ESPRit Conference

Conference of the European Society for Periodical Research

Periodical Counter Cultures: Tradition, Conformity and Dissent

Liverpool John Moores University will host the fifth annual conference of the European Society for Periodical Research (ESPRit) between 7-8 July 2016.

About the European Society for Periodical Research

The Society was founded in 2009 by a group of periodical researchers from the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, the USA and the UK. The group is dedicated to cross-disciplinary and transnational research into European periodicals, magazines, journals and newspapers from all historical periods. To find out more about the activities of the Society, including the launch of the upcoming Journal of European Periodical Studies, take a look at the ESPRit website.

Conference details

We have organised a busy schedule over the two days of the conference to allow as many participants as possible to present and discuss their work. There's a wide range of topics to be covered such as punk fanzines, radical magazines, alternative periodicals, counter culture comics, and more. View the programme to find out the schedule and speakers.

In addition to the regular programme, delegates will be introduced to the Special Collections held at Liverpool John Moores University with separate opportunities for private viewing. Internationally significant, the collections consist of punk and situationist literature including fanzines and periodicals, as well as good collections of Victorian periodicals and girls' magazines. Times have been made available on Wednesday 6 July (2-4pm) and Saturday 9 July (9-12am) for delegates to visit the Special Collections in the basement of the Aldham Robarts Library.

All delegates are invited to join us on Thursday 7 July at 6.15pm for a reception held at The Racquet Club – a unique venue set within extravagant Victorian architecture. You can also choose to join us for dinner at the venue which follows at 7.45pm.

Register for the conference

Delegate rates:

Waged delegates


Unwaged delegates and graduate students


Single day rate


Conference dinner on Thursday evening (optional)



We're looking forward to welcoming you to Liverpool, the host city for the ESPRit Conference. During your stay, you can take advantage of the many attractions of one of Europe's greatest cities. Take a look at the Visit Liverpool website to find places of interest and events taking place at the time of your visit.

The conference will be held at LJMU's John Foster Building, a restored and converted late Victorian nunnery. You'll find the building on Mount Pleasant, one of the city centre's main roads, and across from the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, one of two striking cathedrals in Liverpool. The John Foster Building is located within a district known for its significant eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century architecture. Take a look at the map below to familiarise yourself with the location of the conference.

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If you are looking for accommodation, the following hotels are located near to the conference venue.

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