Like serials themselves, the history of publishing in New York can be read as a “continuing story,” with periodicals and their contents representing the diverse, shifting cultural politics of the city itself. Disparate voices of New York’s periodical press contended for the attention of various reading communities, relying on an extensive network of workers and the latest in printing technologies that only New York’s vast resources and talent pool could often provide. We invite you to study this archive and explore both the influence of place on publications and the influence of these publications on place. As an institute participant, you will take part in discussions led by cultural historians, archivists, and experts in the fields of American literature, art and urban history, and periodical studies; participate in hands-on sessions in the periodicals collection of the New-York Historical Society; visit sites important to the rise of New York’s periodical press, such as Newspaper Row, Gramercy Park, the Condé Nast archives, and the Algonquin Hotel; and attend Digital Humanities workshops. You will also be asked to read a rich body of scholarship and consider new interdisciplinary approaches for researching and teaching periodicals that take into account the important site of their production, as well as relevant cultural, technological, aesthetic, and historical considerations. Sessions will be held across New York City including New York City College of Technology, Baruch College, John Jay College, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the New-York Historical Society.
Faculty: Joshua Brown, Peter Conolly-Smith, Suzanne W. Churchill, Vincent Digirolamo, Jeffrey Drouin, David M. Earle, Daniel Kane, Catherine Keyser, Adam D. McKible, Mark Noonan, Sandra Roff, Karen Roggenkamp, and Janice Simon.
For further information, contact:
Mark J. Noonan, Institute Director
Department of English
New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York
300 Jay Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
t: (718) 260-5173