Roundhouse Student Journal

Background and Editorial Process Trans-Disciplinary Edition 2012

The Roundhouse Student Journal has collected submissions for the 4th edition to be published electronically in September 2012.  Roundhouse is an interdisciplinary journal based on the principles of inherited research, emphasising the educational value of producing and refining theoretical research collectively.  The editorial is collaborative and democratic and seeks to engage contributors and reviewers in a process of collective learning and development of ideas.

Roundhouse’s main directives are student inherited research and horizontal learning. It aims to spread communicative practices in higher education, create a more flexible style of learning and directly challenge the image of undergraduate students as ‘passive consumers’. The Roundhouse journal was originally developed by Critical Theory students from the Politics and International Studies Department at the University of Leeds. The first edition was discursively edited and peer reviewed and it showcases articles examining the ‘applied turn’ in Critical Theory.

Since then Roundhouse has collaborated with The Really Open University and students have continued to take on the project each year to extend and enhance our engagement with theory beyond formal undergraduate education.  It is motivated by the autonomous approach we have adopted to education, and our interest in collective learning and exchange of ideas through reading, writing and discussing our academic production.

In 2012 we decided create Trans-Disciplinary Critical Theory journal edition, open to everyone and anyone. This edition hopes to bridge the gap between undergraduate students, graduates, post-graduates students and people outside of the University and between the different disciplines. We are planning to review each others’ work, with the aim to explore how Critical Theory is applied across the social sciences and arts and the way in which we can make our work more accessible and cross-disciplinary.


Review process

The submitted papers are available to read and review on google documents. This is a collaborative review process, after which everyone who has contributed a paper will need to review their own work, be in communication (by meeting up or over email) with the people who have edited their work and make whatever changes they think necessary. We’ve talked about making each paper as accessible as possible, especially to people who haven’t studies their discipline. Also changes which update their papers or add postscripts would be helpful. Any papers which are very long could also be cut down (for example where they have long introductions ect.)

We want as many comments on each of the papers as possible. So any ideas or questions you have about the overall argumentation/presentation or content of any of the papers is welcomed. You can edit the papers online and put comments alongside the copy.

This is the first phase of the review after which, depending on how much everyone contributed their ideas we will go on to edit the papers in terms of grammar, stylistic and formatting changes. Once final changes are made and abstracts are written all of the papers will be formatted to be similar so that the edition as a whole reads well.

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