CFP 5th Annual Conference of ESPRit @ LJMU 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS

The 5th International Conference of the European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit), www.espr-it.eu

7-8 July 2016
Liverpool John Moores University, UK

From the Black Dwarf to the little magazines of the European avant-gardes, from protest literature of the industrial revolution to the samizdat publications of the Soviet Bloc, from Punch to punk, periodical publications have long been associated with a challenge to dominant and mainstream culture. For ESPRit 2016 we return to this aspect of periodical culture, exploring the counter-cultural role of periodicals with particular emphasis on comparative and methodological points of view. Proposals are invited on topics that include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Periodicals as sites for the genesis and dissemination of counter-cultural ideas, programmes, and manifestos
  • The assimilation of periodical counter cultures into the tradition
  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to the periodical as counter culture and as establishment
  • The agency of periodicals at threshold moments of social, political, and cultural change
  • Illegal and underground publications
  • The interplay between established periodicals and radical newcomers
  • Change and disruption in the history of long-standing periodicals

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.

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), to 2016esprit@gmail.com. The deadline for proposals is 25 January 2016.

CFP “Copying and Copyright in 19th-Century British Newspapers and Periodicals”

“Copying and Copyright in 19th-Century British Newspapers and Periodicals”

Conference and special issue of Victorian Periodicals Review

Université Paris Diderot, 16-17 March 2017

 

Despite the importance that newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals had for authors and readers in nineteenth-century Britain, the scholarship on copyright during this period remains book-centered.

Most studies of serials pay little attention to questions of copyright, and most studies of copyright barely mention serials. What features of newspapers and periodicals made them different from books, and to what extent did these differences matter to authors, readers, legislators, and judges? What rules did writers, editors, and publishers develop to regulate (or not) the copying and republication of texts and images? How did norms related to plagiarism and authorial attribution change during this period? What effects, if any, did legislation and case law have on the practices of publishers or the expectations of readers?

As part of a multi-year project on “Copyright Law and Publishing Practice” funded by the Institut universitaire de France (IUF), this conference seeks to bring together scholars from several disciplines (history, literature, law, art history, musicology, etc.) working on the full range of material published in nineteenth-century serials (fiction, poetry, biography, essays, news, musical scores, engravings, half-tones, etc.). Confirmed participants will be asked to draft their contributions in advance of the conference and then to revise their articles for publication in a special issue of Victorian Periodicals Review. Although the following list is not exhaustive, we invite proposals for:

 

–              Case studies that focus on a single publication, a slice of legislative history, a court case, or a dispute as it played out in the press;

–              Studies that chart changes in author-publisher relations or copyright registrations; shifts in cultural norms related to excerpting and copying texts and images; evolving attitudes toward literary property and public access; the role of technology, business practice, and/or political culture in shaping contemporary understandings and uses of copyright.

–              Whatever the precise subject, it is hoped that authors will consider the relationship between law and publishing practice.

 

Contributions that discuss newspapers or periodicals in the British colonies, or the international dimensions of copyright, would also be welcome.

 

Interested scholars should submit a 1-page abstract of their proposed article and a short CV (2 pages) by 1 April 2016. Proposals will be vetted by an interdisciplinary committee, with decisions made by 30 June 2016. During the conference, plenty of time will be set aside for discussion of the draft essays, and senior scholars in law and the humanities will provide feedback in view of preparing the final publication. Some funding will be available to cover lodging in Paris during the conference.

Please send proposals to:

Will Slauter

Laboratoire de recherches sur les cultures anglophones (LARCA), Université Paris Diderot Institut universitaire de France (IUF)

Email: wslauter@univ-paris-diderot.fr

RSVP ANNUAL CONFERENCE CFP 2016 – UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY

BIGGER, Better, More! — Growth and Expansion in the Victorian Press
University of Missouri-Kansas City, September 9–10, 2016

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals invites proposals for its 2016 conference on the theme of growth and expansion in the Victorian press. We encourage broad interpretation of what “Bigger, Better, More!” means for Victorian newspapers and magazines, with possible topics including:

• Proliferation of news events, headline stories, scandals
• Serialization, sequels, symposia, rejoinders,
recurring columns
• Developments in printing technology, formats,
editorial vision
• Increased readership, population, urban and imperial
expansion
• Economic growth, profits, investments, windfalls,
boom-and-bust cycles
• Excess, hyperbole, filler
• Malignant growth, plagues, floods, parasites
• Natural growth, plants, parks, green spaces
• Education, maturation, age, experience, longevity
• Emerging taxonomies, catalogs, indexes, censuses
• Developing networks, movements, professional and
amateur organizations, bureaucracies
• Growth of periodical studies, methodologies, pedagogies, archives

RSVP is an interdisciplinary and international organization welcoming all scholars interested in the richly diverse world of the 19th-century British press. Please send a proposal (250 words maximum) and one-page CV to rs4vp2016@gmail.com by February 1, 2016. Individual presentations should be fifteen to twenty minutes, and proposals for panels of three are welcome; be sure to include a brief rationale for the panel along with an abstract and CV for each presenter. A limited number of travel grants will be awarded to graduate students and independent scholars; please indicate in your email if you would like to be considered for one of these grants.

We are pleased to announce that the eighteenth annual Michael Wolff Lecture will be given by James Mussell, Associate Professor of Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds and author of Science, Time and Space in the Late Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press (2007) and The Nineteenth-Century Press in the Digital Age (2012)

The RSVP conference also features the Robert and Vineta Colby Lecture, given by the winner of the Colby Prize for the year’s best book on the Victorian press. This year’s recipient will be announced in spring 2016.

For more information, please visit the conference website: rsvp2016-kc.com.
Find RSVP on the web at rs4vp.org and follow us on Twitter @RS4VP, #RSVP2016.

Application for 2016 Curran Fellowships now open

Applications for the Curran Fellowships for research to be undertaken in 2016 must be submitted in electronic form to curranfellowship@rs4vp.org no later than November 1, 2015. Applicants should send a current c.v., the names and contact information of two scholars who are familiar with the applicant and his or her research goals, and a description of the project to which these funds will be applied.  Any questions about these awards can be sent to curranfellowship@rs4vp.org

See our Awards Pages for further details on eligibility and how to apply