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University of Huddersfield Press launches a new collaboration with Informit.

About Informit
Informit is an open access publishing platform which is mainly used by Australian academics and professionals, but provides access to researchers, practitioners and other users worldwide.Informit provides content from over a 100 specialist databases, covering a wide range of disciplines, such as humanities, business, law, social science, health, engineering and education. As an Australian organisation, Informit holds a collection centred around Australian cultural, social and literary heritage “with a focus on regional perspectives and otherwise hard-to-find research”.

‘We are excited to be hosting 24 important University of Huddersfield Press titles on Informit. These titles are a great addition to our Collections and signify the start of a great relationship.’

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On Informit, users can both read publications online or download them for offline access. Furthermore, users can subscribe to newsfeeds to keep up-to-date with the latest publications in their subject area. Informit provides (video) tutorials which aid users in searching Informit, setting up a feed and creating alerts.

University of Huddersfield Press Publications on Informit
The following journals from the University of Huddersfield Press are now available on Informit:

In addition to these journals, the books listed underneath are also freely accessible:

Introducing our new student assistant

Hello, I am Margaux and I’ll be joining the University of Huddersfield Press team this year. I’m a first-year PhD student, researching, in Applied Linguistics and more specifically conversation analysis. I did my MA in Applied Linguistics at Huddersfield and my BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences (cognitive neuroscience, computer science, statistics and linguistics) at University College Roosevelt. My research interests lie in the realms storytelling, reporting practices and conversation analysis.

I’ll be writing blog posts and providing you all with social media updates! I hope to get more experience in publishing and marketing, as I am not yet sure if I want to continue in academia but want to explore ways to apply my skills. My interest in languages and linguistics started with a passion for books and reading (and a curiosity that has irked classmates and teachers alike), so I thought that going ‘back to basics’ might be the best way to gain relevant professional experiences. I am excited to work for the University of Huddersfield Press as I value open access publishing and am a strong advocate for this. I dream that one day all research will be freely available.

My side projects include cooking and baking, and I run a small Facebook page where I sell homemade baked goods for their cost price to sustain this hobby. I then spend the profits I did not make on notebooks I don’t really need and books I will ‘definitely read this year and not just add to the ever-growing list’.

 

Family History Month

October is Family History Month, and here at the University of Huddersfield Press we are proud to be part of the thriving local history scene in Huddersfield. We have a great collection of history-based research for you to indulge in, and to perhaps learn something new this Family History Month.

rollMargaret Stansfield’s ‘Huddersfield’s Roll of Honour 1914-1922’, serves as a detailed account of 3,439 service personnel from Huddersfield who lost their lives during the First World War. This touching account remembers those who gave their lives for our country, and honours and represents Stansfield’s lifetime work, who sadly passed away in 2012. Who knows, you may discover a name you recognise amongst the lists of honoured soldiers. You can browse the book online or order a printed copy.

The Making of a University by John O’Connell introduces us makingto the development records of the institution that is now The University of Huddersfield. From the early nineteenth century, where it began as a place of learning to promote the education of the working classes, to becoming a mechanics institution, a female educational institute, and a polytechnic, before, finally, becoming the institution we know today. The late John O’Connell’s original research now resides at the University archives, but you can purchase a print copy of the book for yourself.

slavery.jpgJohn Hargreaves and Hilary Haigh’s Slavery in Yorkshire introduces us to the darker side of our local history. This book explores the many ways in which Richard Oastler set about campaigning and aiding the abolishment of child labour in the Industrial Revolution. This fascinating book opens the readers eyes to the real attitudes towards child labour, and the roles the press and the church played in outlawing the enforcement of child labour. You can order your print copy of the book online.beerhouses

Beerhouses, Brothels and Bobbies explores policing methods in Huddersfield in the mid-nineteenth century with author, David Taylor, evaluating the issues facing the local area in a hot bed of the West Riding textile production era. This book is available for free via our website or you can purchase a print copy for your bookshelf.

Visit our website to browse our entire collection of books and journals.

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New journals accepted into the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

New journals accepted into the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

We are very excited to announce that, after a lot of hard work at the University of Huddersfield Press offices, and a lot of very helpful guidance, we now have 4 journals accepted into the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)!

We would like to say a big thank you to the DOAJ team for being helpful and supportive throughout the process, and we are very happy to see these high quality, open access journals, indexed and discoverable on the DOAJ platform.

 Journal of Creative Music Systems Tick icon: journal was accepted after March 2014​​
In DOAJ?Yes
ISSN(s): 2399-7656
Date added to DOAJ: 2019-05-30
Home pagehttps://www.jcms.org.uk/
LicenseCC BY-NC-ND
Publisher: University of Huddersfield Press
Platform, Host, Aggregator: Janeway
Classification: Music, Computer software
Keywords: music, creative music systems, computational creative systems
Started publishing Open Access content in: 2016
Country: United Kingdom
Language: EN
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 Teaching in Lifelong Learning: A Journal to Inform and Improve Practice Tick icon: journal was accepted after March 2014​​
In DOAJ?Yes
ISSN(s): 2040-0993, 2049-4181
Date added to DOAJ: 2014-11-24
Home pagehttps://www.teachinginlifelonglearning.org.uk
LicenseCC BY-NC-ND
Publisher: University of Huddersfield Press
Platform, Host, Aggregator: Janeway
Classification: Special aspects of education
Keywords: education, lifelong learning, higher education
Started publishing Open Access content in: 2011
Country: United Kingdom
Language: EN
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 Journal of Performance Magic Tick icon: journal was accepted after March 2014​​
In DOAJ?Yes
ISSN(s): 2051-6037
Date added to DOAJ: 2015-05-13
Home pagehttp://eprints.hud.ac.uk/journal/jpm/
LicenseCC BY
Publisher: University of Huddersfield Press
Platform, Host, Aggregator: Eprints
Classification: The performing arts. Show business
Keywords: performing arts, magic
Started publishing Open Access content in: 2013
Country: United Kingdom
Language: EN
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 Crime, Security and Society Tick icon: journal was accepted after March 2014​​
In DOAJ?Yes
ISSN(s): 2398-130X
Date added to DOAJ: 2019-08-13
Home pagehttps://www.crimesecurityandsociety.org.uk/
LicenseCC BY
Publisher: University of Huddersfield Press
Platform, Host, Aggregator: Janeway
Classification: Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Keywords: crime, security, society, criminal investigation, forensic sciences
Started publishing Open Access content in: 2018
Country: United Kingdom
Language: EN
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The Invisible Woman: How Henrietta Schwann helped shape the history of female working class education

The Invisible Woman: How Henrietta Schwann helped shape the history of female working class education

The old saying, ‘women should be seen, not heard’, seems archaic in today’s society. And yet the silencing of women’s voices and opinions is something we see in today’s world on a regular basis. Decisions made by politicians about women’s rights over their own bodies, and the escalating levels of abuse prominent female figures face online, are both proof that there are still those who work to silence women’s voices. It is important that we learn from the powerful actions of female figures in history, and continue to strive for the rights and recognition of all members of society.

uniA significant figure in the history of women’s rights in Huddersfield was Henrietta Schwann.

Henrietta and her husband, Friederich, eventually became the founders of the educational organisation that now resides as the University of Huddersfield. The Female Educational Institute and The Young Men’s Mental Improvement Society, founded by Friederich, merged in 1841 to form the Huddersfield Technical School and Mechanics Institute.

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Henrietta Schwann is credited as being a vital figurehead in the founding of the school for female education, which provided evening classes to women and girls in the Huddersfield area for over thirty years before the union, and continued to do so under its new name.

Henrietta, her husband and her brother, Samuel recognised the need for affordable female education. For women who grew up in working class areas, such as the industrial heart of 19th-century Huddersfield, these few hours of tutelage per week made the difference between finding employment or staying at home, therefore enabling women take control of their own lives and finances.

schwannHowever, this woman, a figurehead of the promotion of female education into mainstream schooling, remains faceless; with no images of her remaining in existence today. Sadly, we can’t even know if any pictures were taken of her when she was alive, though we know what her husband looks like – his face welcomes you through the doors of the Schwann Building on the University campus. Although the building itself is named after both the Schwanns, it is unfortunate that her husband is all we have to remember Henrietta’s legacy by.

The lack of her portrait serves as a reminder of the tendency to exclude and silence female voices, something which we all have a duty to recognise and fight against.

 

You can check out our book The Making of a University by John O’Connell if you want to learn more about the fascinating foundations of the university.

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Twenty-First Century ‘Top Girls’ – re-reading a 1982 feminist play in the wake of current affairs

Twenty-First Century ‘Top Girls’ – re-reading a 1982 feminist play in the wake of current affairs

“Women and fiction remain, so far as I am concerned, unsolved problems.”

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own (1929)

 

Carly Churchill’s Top Girls was first performed in 1982 at the Royal Court theatre in London, directed by Max Stafford Clark. When re-reading Top Girls, now a glowing example of how Churchill’s work remains and continues to epitomise fragments of our own modern society, it would only be fitting that I look back on the first television adaptation of the piece. The one-off special, brings with it today a second-wind of second-wave feminism, which continues to fan the flames of a more contemporary form of female resistance.  If you haven’t seen the play, I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the history of feminism and female history.

The 1991 adaptation was aired on BBC Two and sees seven actresses perform sixteen different roles. The decision to intertwine each actress with more than one character is a choice that must be praised on both an artistic and practical level as, in doing so, each character brings a glimmer of the past, rather drags it kicking and screaming, into the present. For example, the ladies around Marlene’s symbolic dinner table (whom she dreams she invites to congratulate herself on her promotion); Isabella Bird, Dull Gret, Lady Nijo and others, outwardly vocalise their upsetting struggles over a white-china dinner and bottles of red wine. table.jpgWhere the chime of polite, ladylike conversation should be, there echoes almost-rhythmic rounds of overlapping dialogue, buried in which are the gruesome tales of the women’s oppression and individual sadness’s. The cacophony of female voices crumples and folds itself into one mass. It is here that Churchill successfully illustrates the mess that is all the instances of past, present and future female oppression merging into one, so jumbled it cannot, nor is it likely that it will be ever, be understood. Therefore, it is ignored, and initiates women into a cycle where they will forever be talked over, and forever only exist as being ‘next in line’, always behind one another, competing to keep their own voice. lady nijo.jpg

At the table, Lady Nijo, the Patient Griselda and Pope Joan all deliver gruelling stories of how they gave up their children in order to adhere to the wishes and standards of other men. It is here we find painful relevance in Churchill’s play, and question the right for women to control their own bodies and how the past now exceedingly echoes into the future.

At the core of this play is the carefully woven theme of subtle sacrifice, and the reason for that sacrifice being the need to belong in order to survive as a woman. As many feminists would when griseldawatching Top Girls, this need to belong to ‘something’, whether that be belonging in society, to a job or even a child, they would recognise that this is not a selfish ‘need’, but more a practicality required of women in order for them to survive within the patriarchy. Pope Joan sacrificed her femininity (and inevitably her life) for her place within the Vatican, Isabella Bird sacrificed children for her adventures and Marlene sacrificed her daughter, Angie, in order to ‘belong’ to a career. She holds and celebrates her superficial and materialistic title close to her chest, out of pure fear that she will lose her importance, and her voice.pope joan.jpg

Although I am re-reading Churchill’s play and reviewing its relevance through my twenty-first century fingertips, it is hard to talk of ‘contemporary feminism’ without acknowledging Simone De Beauvoir who says, ‘it would never occur to a man to write a book on the singular situation of males in humanity’ (De Beauvoir, 1949) – it is laughable to even think that the play Top Men exists in some alternate matriarchal universe. But no, it doesn’t, and I doubt it ever could nor will, as it is the female condition that inspires this drama, these harrowing stories, plays and literature.

Isabella_Bird_Bishop_Manchurian.jpgChurchill devised her play from her own experience as a woman, but mostly through her own shared experience of this ancient struggle of simply being a woman – a struggle that men have never had to endure. It is why we still praise Caryl Churchill for her creative mind, and then quickly and solemnly remind ourselves that the majority of her play isn’t creative fiction at all. The woman whose lives we watch unfurl in front of us, as they pour out their hearts and stomachs onto an imaginary dinner table, or drop their guts onto a very real office floor, are real.

De Beauvoir (1949) writes that people believe ‘woman is losing herself, woman is lost’, dull gret.jpgand Caryl Churchill sees it. She sees it, holds it in her hand and smears the fact across the page. She sees it in Marlene’s desperation, Angie’s impatience and Joyce’s resignation. And real women who belong in history books and religious texts and paintings; because Churchill’s women are your mother, your sister, your teacher, your best friend and yourself. You may not know a Patient Griselda, a Dull Gret or a Lady Nijo, but you will know a Joyce and a Marlene; you’ve read about them, talked to them, known them. You see their hardships bleed through the gaps into our time, you see the remnants of their oppression in your own and the oppression of others around you. In this way, Churchill makes you see, even if you are not a feminist, even if you are not a woman, and don’t profess to understand them, you know and understand these women, and you see their struggle and understand that it never ended.

800px-Top_Girls_(44140682920)Today, feminism seems a very accessible idea, and one that we quite often take for granted. Top Girls reminds us that once, even to attempt to have any agency as a woman was either a very rare luxury or a very dangerous gamble. Caryl Churchill excellently brings this shadowed past to a head within her own present, and ours, as the play effortlessly flows through the years without hesitancy. The play’s ending imitates this, as we cannot even know if the ending indeed classifies as such. There is no resolution, no moral, no outcome, much like life, after the curtains draw and the actors bow, it will go on. Within you, within your head or within our world itself – for, as I said before, Angie, Marlene and Joyce may as well be real people, living real lives. Churchill takes the idea that art imitates life and brings the two within a hair’s breadth from one another, they lay so closely, that not even the stroke of a pen could fit between the fine line she has paved between them.

It is our decision whether art should be created as such, or whether art should be received, not as a social commentary, but as a break from society. Should art be a breath of fresh air or a slap in the face? Should it be neither? For some, Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls has the answer.

 – Rebecca Screeton, Press Assistant

Below, read some of the fascinating articles we’ve published across a range of our journals on feminism and women throughout history:

 The Virgin and the Basilisk: A Study of Medieval Women and their Social Roles

Belief, Influence and Action: Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Yorkshire

The Influences of Family, Peers and Media on Young Women’s Romantic Relationship Expectations

Vanishing in Plain Sight

The Rhetorical Goddess: A Feminist Perspective on Women in Magic  

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 Bibliography

Churchill, Caryl. (1982). Top Girls.

De Beauvoir, Simone. (2010). The Second Sex. New York, Vintage Books.

Woolf, Virginia. (1929). A Room of One’s Own.

Citations (in order)

Protest: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jordanuhl/27328804763

Top Girls dinner table: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Top_Girls

Lady Nijo: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/434315957788469117/

The Patient Griselda: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/43984/43984-h/43984-h.htm

Isabella Bird: digitalcollections.nypl.org

Call for Papers – Crime, Security and Society – July 2019

Call for Papers – Crime, Security and Society – July 2019

Crime, Security and Society is a peer-reviewed online publication from the University of Huddersfield Press. (ISSN 2398-130X)

Crime, Security and Society is an open access publication founded in 2018, with a primary focus on crime and security issues across the globe. The papers within the publication are written, co-authored and edited by academics and practitioners across multiple disciplines that would not ordinarily collaborate with one another. Consequently, the material the journal publishes is particularly sought after, as it is of wide interest across policy, practical and academic fields.

The journal is, therefore, interdisciplinary in its nature and preferred approaches to research and writing. Crime, Security and Society seeks to provide those with an interest in the varied subject matters, articles and texts that are both of interest and of utility to its readers. Previous topics have included, but are not limited to; studies on mental health, rehabilitation and forensic science.

The new issue will seek to expand the journal’s already broad academic and practical scope, as well as aiming to provide fresh multidisciplinary perspectives on the many aspects of crime and security in our society.

All contributions will be peer-reviewed subject to their acceptance, to find out more about Crime, Security and Society, and how to submit your work, visit the website.

 

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