Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The New Birmingham Review is based at the University of Birmingham and aims to publish critical, interdisciplinary research, written by pre-doctorate students of the University at all levels of qualification. Although it is not limited to one subject area, all articles must critically engage with the social and/or political world. Although there are no current plans to expand beond the University of Birmingham, the founders hope that one day it's engagement won't be limited to any one institution.

 

Section Policies

Vol 1, No. 1

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Editorial Foreword (Vol. 1, No. 1)

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Dissertation Repository

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Editorial Foreword (Repository)

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Editorial Foreword (Vol. 1, No. 2)

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Vol. 2, No. 1

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  • Rory Scott
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Vol.2 No.2 (Dissertation Edition)

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Vol. 3 No.1

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Peer Review Process

All articles that have been published have been subjected to a three-teir process: anonymised abstracts are voted for shortlist by the entire editorial board, following which a shortlist of approximately twenty or fewer contributors is selected. The next stage is for full shortlised articles to be reviewed by at least two editors, who return suggestions, or remove said articles from the shortlist. After corrections/additions/cuts, each article is subjected to a full editorial review before publication. Although it was not within the means of our inaugural issue, we hope in the future to expand to a full peer-review system, provided we have willing post-graduate students within the University of Birmingham.

 

Publication Frequency

All articles of a given issue are published simultaneously, when the last one has been proofed and uploaded.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Founders

Alexander Blanchard


Alex has just completed an MA in Social and Political Theory at the University of Birmingham, having previously studied Political Science and Philosophy at the same institution, and PPE at the University of British Columbia. His interests lie in Power and Violence, and he hopes to develop an alternative historiography of violence at PhD level.


James Bowker


James Bowker has just commenced a master’s degree in International Relations, having recently completed a bachelor's degree in the same subject, both at the University of Birmingham. His undergraduate dissertation focused on the emerging field of cyber-protest, and the ethics thereof. He hopes to develop his interest in political protest and resistance further.


Alex Miller Tate


Having recently completed an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Philosophy with Computer Science, Alex has commenced an MSc in Mind, Language, and Embodied Cognition, at the University of Edinburgh. His dissertation focused on the normative underpinnings of critical social theory. He is currently pursuing interests in the philosophical foundations and applications of cognitive science, linguistics, psychology.


Jake Pembroke


In his undergraduate degree – International Relations at the University of Birmingham – Jake had a broad focus. Although he was academically and actively involved with left-parties and protests movements, Jake is also a somewhat experimental musician, and a highly experimental cook.


Rory Scott


Rory has recently completed an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Philosophy with Computer Science. His dissertation sought to elucidate the political aspects of data use, and privacy policies on the Internet, and he hopes in the future to incorporate programming and data analysis into social research and/or policy formation. As you may well appreciate, he has a particular passion–and, dare we say, flare–for formatting.

 

Past Editors: 2014-2015

Ioana Cerasella Chis

 

Ioana is undertaking an MA in Social and Political Theory, having completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science and Sociology in 2014.


Her academic interests are in the interplay between the theory and praxis of political, social and ethical issues, with a particular focus on identity, the sociology of technology and knowledge production. Her undergraduate dissertation considered the competing theories and approaches to human rights (the right of asylum in particular) to illustrate contradictions inherent in ‘rights talk’. This dissertation drew upon Jacques Rancière’s idea of radical, egalitarian politics of dissensus and Jacques Derrida’s concepts of hospitality, sovereignty and democracy to-come.

In the future she would like to pursue further studies and/or undertake social research for non-governmental organisations.


Darcy Luke


Darcy has completed a BA and MA in Political Science at the University of Birmingham, and is currently an independent scholar.

His academic interests include Marxism, British governance and state theory.


James Bowker


James Bowker has just commenced a master’s degree in International Relations, having recently completed a bachelor's degree in the same subject, both at the University of Birmingham. His undergraduate dissertation focused on the emerging field of cyber-protest, and the ethics thereof. He hopes to develop his interest in political protest and resistance, as well as the ethics and politics of tax avoidance further.


Eliza Garwood


Eliza is currently undertaking an MRes in Sexuality and Gender, having gained a BA in Political Science and Sociology in 2014 from the University of Birmingham. 

Her undergraduate degree used Queer Geography to critique the Brighton’s commercial LGBT spaces, arguing that the ‘gay scene’ continues to be dominated by homonormative expectations, limiting Queer possibility. She is currently undertaking research into the intergenerational LGBTQ family. Her academic interests include Queer Theory, Sexuality and the LGBTQ family. 

In the future she hopes to continue with her academic studies and pursue a career in research.


Mae Rohani


Mae Rohani is a third year undergraduate International Relations student at the University of Birmingham.

Her dissertation interrogates issues of national identity in the Franco-Swiss border region and its implications on political engagement. Her academic interests include feminist-Marxist state theory, protest movements and the move towards volunteer work dominating social care and support systems.

She is also strongly engaged in community and feminist politics, partly through her role as Women's Officer at the Guild of Students 2013-14.