Thursday, July 21, 2016

Open Access Journal: Gorffennol: The Swansea University History and Classics Online Journal and Blog

Gorffennol: The Swansea University History and Classics Online Journal and Blog
Gorffennol is the Welsh for Past. It is the online student journal of the History and Classics Department at Swansea University. It will produce two journal issues a year as well as regular blog posts. It is run by an editorial team consisting of 10 students and two members of staff from the Department.

The online journal will be published biannually and will showcase outstanding student assignments from all subject areas in our Department (hence ‘Past’ as this includes everything from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome through the Medieval period to the early modern and modern periods).
There will also be regular blog posts by students and staff on module-specific research. There will be links to it from module Blackboard sites, so our Departmental students can look at what excellent work in particular modules looks like.

We are grateful for the funding this project has received from the Swansea Academy of Learning and Teaching (SALT). It will work as a pilot project not only to display  excellent student work, but also to help our students increase their career skills by providing them with editorial experience. We hope to open up the journal to all Arts and Humanities students once the pilot stage of this project is over.
The editorial team are being guided by Dr Evelien Bracke on a weekly basis and have also received a talk by Prof Thomas Jansen (TSD) who coordinates the Student Journal at Trinity Saint David.
Issue 1: January 2015
Issue 2: April 2015
Issue 3: January 2016
The third issue of Gorffennol can now be accessed by clicking on this link: Gorffennol issue 3.

Articles can also be accessed individually:
Year One
Oliver Garbett, ‘Is Horace Ode 1.37 pro-Augustan, anti-Augustan, both, or neither?’, written for Augustan Rome (CLH112)
Access: Oliver Garbett
Stephanie Brown, ‘What did Medieval people think caused the Black Death, and how did they respond accordingly?’, written for Medieval Europe: an introduction (HIH117)
Access: Stephanie Brown
Eugenia Gower, ‘Write your own Heracles myth’, written for Of Gods and Heroes – Greek Mythology (CLC101)
Access: Eugenia Gower

Year Two
Laura Bailey, ‘How important was farming (socially, economically, politically, culturally) for a Greek polis?’, written for Greek City States (CLH264)
Access: Laura Bailey
Bronwen Swain, ‘What was the league of German girls?’, written for The Practice of History (HIH237)
Access: Bronwen Swain
Dale Cutlan, ‘How useful is Domesday Book as a source for understanding the impact of the Norman Conquest on England?’, written for War and Society in the Anglo-Norman World (HIH252)
Access: Dale Cutlan

Year Three
Charlotte Morgan, ‘How important was it for Alexander to be recognized as pharaoh and what did it involve?’, written for Alexandria: Multicultural Metropolis of the Ancient World (CLE334)
Access: Charlotte Morgan
Jed Rual, ‘Masculine iconography of 18th dynasty royal women and its influence on the perception of their role as queen’, written for Ancient Egyptian and Ptolemaic Queens (CLE342)
Access: Jed Rual
Andre Chavez, ‘To what extent did British success in Europe during the Seven Years War depend on the strength of the Fiscal-Military state?’, written for The Great War for Empire II, 1754-1764: Europe (HIH-3306)
Access: Andre Chavez

MA Level
Andrew Morel-du-Boil, ‘A public space of varying suffering: Public lavatory provision in Victorian Bury-St-Edmunds’, written for Directed Reading in History (HI-M80)
Access: Andrew Morel-du-Boil

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