Graduate students launch new journal
Queen's graduate students now have a new venue to publish their scholarly work, and to connect with other students and alumni who are working in academic positions internationally.
Shift: Queen's Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture, an online journal organized by an interdisciplinary committee of Queen's graduate students will launch this Sunday, Oct. 19 from 1 to 4 pm. at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Formal remarks are scheduled for 2 pm.
The mandate of Shift is to provide a space for Queen's students to work on an academic journal, to offer a venue for graduate students working on a wide range of topics to publish current and original scholarly research, to create a network between graduate students at Queen's and elsewhere, and to connect with Queen's alumni (who compose the editorial board) who are currently working in academic positions internationally, say co-editors Susan Cahill and Sarah Smith.
"The title Shift refers to several things, such as the academic shift from art history to visual material culture and the journal as a space to document shifting discourses and academic arguments," they say. "We wanted a title that allowed for a broad, interdisciplinary subject matter in order to bring together a wide expanse of topics that are often separated in other journals by region or time or methodology."
Although the papers in the inaugural issue are general in terms of their relationship to one another, subsequent issues with be united by a specific theme to add another level of coherence.