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Call for Papers: Women Editors in Europe, 1710-1920 Conference

Women Editors in Europe, 1710-1920

an International Conference from 28-29 May 2019, at Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Research on women’s contributions to the periodical press often focuses on women’s periodicals, considering them as separate “feminized” spaces devoted to the interests of particular circles of female readers. This conference takes a different approach. Focusing on women editors rather than women’s periodicals, it explores how periodical editorship enabled women to create public voices, participate in public debate and act as agents of change far beyond their immediate sphere of influence. As part of the European Research Council funded project “Agents of Change: Women Editors and Socio-Cultural Transformation in Europe, 1710-1920,” we invite papers on a wide variety of topics related to female periodical editorship in Europe in the broadest historical sense of the word (not just the current European Union) from the early eighteenth to the early twentieth century.

Topics may include

  • Women editors as makers of culture or arbiters of taste
  • Women editors as advocates of social change
  • Women editors as proponents of women’s rights
  • Women editors as mediators (e.g. transnational or cross-cultural)
  • Women’s editorial identities & strategies
  • Female editorship and/as authorship
  • Male editors adopting female editorial personae
  • Women taking on multiple roles as editors, authors, publishers, translators, salon hostesses, activists etc.
  • Women editing behind the scenes as subeditors, assistants, editors’ wives etc. or influencing (male) editors in their own creative ways
  • Women editors’ networks
  • Digital periodical studies focusing on women editors and their periodicals
  • Gendered approaches to theories of editorship

We invite case studies of individual editors as well as comparative, theoretical or methodological approaches. We are particularly interested in papers examining women’s editorship across chronological or language boundaries.

The working language of the conference is English. We welcome proposals from researchers at all stages of their careers.

Proposals of around 250 words (references not included) for 20-minute papers and a short CV (no more than 200 words) should be sent to by 15 November 2018. We also welcome proposals for joint panels of three papers. Please include a brief rationale for the panel along with an abstract and CV for each presenter.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three-year full-time postdoctoral fellowship in Digital Humanities in the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University, Belgium. The successful candidate will participate in the project “Agents of Change: Women Editors and Socio-Cultural Transformation, 1710-1920”, funded by an ERC Starting Grant and directed by Prof. dr. Marianne Van Remoortel. This project aims to map the transnational networks of intellectual and textual exchange through which women editors of periodicals impacted social and cultural life in early-eighteenth- to early-twentieth-century Europe.

Job description

You participate in the project as a team member and will work on the digital component of the project. Your main responsibility will be the project’s nodegoat database, which currently contains data on over 1400 women editors and their periodicals. You will enrich the database with textual data and provide a transnational network perspective, using digital research methods to unearth, explore and visualize connections among editors and periodicals across national and language boundaries. In addition, you will further develop our online Database of European Women Editors and work with various stakeholders to ensure that the database is fully in line with Linked Open Data best practices.


You hold a doctoral degree in literature, history or another field of the humanities or social sciences, and have a clear interest in literary, cultural and/or social history. Experience in women’s history would be considered a plus.

You have demonstrable knowledge and skills in data mining, data visualization and social network analysis. Knowledge of Research Data Management would be considered a plus.

You have excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Working knowledge of other modern European languages would be considered a plus.

You have an aptitude for original and creative work, independently as well as in a team.

 Conditions of employment

This fully-funded full-time postdoctoral fellowship is offered for a period of three years. The starting date is 1 June 2017 at the latest.

 How to apply?

Submit your application via email to by 25 February 2017. Further information about the project and/or position can also be obtained at this address.

Applications should include

  • a cover letter, in which you specify why you are interested in the project and why you consider yourself a suitable candidate
  • a current CV
  • transcripts of your qualifications to date
  • a writing sample
  • a link to a website showcasing your experience with relevant digital research methods

names and full contact details of two referees

Call for Papers: ESPRit 2016


Periodical Counter Cultures:
Tradition, Conformity, and Dissent


The 5th International Conference of the European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit),

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 The deadline for proposals is 25 January 2016.

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