The Roundhouse journal emerged from a discussion group that ran alongside the 2008/09 Critical Theory module at the University of Leeds. The discussion group met weekly to discuss critical theory and put on films in the Peanut Gallery in the University Union.
In 2009 the group received funding from the faculty of Education Social Sciences and Law to set up and develop an online student journal, showcasing a selection of the essays written as part of the Critical Theory course. The journal is passed on to the each cohort of critical theory students who develop and add to it, building a valuable resource that will strike an interest in critical theory students and researchers.
In the summer of 2013 the editors and contributors of Roundhouse made the decision to hand over control of the journal from POLIS to its new home in The Bauman Institute. As part of The Bauman Institute, Roundhouse aims to reflect the research carried out by the Institute’s members, as well as encourage and foster the participation of students in the development and expansion of this research. In this regard, Roundhouse remains consistent with its original editorial principles, seeing students as producers of their own educational experience, whilst also providing a specific set of parameters in which to develop themselves as researchers.
Broadly concerned with the continental tradition of social and political thought, the research undertaken by the Institute is centred on issues of money, globalisation, new technologies and ethics, but also more general questions within the theoretical debates surrounding these areas. Consistent with the university’s policy of research-led teaching, such debates form the foundations for the modules which make up the two MA courses in Social and Political Thought and International Social Transformation. As the research which is undertaken by the Institute is so intertwined with the teaching it delivers, in the first instance it will be the students on these two courses who will be approached by Roundhouse to submit articles to the journal. Through the publication of student work, as well as participation in a series of events and workshops to be hosted by Roundhouse throughout the year, the editors aim to enrich the student experience in a meaningful fashion.
Nevertheless, as the initial aims and objectives of Roundhouse become clearer, student participation will eventually reach beyond these two courses to also include third year undergraduates in Sociology and Social Policy. It is therefore also hoped that the kind of research undertaken by those involved with Roundhouse and the Bauman Institute will develop in a variety of new directions.