The original idea for this journal was, like all the best ideas, not our own. In 2012, a group including Darcy Luke, Jack Copley, Leander Jones, and Bryn Gough set up the Birmingham Political Review, the spiritual predecessor of, and inspiration for, this journal. Though we may have somewhat expanded its disciplinary remit, we have, we hope they would agree, maintained the original commitment to critical progressive thought that made that volume so valuable. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts for making this possible, and hope that they will enjoy the final product. Tragically, Bryn passed away shortly before the publication of the Birmingham Political Review. We all sincerely hope that he would have enjoyed the following, and would like to stress the personal and professional influence he had on each of us.
We would also like to extend our thanks to members of faculty in the schools of Government and Society, Sociology, International Studies, and Philosophy, who were able to seek out the most promising pieces of work. There are too many to name here, but we hope you know who you are. Despite this, special thanks must go to Dr. Emma Foster, who was particularly helpful both in formulating and financing the technical and bureaucratic elements of this journal. This project would not have succeeded without all of you.
In early 2015, the journal published its first dissertation special; a platform for students to publish the results of their final UG and Masters projects. This edition was a tremendous success, and another will follow in early 2016.
In the 2015-16 session, the journal opened its doors to essays written by current University of Birmingham students while they were at other institutions. This is the first step into expanding the journal's availability to critical young scholars UK-wide.