The Transnational American Periodical

15Dec_The Transnational American Periodical

For more information

  • This event has taken place
  • Tel: +44 (0)1937 546546
  • Email:
  • Full Price: £25.00 Member: £10.00 Under 18: £10.00 Other concessions available

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.

In order to accommodate all the presentations, the symposium will be longer than originally advertised: registration will open at 08:45, with the first session starting at 9:30 (not 10:00 as listed here).  The sessions will conclude at 18:00 and will be followed by a drinks reception to which all attendees are welcome.  For full details of the symposium schedule, please see the full programme here.

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.

Image: 'Okinawan Girls' reading Life magazine during the Battle of Okinawa, 1945 (unknown US Marines photographer)


Name: The Transnational American Periodical
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
Show Map      How to get to the Library
When: -
Price: Full Price: £25.00
Member: £10.00
Senior 60+: £25.00
Student: £10.00
Registered Unemployed: £10.00
Under 18: £10.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546