Call for Papers from 2011

MAPPING THE MAGAZINE 3: July 7 & 8, 2011
The Past, Present & Future of Magazines
First call for papers
Following the success of Mapping The Magazine 1 and 2, we are delighted to announce the third in this series, hosted by the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) and again focusing on the task of Mapping The Magazine in all its aspects.

We invite contributions from the international community of magazine scholars, those involved in the magazine industry as journalists or executives, educators and trainers, and media regulators; indeed everyone with scholarly, professional or commercial interests in charting the historical development, current situation or future direction of the magazine as a unique but diverse media form.


Titles and abstracts for papers (250 words max) are invited by 11th February 2011 and should be submitted to the conference organizer Tim Holmes at


Within the broad categories of Past, Present & Future, the following themes are suggested for papers:

1. Magazine journalism practice and changing technologies – Media technologies are evolving – how are these changes shaping the development of magazine content, production and consumption? This includes the changing ways in which paper has been used or may be used in future, as well as digital platforms.

2. International magazine developments – Magazines produced in mature economies have followed an established cycle of development, but is this model applicable to or appropriate for all political-economies?

3. Business models – Changes in modes of production and consumption affect revenues from advertisers and readers – what business models are emerging to resource magazines?

4. Magazine professionals – What are the consequences of these developments for the education, training and employment of journalists, designers, publishers and advertising executives?

5. Magazines, society and culture – Do these changes impact on the magazine’s unique place within the wider media ecology? Do they affect the form’s ability to mirror, and perhaps mould, changes in the society and culture within which they are produced?

Papers dealing with other topics and themes are equally welcome, and Mapping The Magazine encourages a multidisciplinary approach, as well as theoretical or empirical perspectives.