- The European Society for Periodical Research
Society was founded in 2009 by a group of periodical
researchers from the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium,
the USA and the UK. The group is dedicated to cross-disciplinary
and transnational research into European periodicals,
magazines, journals and newspapers from all historical
periods. To find out more about the activities of
the Society, including the launch of the upcoming
Journal of European Periodical Studies,
take a look at the ESPRit
University - Research
Group on “Twentieth and Twenty-First Century
Periodicals: Between the Avant-Gardes and Postmodernism”
The research aims at exploring how the avant-gardes,
which are generally associated with the modernist
stance, have often drifted into postmodern practices.
Starting from the close connection between European
and American historical avant-gardes and the periodical
press, it will focus on the role played by ‘militant’
periodicals in promoting the ideas of the Italian
neo-avant-garde in the 1950s and 1960s. This issue
will be explored from an interdisciplinary perspective.
The linguistic perspective will highlight the relationship
between linguistics, considered as a scientific tool
for research, and avant-garde periodicals. The literary
perspective will deal with postmodern-oriented periodicals
and their contribution to the transformations that
led to a new literary culture in the 1970s and 1980s.
The comparative approach, which is at the core of
our department, will explore translations, the cultural
role played by foreign literature in Italian periodicals,
and vice versa.