Journal to help put Blackburn back on the literary map

PRISM Journal Launch

Academics from Blackburn College have joined together to celebrate the launch the latest instalment of the academic journal, Prism.

Following on from a successful publication in 2017/18, Volume 2 Issue 1 of the new journal is dedicated to the topic of education and social class: an important topic for those who live and work in Blackburn; most deprived boroughs in England.

Terry McDonough, Lecturer in Linguistics at the University Centre at Blackburn College and Editor-in-Chief of Prism said:

"PRISM represents a milestone for both Blackburn College and the town. It puts Blackburn on the map in a publishing landscape traditionally reserved for larger universities and research institutions.

"Blackburn once had a thriving literary culture. Many gathered around what was known as 'poet's corner' just off Montague Street to share writings and ideas. We like to think we've revived that tradition a little."

The journal includes contributions from Diane Reay (Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge) and Henry Giroux (Professor of Education at McMaster University). Both academics have contributed exclusive articles to the special issue.

The journal also includes contributions from academics from Liverpool John Moores University, Edge Hill University, Ragged University and Blackburn College.

Terry added: “Publication of the journal means we're listed at the British Library for all time. Future generations will have a record documenting what we achieved.

"We're proud to share our collaborations with international superstars. Working with Diane and Henry has been a pleasure and a great learning experience.

"We hope our achievements inspire our students and our local community. It shows that it's not about where you come from, it's about how far you're willing to go."

Prism is a fully peer-reviewed academic journal including evidence-based original articles, review articles and perspectives, as well as editorials, analysis, and commentary, including many articles from Blackburn College academics.

Contributions are included from an interdisciplinary community of academics, researchers, and practitioners from multiple fields: including Education, English Language and brain cognition, Illustration and Animation and Public Service Management.

A launch event was held at the University Centre at Blackburn College on Wednesday 17th October 2018 to encourage Blackburn College staff members to learn more about how they can also contribute to the journal – with a view to encouraging more staff members to become published academics.

18 Oct 2018, 13:41 PM

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