Bild-Sequenzierung im Journal: Comic, Fotoreportage, Cinéroman und illustrierte Filmzeitschrift

12–13 June 2020, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Organised by the DFG Research Unit 2288 Journal Literature, the Committee for Comics Studies and the Committee for Photography Studies at the German Society for Media Studies (GfM)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Jan Baetens (Leuven) and Marina Ortrud M. Hertrampf (Regensburg)

The premise of the workshop is that periodicals, as soon as they are capable of incorporating pictures, are prone to display not only single isolated, but most often multiple pictures and, moreover, arrange them in typical, possibly media-specific ways. The object of the workshop is to explore page layout strategies used in periodicals from the 19th to the 21st century in order to identify their manifestations, historical modifications and adaptations to different visual media.

From the late 19th century onwards photographic images have been published frequently in periodicals. As the 19th century drew to a close, photo-reproduction processes quickly supplanted wood-engraving. Photo-mechanical technologies such as the half-tone screen enabled mass reproduction of photographs. The importance of photojournalism and, accordingly, of photographic magazines such as the Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung was increasing, leading to the formation of the influential journalistic genre of the ‘photo reportage’. American comic strips explored novel ways of “juxtapos[ing] pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence, intended to convey information and/or to produce an aesthetic response in the viewer”, as Scott McCloud famously defined. Serial novels such as Georges Rodenbach’s Bruges-la-Morte (1892) were published AG Fotografieforschung accompanied by numerous photographs. After the turn of the century, the ever more popular medium of film found in the pages of the periodicals an ideal partner to transform its moving pictures into a fixed printed form. Throughout the 20th century these forms continued to flourish and develop, introducing new modes of serial picture display like the photonovel or the cinéroman up to current projects such as the Revue dessiné, offering a news magazine relying solely on comics. All of these forms raise the question how sequencing pictures on a page—and on ensuing pages—does produce meaning: How do still pictures narrate and produce visual discourse?

The workshop seeks to advance the study of image sequences from a transmedial perspective. The focus lies hereby on the way in which the medial format of the periodical operates with image sequences: How are images arranged and connected to each other, how do they produce coherence, the impression of a succession and very often even narrative cohesion? We welcome theoretical approaches as well as studies that work with historical or contemporary material.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to the conference organisers Christian A. Bachmann, Vincent Fröhlich, Iris Haist, Jens Ruchatz, and Monika Schmitz-Emans (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) no later than 31 January 2020. Please include name, institutional affiliation, email address, and a short CV (150 words). This workshop seeks to advance transdisciplinary discussion and exchange. In line with this goal and the fact that the workshop encourages interaction, participants are required to submit preliminary papers of approximately 8 pages no later than 24 May 2020. Presentations should not exceed 10 minutes and should primarily serve to kick off discussions of 30 minutes. The papers will be sent to the attendees prior to the workshop and participants should read them in preparation of the discussions. The languages used during the workshop will be English and German. We will provide accommodation in Bochum and reimburse travel expenses up to €250 in total. Please add a short note to the abstract if you need us to refund costs up to €250. Please contact us no later than 24 May 2020 if you would like to participate in the discussion without presenting a paper.

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

  • the formation of image sequences as part of an emerging practice of text production for periodicals from the late 19th century onwards;
  • comic strips as image sequences and series of image sequences;
  • image sequences as a mean of producing visual news in the ‘photo reportage’;
  • the representation of film in periodicals using sequences of pictures;
  • image sequences in periodicals as forms of remediation and/or negotiations of mediality;
  • the intermedial structure of image sequences in photo comics, photonovels and film photonovels;
  • mediations of and reflections on movement and time in image sequences published in periodicals.

Book Reviews and Beyond. The Transformations of Literature and Art Criticism in Periodicals Between the 18th and the 21st Century

Milan, 3-5 juin 2020

Although unquestionably all-pervasive within the history of modern and contemporary press, the ‘review form’ has been to present an understudied practice. In fact, this multi-faceted, cross-disciplinary form that has persistently accompanied the different phases in the evolution of “print-capitalism” has hardly been analysed from a theoretical perspective. This dismissal by the academic world is certainly peculiar, if not manifestly contradictory; however, it significantly testifies of the difficulty of investigating such a slippery object of study critically.

The very ‘physiognomy’ of the book or film review, inherently wavering between the duty to inform and the needs of the market, influenced as it is by the definition of ‘taste’, makes this form difficult to tackle with a sound methodological approach. Since the beginning of the XVIII century, the book and film review has proved to be an essential interface between cultural supply and demand, and it has always been something more than a weapon to reach fame and recognition. Depending of the position gained in the literary or film fields, the review has often determined the success or failure of a creative enterprise, of a name or reputation. This particular device has been the yardstick of the most diverse sensibilities and tempers, from the learned expert to the passionate amateur. In this, its proliferation has foreshadowed the changes in the reception processes of works no longer provided with an ‘aura’ and therefore prone to the whims of a mass audience, whose judgments ultimately assessed their value.

For these reasons, it is hard to trace the evolution of the ‘review form’ from a single point of view while focusing on the mechanisms that have triggered its fortune. As a crucial touchstone of intellectual production, the review still performs its essential normative function, contributing to outlining the ever-evolving “horizon of expectations” of its audiences, often identified with an ideal corpus which should epitomise a shared canon. On the other hand, as a social process, the review tends to keep track of the continuing dialectics between mainstream aesthetic values and their renegotiation in distinct contexts and/or communities of consumption.

In the light of the rapidly-changing scenario of media and technologies, the conference “Book Reviews and Beyond” aims at exploring this compelling area of research in accordance with the interdisciplinary perspective of periodical studies, with particular focus on the period from the eighteenth century to the turn of the new millennium.

Scientific Committee:
Paolo Giovannetti
Andrea Chiurato
Mara Logaldo

Organizing Committee:
Dario Boemia
Stefano Locati
Laura Sica

The website for the conference is now online at It contains all the links to follow the event in streaming on YouTube day by day. Simultaneous translation into English will be available for all presentations or sessions held in Italian by clicking on the “English” button. 

For information about the event, and other questions about the conference program, please contact the Organizing Committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

In conjunction with the 9th International ESPRit Conference in Bochum, a postgraduate workshop will be held on 17 June 2021. We seek applications from graduate students working on any topic with regard to periodicals from any historical period, geographical origin, and cultural context. The workshop is open to postgraduate students working in any discipline in the humanities and social sciences and using any methodology or approach. Priority will be given to advanced doctoral students, but applications by graduate students at any stage of preparation of their dissertation will also be considered. Personalised feedback will be offered by a committee comprising ESPRit members and members of the DFG Research Unit 2288 Journal Literature. Participants of the workshop will have their conference fee waived. Furthermore, we seek to secure funding for travel expenses and accommodation.

We look forward to welcoming you to Ruhr University Bochum!

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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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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:

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