in the Periodical Press": call for papers
in the Periodical Press
6th International Conference of the European
for Periodical Research (ESPRit)
28-30 June 2017
(International University of Languages and Media)
Via Carlo Bo, 1, Milan
Conflict is at the core of periodical publishing.
Disputes constructed and played out on the periodical
stage have been periodical themselves, recurring,
though under different names and formats, in different
periods from the eighteenth-century to the present
day. There is often an inherently militant aspect
to the promulgation of ideologies in the periodical
press. However, the spectacularization of conflict
accompanying recent events – the in/out rhetoric
of Brexit reporting and the representation of some
policies on immigration, for instance – has
made this key feature of the periodical press particularly
visible and urgent. The 2017 ESPRit Conference seeks
to explore from interdisciplinary perspectives (literary,
linguistic, historical, political, sociological, etc.)
how the periodical press mediates and remediates conflicts,
including how verbal and visual devices on the periodicals’
pages enact conflict. ESPRit encourages proposals
that speak both within and across local, regional
and national boundaries and especially those that
are able to offer a comparative perspective. We also
encourage proposals that examine the full range of
periodical culture, that is, all types of periodical
publication, including newspapers and specialist magazines,
and all aspects of the periodical as an object of
study, including design and backroom production.
Proposals are invited that deal with,
but are not limited to, the following topics:
- Staging conflicts: mediating political,
cultural, aesthetic, social, moral dispute
- The performance of conflict in periodicals:
manifestos, monographic issues, provocations and
- The grammar of conflict: e.g., use
in different periods of verbal rhetoric such as
refutation, climax/anticlimax, irony, dos and don’ts,
- Visual rhetoric of conflict: e.g.,
use of black and white, contrasting colours, positive
and negative pictures, captions, vectors in the
page layout, etc.
- Dictating socio-cultural agendas:
factions and fashions.
- Cultural values and generational
- Militancy, mediation and re-mediation.
- Translation as a symptom of cultural
- Conflict as affect and/or entertainment.
- The business or commerce of conflict
- Possibilities and limits of dialogic
rhetoric in periodicals.
- Views, not news? The seduction
of ideas and the role of public opinion, with particular
reference to the representation of or reporting
on legal cases, referendums and opinion polls.
Please send proposals for 20-minute
papers (max 250 words), panels of three or four papers,
round tables, one-hour workshops or other suitable
sessions, together with a short CV (max. one page),
The deadline for proposals
is 31st January 2017.
Chosen applicants notified:
1st March 2017.