The WeChangEd project will be attending the upcoming ESPRit Conference entitled: LES PERIODIQUES COMME MEDIATEURS / PERIODICALS IN-BETWEEN Les périodiques dans l’écosystème de la culture visuelle et imprimée Periodicals in the Ecology of Visual and Print Culture in Paris, France. This year’s conference will take place from the 27 – 29 June 2018 at various locations in Paris, including the Sorbonne. All the WeChangEd researchers have the honor of presenting there this year, in two separate panels on the first day of the Conference. You can find Eloïse Forestier, Julie M. Birkholz and Marianne Van Remoortel on the panel WeChangEd I: Mapping Connections & Contributions in Periodical Editing, which will take place on Wednesday 27 June from 11.30 – 13 at INaLCO, Amphi 2. Charlotte D’Eer, Maria Alesina, Christina Bezari will present, in that order, on a panel entitled: WeChangEd II: Women Editors as Cultural Mediators in Germany, Russia, and Italy, which will take place on Wednesday 27 June from 14 – 16 at INaLCO, salle 3.15.

In the first panel on Mapping Connections & Contributions in Periodical Editing, WeChangEd researchers will show how a focus on understanding connections aids in explaining the interworking of the periodical press in the 19th century in Europe through two case studies. First, Eloïse Forestier will present her work on Germaine de Staël’s “In-Between” Strategies. Eloise’s contribution looks into the English response to Staël’s presence and literary output in England, through the lens of periodical editing. More particularly, it focuses on how Staël’s literary fame and networking affected in multiple ways three London-based periodical owners and editors: John Murray (the Quarterly Review), Jean-Gabriel Peltier (l’Ambigu), and Henry Colburn (the New Monthly Magazine), whose collective voice contributed to the construction of her literary career in England. In the second presentation of that panel Julie M. Birkholz & Marianne Van Remoortel will present on Mapping Reprinting Practices: a Network Analysis of Items Sourced from Der Bazar and Affiliated Journals, 1860-1870, where they will discuss their current research on implementing distant reading approaches to tracing pattern reuse through Der Bazar and its’ affiliated journals. Using a network perspective they mapped pattern reuse to trace the origin and changes of the pattern considering a number of connections- changes in the pattern itself, known relationship between editors, and agreements between periodicals. This case study suggests, that content was not just generically reprinted, and provides a precise example of how editors may have influenced the production of localized content.

In the panel WeChangEd II: Women Editors as Cultural Mediators in Germany, Russia, and Italy, Charlotte D’Eer will present on Women’s Networks and Emotional Strategies: Creating Closeness in Amalia Schoppe’s Iduna (1831-1839). She will present a paper that explores the editorship and networks of German woman author and editor Amalia Schoppe who published two periodicals, Iduna (1831-1839) and Neue Pariser Modeblätter (1827-1848). She will argue that she strategically created a feeling of personal intimacy and closeness with her readers based on her own personal correspondence with other women editors e.g. Helmina von Chézy (1783-1820), Fanny Tarnow (1779-1862) and Therese Huber (1764-1829). This paper seeks to shed light on how feelings of intimacy and familiarity materialize in Amalia Schoppe’s personal correspondence and in her periodicals.

Maria Alesina will present on Sofia Rekhnevskaia-Mei and Modnyi magazine (1862-83): The Fashion Magazine as a Platform for Promoting the Women’s Question. While Russian women’s movement is traditionally seen as having been led by men, specific women’s contribution to it consisted in practical hands-on approach to urgent women’s problems in the decades following the abrupt abolition of serfdom in 1861. This paper studies the way Russian editor and publisher Sofia Rekhnevskaia-Mei used her fashion periodical Modnyi magazin (1862-83) for advertising her philanthropic initiatives and the liberal ideas behind them. The paper focuses on the particular manner in which the editor’s social activity was presented to the audience and the way the emancipatory ideas behind it were reconciled with the ‘conventionality’ of the fashion press’ agenda.

Christina Bezari will present her work on Italian Women Editors as Cultural Mediators: The Case of Matilde Serao and the Cronaca Bizantina (Rome, 1881-1886). This paper looks into the representations of the Italian literary salon in the press during the 1880’s. Special attention will be given to Matilde Serao’s mediation in the private as well as in the public sphere and to her double role as salon chronicler and salon attendee. Salon participation will be studied through the prism of the periodical press, which interpreted salon life as a meaningful collective experience and a decisive factor in the formation of culture. Serao’s chronicle will also be viewed as an instrument of social critique, which raised questions on the rapid expansion of mass media, the growing demand for human progress, the withering away of politics, and the growing importance of art as a means of personal expression.

We are looking forward to seeing you at this year’s ESPRit!