CFP: New Directions in Nineteenth-Century Periodical Studies

20th September 2019, University of Leeds


‘ASTONISHING SALES PROMPT LARGER PRINT RUN’Fun, 1868 (vol. VII), p. 5. 19th Century UK Periodicals.

Funded by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities, New Directions in Nineteenth-Century Periodical Studies is a conference to promote discussion of innovative research amongst those working in the field, at all levels. The recent passing of one of the founders of periodical studies, Michael Wolff, makes this an opportune moment to take stock of the field, look forward to future changes, and foster developments in scholarship. We invite proposals for papers on topics broadly related to periodical studies in the nineteenth century, with a focus on original and interesting directions in research. Panels will be grouped into relevant themes in order to both give shape to discussions, and to highlight key areas of development in scholarship. Some suggested themes for submissions are as follows:

  •  New methodologies: breaking new ground in periodical studies, “borrowing” methodologies from other disciplines, reflecting on periodical studies
  • New materials: under-researched periodicals, innovative genres of print, re-defining the boundaries of the press, unfamiliar works by familiar names
  • New technologies: technologies which are changing our approach to periodical studies, or new approaches the nineteenth-century print technologies
  • Interdisciplinary periodical studies: combining the fields of history, literary studies, sociology, or elsewhere
  • Collaborative projects: periodical studies across institutions, public engagement in periodical studies, the arts and periodical studies

We welcome submissions from a broad range of disciplines and career stages; a number of panel slots will be reserved for Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers. Alongside promising research from new scholars, we have a brilliant keynote speaker to close proceedings; Professor Alexis Easley.
Proposals should be no more than 250 words in length and formatted as Word or PDF documents. Please accompany all proposals with a short bio of no more than 150 words. Please send all submissions to by Monday 29th July.

In addition to the conference, an interactive workshop for PGRs at the White Rose Universities is being held the afternoon of 19th September. The workshop will also be held at the University of Leeds , and will be led by Professor Brian Maidment and the New Directions committee. It is fully-funded. If you are a PGR at Leeds, York or Sheffield and would like to apply for the workshop, please go to:

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