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ESPRit - The European Society for Periodical Research

The 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 website


IULM 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.