eSharp is an international online journal for postgraduate research in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education. Based at the University of Glasgow and run entirely by graduate students, it aims to provide a critical but supportive entry into the realm of academic publishing for emerging academics, including postgraduates and recent postdoctoral students.
One of our aims is to encourage the publication of high quality postgraduate research; therefore all submitted articles are anonymously double-blind peer reviewed as part of the acceptance and feedback process. This rigorous and constructive process is designed to enhance the worth of postgraduate and postdoctoral work. eSharp also engages in training postgraduate students in the various tasks that running an academic journal requires. Enhancing both employability and the graduate experience is a key aspect of its aims and objectives.
This collection of papers is drawn from the 2011 annual conference of Historical Perspectives, a postgraduate history network based in Scotland. The theme of the conference was ‘Real and Imagined Communities’, and we are proud to present this selection of papers which explore that theme in interesting and new ways. From intellectual communities of the past to the disparate communities of industrial legacy; from lost communities of audiences to nationwide consumers constructed as communities; and from political dissenters across national boundaries, to sidelined ethnic communities within one. These papers ask what community means in the present, and if it can ever be real or even imagined.
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For our 20th issue New Horizons we collected articles that are various and diverse in scope: articles that cover topics from conceptions of science, to educational theory, to new ideas in literature. It is clear from working with these articles that researchers in countless fields are entering exciting times and heading themselves for new horizons. It has been our pleasure to collate these articles and put these voices from various areas together in this issue that we are proud to present.
Lead editors: Jing Han, Jonathan Henderson, Julie Wertz
eSharp continues to support and publish critical academic writing and provide opportunities for aspiring postgraduate authors to publish their work and acquaint themselves with the publication process. We welcome international and inter-disciplinary exchange of ideas, and emphasise the importance of the peer-review process for academic research.