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New LUCAS Journal launched

On Monday 11 February, the first issue of the Journal of the LUCAS Graduate Conference went online officially.

This peer-reviewed digital journal is published in full Open Access by Leiden University Library and provides a platform for the best papers presented at the biennial LUCAS Graduate Conference, a large, international and interdisciplinary conference organized by LUCAS (Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society) PhD researchers. 

Like the conference, the Journal of the LUCAS Graduate Conference was set up as a graduate project: the members of the editorial board, Linda Bleijenberg, Anna Dlabacova, Corina Koolen, Han Lamers en Daan Wesselman, and series editor Jacqueline Hylkema are all PhD researchers at LUCAS, as are most of the journal’s peer reviewers.

Aims

The journal aims to combine the opportunities offered by digital publishing with the best practices in traditional publishing, including an elaborate blind peer review procedure, rigorous selection and an extensive revision/editing process. The editorial board seeks to publish papers that combine an innovative approach with fresh ideas and sound research and reflect on LUCAS’ main research theme, the relationship between the arts, visual as well as textual, and society. 

The journal was designed to be read as an eBook, in double page as well as single page view, but it will also be possible to download individual articles from the journal’s website at LUCAS as well as the University Library’s Repository.

International and interdisciplinary perspective

The title of the first issue, with six papers from the 2011 edition of the LUCAS Graduate Conference, is 'Imagining Europe: Modern Perspectives, Perceptions and Representations' and explores this theme from a highly international and interdisciplinary perspective. The six authors, Kerstin Stamm, Alexandra Tieanu, Mara Marginean, Katie Billotte, Ömer Alkin and Emanuela Costa represent universities from all over the world, from New York to Kyoto, and focus - in true LUCAS style - on a wide range of subjects, from the perception of Europe in Latin America to the representation of Europe in Turkish migrant cinema. 
The Journal of the LUCAS Graduate Conference will appear once a year. The next issue will be published on 1 February 2014 and will present a selection of the papers given at the 2013 edition of the LUCAS Graduate Conference, ‘Death, the Cultural Meaning of the End of Life', which took place in Leiden on 24 and 25 January.

Our policy aligns with Creative Common License CC BY-NC-ND: we welcome all readers to download and share our articles and issues freely, as long as the author and Journal are appropriately credited. JLGC material cannot however be altered or used commerically. For more information on our policy under Creative Commons, read the CC BY-NC-ND license deed. 

URL for the first issue of the journal: https://openaccess.leidenuniv.nl/bitstream/handle/1887/20485/JLGC-1%202013GOED.pdf?sequence=3 

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