.‘At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,’
T.S Eliot, ‘Burnt Norton’
The Still Point Journal is a literary journal for Arts and Humanities researchers in London, established in 2014. The Still Point aims to be a forum for dialogue, collaboration and experimentation, and offers a space for creatively writing through ideas in original forms.
The Journal features short fiction, poetry and visual art, although its particular focus is on non-fiction writing, related – however tangentially – to our research and the kind of rich thinking and exploration we do during the course of this research. These informal articles and journalistic pieces, free of footnotes or bibliographies, should feel more like a collection of conversations had with fellow researchers over coffee than academic papers. You might tell the story of a visit to an archive, or a pilgrimage in search of the traces of a writer or artist, or simply mull over some inspiration which came from an unexpected source… if you have a story to tell, we’d like to hear it.
‘The still point’ reflects our experience of being new researchers and represents those moments when we take time out of our days for deep thinking and reflection: when the world gets quiet but our minds are still racing.
2017 Editorial Team
Mariam Zarif is this year’s chief editor at The Still Point in the first year of her PhD with the Department of English at King’s College London. Her research looks at the implications of New Woman male writers as ‘transvestites’, the politics and interplay of male New Woman writers masquerading as women writing on female minds and bodies masquerading as half-men. When not living amongst articles, books, and stories – this bohemian Londoner can be found drinking coffee garnished with cream with a book as a side. Apart from working on her research, Mariam is also organising a conference on Punch magazine for summer 2017.
Alessandra Bassey is a journal editor at The Still Point. She is a Second Year PhD student in the English Department at King’s College London with research examining the representation of Shakespeare’s characters on stage in Nazi Germany, particularly focusing on Othello and Shylock. When she is not studying she is reading up on African History, Instagramming, travelling around the world, or just whipping up some Italo-Nigerian fusion food in her kitchen.
Hannah Burke-Tomlinson is a blog editor at The Still Point, currently in the first year of a PhD in the Comparative Literature department at King’s College London. Her research is currently exploring themes of metapoetics and masculinity in Latin love elegy and English Romantic lyric, as well as studying the transcultural relationship between these two poetic movements. Aside from researching, her other loves are coffee, literature and anything to do with the musical Hamilton.
Erin Cunningham is a journal and blog editor at The Still Point. She is a first year PhD student in the English department at King’s College London, and her research examines the sonnet in Irish poetry from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Her other interests include jazz and disco, contemporary fiction, and dogs.
William James is a journal editor at The Still Point. He is a first year PhD student at King’s College London, falling through the gaps of various departments and making a habit of studying unpopular topics. He is interested in cultural theory, aesthetics, and intellectual history, and his current research explores myth and dream-history in German thought & culture from Winckelmann to Marx. Away from the University, William spends his time wandering around London, but is yet to find a better pub than just outside his front door.
Jonah Miller is a journal editor at The Still Point. A PhD student at King’s College London, his research examines topics of violence and masculinity in early modern England. This involves coffee, disintegrating manuscripts and disagreeing with biologists. Jonah can usually be found in the British Library surrounded by books he does not understand.
Anaïs Pédron is a journal and blog editor at The Still Point in the third year of a PhD in the department of History at QMUL. Her thesis focuses on women of theatre (actresses and managers) who became writers, and to which extent they wrote about human rights in eighteenth-century Paris. Anaïs has previous experience in journalism in France. When she is not at the library, she might be found reading (again) with a cup of tea, doing yoga, or enjoying a meal with her friends.
Nicholas Rheubottom is a blog editor at The Still Point. A first-year PhD student in the Department of Music at King’s College London, his research explores eighteenth-century literary works of the early Celtic revival as a platform for understanding shifts in musical aesthetics. As a member of the editorial team, Nicholas endeavours to capture the ‘conversational quality’ of research, an exchange often found in spaces such as the café and pub – the latter to which he is known to frequent quite regularly.
Isobel Ward is a journal editor at The Still Point and a second year PhD student in the Geography department at King’s College London. Her research is about understandings of home in London; how changing immigration and housing policies or regeneration projects affect a sense of belonging, identity and home. She previously studied and worked in architecture, then completed an MA in Anthropology about the fluidity of home on London’s waterways. Isobel can normally be found floating around London somewhere on her narrowboat.
Daniela Zanini is a first year PhD candidate within the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the School of Advanced Study and joined The Still Point as an event organiser and blog editor. Her interdisciplinary research looks at contemporary Italian literature of mass emigration, examining the role of narratives of migration in cultural memory and trauma studies. She is very passionate about languages and has been teaching Italian for years in schools and companies. As an antidote for stress, Daniela recently joined a running club and dreams of completing her first half marathon within a year.