Debra Rae Cohen is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Carolina and Co-Editor elect of Modernism/modernity. Her current book project, Sonic Citizenship: Intermedial Poetics and the BBC, investigates the complex negotiations between radio and print cultures in Britain between 1929 and 1945. The first fruits of this research, published in Modernism/modernity in 2012, focused explicitly on the overlapping media protocols of the BBC weekly journal, the Listener. Dr. Cohen’s scholarship therefore bears directly on several of the central concerns of this workshop, offering insight into how the pressure of the modernist-era media ecology helped redefine the “periodical.”

Patrick C. Collier is Professor of English at Ball State University. His Modernism on Fleet Street (Ashgate 2006) was the first book to situate British modernism thoroughly in the context of transformations in the newspaper press. He has co-organized numerous conferences, roundtables, and panels on early twentieth-century print culture; he co-edited Transatlantic Print Culture 1880-1940: Emerging Media, Emerging Modernisms (Palgrave 2008). In these capacities he has been a leading advocate for and practitioner of modern periodical studies since it emerged as a unique subfield with modernist studies. He serves as a reviewer and board member of the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies and has contributed periodical-studies essays to that journal, to Modernism/Modernity, and to several edited collections.

Maria DiCenzo is Professor of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research focuses on feminist media history, particularly late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century women’s print media and social movements, as well as twentieth-century British political theatre. DiCenzo has published widely on the late Victorian and Edwardian feminist periodical press, and she has also provided thoughtful and provocative commentary on the development of feminist media history and its relations to the broader field of media history. Her latest book, Feminist Media History: Suffrage, Periodicals and the Public Sphere (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), co-authored with Dr Lucy Delap and Dr Leila Ryan, further considers the methodological and disciplinary debates currently shaping feminist media history. Through several case studies the book also highlights and builds on the complexity of early feminist media: its representation and debate of a range of feminist discourses and tactics for the emancipation of women; and, further, how these publications engaged with wider public issues and consequently the general press, therefore adding to our broader understanding of press history. As such, DiCenzo’s work is pivotal to addressing new directions and ways of breaking away from the marginalization or ‘separation’ of feminist (and women’s) media history.

Susan Hamilton is Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, where her research focuses on the nineteenth century periodical and newspaper press, particularly mid to late Victorian feminist journalism and the Victorian anti-vivisection advocacy press. Dr. Hamilton has published widely on 19th century feminist journalism, particularly the newspaper and periodical writing of Frances Power Cobbe, the first woman journalist to make a living writing as a feminist in the Victorian press. Her books include Frances Power Cobbe and Victorian Feminism (Palgrave Macmillan 2006), which challenges historiographical tendencies to approach Victorian feminism as a marginalized formation by exploring the ways in which one journalist used the genres of the established newspaper and periodical press—the article, the leader, the letter to the editor—to situate feminist discourse within daily-ness and recurrence, and so create new audiences for feminist ideas and establish feminism as an accepted frame of reference. Her current work further explores seriality, genre, and the production of ‘daily-ness’ and recurrence as the basis for social action in the Victorian anti-vivisection press as it strives to create communities of readers and establish animal rights as an accepted frame of reference.

Geoff Harder is Associate University Librarian at the University of Alberta Libraries. He is primarily responsible for the Libraries’ information resources and digital initiatives, which includes areas such as: digital preservation, research data stewardship, digitization, digital repository services, collections (physical and digital), and licensing.

Andrea Hasenbank is a PhD candidate and Killam Memorial Scholar in the Department of English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta, where she is also Project Coordinator for Proletarian Literature & Arts. Her dissertation research focuses on the circulation of print and the reading publics that formed the leftist pamphleteering culture of 1930s Canada. She is also in the process of editing a print and digital collection of Canadian manifestoes entitled Between Poetics and Polemics: Canadian Manifestos 1910-1960. As such, she is an emerging scholar at the forefront of work on the relation between print culture, digital media, and labour politics in Canada.

J. Matthew Huculak is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at The University of Victoria Library Special Collections. He has written extensively on periodical culture in the modernist period and served as Project Manager for the Modernist Journals Project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He currently serves as Co-Director for the Modernist Versions Project and is digitizing the 1926 “pirated” Ulysses published in Two Worlds Monthly magazine by Samuel Roth.  He is currently writing a chapter on Ford Madox Ford as magazine editor for Ashgate’s Research Companion to Ford Madox Ford, and has revising a monograph on The English Review and the beginning of modernist periodical production.

Lorraine Janzen Kooistra is Profesor of English at Ryerson University. She contributes to this event extensive expertise in periodical studies and digitization, as well as visual culture and book history. As Co-PI in the SSHRC Grant “The Yellow Book, 1890s Print Culture, and the Digital Vision” (2011-2014) she collaboratively developed one of the forefront digital periodical projects in Canada. He recent research on the challenges of digitizing illustrations and visual ornamentation challenges the traditional focus on text within digital projects, while her experience as part of a large collaborative project gives her unique insights into the particular methodological challenges of digitization. As the 2014 Invited Michael Wolff Plenary Speaker for the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, Dr. Kooistra continues to demonstrate the centrality of her research to the field of periodical studies.

Victoria C. Kuttainen, Roderick Scholar of Comparative Australian-Canadian Literature at James Cook University, brings an important international, comparative, and interdisciplinary approach to research in the area of periodical studies. Her current research (with postdoctoral fellow Dr. Susann Liebich) is a 3-year funded investigation of travel, the Pacific and interwar periodicals called The Transported Imagination: Magazines, the Pacific, and the Interwar Imagination (  This project conceptualizes modern mainstream magazines as mediated portals through which contemporary readers can observe the historically changing conception of the Pacific by its English-speaking Pacific-Rim caretakers during the golden age of passenger liner travel. As a collaboration between literary studies and history, Kuttainen and Liebich’s work crosses national and disciplinary boundaries, and brings an important comparative perspective to the consideration of magazines and their historical relation to other media and technologies.

Kirsten J. G. MacLeod is Lecturer in the School of English at Newcastle Univeristy. She has a strong research and publication record in American periodical print culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, which includes articles, an exhibition and exhibition catalogue (American Little Magazines of the 1890s: A Revolution in Print), and a forthcoming monograph on American little magazines of the 1890s. In addition, her background in library studies and her research interests in collecting, archives, and archiving practices, make her a valuable contributor to the workshop’s consideration of how digital technologies might help us to navigate the vast archives that periodicals represent.

James Mussell is Associate Professor in Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds. He brings to this event a rigorous body of scholarship on theoretical approaches to printed serials. His expertise is in the Victorian period, but his work has consistently engaged with serial form more broadly. This work has been complemented by an interest in digital media, prompted through his contribution to the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (ncse).  Editing and publishing historical printed periodicals and newspapers online taught the project team much about the material properties of print and digital media, and Mussell developed these ideas in his second book, the Nineteenth-Century Press in the Digital Age. Most recently, Mussell has been researching the interconnection of genre and materiality, giving talks on this theme at last year’s MLA convention (January 2013), the launch of Welsh Newspapers Online (March 2012), the annual meeting of the Research Society of Victorian Periodicals (July 2013) and “Resurrecting the Book”, a conference to mark the opening of the new Library of Birmingham.

Weiwei Shi is the Digital Initiative Applications Librarian at the University of Alberta Libraries. One of her responsibilities is to manage the ingest and processing flow of the digitized materials so that these materials are not only available for today’s researchers to access and use, but also preserved for future generations.

John Simpson is a Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta, splitting his time between INKE and the Text Mining & Visualization For Literary History Project.  His current work is focused on building semantic web support into both CWRC and the Orlando Project by designing ontologies and building back-end support.  He is co-chair of Global Outlook DH’s Minimal Computing Working Group, Member-at-Large with CSDH-SCHN, and a regular instructor in the philosophy department, often teaching classes looking at the intersection of computers, technology, and culture.

Jana Smith Elford is a PhD candidate and Canada Graduate Scholar in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, where she is also a researcher for the SSHRC-funded initiative “Text Mining and Visualization for Literary History”, and a research assistant for the Orlando Project and the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory. Her dissertation explores how feminists embedded in various social organizations at the Victorian fin de siecle broke into and redirected British movement for social reform. In addition to her publications in Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present, she has published work in the Victorian’s Institute Journal: Digital Annex which explores how visualization tools such as network graphs offer a method for exploring women’s history. As such, she is an emerging scholar at the forefront of work on the relation between social movements, digital media, and feminist politics in Victorian Britain.

Will Straw is Professor of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University and the author of dozens of articles on popular culture, cities and media. He is currently director of a research project, funded by the Quebec FQRSC, on “Media and Urban Life in Montreal,” and is also completing a book on the periodicals to be discussed in his presentation. He has been music correspondent for Prime Time (CBC Radio), popular culture correspondent for the Women’s Television Network, and a cultural commentator for Newswatch (CBC Television, Montreal.) He comments regularly on media and cultural issues for a variety of media. As such he brings a unique perspective to this event by merging scholarship on the history of magazines in North America with engagement in contemporary media and popular culture.

Teresa Zackodnik is Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, where research has focused on Black feminisms in the periodical press for the past 8 years. Her new SSHRC-funded project, “Rich thought and polished pen”: Black Feminism in the North American Press, 1827-1928, endeavors to document black feminist contributions to the press and to understand the ways in which the press and its forms were constitutive to early Black feminisms as a politics. Particular press forms and practices are arguably central to Black feminism in the press. In addition to analyzing the ways in which black feminists used these forms, this project will also consider the shaping effects of the rhythm of periodical publication, of periodical publication in North America within a culture of reprinting, and of recirculation through communal modes of reading for Black feminist arguments and their social recognizability as a politics. This research includes a small-scale digitizing of Black feminist writing in the press in order to explore larger questions preoccupying researchers and the public about the life of the printed text and the nature of reading in an age of digital textuality. This aspect of the project will interrogate the possibilities of, as well as limitations to, digital textuality not only for research but also for our shared understanding of the social, cultural, and political work of texts and reading.