Magazines and periodicals have long been recognized as important historical sources. In recent years researchers in the United States as well as in Europe have come to view magazines increasingly as entities worthy of study in themselves. Not only do magazines function as mirrors or barometers of political, social and cultural life, they also serve as instruments of the production, dissemination, and consumption of culture.
The organizers aim to reinforce this recent development and to include different disciplines and approaches, as well as participants from both the United States and Europe. We hope this will encourage a transatlantic dialogue on the differences and similarities between the European and American approach to magazine studies, as well as reflections on the distinctiveness of these American media in the twentieth century. Magazines ranging from intellectual highbrow journals to mass consumer magazines are included under the umbrella theme of the conference.
Paper proposals should concentrate on one of the following themes:
What role do magazines play in the formation of an American identity?
In what respect are magazines instigators of political, social and cultural development, and how does one assess their influence?
How do magazines function as platforms of ideas for specific groups in American society and what role do they play as cultural institutions?
Those interested in submitting a proposal (1 page) for a presentation (20 minutes, in English) and a CV are invited to write before November 1, 2001, to the Roosevelt Study Center at the address below. The conference will be held on 18-19 April 2002.
Elke van Cassel
Participants are expected to cover their own travel and hotel expenses. Possibilities for publication of a selection of papers presented at this conference are being explored.
Those interested in participating in the conference without presenting a paper are requested to contact the Roosevelt Study Center for a registration form (available from January 1, 2002). The conference fee, including lunch and coffee/tea is € 25.
Roosevelt Study Center
P.O. Box 6001
4330 LA Middelburg, the Netherlands
tel. (31) 118-631590
fax. (31) 118-631593
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