Promoting intersectionality with our new student-led journal

We at CardiffUP are very proud to announce the launch of our new journal, Intersectional Perspectives: Identity, Culture, and Society (IPICS), on 25 October 2021. Along with all our other publications, this is an Open Access title – so you can read and download the launch issue completely free of charge, without embargoes or other restrictions.

The launch is taking place virtually on the first day of International Open Access Week 2021, an annual celebration of the principles of Open Access. This year the theme of OA Week is “It matters how we open knowledge: building structural equity.” An introductory blog post from the organisers of the event states:

“Diversity, equity, and inclusion must be consistently prioritized year-round and integrated into the fabric of the open community, from how our infrastructure is built to how we organize community discussions to the governance structures we use.”

We’ve been improving our own level of compliance with this requirement since our first publications appeared online, and we’re committed to continuing to do so. We offer publishing opportunities to academics and students across the globe, regardless of how they identify themselves or what their protected group status is, and our publications frequently discuss topics related to disability, sexual orientation, sex, nationality and other protected characteristics. Here are some examples of these publications, including the special issue featured in our previous blog post in May:

Intersectional Perspectives takes this commitment to diversity and inclusion one step further. Intersectionality can be defined as two or more forms of identity or protected characteristics interacting with each other, often creating new types of discrimination or social oppression as a result. The journal will bring intersectionality into the foreground, exploring the representation and construction of identity, sexuality, race and gender in social and cultural texts, discourses, practices and subjectivities, publishing articles that address how these markers of identity challenge or intersect with culture and society.

It’s one of four student-led journals in our journal portfolio, which means that it’s edited and managed by students. The Editor-in-Chief Arwa Al-Mubaddel, and her Associate Editors Beth Pyner and Ethan Evans, are all PhD students in Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy. They are supported and advised by experienced academic and Professional Services staff, some of whom sit on the journal’s Editorial Advisory Board.

Arwa, Beth and Ethan are currently looking to expand their editorial team, so if you’re interested in working for the journal, contact them at intersections@cardiff.ac.uk .

Find out more about the journal

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