Common Ground's Humanities journals provide a space for dialogue and publication of new knowledge which builds on the past traditions of the humanities whilst setting a renewed agenda for their future. The humanities are a domain of learning, reflection and action, and a place of dialogue between and across epistemologies, perspectives and content areas. It is in these unsettling places that the humanities might be able to unburden modern knowledge systems of their restrictive narrowness.
Discussions in the New Direction in the Humanities Collection range from the broad and speculative to the microcosmic and empirical. Their over-riding concern, however, is to redefine our understandings of the human and mount a case for the disciplinary practices of the humanities. At a time when the dominant rationalisms are running a course that often seem to draw humanity towards less than satisfactory ends, these journals reopen the question of the human—for highly pragmatic as well as redemptory reasons.
The Humanities Collection is relevant for academics across the whole range of humanities disciplines, research students, educators—school, university and further education—anyone with an interest in, and concern for the humanities.
All the journals in the Humanities Collection are peer-reviewed, supported by rigorous processes of criterion-referenced article ranking and qualitative commentary, ensuring that only intellectual work of the greatest substance and highest significance is published.
The New Directions in the Humanities Collection consists of:
The annual review publishes once per volume; the thematically focused journals publish quarterly.
Authors can request which of the thematic journals they would prefer for the publication of their article. Alternatively, when the author does not opt to make a selection, the Common Ground editorial team will curate each paper into the appropriate thematic journal.
The annual review consists only of articles considered to be of wide interest across the field selected by our editorial team in consultation with the Advisory Board. We do not accept direct submissions to the annual review. Candidates for inclusion in the survey journal will include top-ranked articles, works by invited contributors, papers offered by plenary speakers at the conference, and articles selected from thematic journal submissions for their wide applicability and interest across the field.
Subscribers and conference participants are offered access to the whole collection of journals, organized into thematic sections and the survey journal for ease of access and clearly differentiated focus of interest. While all of the journals in this collection have unique ISSNs, they largely share index listings.