants at their leisure; discussion threads remain on the site as a permanent record of the proceedings, alongside multiple further resources: reading lists, images, links to archives and research centres. Future States is the future of conference-going. Do join us!

To register, and to view abstracts of all the conference papers, visit our website: www.futurestates.org

The conference

In the early decades of the twentieth century, ideals of technological modernity and American consumerism had a normative influence on cultures across the globe: magazines in Europe, the US, Latin America, and Asia, inflected a shared internationalism and technological optimism. But there were equally powerful countervailing influences, of patriotic or insurgent nationalism, and of traditionalism, that promoted values of cultural differentiation. Future States explores these dialectical constructions of ideal modernity in the magazines of different countries, exploring how national cultures drew on – or resisted – currents in international modernism, and also informed and constituted this global culture. 

Keynote presenters

Professor Patrick Rössler (Erfurt University)

Spearheading the iconic turn: A survey of illustrated magazines during the interwar period – the example of Germany

Professor Faye Hammill (Glasgow)

Travel as nationalist practice in Canadian magazines

Professor Claire Lindsay (UCL)

Advertising in Mexican Folkways

Professor Michel Hockx (Notre Dame)

Modern Chinese magazines and moral censorship

Week One (23 29 March)

Opening remarks: Professor Andrew Thacker (NTU), Future States co-director

Keynotes: Prof Patrick Rössler, Prof Faye Hammill

Panel 1: Francophone Modernities

Dr Chara Kolokytha (Northumbria): Le Génie du Nord: Sélection and the advocacy of an international “Nordic” culture

Prof Adrien Rannaud (Toronto): To be or not to be modern: The paradox of modernity in French-Canadian magazines during the 1930s

Laura Truxa (EHESS): Visual modernism and its others in VU

Panel 2: The Soviet World

Dr John Etty (Auckland GS): Performing ideology: Communism and modernism in Soviet graphic satire

Phaedra Claeys (Ghent): Safeguarding Russian culture as a cultural reality or as a cultural construct? The case of the news magazine Illustrated Russia

Dr Michael Erdman (British Library): Issue: class, volume: nation : Periodicals in the construction of Soviet Turkic identities

Panel 3: Youthful Identities

Prof Richard Junger (Western Michigan): “The young man of to-day is not the young man of fifty years ago”: The changing image of United States men as portrayed in cover art of popular periodicals, 1880-1920

Dr Elena Ogliari (Milan): Negotiating modernity and tradition in Irish periodicals for juveniles (1910s-1920s)

Dr Christophe Premat (Stockholm): Promoting youth between the two world wars: The case of the magazine Télémaque in France in 1934

Panel 4: Australia – Home and Abroad

Dr Susann Liebich (Heidelberg) and Prof Victoria Kuttainen (James Cook): Currents of international travel: Australian magazines and travel writing about the Asia-Pacific in the 1920s and 1930s

Dr Louise Edensor (Middlesex Dubai): The Native Companion: E. J Brady’s ‘home-grown’ literature and modernist aesthetics

Prof Melissa Miles (Monash): The city, race and labour in Australian design magazines of the 1930s

Panel 5: Transnationalism

Prof Max Saunders (KCL): Transhuman transnationals: The future states of J. B. S. Haldane and J. D. Bernal

Prof Carey Snyder (Ohio): The global dialogics of The New Age

Dr Nissa Ren Cannon (Boston): American on Sundays: The Paris Tribune’s Sunday magazine section

Dr Jaleen Grove (Ringling College): Magazine Digest: The visual rhetoric of a Canadian Jewish magazine before and during wartime

Week Two (30 March - 5 April)

Opening remarks: Dr Tim Satterthwaite (Brighton), Future States co-director

Keynotes: Prof Claire Lindsay, Prof Michel Hockx

Panel 6: Latin America – Transitional Cultures

Dr Laura Fólica (Catalonia): Between the local and the international: The role of literary translation in Revista Nosotros (1907-1943)

Prof Hanno Ehrlicher and Dr Jörg Lehmann (Tubingen): Indigenism as nationalism: The case of Amauta

Claudia Cedeño (Tubingen): The ancient and the modern woman in Mexican Folkways

Panel 7: The Age of Extremes

Prof Konrad Dussel (Mannheim): Pictures for German communists: The newspaper supplement Der Rote Stern in the Weimar Republic

Prof Vike Martina Plock (Exeter): Klaus Mann’s Decision: The unfinished story of a modernist magazine

Prof Antonella Pelizzari (CUNY): Modernity and distraction in Fascist Italy: Photography in 1930s Rizzoli illustrated periodicals

Panel 8: Representing the Modern

Dr Jean-Louis Marin-Lamellet (Savoie-Mont Blanc): Scrambling for a cooperative future: The Arena magazine, reform discourses and the production of national identity (1889-1909)

Dr Margaret Innes (Syracuse): Photo-History and radical print media’s national turn

Pedro Castelo (Birkbeck): Nationalism and modernity: A cultural and intellectual debate in Portuguese architectural magazines of the mid-century

Panel 9: The Power of Photography

Dr Emma West (Birmingham): “The Greater Britain of Fascists”: Politics and photomontage in Action (1936-1940)

Dr Guilia Pra Floriani (Heidelberg): Transmediality and the construction of a national imagery: Portraits of Republican leaders in the Chinese popular media (1912-1913)

Josie Johnson (Brown): Mutable modernity: Margaret Bourke-White’s Soviet photographs in magazines

Panel 10: Postwar Modernities

N Zeynep Kürük-Erçetin (Boğaziçi): The American image in the Turkish context: A close reading of the translated content in Resimli Hayat magazine

Roozbeh Seyedi (Leiden): Fight for what? The forgotten “Revolutionary Spirit” of modern art in Iran

Prof Anne Reynes-Delobel (Aix-Marseille): Caliban (1947-51): A forum on the future of Europe 

8-9 July 2020, University of Salford, MediaCityUK

Deadline for 400-word abstracts: 16 December 2019
In 1702 Elizabeth Mallett founded the Daily Courant at her modest bookshop on Fleet Street in London. Two centuries later, the street had become the spatial nerve centre for a range of local, national and international networks of communication that were replicated on “newspaper rows” across the globe. As media influence grew, so too did the size and scale of its buildings, with American publisher Joseph Pulitzer contending that ‘a newspaper plant…should be something to be gaped at.’ Structures such as Pulitzer’s own New York World building, the striking neo-gothic spires of the Chicago Tribune tower, and the sleek art-deco exteriors of the Daily Express buildings in London and Manchester offered their own expressions of media power, modernity, and the aesthetics of mass communication, providing what Aurora Wallace describes as a “definable shape…a hook on which to hang some news about the media itself.”
This conference, located at the heart of MediaCityUK, invites contributions which explore the intersections between media culture, architecture, and the built environment. We are interested in the relationship between media content and media space, and the ways in which this relationship has changed over time. What would press barons such as Pulitzer, who saw their buildings as “the central and highest point(s) of New World Civilization”, have made of Facebook’s Menlo Park Campus; an arguably more impressive yet radically different vision of media power, sophistication, and influence? How might publishers such as Lord Beaverbrook, the ‘first baron of Fleet Street’, have reacted to its decline and dispersal during the latter decades of the twentieth century? More broadly, how have media buildings informed and given form to a range of sociopolitical, cultural and ideological constructs, becoming a “delivery mechanism” for ideas about objectivity, authority and identity? And what can the past and future of media architecture tell us about the changing nature of media production, distribution and consumption in the twenty-first century?

Potential topics and case studies could include:
•    The history and impact of the “newspaper row” (Fleet Street; Park Row; Picayune Place; etc)
•    Media power, message and the modern skyscraper (China Media Group HQ, Beijing; the New York Times building, ‎Manhattan; Der Spiegel building, Hamburg; etc)
•    Media cities and mediated cities (Facebook Menlo Park Campus, Silicon Valley; MediaCity, Salford Quays; Media City Park, Dubai; etc)
•    Liminal spaces, private architectures, media publics (blogging and the coffee shop; radical media and the built environment; media cultures in the ‘post-newsroom’ age; etc)
•    Reuse, relocation, and the afterlife of media architecture (the Daily Express building, Manchester; the Tribune building, Chicago; BBC/Channel 4 move from London to the North, etc)
•    The relationship between media building design and professional ideologies of journalism/newswork (soft power and media architecture; the ‘newsroom’ as a social and cultural construct; etc)
•    Race, Ethnicity and Media Buildings (the Defender building, Chicago; the Daily Forward building, New York; etc)
•    Media architecture and the end of empire (Times of India building, Mumbai; National Media Group, Nairobi; Broadcasting House, London; etc)

Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent to conference organisers Carole O’Reilly [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.] and E. James West [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.] no later than 16 December 2019

A limited number of travel awards are available to subsidize conference attendance by PGRs, ECRs and temporary faculty. To be considered please submit an estimate of travel expenses with your abstract.

The new PeLiAS joint seminar (Periodicals Literature Arts Sciences) will study art, literature and science periodicals as cultural mediators from the 18th to the first half of the 20th century. The seminar considers periodicals as social, material and entrepreneurial constructions, involving multiple actors: writers, artists, typographers, engravers, printers, publishers or readers in relation with various socio-professional groups (art and literature circles, science groups, academics, theatres, galleries, publishing houses, etc.). The seminar adopts a twofold approach: periodicals are analysed both as a communication medium pertaining to print culture and as a multidisciplinary cultural object. The notion of mediator allows for highlighting the circulation of ideas, texts, images and writers. Periodicals are approached in terms of «networks»: dialogues are established between diverse periodicals beyond the traditional split categories opposing the big vs. the small press, reviews vs. books, or art and literature journals on one hand vs. scientific journals on the other. Periodicals are also studied in their outreach and popularizing dimension, both on a literary and scientific level, and in their relationship to the book and various audiences.

The new joint seminar prolongs the panel «Agencies of Scientific Periodicals» chaired by Hélène Gispert at the 7th ESPRit international conference Periodicals In-Between : Periodicals in the Ecology of Visual and Print Culture, organised by Evanghelia Stead in Paris (26-29 June 2018). It looks back at the approaches developed in France by Evanghelia Stead and Hélène Védrine on art and literature periodicals (L'Europe des revues, 2008, and L'Europe des revues, II, 2018) and by Hélène Gispert on scientific and technical periodicals (GHDSO-EST group).

Les périodiques comme médiateurs culturels (Littérature Arts Sciences)

Le nouveau séminaire PéLiAS (riodiques Littérature Arts Sciences) se propose d’étudier les périodiques artistiques, littéraires et scientifiques du 18e siècle à la première moitié du 20e siècle en tant que médiateurs culturels. Il s’agit d’analyser les périodiques en tant que constructions sociales, matérielles et entrepreneuriales, qui font intervenir de multiples acteurs : écrivains, artistes, typographes, graveurs, imprimeurs, éditeurs, ou lecteurs, etc., et touchent des milieux socio-professionnels variés (milieux artistiques et littéraires, scientifiques, universitaires, théâtres, galeries, maisons d’édition, etc.). L’approche adoptée est double : les périodiques sont interrogés en tant que support de communication appartenant à la culture de l’imprimé et en tant qu’objet culturel pluridisciplinaire. La notion de médiateur permet d’insister sur la circulation des idées, des textes, des images et des rédacteurs. Les périodiques sont pensés en terme de « réseau » : un dialogue s’établit entre différents périodiques au-delà des catégorisations et partages traditionnels qui opposent grande et petite presse, revues et livres, revues artistiques et littéraires et revues scientifiques. Les périodiques sont aussi étudiés dans leur dimension de vulgarisation, tant au niveau littéraire que scientifique, et dans leur rapport au livre et aux différents publics.

Ce nouveau séminaire collaboratif prolonge le panel « Action des périodiques scientifiques » présidé par Hélène Gispert au 7e colloque international d’ESPRit Les Périodiques comme médiateurs. Les périodiques dans l’écosystème de la culture imprimée et visuelle, organisé par Evanghelia Stead à Paris (26-29 juin 2018). Il s’appuie sur les approches élaborées en France d’une part par Evanghelia Stead et Hélène Védrine sur les périodiques d’art et de littérature (L’Europe des revues, 2008, et L’Europe des revues, II, 2018), de l’autre par Hélène Gispert sur les périodiques scientifiques et techniques (groupe GHDSO-EST).


Friday 22 March 2019 / Vendredi 22 mars 2019, Université Paris-Sorbonne, 16h-19h, salle Paul Hazard

 Periodicals and Publishing / Périodique et édition

Yoan Vérilhac (Université de Nîmes, RIRRA 21, Montpellier III) et Caroline Ehrhardt (Université Paris-8, IDHES)

Friday 24 May 2019 / Vendredi 24 mai 2019, Université Paris-Sorbonne, 16h-19h, salle Paul Hazard

 Periodicals and Images / Périodique et image

Valérie Stiénon (Université Paris 13, Pleiade) et Delphine Benoît (Université Paris Sud, GHDSO)

Friday 11 October 2019 / Vendredi 11 octobre 2019, Université Paris-Sorbonne, 16h-19h, salle Paul Hazard 

Periodicals and Translation / Périodique et traduction

Francis Mus (Université de Liège, CIRTI) et Patrice Bret (Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris, sous réserve)

Friday 15 November 2019 / Vendredi 15 novembre 2019, Université Paris-Sorbonne, 16h-19h, salle Paul Hazard

Periodicals and Vulgarisation / Périodique et vulgarisation

Mark Morrisson (Pennsylvania State University) et Jonathan R. Topham (Leeds University, sous réserve)

Organizers / Organisateurs:

Hélène Védrine (Paris-Sorbonne, CELLF 19-21)

Norbert Verdier (Paris-Sud, EST-GHDSO)

Alexia Kalantzis (Versailles Saint-Quentin, CHCSC)

Scientific Committee / Comité scientifique:

Evanghelia Stead (UVSQ, CHCSC & IUF)

Hélène Gispert (Paris-Sudy, EST-GHDSO)

Viera Rebolledo Dhuin (UVSQ, CHCSC)

Hélène Védrine (Paris-Sorbonne, CELLF 19-21)

Norbert Verdier (Paris-Sud, EST-GHDSO)

Alexia Kalantzis (UVSQ, CHCSC)

Label : MSH Paris Saclay & CELLF 19-21


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