This site was developed as part of the Global Art and Cultural Periodicals program in the "Global History of art" research area at National Institute of Art History (INHA), Paris. Its content is scientifically inventoried on AGORHA, INHA's shared meta-database.

The database on AGORHA and this portal, created to map and to highlight its resources, are designed as the digital components of a program that brings together several projets : The Seismography of Struggle exhibition, the publication Sismographie des luttes (Paris, INHA / New Place editions, 2020), as well as four study days (2016-2017) and an international conference, “The critical and cultural review in the world” (2017).


How to use this site

This project starts from the inventory of non-European or diasporic critical and cultural journals produced during the 19th and 20th centuries, between 1817 and 1989. The symbolic threshold of 1000 journals corresponds to a selection made from the circumstantial articulation of several parameters, including concern for geographical and temporal balance, and incorporation into thematic axes concerning cultural movements of political emancipation. The choices reflect the historical importance of the journals, but also the desire to update rare or unknown periodicals whose trace has been buried by history.

The World Journal Portal contains more than 1000 "journal" notices which offer the following information: title (transliteration, original alphabet, French translation), historical description, city of publication, geographic and thematic indexation, edition dates, languages, bibliographical information.

The notices also contain a link to the scientific notice of the journal on AGORHA, and if they exist, links to digitized corpus (598).

This database was entirely built in AGORHA; Its fundamental structural principle is the interconnection and the dynamic cross-references between notices. Journals, persons and other units in the database are linked to each other.In addition to fluid hypertext navigation, this made it possible to establish several thematic indexes (geographical regions, cities, subjects, persons, languages).

Based on these principles, INHA's Digital Research Service developed a geographic map of journals and a relational map of journals and actors.The main objective of those instruments is to visually translate the way in which critical and cultural journals make it possible to witness the situated circulation of ideas and persons on a global scale.



Zahia Rahmani, head of "Global History of Art" research area at INHA

Esteban Sánchez Oeconomo, contractual PhD student in History at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/EHESS

Antoine Courtin, head of INHA's Digital Research Service

Federico Nurra, digital and documentary ressources, INHA


Project timeline


July 2020 – Finalization of editorial content.

June 2020 – Launch of the Global Journals Portal

May 2020 – Omeka-s export of the "Global art and cultural periodicals" AGORHA database and development of the geographic and relational maps.

2020 – Development of sismo.inha by INHA's Digital Research Service.

2017-2020 Construction of the "Global Art and Cultural Periodicals" database on AGORHA:

  • 1007 "journal" notices
  • 3000 "person" notices
  • 495 "collectivity" notices
  • 1546 "bibliographical reference" notices


 Omeka S parameters


This site uses Omeka S 2.1.0, with a particular developed theme based on the original theme “DigitalMuret”, developed by the INHA Digital Research Service.

Several modules were added: