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11th International ESPRit Conference: Periodicals and belonging

  • 10.00 - 17.00
  • 27 Jun 2023 - 29 Jun 2023
  • Leeds School of Arts Building, City Campus, Leeds
11th International ESPRit Conference: Periodicals and belonging
The Leeds School of Arts in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire is delighted to host the 11th International European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit) Conference. This year’s theme is periodicals and belonging, the event is designed to encourage discussions and collaborations on the ways that ideas manifest in relation to periodical production and reception.

This conference will explore the notion of belonging; to a family, a local culture, a national, regional, and international group, is intrinsic to periodical studies. The research into avenues such as literature and the arts, history, cultural history, linguistics, sociology amongst other disciplines is constitutive to belonging and the notion of not belonging.

The conference will cover:

Themes of exclusion, forms of othering, racialisation, agonism and conflict.

  • Notions of belonging as oppression; periodical policing of boundaries, identities or stereotypes
  • The use of belonging in marketing and advertising of periodicals, and the role of labour in periodical production; staff who belong loyally to one publication versus freelance journalists who sell their labour to many titles
  • Consider periodicals as visual and material objects that belong to certain places and spaces as well as in circulation and movement across geopolitical locations and chronological periods.

Further information

For more about ESPRit please visit the website. 

If you have any questions about catering, travel or any other practical aspects of the conference, please contact the Leeds Beckett Events Team:

We welcome proposals from researchers at all career stages. Proposals of around 250 words (references not included) for 20-minute papers and a short CV (no more than 200 words) should be sent to The deadline for abstracts is 31 January 2023.

We also welcome proposals for joint panels of three papers, and for round tables or other formats. Please include a brief rationale for the panel or round table along with an abstract and CV for each presenter.

Call for papers for the Postgraduate Workshop on Periodical Studies, deadline is  Tuesday 28 February 2023.

For queries about the content of the conference, contact Dr Mary Ikoniadou:

Leeds is a fantastic city for, It’s small enough to get around easily on foot  but also well connected by public transport.

Our City Campus is very central and spread over several buildings around Woodhouse Lane. We are just a few minutes walk from the main shopping centres, the First Direct Arena and heading out of town, Hyde Park.

Arriving by car

Leeds has good motorway links from the M1, M62 and M621 making it easy for your to reach .


 Short stay parking is available at Rose Bowl (for sat nav use LS1 3HB), the car park is split into two sections; directly outside the Rose Bowl there is an open-air car park (pay and display) and there is an underground car park (pay on exit) below the Rose Bowl. Both are accessible via Portland Crescent.

There are a number of city centre pay and display car parks located near to our campus buildings. These can get busy during events and we would advise that you use Leeds Travel Info to check available car parking spaces on the day and that you leave plenty of time to find a parking space and walk to the campus. Postcodes for the closest city centre car parks are as follows:

  • Woodhouse Lane Multi-storey: LS2 3AX
  • Merrion Centre: LS2 8BT
  • St. Johns Centre (NCP): LS2 8LQ
  • The Light: LS1 8TL

Please also note that park-and-ride facilities are available at Elland Road and Stourton. They are easily accessible from the motorway and will allow you to avoid driving into the city centre altogether. Please the Metro website for more information.

Arriving on public transport

 The City Campus is just a 15-minute walk from the Leeds train station.


A wide range of hotels are available within Leeds City Centre at a variety of price ranges. 

For budget friendly hotels the Travelodge have set up a search link for nearby hotels close to Leeds Beckett University. 

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Professor Samuel Etienne is the Director of Studies at École Pratique des Hautes Études PSL, Laboratoire CHArt, Paris

Professor Etienne's work is part of a naturalistic tradition of physical geography, particularly geomorphology. In 1995 he studied at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and supported a master's degree in geomorphology of the volcanic coastlines of Antrim, including the site of the Giant's Causeway.  

Professor Etienne produces research articles on the alternative press (do-it-yourself fanzines). Since 2019, his research has looked at the study of fanzines, especially scientific, and to the editorial forms of dialogue between natural sciences and the arts. He coordinates the ACAZINE workshops, the new academic research tool fanzine at the Condorcet Campus (2021-2022).

ESPRit, the European Society for Periodical Research, was founded in 2009 by a group of periodical researchers from Austria, Belgium, England, the Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden, and the United States. The aim of the organization is to unite the resources of individual scholars from various disciplines who work with periodicals.

Researchers throughout Europe find periodicals of their own and other nations indispensable resources for understanding such practices as the reception of literature, the segmentation of markets, shifts from reading of newspapers in public venues to domestic consumption of news, gender issues in reading, and the development of literary nationalisms. Although many of these scholars explore similar issues, they have tended to work in isolation and lacked a combined perspective. ESPRit aims to provide a platform for periodical researchers through its website, listserv, conferences and online journal.

ESPRit takes an interdisciplinary approach and focuses on both English and non-English-language periodicals. It transcends specific thematic interests, although the emphasis will be on European research. ESPRit is affiliated with various European and American research groups, such as the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, the Research Society for American Periodicals, the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, the Arts and Humanities Alliance, TIGRE and (Texte et Image, Groupe de Recherche à l’Ecole) to ensure a broadly international and transatlantic collaboration.

ESPRit currently has around 400 members that stay in contact through the network website. The ESPRit committee organises annual international conferences during which members can define common topics in the field of periodical research and explore ways to publish together.


Our brand-new state-of-the-art £80million Leeds School of Arts building features a wealth of outstanding specialist facilities across Creative Technologies, Film, Music & Sound, and Performing Arts. These include a 180-seat performance theatre; a 220-seat cinema; industry standard film and green screen studios; a black box theatre; Foley studios; dubbing and music recording studios; acoustic labs and numerous post-production suites. There are also a host of flexible teaching and study spaces, a café, and event spaces including two large roof terraces with stunning views across the city centre. 

As well as a centre for creative exploration and growth, Leeds School of Arts is a focus for the cultural life of the city itself. Leeds is undergoing a renaissance, driven by a booming creative sector and galvanised by the arrival of major players such as Channel 4. The Leeds School of Arts building ensures our creative practitioners and students are uniquely placed, not just to benefit from Leeds' flourishing creative landscape, but to add their own creative energy to the transformation of the city.

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