Backroom Business: The Production of Periodicals 10-11 April 2014, proposal deadline 1 October 2013

full name / name of organization: 
ESRPit: European Soceity for Periodical Research / Radboud University Nijmegen
contact email: 
esprit@let.ru.nl

Proposals deadline: October 1, 2013

This conference seeks to explore every aspect related to the production of European periodicals, from the early eighteenth century to the present day. Papers could address issues of financing, sponsoring, editing, designing, advertising, printing and digitization. We are for instance interested in what Barbara Onslow called the “back-room workers”: the printers, typesetters, engravers and illustrators who are often invisible in periodical histories. We invite scholars to send in proposals for 15 to 20 minute talks on the above themes, both dealing with individual magazines and discussing wider trends, such as the evolutions in the production of periodicals. We especially look for papers that reach beyond national borders and challenge traditional literary-historical boundaries. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

- Editors and editing
- Financing and sponsoring
- Printing and digitization practices
- Photography, illustrations, and advertising
- Periodicals as producers of culture

Please send a 250 word proposal for a 15 to 20 minute presentation by August 15 to the conference organizers at esprit@let.ru.nl. A selection of papers will be published in a special issue of the future ESPRit e-journal.

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
international_conferences
popular_culture
postcolonial
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian