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Identities in Britain and Ireland journal launches first edition

University of Huddersfield

ISSUES that range from racism and child sexual grooming to integrated education in Ulster and the marginalisation of Romanies in British culture are explored in the first edition of a new journal published by University of Huddersfield Press. Historians, political researchers and social scientists are among its contributors and editorial advisors, and the publication is a product of the University's Academy for British and Irish Studies. But Identity Papers aims to set as few boundaries as possible.

The editorial co-ordinator of the on-line, open-access journal is Research Fellow Dr Jodie Matthews. In her introduction to the first edition, she writes that Identity Papers "seeks a wide and cross-disciplinary audience from inside and outside the university sector, and draws on robust research to communicate ideas connected with identities in Britain and Ireland, today and in the past, in a readable way".

Dr Matthews adds that Identity Papers aims for "accessibility with rigour" and that contributors are urged to write with a diverse readership in mind.

"We anticipate publishing work about histories, politics, cultures, literatures, identities, minoritisation, extremism, racism, communities, citizenship, nationalities, regions, the post/colonial, diaspora, territories and more," she says.

Issue one

An official launch event for Identity Papers was opened by the University of Huddersfield's Head of History, English, Languages and Media, Professor Paul Ward. He is a leading authority on Britishness and a founder of the Academy for British and Irish Studies, which he described as "one of the most successful research centres at the University in terms of inter-disciplinarity". It had members from four of the University's academic schools and they had published extensively.

Issue One of Identity Papers has six articles, principally by University of Huddersfield-based researchers. Most of the authors were present at the journal's official launch event, where they gave short presentations.

Identity Papers has an 18-strong editorial board of experts based at universities in the UK and around the world, in countries that include Australia, the USA, France and Slovakia. One of them is Dr Daniel Travers, of Laurentian University in Canada. He studied for his PhD at the University of Huddersfield - supervised by Professor Ward - and he closed the launch event for the new journal with a paper that described his continuing research into experiences of WWII prisoners of war and internees in the Orkneys and the Isle of Man, plus the lives of Channel Islanders under Nazi occupation.

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