Issue #3

Issue III was launched in October 2018.

The journal includes fourteen pieces of creative non-fiction, short fiction, poetry and visual work, produced by researchers in London, and illustrated by specially commissioned designer. The print edition is a sleek 48 pages, gathered within a soft cover and standing at an elegant B5.


You can request a copy by emailing We’d love to know more about our readers, so please let us know how you heard about us and if you are involved in any research yourself.

The journal is available at no cost, thanks to generous support from the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP) and the AHRC. We have limited copies, so make sure you don’t miss out!

We occasionally distribute copies at special locations and events around London. So keep your eyes peeled and your ear to the ground. Follow us on twitter @stillpointLDNor Facebook for clues.


You can also read a digital version online:


Editor’s Note

As researchers our journey often begins in the solitary squared space of the Reading Rooms, a place which sometimes feels cold and yet so vivid with the reading lights solemnly gazing. We curiously examine the contents of various publications, browsing archives, and scanning old manuscripts. Silent tomes containing dead words become the living creatures of our thoughts and imagination; each word speaking its history. Amidst these reading moments, we seek to make sense of faded markings on a page, we pause a moment to study our own thoughts through a spy glass – the journey of words begins.

We then sit down to work our next chapter, shuffling through our memory to find the perfect phrase. We write: a process that stitches words together in a seamless flow of thought; the untangling of a tangled mass of ideas archived in our mental notebooks. A border emerges, a margin of indecision and hesitation; we thus wrestle with language to form a perfectly dressed sentence that in its own glory and light stands, syntactically immortal. A line dividing language and meaning from the unbound well of knowledge it first derived. Thus, we construct ‘borders’ that both define and discriminate as we articulate ideas through language.

In this issue, Borders, we have created a space, in which ideas and thoughts whether simple or complex, vague or tentative can co-exist. In our lives as researchers we experience borders between disciplines, between genres; borders of nationality, belonging and identity; political and ideological borders; borders that prevent access to and participation in academia; borders across time; and between ourselves and our work. Unbound by language and its extending order, this issue celebrates the idea of borders beyond academia. From poems, short stories, and paintings that reflect the limitations of borders in territory, to scientific borders, and personal experiences which deal with the idea of boundary and separation. The contributions in the Borders issue are a testament to the personal and emotional journey that is involved in research. In turn, we hope each piece provokes the reader to contemplate on the limitations and boundaries around academia and relating subfields which are shifting and porous.

We would like to thank our contributors who have shared their stories and journeys through their work in print and on our blog. We hope you enjoy Issue III, as much as we have enjoyed reading and putting it together.

Mariam Zarif, Editor in Chief

Editorial Team: Nicholas Rheubottom, Erin Cunningham, Jonah Miller, Hannah Burke Tomlinson, Daniela Zanini and Isobel Ward.

Designed by Azem William With illustrations also from Azem William.

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