With large-scale scholarly projects dedicated to digitizing print-based magazines and a concurrent turn towards digital mapping and data visualization, periodicals that were once accessible only in the archive now have the capacity to reach a wider audience, and make visible previously overlooked networks and connections enacted within and across the magazines. International Perspectives on Publishing Platforms: Image, Object, Text offers a unique contribution to the field of periodical studies, while also broadening the scope of purview to consider related content with regards to other relevant printed matter and cultural products, as well as digital archiving strategies.

Including interdisciplinary contributions from academics around the world, the volume presents a wide range of approaches to periodicals and printed matter from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Questions of material print culture and the digital realm are considered both via theoretical and more empirical approaches. As a whole, the book considers the pluralism of perspectives that the study of periodicals and printed matter contribute to our historical understanding of various political and social issues, and also devotes attention to the ways in which digital archiving projects can be instrumentalized as a strategy for filling in gaps in the historical record.

International Perspectives on Publishing Platforms should be of great interest to researchers, academics and postgraduates engaged in the study of periodicals, publishing, book history, world literature, digital humanities, media, visual and material culture.


chapter |22 pages

Introduction 1

ByMeghan Forbes

part I|80 pages


chapter 1|20 pages

Analog and digital Nigeria

Inheriting serial cultures in the work of Kelani Abass 1
ByJennifer Bajorek

chapter 2|37 pages

Writing about sound

The early talkie film periodicals of India
ByOlympia Bhatt

chapter 3|21 pages

One-time periodicals, unrealized manifestos

Little magazines and the ethos of failure 1
ByNana Ariel

part II|71 pages


chapter 4|28 pages

Via postal

Networked publications in and out of Latin America 1
ByZanna Gilbert

chapter 5|18 pages

The life of others

Collecting and archiving the Cuban surveillance regime 1
ByMaría A. Cabrera Arús

chapter 6|23 pages

Contemporary art magazines

The archive in the archive 1
ByCamilla Salvaneschi

part III|72 pages


chapter 7|23 pages

A journal of science without boundaries

Ali Suavi’s Ulûm Gazetesi 1
ByKenan Tekin

chapter 8|24 pages

Everyday printed matter

Kurt Schwitters’s experimental typography 1
ByHannah Pröbsting

chapter 9|23 pages

The sekai-sei of circulation

The “world relevance” of the avant-garde Japanese calligraphy periodical Bokubi (1951–1960) 1
ByNaomi Kuromiya