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International Perspectives on Publishing Platforms

Image, Object, Text, 1st Edition

Edited by Meghan Forbes


256 pages

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With large-scale scholarly projects dedicated to digitizing print-based magazines and a concurrent turn towards digital mapping and data visualization, periodicals that were once accessible only in the archive now have the capacity to reach a wider audience, and make visible previously overlooked networks and connections enacted within and across the magazines. International Perspectives on Publishing Platforms: Image, Object, Text offers a unique contribution to the field of periodical studies, while also broadening the scope of purview to consider related content with regards to other relevant printed matter and cultural products, as well as digital archiving strategies.

Including interdisciplinary contributions from academics around the world, the volume presents a wide range of approaches to periodicals and printed matter from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Questions of material print culture and the digital realm are considered both via theoretical and more empirical approaches. As a whole, the book considers the pluralism of perspectives that the study of periodicals and printed matter contribute to our historical understanding of various political and social issues, and also devotes attention to the ways in which digital archiving projects can be instrumentalized as a strategy for filling in gaps in the historical record.

International Perspectives on Publishing Platforms should be of great interest to researchers, academics and postgraduates engaged in the study of periodicals, publishing, book history, world literature, digital humanities, media, visual and material culture.

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of contributors


Meghan Forbes


1_Analog and Digital Nigeria: Inheriting Serial Cultures in the Work of Kelani Abass

Jennifer Bajorek 

2_Writing about Sound: The Early Talkie Film Periodicals of India 

Olympia Bhatt 

3_One-time Periodicals, Unrealized Manifestos: Little Magazines and the Ethos of Failure 

Nana Ariel


4_ Via Postal: Networked Publications in and out of Latin America

Zanna Gilbert

5_The Life of Others: Collecting and Archiving the Cuban Surveillance Regime

María A. Cabrera Arús 

6_Contemporary Art Magazines: The Archive in the Archive 

Camilla Salvaneschi 


7_A Journal of Science without Boundaries: Ali Suavi’s Ulûm Gazetesi

Kenan Tekin

8_Everyday Printed Matter: Kurt Schwitters’ Experimental Typography 

Hannah Pröbsting 

9_The Sekai-Sei of Circulation: The "World Relevance" of the Avant-Garde Japanese Calligraphy Periodical Bokubi (1951-1960) 

Naomi Kuromiya 

About the Editor

Meghan Forbes is currently the C-MAP (Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives) Fellow for Central and Eastern Europe at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, USA. Previously, she was Czech Lecturer in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. She holds a PhD from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan, USA, where she completed her dissertation, "In the Middle of It All: Prague, Brno, and the Avant-Garde Networks of Interwar Europe." She is the recipient of numerous grants for her research, including an IIE Fulbright award to Berlin in the 2014-2015 academic year.

About the Series

Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities

Digital technologies are increasingly important to arts and humanities research, expanding the horizons of research methods in all aspects of data capture, investigation, analysis, modelling, presentation and dissemination. This series, one of the first and most highly regarded in the field, covers a wide range of disciplines and provides an authoritative reflection of the 'state of the art' in the application of computing and technology. The titles in this peer-reviewed series are critical reading not just for experts in digital humanities and technology issues, but for all scholars working in arts and humanities who need to understand the issues around digital research.

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HISTORY / General