Cork undergraduates launch new history journal
On a balmy Thursday evening, 29 March, members of the History Society, contributors, and their friends, gathered in the New Council Room for the launch of the inaugural undergraduate history journal. In his address, Prof Geoffrey Roberts, School of History, praised the journal as being a showcase for the research potential of history undergraduates in University College Cork.
Prof Roberts commented that each essay represented the best attitudes and skills of the historian at work which included critical discernment and an ability to both creatively contextualise the past leading to an awareness of how the past impacts on the present. Asked why the Historical Society had decided to publish an undergraduate journal, Ms Sarah Carney, and Ms Tracy Nyhan, the journal's joint Editors-in-Chief, said: "Cambridge, Oxford, and all the top university history departments have theirs, so we thought it was about time we, in Cork, should have ours!" They went on to say that selecting the final essays was extremely hard because of the high standard of submissions. Special tribute was paid to the outgoing society auditor, Mr Jesse Harrington, who has three essays featured in the new journal. Prof Roberts praised the work of the outgoing committee and pledged the support of the School of History to the incoming committee headed up by Sarah Carney and Tracy Nyhan. Both Tracy and Sarah especially thanked Prof Geoff Roberts and Ms Charlotte Holland, School of History, for their diligent support and encouragement throughout the project. A limited number of hard copies of the journal have been published. An online version will be published during the coming academic year on the Historical Society's website. Visit the Historical Society on Facebook.
Pictured: Prof Geoff Roberts, Ms Sarah Carney, and Ms Tracy Nyhan, journal Editors-in-Chief