The Research Society for American Periodicals

At the ALA

ALA 2016 CFPs

The RSAP offers the following CFPs for the ALA, May 2016: CFP for “Digital Lacunae: What Are We Missing?”  We invite proposals on the topic “Digital Lacunae” for the American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, California, May 26-29, 2016 ( This roundtable will be sponsored by the Research Society for American Periodicals. As digital repositories […]

RSAP at ALA 2015

Please come to one or all of our sponsored sessions, and don’t miss our 2nd annual reception on Thursday (food, cash bar, prize announcements, periodicals-related nerdiness) immediately preceding the ALA opening reception! See you in Boston! THURSDAY 5/21, 9:00 – 10:20 AM Session 1-C: Roundtable: Digital Approaches to American Periodicals (Essex North West 3rd Floor), […]

Ryan Cordell wins ProQuest/RSAP Article Prize

The ProQuest/RSAP Article Prize is awarded for the best article on American periodicals published in a peer-reviewed journal during 2013 by a pre-tenure or independent scholar. The prize was awarded on Friday, May 23, 2014, at the American Literature Association conference. Winner: Ryan Cordell (Assistant Professor, English, Northeastern University), for “‘Taken Possession of’: The Reprinting and Reauthorship […]

ProQuest/RSAP Article Prize winners’ roundtable

Ryan Cordell (Winner), Charlton Yingling (Hon. Mention), and Melissa Renn (Hon. Mention), along with prize chair Bill Hardwig led a spirited and wide-ranging discussion on issues confronting periodicals researchers at an ALA roundtable session Fri., 5/23. Ryan, Chaz, and Melissa were later honored at the RSAP reception in the Hyatt’s Article One Lounge.

Come to our reception at ALA!

This year, RSAP inaugurates what we hope will become an annual tradition at ALA: a reception featuring the winner and finalists for the ProQuest/RSAP Article Prize. Save the date: Friday, May 23, 6:45-8pm at the Hyatt-Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.

Panels sponsored or co-sponsored by RSAP at ALA 2014 (and other panels of interest)

Thursday, May 22, 3:00 – 4:20 p.m Session 5-E War in American Periodicals After 1914 Organized by the Research Society for American Periodicals (RSAP) Chair: James Berkey, Duke University 1. “Teaching Little Girls about War: Depiction of Wartime Life in Magazine Paper Dolls and Toys of the First World War,” Rachel Cohen, Samford University 2. […]

CFP: American Literature Association, May 22-25, 2014

RSAP seeks proposals for the American Literature Association’s 25th Annual Conference, 22-25 May 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C. Proposals are requested for the following: 1. War and/in American Periodicals after 1914 As spaces of dialogue and dissent, American periodicals have played a formative role in the negotiation of […]

ALA 2013

RSAP gave out prizes and also hosted two great panels, a roundtable on research opportunities and challenges presented by this year’s ProQuest/RSAP Article Prize winners, and another roundtable on “New Directions in African American Periodicals Research.” Check this space for CFPs for next year’s panels! Plaque awarded to the winner of the biennial EBSCOhost Prize […]

Call for Participants for a Roundtable on “African American Periodicals: New Directions” for the 2013 American Literature Association Annual Conference

Recent reconsiderations of African American literature in dialogue with print culture studies have been provocative, but scholarly attention has often remained focused on bound books. Black periodicals were the site of much of the richest African American textual work throughout the nineteenth century and well into the twentieth and so demand fuller attention. To explore […]

Three Panels at the ALA

The Research Society for American Periodicals is pleased to announce three panels at the upcoming 23rd annual Conference of the American Literature Association, May 24-27, 2012, in San Francisco. For more information about the conference, please refer to the ALA’s website. Exact times and days for our panels are yet to be determined. Check back […]


The Research Society for American Periodicals solicits proposals for papers on American periodicals and working class cultures to be delivered at the American Literature Association’s 23rd Annual Conference, 24-27 May 2012 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center. Consider periodicals such as The Messenger (founded as the official organ for the Pullman Porter’s Union) […]