Mapping the Magazine Conference
Mapping the Magazine: a cross-disciplinary symposium on magazine studies
This conference has now passed. Many thanks to all of those who contributed and made the event such a success.
Overview of the conference
Mapping the Magazine conferences (2003 and 2005), partly funded by the British Academy, brought together academics and practitioners from many different countries (including Australia, Iceland, the USA, the UK, South Africa, Israel, Cyprus, Greece, Finland, France, Spain, Germany)
This conference led to a special issue of Journalism Studies titled: "Comparative Studies in Magazine Journalism" (out in October 2007), which will also be produced as a book to be released in 2008 (editor, Tim Holmes).
Future plans include the possibility that the next conference will be held in Lisbon, jointly with the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies.
A two-day symposium, “Mapping the Magazine: 2”, sought to bring together researchers and practitioners from all disciplines with an interest in magazines and periodical journalism.
The conference took place at Cardiff University in the UK, September 15 & 16, 2005.
Call for Papers
Papers which map this fast-changing field or foster new research directions were particularly welcomed, as was cross-disciplinary work. The symposium sought to develop international research networks within the field and build on the success of the first symposium held in 2003.
We invited expressions of interest in relation to the following topics:
- History of magazines
- Magazines and culture
- Magazine audiences
- Feminist critique of magazines
- Magazine design and advertising
- Digital magazines, e-zines and blogs
The conference included a dinner on the first evening and sufficient time for making contacts and networking.
The journal Journalism Studies produced a special Magazine issue based on submitted conference papers.
BBC Magazines presented research findings, and other magazine publishers also attended.
Mapping the Magazine 1 and 2 attracted delegates from Europe, America, Africa and Australia.