Fri 15 Dec 2017, 10:00 – 18:00
A symposium examining American magazines and newspapers through a global lens
Traditionally, and following the work of Benedict Anderson, historians have viewed periodicals as a keystone of the modern nation state and a space for imagining nationhood. This symposium will challenge those perspectives, exploring how American periodicals and periodical literature, from the colonial period to the present day, have reached across borders to displace the nation as the primary site of belonging. The symposium will consider how American periodicals, as well as their editors, contributors, and readers, circulated across national boundaries, and the transnational networks that such circulation both relied upon and created.
Academics from the fields of history, literature, media studies and American studies will explore how changes in the material text, technologies and economies of print, reading publics, and distribution networks shaped transnational discourses and movements. They will also examine how periodicals encouraged and sustained transnational identities within the United States itself, including periodicals aimed at immigrant and diasporic communities.
Together, these academics will ask how what we think we know about American print and American periodical literature is transformed when we view these subjects from a global perspective. The event will also include a show and tell with original periodicals from the British Library’s collections.
Registration: £25 standard rate; £10 for British Library Members, students (undergraduate and post-graduate), registered unemployed and Early Career Researchers on short-term contracts (ECRs should choose the ‘Student’ ticket category when booking).
Refreshments, lunch and a drinks reception are including in the registration fee.
For more information about the symposium and to view the call for papers, visit: https://
Sponsored by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, in collaboration with the Network of American Periodical Studies. Supported by the British Association for American Studies and the Centre for Victorian Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London.