Newsletter #4 – January-February 2024

IRN seminars

Next IRNPPC seminar

Friday March 22nd 2024, the International Group for Studies of Colonial Periodical Press of the Portuguese Empire presented its research projects and publications, concerning Portuguese-speaking worlds and of other spaces (Goa, India, Macau, China), including the virtual exhibition.

Other forthcoming IRNPPC seminar

Cover for Scripting Empire

Friday May 3rd 2024, Professor James Procter will hold a session devoted to the launch of his book Scripting Empire. Broadcasting, the BBC, and the Black Atlantic (Oxford University Press, 2024).



Upcoming IRNPPC conferences

Conference organized by Laetitia Zecchini (CNRS) at the University of Chicago Center in Paris, July 5-6 2024, on

Law and Print in Postcolonial Contexts: Censorship, Copyright and Piracy

This conference addresses the relationship between print  and legislation, censorship and copyright in postcolonial contexts. It aims to explore the role of colonial and postcolonial institutions, of the state and other gate-keepers in the regulation of print; the forms and practices of cultural regulation and censorship particular to certain postcolonial contexts; as well as the many alternative, informal or interstitial publishing networks, spaces and practices operating outside official (or monitored) circuits. More information here.

Recent news of IRN members & affiliates

Seminars: “The Periodical and Method, the Periodical as Method”, organized by Anthony Stott at the University of Chicago, March 15-16-17, for the American Comparative Literature Association.

Supurna Dasgupta (UChicago) gave a talk entitled “Finding the Foreign: World Poetry for a Bengali Audience” as well as Laetitia Zecchini (CNRS), “Postcolonial Periodicals from India: Minority as Resource and Activism”, on March 15.

Lecture: Yohann Ripert (Stetson University), “Trouver le sens: tour, retour, détour dans la traduction de l’oeuvre de Senghor”, and Ousmane Diao (UCAD), “De la néologie lexicale dans Éthiopiques”, for the Léopold Sédar Senghor International Research Seminar (moderated by Claire Riffart and Edoardo Cagnan), Thursday March 14, 4pm Paris.

Digitization project: “Editing Women in Archives” in Pakistan, project to digitize Pakistani woman-related publications by Madeline Clements (Teesside University), with Mehvash Amin of The Aleph Review (Lahore), Niilofur Farrukh of Nuqta Art and the Karachi Biennale Trust (Karachi). Publications include: She Magazine (Karachi, 1963-2019) ; Nuqta Art (Karachi) ; Paper (Lahore) ; some publications produced by the Simorgh Women’s Resource and Publications Centre (Lahore). Find out more about this long-term project here.

Call for papers: “The Press of Exile(s)”1st International Congress of the International Group for Studies of Colonial Periodical Press of the Portuguese Empire, University of Coimbra, October 10-11.
Deadline submission: June 15, 2024.
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Recent publications of members & affiliates

PROCTER, James, Scripting Empire. Broadcasting, the BBC, and the Black Atlantic, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2024.



LOBO, Sandra Ataíde, FALCONI, Jessica, DIAS, Remy, SMITH, Dave A. (eds.), The Colonial Periodical Press in the Indian and Pacific Ocean Regions, London, Routledge, 2023.


AGATHOCLEOUS, Tanya Disaffected: Emotion, Sedition, and Colonial Law in the Anglosphere, Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 2021, will be published in India by Jadavpur University Press in April 2024.

Other publications

BEERLI, Monique J, EL QADIM, Nora « Par et pour les archives : vers une sociologie politique des mobilisations archivistiques transnationales »Critique internationale, vol. 102, no. 1, 2024, p. 11-26.


TARNOWSKI, Stefan, “The Beginning of an Idea about an End: On Digital, Diasporic, Syrian Archives”, Visual Anthropology, vol. 37, n° 1, 2024, pp. 35-55.



KHALID, Roshaan , BASHIR Sundes, KHALID, Aqsa, “A Postcolonial Approach to Refugee Literature: Deconstructing the Narrative of Violence and Trauma”, International Journal of Contemporary Issues in Social Sciences, vol. 3, Issue 1, 2024, pp. 1164–1170.


IRNPPC website : You can consult our new section on digitized archives here (work in progress). We welcome any suggestions you may have for completing the section.

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