The History Society publishes its own journal

History Society Journal encourages critical thinking outside the classroom

Issue two of the History Society Journal is now in circulation across the University. This student-led initiative provides students from all disciplines with the opportunity to submit academic writing to professional standards, in a journal that is published three times per year.

The contributors are drawn from the student body of the History Society, which contains over 500 members. The material covered is varied and wide-ranging, from traditional historical articles; discussion of the contemporary place of history as a subject and how government policy might influence its development, to reports on the many research activities held on campus and the talks from visiting speakers organised by the History Society.

Dr. Laura Sangha, Lecturer in the Department of History at Streatham said: “The aim of the Journal is to contribute to the already vibrant research community within the department, to offer advice and guidance to students, and of course to explore debated areas of history. It is also part of a wider attempt to engage students in research beyond conventional teaching, and to encourage critical thinking outside the classroom.”

Arthur der Weduwen, second-year BA Combined Honours History and International Relations student, and Editor of the journal said, “I designed the journal so that it could be printed and distributed throughout campus and I am heavily involved with all aspects of the project. I ask for contributions from students, organise a schedule for editing and printing, design the lay-out and pictures and text, contact the printer, arrange payments and help to distribute the journal.”

Journal two contains articles on the representations of Anne Boleyn throughout history, and a reinterpretation of the Glorious Revolution. It includes a report on the talk held at Streatham by Professor Ladislaus Löb - a retired professor of German and survivor of the Holocaust.  In addition, it contains an article on Suzanne Bardgett, Head of Research at the Imperial War Museum in London. Suzanne organised several exhibitions at the museum and held a lecture at Exeter about the challenges of organising the Holocaust Exhibition.

Arthur added: “This has given me the opportunity to engage with the History Department and students at Exeter - without contributions from students there would be no journal, as they provide the bulk of the content. It has also enabled me to improve my organisation, writing, and communication skills.”

The journal has been made possible with money provided by The Annual Fund – the University's annual appeal which seeks the philanthropic support of its alumni and friends to invest in the University and its students. The History Society received £1,000 pounds towards the cost of printing the journal.

To obtain a hard copy of the History Society Journal, please collect from the History Office in Amory Building. Copies are also distributed throughout first-year History lectures and in the Forum. Alternatively please contact Arthur der Weduwen (ad383@exeter.ac.uk) for a copy.

Date: 14 December 2012

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