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) to the Worker’s Daily – What role have periodicals played in forming and re-forming class consciousness among the working classes in the U.S.? What unique methodological challenges do working-class periodicals pose? How do working-class periodicals expand our understanding of readership and activism, labor and literary culture? How does literature or literary criticism in The Partisan Review or The New York Review of Books shape our understanding of the high-brow or low-brow audiences?  What brow is the New Yorker, anyway?  What are the challenges & possibilities for teaching material that concerns working class issues from highbrow sources?  Conversely, what in various working class periodicals was designed explicitly or implicitly to teach?  We seek submissions concerning any aspect of American working-class magazines, newspapers, or periodicals in any form.

Please send a one-page abstract submissions to Susanna Ashton at sashton [at] by *January 16th 2012. *

Please put “RSAP panel submission” in the subject line, thanks.

Announcing the ProQuest and RSAP $1000 Article Prize

Submission Deadline: December 16, 2011

For the best article on American periodicals by a pre-tenure or independent scholar published in (or accepted for publication in) a peer-reviewed academic journal.

The third annual ProQuest-RSAP Article Prize will be awarded at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in San Francisco, CA.  May 24-27, 2012.  Articles will be judged by a committee of three scholars appointed by the RSAP Advisory Board.  The winner and two runners up will be notified by the end of January 2012 and will be featured as panelists on an RSAP-sponsored distinguished papers panel at ALA. Articles are judged by a blind peer review of three scholars chosen by the RSAP Advisory Board.

Applicants are invited to submit an electronic copy of their articles together with our downloadable registration form. Send in .doc, .docx, or PDF format to the committee’s chair, Eric Gardner <gardner at> (please substitute @ for at).

All copies should be formatted for blind review and thus without identifying references or title.  Applicants for the ProQuest-RSAP Article Prize must be current members of RSAP when they submit their work.

Questions & Submissions? Contact Prize Committee Chair, Eric Gardner, at

Dr. Eric Gardner
Department of English
Saginaw Valley State University
7400 Bay Road
University Center, Michigan 48710
<gardner at> (please substitute @ for at)

Download the informational flyer.