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.


New journal, ‘Play in Adulthood’ launches today!

New journal, ‘Play in Adulthood’ launches today!

lidya-nada-_0akqa9gr4s-unsplashThe first issue for the brand new journal, ‘Play in Adulthood’ launched for free via open access on our website today. Below, read what the journal’s editor, Andrew Walsh has to say about the exciting launch of the new publication, and the continuing release of further articles that are to be added to the issue in the future.

The very first articles are starting to appear for the Journal of Play in Adulthood! The journal aims to provide a multidisciplinary open access forum dedicated to the discussion of play and playfulness in adults. It seeks to explore the barriers to the use of play with adults, and potential solutions to increasing the role of play in lifelong education, the workplace, and wider society.

The first research article, covering how we can help give adults ‘Permission to Play’, is a fascinating write-up from the wonderfully playful Counterplay conference, and also includes book reviews for the ‘The Librarians’ Book on Teaching through Games and Play’ and ‘Playful Learning, Events and Activities to Engage Adults’.

We’re publishing articles on a rolling basis, rather than holding on until the issue is complete – but the first few articles are now live! We’ve also got an open call for papers, as well as some special issues in the pipeline. I hope people enjoy the first issue as it emerges over the coming months.



7 Yorkshiremen and women who changed British history

7 Yorkshiremen and women who changed British history

Yorkshire has contributed to the history of Great Britain, and the creation of the country we live in today, in more ways than you might recognise. In celebration of our amazing county, here’s seven remarkable Yorkshiremen and women you may not know changed the world we live in. In no particular order, of course.

hepworthBarbara Hepworth

Born in Wakefield, Hepworth was a Modernist sculptor, with her work acting as a turning point in British art culture in the 20s and 30s at the height of the Modernist movement. The movement itself acted as a post-war artistic rebellion against classical and traditional art and literature, changing the way people understood perceived culture. Hepworth not only introduced the country to her own work but also highlighted foreign artists and influences, merging their characteristics with British culture. More recently, the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield was opened in May 2011, acting as a powerful monument to the great Northern artist.

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Tony Harrsion, born in Leeds in 1937 is a British verse-writer and one of the most outstanding working-class voices heard in English poetry today. Despite his background, Harrison earned his place at both Leeds Grammar School and university studying Classics. His most notable poem, ‘V’ was broadcast on Channel 4, in full, in 1987 – much to the surprise of, well, everyone. Written on skinhead and working class culture and decorated with profanities, the network received hundreds of complaints, most notably from disgruntled MPs, and was banned from the BBC. Harrison’s attitude towards the poetic voice undoubtedly shifted not only how we read poetry, but how we use it in today’s austerity-stricken society.

220px-PriestleyPealeJoseph Priestley

Joseph Priestly is a name that perhaps everyone in and around Kirklees knows but might not necessarily understand what the man himself accomplished. Born in Birstall on 24th March 1733, Priestley was a renowned scientist, who spent most of his life studying the air and the gasses that constitute it. As a result, he is credited with discovering a further ten gasses in our atmosphere including; nitrogen, carbon monoxide and even oxygen. He also invented soda water, so we have Joseph Priestley to thank for the (average of) 332 cans of fizzy drinks us Brits each consume every year.

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This Hull-born aviator was the first female pilot to fly solo from England to Australia, with the journey beginning on 5th May 1930, and ending on the 24th. She received her pilot’s licence in 1929, after she trained for and gained her engineer’s licence – most female pilots at that time were Lady’s or Duchesses who simply owned an aircraft without any need for technical qualifications. She would often fly for eight hours straight through monsoons and inhospitable terrain until she could land and would shock most people when she stepped out of the cockpit in some of the most remote places on the planet. She sadly died on a mission serving in the Royal Air Force in the Second World war, in a suspected accident from which her body was never recovered. Though, Amy Johnson remains one of the most inspiring female figures in British (and world) history.

Sharman_Helen_8.jpgHelen Sharman

Speaking of British female firsts, Helen Sharman was the first British astronaut, let alone first woman, to visit the Mir Space Station in 1991. The chemist was born in Sheffield in 1963 and won her place on the space shuttle by responding to a radio advertisement for Project Juno. Sharman was twenty-seven when she made the flight into outer-space, making her one of the youngest people to have ever completed the journey to this day. Since then, she has become an author, taught at universities and resides as a modern-day heroin to children all over the country.

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William Wilberforce was a Hull-born politician and a significant leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade in the United Kingdom. The 18th century philanthropist is credited as being one of the first politicians to introduce the first Parliamentary bill to abolish the slave trade, after a reported four-hour speech in 1791. Though the bill was defeated, by 183 votes to 88, Wilberforce and his peers persevered and the Slave Trade Act was passed on 25th March 1807, which passed by a large majority of 283 votes to 16.

Richard_Oastler,_by_James_Posselwhite_after_Benjamin_Garside-cropRichard Oastler

Born in Leeds in 1789, Richard Oastler, much like Wilberforce, was a politician and abolitionist in the 18th and 19th centuries. In 1830, Oastler wrote a ‘tell-all’ letter to the Leeds Mercury, exposing the harrowing working conditions of children in textile factories, which the newspaper eventually published almost a month later. The letter sparked uproar in the local communities, and over the next seven years Oastler continued to pursue justice for child factory workers. The outcry continued, now within the factories themselves, with reports of children damaging factory machinery. The Factory Act was passed in 1833 (some say by no coincidence – the same year slavery was abolished in the United Kingdom) which raised the legal age of working children to 9 and introduced the role of the Factory Inspector. Though child labour itself wasn’t abolished until the 20th century, Oastler undoubtedly inspired a positive domino effect, with institutions such as the NSPCC being founded towards the end of the 19th century.

Want to learn more about Richard Oastler and William Wilberforce? John Hargreaves and Hilary Haigh’s collection of essays, Slavery in Yorkshire: Richard Oastler and the campaign against child labour in the Industrial Revolution is available for purchase here.


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100 years since Versailles

100 years since Versailles

Tomorrow, 28th June 2019, marks 100 years since the Treaty of Versailles was signed, nine months after the fronts fell silent with the eleventh strike of the clock, on 11th November 1918. The treaty, drafted by the ‘Big Four’ – George, Clemenceau, Wilson and Orlando during the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, marked the official end of the First World War.

220px-Treaty_of_Versailles,_English_versionThe 100 years that have passed between then and now seem like a fictional gap in time for those of us who have never seen war on our doorstep. Even more so when that fissure has been filled with further wars that seem like bad dreams or cruel stories that fill children’s history books and classrooms. It is easy to forget the reality when the faces of soldiers are seen in speckled sepia and footage of bombs and bodies crackle and burn silently in black and white. Apparently, it is easy to forget the reality when we see the warning signs on the news today; the same pointing fingers and podiums and poisoned verses. Apparently it is still easy to forget, even though the wars are now in glorious technicolour and the evacuees don’t have gas masks in cardboard boxes strung around their necks.

That is why we are taught about war, so the students don’t grow up to make the same mistakes as the people who wrote the peace accords, on both sides, who didn’t keep papers promises. That is why we read the accords and books about the accords, and watch television shows about the wars, the soldiers who fought in the wars, the bombs that killed the soldiers, and the planes that dropped the bombs – because we cannot forget. We are starting to.rollofhonour

The late Margaret Stanfield’s life’s work, Huddersfield’s Roll of Honour, documents the 3,439 service personnel who lost their lives during the First World War. The book allows you to peer into a distant reality; with moving letters and accounts from the soldiers’ families, integrated within the extensive and poignant collection of names and identities.

The names of the soldiers who fought to preserve us, to prolong the futures of children who would be born into a country very different to what they knew, into a very disheartening future, must be remembered and read and repeated.

You can download the book for free HERE, or you can buy a beautiful hardback copy HERE.

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Practical guidance for starting or developing a university press

Practical guidance for starting or developing a university press

Megan Taylor (University of Huddersfield Press Manager)

Kathrine Jensen (Research Assistant REF Impact, School of Education and Professional Development, University of Huddersfield)

Why did we want to find out about the processes of university presses?

Megan and Kathrine both work across the research and scholarly communications sectors, and have an interest in how and why university presses have developed. They were keen to expand their own knowledge, and bring together those working in similar areas at other institutions, in order to find out common issues and how to support each other to address them.

Best practice sharing event

With this in mind, in June 2018 the University of Huddersfield Press organized a best practice sharing event to bring together those working in university and library publishing, and initial findings from the event were shared on the Press blog in September 2018. Participants were all at different stages of developing a press; in some cases there was a well-established business model, whereas others had no funding model or definite mission statement in place.

What did we do with the data?

Megan and Kathrine spent the months after the event analysing the data and drawing up lists of common issues, and looking at the suggestions for addressing them. The result is a model for developing a university press based around three guiding principles and six key stages of the publishing process, with associated activities.

What next?

The model has been published as part of an article in UKSG Insights. Although it is published, it is very much a work in progress and the aim is for it to be continually developed and informed through input from the university press and publishing community. If you do have any feedback or comments then please get in touch with Megan or Kathrine.


Megan Taylor

Kathrine Jensen

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World Music Day

Here at the University of Huddersfield Press, we are proud of our wide range of open access music research. In celebration of World Music Day, why not get lost in the world of noise, sound and scores and indulge in our collection of musical research?

Here’s a selection of some of our fantastic publications, which you can either read online or treat yourself to a beautiful print copy that would look great on any music-lover’s bookshelf!

soundingsSoundings: documentary film and the listening experience

Geoffrey Cox

This book draws on the lived experience of sound’s capacity to move and shake us in direct, subtle and profound ways through speech, location sound, and music in documentary film. The associative, connotative and sheer emotive power of sound has the capacity to move and shake us in a myriad of direct, subtle and often profound ways. The writers in this book draw on the lived experience of sound’s resounding capacity as primary motivation for exploring these implications, united by the overarching theme of how listening is connected with acts of making sense both on its own terms and in conjunction with viewing.

Read online here or purchase a copy here


noise2Noise in and as Music

Aaron Cassidy and Aaron Einbond

One hundred years after Luigi Russolo’s “The Art of Noises,” this book exposes a cross-section of the current motivations, activities, thoughts, and reflections of composers, performers, and artists who work with noise in all of its many forms. The book’s focus is the practice of noise and its relationship to music, and in particular the role of noise as musical material—as form, as sound, as notation or interface, as a medium for listening, as provocation, as data. Its contributors are first and foremost practitioners, which inevitably turns attention toward how and why noise is made and its potential role in listening and perceiving.

Read online here or purchase a copy here


explosions2Explosions in November: the first 33 years of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Richard Steinitz

Explosions in November tells the story of one of Europe’s leading cultural institutions, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf), through the eyes of its founder and former artistic director, Professor Richard Steinitz. From its modest beginnings in 1978, when winter fog nearly sabotaged the inaugural programme, to today’s internationally renowned event, hcmf has been a pioneering champion of the best in contemporary music.
Now Richard Steinitz brings his insider view on the people behind the festival and how they made each year a success. Explosions in November reveals the full picture of a festival that continues to surprise, delight and provoke its audiences to this day.

Read online here or purchase a copy here


Or maybe you’re an aspiring musician yourself – or perhaps World Music day has inspired you to pick up an instrument…


grooves2Grooves for Guitar

Paul A Francis

Performance and recital repertoire for the aspiring guitarist. Comprising of original music with fully annotated scores and CD backing tracks with and without click tracks. Ideal for the intermediate or graduate level popular music performer, or for those just wanting a new and exciting musical challenge.

Purchase this book here


drums.jpgDrums and Bass: for tomorrow’s rhythm section

Paul A Francis

Performance and recital repertoire for tomorrow’s rhythm section. Comprising of original music for drummers and bass players, with fully annotated scores and CD backing tracks with and without click tracks. Ideal for the graduate level popular music performer, or for those just wanting a new and exciting musical challenge.

Purchase this book here


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George Orwell’s 1984 in 2019 – the 70th anniversary

George Orwell’s 1984 in 2019 – the 70th anniversary

George_Orwell_press_photoThe 8th June marks the 70th anniversary of George Orwell’s classic speculative-fiction novel, 1984. Most of us know the story; of the repressed protagonist, Winston, covertly facing off against the totalitarian state and the terrifying Big Brother himself – but in 1949, the novel inspired fear in the hearts of its readers for arguably very different reasons than today. People were apprehensive, scared of a future that seemed evermore existent in the still-looming presence of the end of the Second World War. Orwell’s fictions manifested into more than what could be contained within the novel’s 300 pages, with the story of Winston and Julia proving to be more than just speculation in the years to come.

Today, 1984 proves to be terrifying mainly in its predictions of the present, with terms1984-Big-Brother and concepts that have now deferred into our vocabulary and the undeniable resemblance the story presents in relation to the twenty-first century.  The obvious stand-alone concept is the figure of ‘Big Brother’ – besides the obvious comments that can be made about pop culture television, the leader of the ‘Party’ represents more than just a harsh political leader. In the wake of current affairs; of Edward Snowden, phone-hacking scandals and present-day dictatorship states, the man on the big telescreen, and more specifically what he represents today, amounts to more than just throwaway science-fiction.

Then there’s Room 101, doublethink, 2 + 2 = 5, all Orwellian phrases that’ve come to mean so much more in contemporary existence. So perhaps we have George Orwell to thank for terrifying us to our very souls and filling our minds with paranoia – or perhaps we have him to thank for making us more aware; aware of our own freedom, aware of who to elect and who not to- you know what, never mind. But in reality we have him to thank for giving us countless works of brilliant science-fiction that’ve inspired us for over 80 years, and have made us at home in this Orwellian future.

Do you fancy yourself a 21st Century Orwell? In celebration of 1984’s 70th birthday, The Orwell Society has launched its 2019 Dystopian Fiction Prize, where they’re looking for short story entries from BA and MA university students. Visit their website to find out more and to read up on how you can enter.

The 25th of June also marks what would’ve been George Orwell’s 116th birthday – so what better excuse to start reading, and dabbling in writing, Orwellian fiction if you haven’t already?


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