History students’ magazine leaps forward to provide new glimpses of the past


Backdrop photograph of the Ashton Memorial with EPOCH logo and University logo

An exciting new magazine, showcasing fresh ideas on history from around the world including an interview with academic and popular historian Nick Barratt, has been launched by Lancaster University students this month.

EPOCH magazine is a student-driven initiative founded earlier this year by postgraduate students in Lancaster’s History Department.

The online ‘glossy-feel’ magazine publishes new historical research designed to connect postgraduates and early career researchers with wider audiences.

The first issue includes contributions from PhD students and Early Career Researchers from across Europe, as well as the United States and Pakistan.

The diverse articles in the first issue include features about the Japanese experience in WW2, racial violence in America, the genesis of the essay in European writing and Islamic art and literature.

The issue also features work from Lancaster University’s Digital Humanities Hub, including a piece using Geographic Information Systems to map Black African citizens in Tudor England.

And an interview with Dr Nick Barratt, of BBC TV’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ programme, captures his own experiences writing engaging and accessible history.

Head of Lancaster University’s History Department Professor Ian Gregory said: ‘I am delighted to see this example of the ambition and resourcefulness of the department’s postgraduate community.

“EPOCH highlights the dynamic possibilities available to new researchers, and we are looking forward to offering continued support in these avenues that our students pioneer.”

Co-ordinating Editor Meredith Guthrie said: ‘Originally, we were looking for a platform to exhibit papers for the annual postgraduate conference.

“Early in the planning phases, however, we saw the potential to develop something that was both energetic and practical.”

The EPOCH team are working with universities worldwide to attract more international and diverse contributors in the hope of showcasing areas of historical research that the public may otherwise not find accessible.

They are also keen to draw attention to the history programme at Lancaster University and plan to launch a podcast series in 2021. 

EPOCH accepts submissions from across the Arts and Humanities, provided they have an historical theme. Submit online: https://www.epoch-magazine.com/submit.

Follow EPOCH on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HistoryEpoch

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