Academic Space

A new and experimental space for long form, typically more academic writing than you’ll find elsewhere on the site. We are looking for provocative and engaging writing from any academic discipline that will contribute to the work of Media Diversified and push us further.

As well as responding to current concerns and events, we’d like something that endures, cutting-edge ideas and approaches that will fortify and inspire. This is a democratising impulse, a move against the ivory tower of privileged knowledge and expertise. It’s part of a conversation. We are looking for clarity without jargon, careful thinking that takes risks, runs off with ideas but doesn’t compromise on rigour. We want to think deeply about the big problems that face us in everyday life, nationally and globally. In return we will offer you a lively new readership for your work and a fast turnaround. We are looking for submissions of up to 2,000 words. Send in a short abstract, 200 words or less to Y.Gunaratnam@gold.ac.uk

Guidance for writers:

The aim of the academic space is that articles should be accessible to the ‘reading public’ rather than specialists.

Be meticulous in your research, reading and referencing. It can be relatively easy these days to inadvertently use (plagiarise) other people’s ideas. Make sure that you credit your sources. This is more than a legal matter; it involves a politics of recognition and generosity.

Part of making your ideas and the literature that you reference accessible is to use sources without paywall protection. For books you can use the URL for the book on the publisher’s website or use Google Books. For academic articles try to use links to author archived texts such as those on Academia.edu or on personal websites.

Please embed any references as hyperlinks into the main body of the text. If this is not possible you can list your references at the end of the article (don’t use an electronic referencing system).

If you use quotes from articles or books, please include the page number at the end of the quote in brackets – e.g. (p.20). This will be helpful to readers who want to read the original text.

If your article includes footnotes, put them in brackets in the relevant part of the text – e.g. (1), (2) – and at end of sentence. The corresponding notes should be placed at the end of the article.

If you want to use particular image(s) make sure that you have permission to do so and/or that they are available under Creative Commons.

The word limit for articles is 2000.

Please include a short author bio, a photograph and your social media details with your submission.

The Little Rock Nine – The Schoolchildren Who Changed the U.S

The landmark Brown vs Board of Education decision in 1954 prohibited racial segregation of public schools in the USA concluding that ‘in the field of public education, the doctrine of “separate but equal” has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.’ So began the formal process of educational desegregation that would eventually lead to the broader Civil Rights Acts in the mid-1960s outlawing segregation and discrimination across a range of spheres. These victories were won not only in the courts, but also on the streets.