The secret playlists you make to match your thesis. Discarded notes from lectures and talks that read like a found poem. Stories, images, and half-formed ideas that accumulate alongside your ‘serious’ research. We hope that The Still Point Journal reads as a veritable notebook of the different kinds of writing and making that PhD researchers do alongside their day-to-day work.
When we set up The Still Point in 2015, as a blog and print journal, we wanted to foster a forum for dialogue, collaboration and experimentation, and offer a space for creatively writing through ideas in original forms. Our name, ‘The still point’ reflects our experience of being new researchers and represents those moments when we take time out of our days for deep thinking and reflection: when the world gets quiet but our minds are still racing.
Our print edition is supported by the AHRC and London Arts and Humanities Partnership. We hold a call for submissions every year, and our Issue 2 will be out in February. Our blog is open to all researchers, and we encourage experimentation with the blog form. Take a nose around and get in touch if you have ideas, poems, images, polemic, that you’d like to share.
The Still Point Journal is a collaborative effort with a large group of editors and contributors from across London universities, and often beyond! And so, our time with We The Humanities will see many of our editors take to the ‘handle’, asking the sorts of questions that we like to encourage our contributors to tackle. This week is also an interesting one for us, we’re mid-handover between editorial teams, so we’ll reflect a little on beginnings and endings. We look forward to hearing about your research stories, and sharing some of our favourites!
The Still Point editors
Francesca, Fran, James, James, Charlotte, Amy, Thalia (eds 2016-2017)
Daniela, Erin, William, Hannah, Nicholas, Jennifer, Nadia, Mariam, Christina, Jingan, Alessandra, James, Anais, Isobel, Ka Wing, Jonah (eds 2017-2018)