11th International Conference of the European Society for Periodical Research 2023 ‘Periodicals and Belonging'

  • 09.00 - 18.30
  • 27 Jun 2023 - 29 Jun 2023
  • Leeds School of Arts, Leeds Beckett University, City Campus, Portland Way, Leeds, England, LS1 3PB
11th International Conference of the European Society for Periodical Research 2023 ‘Periodicals and Belonging'
The Leeds School of Arts, in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire, is delighted to host the 11th conference of the European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit).

This international conference will bring together more than 70 academics from universities around the world to discuss the power of magazines, newspapers, zines, and other periodicals to create feelings of inclusion and exclusion.

The conference will feature keynote lectures from renowned scholars Cambridge professor Clare Pettitt and Professor Samuel Etienne of the Ėcole Pratique des Hautes Ėtudes, Paris. The event begins with a training day for postgraduate students, followed by two days of presentations by academics from 22 different countries.

Extra activities include options to explore the independent and historic Leeds Library, and a guided walking tour of architectural and commercial history.

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

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Conference fees

ESPRit members: £50

Non-membership: £80

You can find more information and register as an ESPRit member on the ESPRit website.

Professor Samuel Etienne is the Director of Studies at École Pratique des Hautes Études -PSL University Paris.

Professor Etienne's is a geographer by training, specialising in coastal geomorphology, a research field he has studied for more than twenty years around the world, he chose to reorient his academic career in 2019 to focus on fanzines as object of study and research tool (acazine). He has been publishing fanzines since his childhood in the mid-1980s: music zines first, then literary zines, metazines and more recently artzines. He cofounded Volume!, the French journal of popular music, in 2002.

In his artistic practice, he uses the fanzine as a plastic material that is constantly recycled and builds giant installations (zinewall).

In his keynote, he will present his use of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) in reconstructing networks of informal exchanges that allow information to circulate through fanzines. He will also present the Acazine programme, and the research journal ZINES that he founded in 2020.

Samuel Etienne

Professor Clare Pettitt holds the Grace 2 Chair in the Faculty of English at Cambridge University. She previously taught for 17 years at King's College London, and before that in Leeds, Oxford, and Newnham College, Cambridge.

She has published numerous articles on nineteenth-century subjects and has a particular interest in print culture, technology and media forms. Her books include Patent Inventions:  Intellectual Property and the Victorian Novel (Oxford University Press, 2004) and ‘Dr Livingstone, I presume?’: Missionaries, Journalists, Explorers and Empire(Harvard University Press, 2007). Serial Forms: The Unfinished Project of Modernity 1815-1848 (Oxford University Press, 2020) won the NAVSA Book Prize [North American Victorian Studies Association] and the EsPrit Prize [European Society for Periodical Studies]. Serial Revolutions 1848: Writing, Politics, Form (Oxford University Press) came out earlier this year. 

Professor Clare Pettitt is a General Editor of the Cambridge University Press ‘Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture’ monograph series, and an editor of the journal Cambridge Quarterly.  From 2016-2018, she was the Director of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, a doctoral consortium of eight London universities. Clare has run two major interdisciplinary research projects: a Leverhulme Grant, ‘Past- vs.- Present: Abandoning the Past in an Age of Progress’, Cambridge University (2006-2011) and the AHRC-funded project, ‘Scrambled Messages: The Telegraphic Imaginary 1857-1900’.

Professor Pettitt is currently Leverhulme Research Project Grant Co-Investigator on another project, ‘The Society of Authors, 1884-1914: Professional Association and Literary Property’. In 2022, she was Mercator Visiting Professor at Humboldt University Berlin and Robert Lehman Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti near Florence, Harvard University’s Research Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies. 

Clare Pettitt

Bill Acres teaches Comparative Religion and History at the Faculty of Theology at Huron University, an affiliated College of Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.

He has recently published several book chapters on the Mohawk Institute and an edition of the Superintendent’s journals and workbooks (together with his wife), Mr and Mrs Ashton and the Running of the Mohawk Institute: A formative chapter in Canadian Indian Residential Schools1872-77, vol. 58, Journal of the Canadian Church Historical Society. He is working on a larger monograph, Breaking Trust on the Grand River Station, 1827-1922: Indigenous education in Empire and Nation.

He is currently working with others on the de-colonization of the archives relating to the Institute and the Six Nations of the Grand River at the Huron Diocesan Archives in addition to assisting with police and other authorities investigating historical abuse at the Institute. He has held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant (2018-22) for this material in addition to several other major research awards. As well, Acres is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge. 

Prix Joinet laureate, Victoria Afanasyeva from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 19th-century History Center – ISOR published her PhD thesis in December 2021.

Cherchez la femme: histoire du movement antialcoolique en France (1835-1954) in the IFDJ editions. She shares her research in France-temperance blog, prepares a book about women in the temperance movement in France and works on the history of temperance restaurants in Europe.

Artemis Alexiou is a Senior Lecturer in Design Studies and Design History at York St John University, UK. She holds an AHRC-funded PhD in design, media and women's history by the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art & Design, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Her research concentrates on late nineteenth-century feminist periodicals, especially to the manner in which texts and paratexts (mainly design, visual and material) co-functioned in relation to gender politics, and other intersecting concepts such as class and ethnicity. Her most recent publication is entitled Women in Print I: Design and Identities (Alexiou and Roberto, 2022).

Giulio Argenio has a PhD in Historical, Geographical and Anthropological Studies form the University of Padova and Ca' Foscari University of Venice. He is primarily interested in the media narratives of early Cold War Europe and in the visual culture of post war Italy, with a focus on periodicals for children. His research is currently supported by a scholarship from the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici in Naples.

Victoria Bazin is Associate Professor in American Literature at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Her research focuses on modernist poetry, modern and feminist periodical culture and contemporary women’s writing. She is currently the PI on the AHRC funded project, Liberating Histories: Women’s Movement Magazines, Media Activism and Periodical Pedagogies (2022-2025). She is the author of Marianne Moore and the Cultures of Modernity (Ashgate, 2013) and Modernism Edited: Marianne Moore and the Dial Magazine (EUP, 2019) which won the Research Society for American Periodical Studies Book Prize in 2021. She co-edited, with Melanie Waters, the special issue of Women: A Cultural Review on ‘Periodical Culture from Suffrage to the Second Wave’, (2016), contributed a chapter to Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1940s-2000s (2020) and published an article on Red Rag in Women: A Cultural Review (2021).

Monika Bednarczuk is an associate professor at University in Białystok. Her research focuses on the intersections of 20th-century literature and culture with politics and emphasizes issues of power, identity, and knowledge.

Her current research project investigates the various forms of esoteric knowledge in communist Poland. Prior to this, her books examined representations of the Spanish Civil War in Polish literature and conservative and nationalist women writers in Poland before 1939. She is also the editor of Kulturtransfer in der Provinz (2020) and co-editor of Das historische Litauen als Perspektive für die Slavistik (2022), as well as Schreiben über Frauenbeziehungen (2022). 

Emily Bell is a Lecturer in Digital Humanities in the School of English at the University of Leeds. She was previously a postdoctoral research fellow at Leeds, and has previous worked on ‘Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks In Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1c914’ at Loughborough University with Dr M. H. Wood, funded through the Transatlantic Partnership for Social Sciences and Humanities 2016 Digging Into Data Challenge.

She is a fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute, co-editor of the Curran Index to Nineteenth-Century Periodicals, and creator of the digital archive for the Leverhulme-funded project, The History of the Society of Authors 1884-1914 , which includes a fully digitised run of the Society’s periodical The Author from its inception in 1890 up to 1914. She has published on using word vector models to investigate conceptual shift across nineteenth-century newspapers in Europe in Digital Humanities Quarterly, as well as co-editing the Atlas of Digitised Newspapers and Metadata, a ground-breaking open access report which is the first of its kind and offers a guide to digitised newspaper collections around the world.

Dario Boemia is postdoctoral researcher at IULM University in Milan and contract professor of graphic journalism at Boston College Italia. His research interests include periodical studies, contemporary Italian literature and comics.

His latest publications are Alle 'soglie' dei Sillabari di Goffredo Parise: Dalla terza pagina alle edizioni in volume (2020), L'intelligenza malinconica. Il dibattito intorno al Neorealismo sulla rivista "La Chimera" (1954-1955) (2021), Guido Crepax and the Book Reviews in Comics Form (2022). He is the author of the monographs I denti dell'arte. La letteratura entre-deux-guerres nell’”Italiano” di Leo Longanesi (Amos 2020) and Cronache letterarie negli anni del boom (Peter Lang 2023, forthcoming). He is co-editor with Stefano Locati of the volume Book Reviews and Beyond. Critical Authority, Cultural Industry, and Society in Periodicals Between the 18th and the 21st Century (2021). He is a member of the research group IUPS (IULM Research Group on Periodical Studies) and founder member of the research group SNIF (Studying ’n’ Investigating Fumetti).

Dominic Bentley-Hussey has a PhD in Translation Studies at the University of Ghent since March 2022, supervised by Professor Brecht de Groote. His research is focused upon the role of pseudotranslations in British and French Romanticism, with a particular interest in media-philosophy. He has completed a Masters in Littérature Comparée at l’Université Sorbonne and a BA in English Literature and French Language at the University of Manchester.

Nicholas Brown is a librarian and doctoral candidate at The Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) at the University of the Arts London.

His research focuses on Black British artists and print culture, with particular attention to independent magazine publishing. He has managed libraries and archives at Iniva (The Institute of International Visual Arts), The British Museum, The Hayward Gallery, Christie’s Education, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and was a librarian at the Courtauld Institute of Art. At Iniva he managed the Stuart Hall Library, coordinating a public programme and several research networks. He has received funding from Techne and the Paul Mellon Centre.

Other areas of interest are self-organised art education and artists publishing. Nicholas is a Trustee of the artists book publisher Book Works, a member of the Tate and Paul Mellon Centre British Art Network: Black British Art group and has contributed to the Postcolonial Print Cultures Network. In 2018 he organised an international conference for the Art Libraries Society (ARLIS) at the Architectural Association School of Architecture bringing together artists, academics, activists, curators, librarians and archivists to examine the documentation of art in relation to art historiography.

Jørgen Burchardt is a senior researcher at Museum Vestfyn and subject responsible for the encyclopaedia He has formerly been director of the Danish Road Museum. He is an engineer, followed by studies in ethnology at the University of Copenhagen and continuing education at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and Deutsches Museum, Germany.

Burchardt has published monographs and articles – in relation to the topic: “Are searches in OCR-generated archives trustworthy? Sind Recherchen in OCR-generierten Archiven vertrauenswüridg?” Jahrbuch fuer Wirtschaftsgeschichte / Economic History Yearbook 2023, “Researchers outside APC-financed Open Access. Implications for scholars without a paying institution”, SAGE Open 2014, Danske forskere fortjener professionelle tidsskrifter.  En kortlægning af danske tidsskrifters vilkår (Danish researchers deserve professional journals.  A survey of Danish journals) 2013, “Can independent and qualified science communication survive in a time dominated by institutional interests?”Science Communication without frontiers, 2010, Selskaber og tidsskrifter. Forskningsformidlingens infrastruktur (Societies and journals. The infrastructure of science dissemination) 2007.

Elena Caratti is Associate Professor in Communication Design at the Design Department of Politecnico di Milano. She holds a PhD in Industrial Design and Multimedia Communication, a Master of Science Degree in Architecture from Politecnico di Milano a 2nd level Ma in e-design from Polidesign. Her research activities are related to design education and visual cultures, with a particular interest in translation design and editorial design. In 2016 she edited, with Giovanni Baule, the book "Design is translation. The translation paradigm for design culture", which received an honorable mention at the XXV edition of the ADI Compasso d’Oro award. 

Eleanor Careless is a Research Fellow for the AHRC-funded project Liberating Histories: Women’s Movement Magazines, Media Activism and Periodical Pedagogies based at Northumbria University and partnered with the Women’s Library, LSE. Prior to this, she was an Awardee of the British School at Rome 2021-22 and a Research Fellow for the Leverhulme-funded project The Business of Women’s Words: Purpose and Profit in Feminist Publishing based at the University of Sussex and partnered with the British Library. Her work on twentieth-century women’s writing has been published by College Literature, Modernist Cultures and Women: A Cultural Review, and she is the co-editor of a special issue on the poetry of Anna Mendelssohn for the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry.

Dr Helen Craske is a Junior Research Fellow in Modern Languages at Merton College, Oxford. Her research focuses on French literary, media, and visual culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Since completing a doctorate in 2021, entitled ‘Complicity in Fin-de-Siècle Literature’, she has started a second major research project: ‘Saucy French Magazines, c. 1880–1914’. While working on these monograph-length projects, Dr Craske has published prize-winning articles in French Studies, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, and Dix-Neuf.

Iulian Cătălin Dănilă graduated in 1996 the Faculty of Letters of the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania, majoring in Italian language and literature and minoring in Spanish language and literature. In 2013, he defended his PhD thesis on The stylistics of the political discourse between persuasion and manipulation. He also has an MA in Political Studies (2003), an MA in Linguistics (1999), as well as a diploma in Journalism (1998) from the same university.

Currently he is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Communication Sciences, Department of Communication, Public Relations and Journalism, Apollonia University of Iasi, where he teaches an introduction to Communication Sciences, Public relations strategies, Communication strategies in the political campaign (BA level); he also teaches Italian at the George Enescu National Arts University of Iasi. He has published articles and presented papers in conferences and symposia on linguistics, the history of the press, political discourse. In 2017 he participated in the 6th International Conference of the European Society for Periodical Research with the paper The journalistic discourse on conflict in the periodical “Însemnări ieșene” / “Notes from Iasi” (1936 – 1940). He is a member of the Romanian Association for the History of the Press.

Ngozi Edeagu is a PhD researcher in African History at BIGSAS, University of Bayreuth, Germany and Lecturer at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Nigeria. Her interests cover global and colonial history, print media, and knowledge-producing institutions. Her latest publications are “Living on the Fringes: Boarding Secondary Schools in Nigeria and the Paradox of Colonialism” (2022) and “Educating a Transnational Elite: United States University Scholarships for Nigerian Students, 1960-1975” (2021). She earned a BA in History (Hons, 1st Class) from the University of Nigeria and an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford.

Alessia Della Rocca is a doctoral candidate at the Università degli Studi di Milano in Italy and at the Université d’Angers in France. Her thesis project is entitled “La presse clandestine de la Résistance française (1940-1944): styles, langages, rhétorique et argumentations”. Her research interests mainly focus on the study of language and rhetoric during the Occupation between France and Italy, and also include studies in lexicography and foreign language teaching.

Jutta Ernst is Professor of American Studies and Executive Board member of the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. Her research focuses on contemporary US-American and Canadian writing, periodical cultures, and the translation and mediation of literature. Her most recent publications include Amerikanische Modernismen: Schreibweisen, Konzepte und zeitgenössische Periodika als Vermittlungsinstanzen (2018) and the coedited volume Periodical Studies Today: Multidisciplinary Analyses (2022). She is cofounder of the Mainz research group on ‘Transnational Periodical Cultures’ and coeditor of the Brill series ‘Studies in Periodical Cultures’.

Sabina Fazli is a post doctorate in the collaborative research center Studies in Human Categorization at Mainz University, Germany, where she is working in a project on popular and independent magazines at the Obama Institute of Transnational American Studies. Her research interests are in magazine studies focusing on the style press, magazine affect and materiality, and the representation of human differences in magazines. Together with Oliver Scheiding, she is coeditor of a German-language handbook on magazine studies published in 2022 with transcript.

Inês Ferreira Fernandes is a first year PhD Student on Communication Sciences at the Faculty of Human Sciences from Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon. She has an undergraduate degree in Social Communication, with a specialization in International Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Social Communication, with a dissertation on journalism in conflict areas, both from Universidade de Lisboa – Instituto Superior de Ciências Socias e Políticas. Her main research interests are journalism, journalism studies, and international conflicts, and the impact journalism has on reporting conflicts as a contributor for collective memory and history.

Eloise Forestieris an FWO postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University (2021 - 2024). Her project traces the British and French roots of Swedish feminism through the study of Swedish periodicals of the late 19C. She also specializes in British literature, culture, and periodical studies in the long 19C. She has published several articles on the political influence of women editors from Britain, France and Sweden. She has obtained a Curran Fellowship (RSVP, 2021) to research and write a monograph based on her doctoral dissertation. Eloise is part of the editorial team of JEPS (Journal of European Periodical Studies).

Vincent Fröhlich studied comparative literature. Doctoral thesis about serial narration in different media. He heads a research project on illustrated film magazines («Seeing Film between the Lines») at the Institute of Media Studies in Marburg. Recent publications about the circulation and aesthetics of film images, the layout of illustrated magazines and fan protests against the discontinuation of TV series.

Beth Gaskell is Curator of Newspaper Collections at the British Library. She has previously worked at wide range of libraries and cultural institutions, including the Royal Astronomical Society, the National Army Museum, and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.

She has recently work on a project: Heritage Made Digital Newspapers, a British Library initiative to digitise and curate 1 million pages of 19th century newspapers, as well as being part of the team that curated the major British Library exhibition: Breaking the News, which explored 500 years of news in Britain. Her publications include ‘Bibliographic Issues: Titles, Numbers, Frequencies’ in Researching the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Case Studies, edited by Andrew King, Alexis Easley and John Morton (Routledge 2018);  various contributions to Breaking the News: 500 Years of News in Britain (British Library 2022); and ‘Crafting the Professional Reader: Book Reviews in the Military and Medical Press’, with Alison Moulds, in Victorian Periodicals Review (forthcoming).

Florian Gödel studied German, Philosophy and Romance Studies (Italian, French) in Jena and Munich with stays abroad in Rome, Montpellier and Paris. Since November 2019, he has been a research assistant at the University of Marburg of French and Italian literary studies. He is working on a PhD about 'Humourist Performances and Suspicion in French Daily Newspapers and Magazines after the 1848 Revolution and its Connection to Transnational Mediatic Practices with a Special Focus on Literary Texts by Gérard de Nerval' (working title). He is interested in literary theories, history of Romance Studies in the German Democratic Republic, mediality and materiality of newspaper literature, and theories of translation.

John Hanna is an architect and researcher. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Graz University of Technology in 2014, where he was taught and mentored by Wiederhall’s (late) editor and founder, Joost Meuwissen. Hanna currently lectures at the Chair of History of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Delft University of Technology. His wider research interests include architectural and urban histories of Africa and the Middle East, particularly in relation to colonialism and nationalism. Hanna’s current research investigates spatial conflicts, with a particular focus on port cities.   

Ann-Marie Sparks Harrington is a PhD student at the University of Huddersfield, Ann-Marie’s research interests focus primarily on women and nineteenth-century journalism. Her project centres on the English Woman’s Journal and explores the kind of journalism that was possible for women during the period, the agency of individuals and the prevailing conditions of possibility for a ‘feminist press’. She is a former journalist and during a career spanning almost 20 years, she worked mainly for the Daily Express and the Sunday Express. 

Cameron is a PhD student working on an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership, between the British Library and Teesside University. Cameron’s research interests primarily centre on modern British social and cultural history, with a particular focus on music and sport. His thesis employs an interdisciplinary approach encompassing history and sociology, in order to explore racial discourses within association football fanzines from c.1975 to the present.

Caroline Jones is a lecturer in Journalism at the University of Derby, UK. She gained more than 10 years experience in the online media and newspaper industry before becoming a lecturer, working as a reporter at the Derby Telegraph and digital content editor at the Liverpool Echo. Her research concentrates on transformation in the journalism industry, including how practices and processes have evolved in a range of economic, social, political and technological developments throughout history. Her current research project focuses on the effect the emergence of a tabloid culture had on local identity construction in the nineteenth-century British provincial press.

Ka Ki Wong (王家琪) is an Associate professor and the Associate Head (Programme) of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Hong Kong Shue Yan University. Her research interests are Hong Kong literature, modern and contemporary Chinese literature, and periodical studies. Recently won the Award for Young Artist (Arts Criticism) of Hong Kong Art Development Award (2022). She is devoted to periodical studies and published two monographs on Hong Kong periodicals study focusing on the relationship of literary magazines, literary history, and translation. 

Lydia Kleinstück is a PhD student and lecturer at the Faculty for Translation Studies, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and a member of the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies. Her PhD research focuses on contemporary retro gaming magazines in today’s digital age and their reflection on and portrayal of the history of video games.

Kamila Kłudkiewicz is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Art History, Faculty of Arts Studies - Audiovisual Archives, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland and a graduate of law and art history at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.

Author of scientific books (in Polish): Choice and necessity. Collections of the Polish aristocracy in Wielkopolska at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries (Poznań 2016) and Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum in Poznań (1904-1919). A museum in the German and European province' (Poznań 2021) and numerous articles in scientific journals (RIHA Journal, Museum History Journal, Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen) and collective monographs. Since 2021 team coordinator in the project Digital research infrastructure for humanities and arts sciences DARIAH-PL (funded by European Funds under the Intelligent Development Programme), which concerns the collection of photographs and reproductions of the Institute of Art History in Poznan.

Since 2021 Head of the Audiovisual Archives of the Faculty of Art Sciences at the Adam Mickiewicz University. Her research interests include the history of collecting, museology, visual archives in the broad sense, and material culture in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Veronika Králová studied History of Arts  with the thesis titled Between healthy nationalism and a critique of modernism. An analysis of post-war debates on art in Rowohlts deutsche Enzyklopädie and Merkur (2020) and Translation and Interpreting  with thesis titled The translation of the study  Die Macchia Bruegels by Hans Sedlmayr in the context of its origin(2019) at Masaryk University in Brno.

In 2019, she started a postgraduate study in German Literature in Brno under the supervision of Assistant Professor Aleš Urválek, PhD (with the thesis The Journal “Merkur”, the yearbook “Jahresringe”: post-war publicistic activities of Joachim Moras.) Her pedagogical arrangements include German for historians and German for art historians. She spent three semesters abroad at the University of Würzburg (2021), Vienna (2019) and Regensburg (2016) and three shorter research stays at Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach. She translated numerous studies from the field of German art history into Czech. Her current thesis as well as previous works handles the theme of German periodicals (Merkur, Europäische Revue, Jahresring) and their significance from the view of art history.

Shu-Fang Lai is a Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan and is also a joint Professor at the Department of Medical Humanities and Education at the College of Medicine at Kaohsiung Medical University. 

She teaches Victorian Literature, 19th-Century English Novels, and Literary Translation and is interested in Victorian Periodicals, Literature and Science, Scottish Children’s Literature, and Literary Translation. She is the author of Charles Reade, George Meredith and Harriet Martineau as Serial Writers of Once a Week, 1859-1865 (2008) and Victorian Fancy (2013), and jointly translated N. Katherine Hayles’s How We Became Posthuman (with AI scholar Wei-Po Lee) in 2018 and edited The Land of Story-Books: Scottish Children’s Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century (with Dr Sarah Dunnigan). At present, she is working on a 3-year project on Spiritual Pursuits in Victorian Literature: Poetry and Faith.

Susann Liebich is Assistant Professor in Modern History at Heidelberg University. Her research interests focus on book history and periodicals, oceanic and environmental history, and cultures of maritime mobility in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and how these fields intersect. She has published on Australian and New Zealand magazine culture, on the history of reading in New Zealand and Britain, and on print circulating at sea. Most recently, she co-edited Shipboard Literary Cultures: Reading, Writing, and Performing at Sea (2021).

Marie Léger-St-Jean will return to independent scholarship after a short stint as a doctoral candidate at Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. She created the online bibliography Price One Penny: A Database of Cheap Literature, 1837–1860, is the literary editor of its electronic edition of The Mysteries of the Inquisition, and a contributing editor to At the Circulating Library: A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901. She contributed to Edward Lloyd and his World: Popular fiction, journalism and popular culture in Victorian Britain (Routledge, 2019), GWM Reynolds Reimagined: Studies in Authorship, Radicalism, and Genre, 1830-1870 (Routledge, 2023), and Penny Dreadfuls and the Gothic: Investigations of Pernicious Tales of Terror (University of Wales Press, 2023).

Stefano Locati is a research fellow at IULM University where he teaches Asian Visual Cultures: Cinema, Comics, and TV Series. His research interests include film studies, media studies, visual studies, adaptation studies, periodical studies, and Japanese, Chinese and Korean cinemas.

He holds a PhD in Literature and Media and is a member of IUPS – the IULM University Research Group on Periodical Studies. Among others, he authored Sistema media mix. Cinema e sottoculture giovanili del Giappone contemporaneo (lit. “Media Mix System. Cinema and youth subcultures in contemporary Japan”, Mimesis, 2022) and La spada del destino. I samurai nel cinema giapponese dalle origini a oggi (lit. The Sword of Doom. The samurai in Japanese cinema from the origin to the present, Luni, 2018). He edited with Dario Boemia the volume Book Reviews and Beyond. Critical Authority, Cultural Industry, and Society in Periodicals Between the 18th and the 21st Century (Biblion, 2021).

Mara Logaldo (PhD in English Studies) is an Associate Professor of English Linguistics and Translation at IULM University, Milan, where she teaches courses in Narrative forms and languages and Audiovisual Translation. Her research interests include rhetoric, discourse analysis, multimodality and pragmatics applied to literature and media texts. She has published on captions in photojournalism (from a linguistic, semiotic, translational perspective), dubbing and subtitling (as a practice and from a critical perspective in Italian film journals), in magazines and linguistics. She co-organized the Sixth Annual Conference of ESPRit “Conflict in the Periodical Press” (IULM, 2017) and is currently Chair of ESPRit.

Elias Mahiout  is a doctoral researcher of history and research assistant at Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at the Chair of Modern History of Professor Dr. Ute Planert at the University of Cologne.  He graduated with a Masters in Modern History from the University of Cologne in 2020, his dissertation project examines the circulation and popularisation of knowledge in early 19th-century periodicals. Elias has taught seminars regarding 18th and 19th-century German and European history and his research interests include the history of knowledge, media and nationalism, with a focus on the transition period from the mid-18th to the mid-19th century. 

Céline Mansanti is an associate professor in US history at the University of Picardie-Jules Verne. She wrote her PhD thesis on transition magazine (La revue transition, 1927-1938, le modernisme historique en devenir, Rennes, PUR, 2009). Her field of interest is the cultural history of the United States and its relationships with Europe in the late 19th and early 20thcenturies, with a special focus on the periodicals of the first half of the 20th century. She is working on the periodicals produced by or for the English-speaking communities in interwar Paris.

Marcin Markowiczis an Assistant Professor in the Canadian Literature Research Unit at the Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. His research interests include print culture studies, especially the history of Canadian literary magazines as well as contemporary Canadian literature with a focus on queer writers.

In December 2020, he defended a doctoral dissertation on feminist literary magazines in Canada. He is the recipient of the 2019 Graduate Student Scholarship from the International Council for Canadian Studies as well as the 2022 International Council for Canadian Studies Award for the Best Doctoral Thesis in Canadian Studies.

Grace Marks is a PhD researcher and Graduate Teaching Assistant at Edge Hill University. Her PhD uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore ‘Friendship at a Distance’ between 1880-1920. She is researching how British people used technologies available to them, such as the printing presses, railway networks, postal services etc. to build and maintain networks of friendship at a distance. Her primary case study is the periodical press, namely Ally Sloper’s Half-Holiday, to explore how newspapers created and sustained large, loyal communities of readers entirely at a distance and the connections they felt to the paper and other readers.

Zsolt Mészáros is a curator at the Petőfi Literary Museum in Budapest, Hungary. He graduated as an art historian from ELTE University, Budapest in 2007 and received his PhD in Comparative Literature in 2017. He is a member of Culture(s) de Mode - le réseau français de la recherche en mode. His research interests include the history of feminism, women's writing, and fashion magazines. His latest publication in English is ‘The Magyar Bazár (1866-1904) and the literary salon of the Wohl sisters in Budapest’, Journal of European Periodical Studies, 6.1 (Summer 2021), 135-145.

Todd H. Richardson serves as Professor of English at University of Texas Permian Basin, where he teaches American Romanticism.  His scholarship[p appears in American Literary Scholarship, Approaches to Teaching Ralph Waldo Emerson, New England Quarterly, Walt Whitman Quarterly, Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism, and Ralph Waldo Emerson in Context.  He has served as president of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society.  

Thomas Mohr is an associate professor at the School of Law, University College Dublin. He is vice president of the Irish Legal History Society and book review editor of the Irish Jurist, Ireland's oldest law journal. His publications on Irish legal history range from medieval Gaelic law to the law of the independent Irish state in the 20th century. His latest books are Guardian of the Treaty – The Privy Council Appeal and Irish Sovereignty (2016) and Law and the Idea of Liberty in Ireland – From Magna Carta to the Present (2023).

Inés Molina-Agudo is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Art History at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, studying the phenomenon of the marginal press and its link with creativity and popular expression in post-Franco Spain, 1975-1980. Her lines of research deal with countercultures and self-publishing through Social History, Art History and Cultural Studies. She has conducted research stays at New York University, Université Grenoble Alpes and Universitat de Barcelona, and collaborated with various museums and art centres such as the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia and the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, as well as participating in international research networks such as AWARE. Archives of Women Artists, Research & Exhibitions. 

Alice Morin is a postdoctoral researcher in the project Fragmentwanderungen. A Media-Based Comparison of Fragment Migration: Photographs in Periodicals and Books in the Twentieth Century, led at the Philipps-Universität Marburg, as part of the DFG-unit Journalliteratur. The project analyses photographic transfers between illustrated magazines and photo books, as part of Western visual culture from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Her own research especially focuses on editorial photography, fashion and “lifestyle” periodicals, and US European print cultures in the 20th century.

Simon Morris is co-editor of Inscription, Professor of Art and Director of Research for Art & Design at Leeds Beckett University. Recently, he co-curated [with Gill Partington and Adam Smyth] the exhibition, Folding the Page at Chelsea College of Arts and Tate Britain, 21stNovember 2022 – 16th January 2023 and co-curated [with Aslak Gurholt,  Fraser Muggeridge, Gill Partington and Adam Smyth] the exhibition, Holy, Holy, Holy at No Show Space in London, 6th-30th October 2021. In 2002, he founded the publishing imprint information as material (iam) which publishes work by artists and writers who use extant material — selecting it and reframing it to generate new meanings — and who, in doing so, disrupt the existing order of things.

Giorgio Motisiisa PhD candidate in Art History at the Scuola Normale Superiore University (Pisa). His PhD research focuses on the first Italian attempts to deal with the influence of French Informal Painting and American Abstract Expressionism during the 1950s. He completed his studies at the University of Pisa and at the Scuola Normale.

In 2020 he defended his MA thesis on the portraits of the artists who gravitated around the anti-fascist periodical Corrente, which emphasized the political and identity value of these works. In 2022, he was a research fellow at the  Center for Italian Modern Art in New York City, where he collaborated on the exhibition Staging Injustice. Italian Art 1880-1917.

His main area of interest is Italian 20th-century painting and sculpture, with an emphasis on their connections to literature, politics, and the socio-cultural context. On these subjects, he has contributed book chapters, published articles in leading academic journals Italian Modern Art 2021, L’uomo nero 2021, Paragone 2022, Predella 2022, La Diana 202) and attended international conferences Bologna 2020, Reims 2021, Florence 2021, New York 2022, Los Angeles 2022. Since 2019, he has been a contributor to the Biographical Dictionary of Italians in the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia.

James Mussell is a Professor of Nineteenth of Nineteenth-Century Print Cultures and deputy director of the Centre for the Comparative History of Print at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Science, Time, and Space in the Late Nineteenth-Century Periodical (2007) and The Nineteenth-Century Press in the Digital Age (2012).  He is one of the editors of the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (ncse, 2008, 2018) and the books W.T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary (2012) and A Pioneer of Connection: Recovering the Life and Work of Oliver Lodge (2020). Another edited collection, Letterpress Printing: Past, Present, Future is out later this year.

Anna Namestnikov is a teaching and predoctoral research assistant in the Russian section of the department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication  at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent University where she is affiliated with the research group TRACE.

She obtained a master of arts in Eastern European Languages and Cultures in Russian and Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian. As of October 2021, she has been working on a PhD on the instrumentalisation of foreign literature in Russian émigré journals (1919-1939).

Lauren Ottaviani is an FWO-funded PhD student in English literature at KU Leuven, where her research focuses on middlebrow English and Irish women’s magazines at the turn of the twentieth century. Working under Professor Elke D’hoker, her particular focus is on domestic ideals and the women’s suffrage movement in the English periodical The Woman at Home and the Irish periodical Lady of the House. After completing her undergraduate studies in English at Allegheny College, she earned an MA in English literary studies from Durham University and spent two years at the University of Antwerp as a Fulbright ETA. Her research interests include fin-de-siècle and Irish literature, periodical studies, and gender studies.

Soenke Parpart is a PhD student in German Studies at Brown University and previously studied European Literatures and German Literature at the Philipps University of Marburg, with shorter stays at the University of Bonn and Washington University in St. Louis. Soenke is currently revising his Masters thesis on the turn of the century as a media event in Viennese newspapers for publication.

Gill Partington is Fellow in Book History at the Institute of English Studies, University of London. She teaches and writes about twentieth-century and contemporary book cultures, focusing particularly on the physical and conceptual mutations of the book in the hybrid territory between book and art. She has published on artists Tom Phillips and John Latham, book burning, and the strange fate of the dust jacket. Her current research project at the IES – ‘Page Not Found’ – traces the outer limits and unexpected histories of the page. With Adam Smyth and Simon Morris she is one of the co-founders and editors of Inscription – Journal of Material Text: Theory, Practice, History. Her creative work has recently been exhibited as part of the Bodleian Library’s Sensational Books exhibition, at Shandy Hall in Yorkshire.

Kathleen Pierce is a visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts in the United States. Her research broadly focuses on the intersections of art, science, and medicine in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French empire. She is currently working on a book project, Surface Tensions: Skin, Disease, and Visuality in the Fin-de-Siècle French Empire, the book examines a broad range of objects—from dermatological illustrations and wax-cast models to public health posters and avant-garde painting—to understand relationships between the surface of the modern body and the surface in modern art. 

Gaëtan Regniers is an FWO PhD research fellow at the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication at Ghent University in Belgium where he is affiliated to the Translation and Culture (TRACE) and  Centre for Media and Periodical Studies (MAPS) research groups. Previously he studied Late Modern History and Eastern European Languages and Cultures. His research project focuses on 19th and 20th-century translations of Russian literature published in periodicals. He published on the trans-European proliferation of Tolstoy’s stories in periodicals and translations in periodicals reflecting Franco-Russian diplomatic relationships between 1855 and 1885 (World Literature Studies 2021/3). 

Simon Rennie is a Senior Lecturer in Victorian Poetry at the University of Exeter. From 2017-19 he was Principal Investigator on a large-scale AHRC-funded research project examining issues of function and address in Lancashire Cotton Famine poetry. This project recovered and critically evaluated hundreds of poems, largely from local newspapers and US newspapers. The resulting database has been accessed in 59 countries by over 10,000 users to date. He is currently working on a monograph on the subject of Cotton Famine poetry and developing further projects related to how popular newspaper poetry provided social and political commentary on contemporary Victorian events.

Siân Round has recently finished a PhD in American Literature at the University of Cambridge. Her thesis concerned the little magazine in the American South between 1921 and 1945, looking at how editors and contributors navigated the idea of ‘Southernness’ in the serial form. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, Review of English Studies, and Cambridge Quarterly. Her chapter on ‘Southern Periodical Cultures’ appeared in The Routledge Companion to Literature of the U.S. South in 2022.