Last updated: 14-Mar-19
Skepsi is a peer reviewed online journal based in the School of European Culture and Languages at the University of Kent. Skepsi is run by PhD/MA candidates, with the support of established and early career academics, and commits to publishing the work of postgraduate students and emerging scholars.
Striving to take advantage of the School’s unique position as a crossroad in academic studies in Europe, Skepsi aims to honour the spirit of the School of European Culture and Languages. Our hope is to develop collective thinking processes in the context of academic research, and to become a forum for European postgraduate researchers and postdoctoral scholars.
Our title, Skepsi – which originally means “thought” in ancient Greek – symbolizes our will to explore new areas and new methods in the traditional fields of academic research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Originality and creativity in the approach of thought and of texts are crucial for us: to enhance and to promote these aspects will be our contribution to the tremendous range of existing academic publications.
Skepsi was founded in 2008 by research students. It was born from a common will to create a forum for researchers enabling them to share their ideas and to express their academic skills in a context of enthusiastic exchanges. Thus Skepsi aims at enhancing academic research with a dynamic and collective spirit.
Postgraduate students and early career researchers willing to participate in this adventure – as authors of articles and/or as peer reviewers – are very welcome and invited to contact us via email (see email contacts in sidebar).
The Skepsi Board (as at November 2018)
Harriet Clements, a retired solicitor, became involved with Skepsi in 2008, when she answered a call for proof readers for the first issue, and was invited onto the Skepsi Board just before the second issue in Spring 2009. For some years, Harriet has been in charge of copy editing, formatting and proof reading. Harriet enrolled as an undergraduate at the University of Kent after retirement, graduating with a first class honours degree in French and German in 2008 and, in 2011, an M.A. with distinction in Modern German and Comparative Literature, her dissertation being a discussion of the role of the fictive letter, as exemplified in the works of Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler and Altenberg, in the literature of the Wiener Moderne. She is still engaged in research, but not for academic purposes; for several decades she has been delving into the life and times of some of her ancestors and is currently preoccupied with those of her 3 x great-grandfather, Henry Bradshaw Fearon, a wine and spirit merchant in London in the 1820s and 1830s, whose place of business on Holborn Hill was one of the earliest so-called ‘gin palaces’.
Aina Martí graduated at the School of European Culture and Languages at the University of Kent. in November 2018 Her PhD thesis, Domestic Architecture and the Construction of Sexuality in France, Germany and England (1850-1900), explores the development of the concept of wandering, both diachronically, throughout the long 19th century, and synchronically, notably across German, English and French literature. Her focus thereby lies on the various literary representations of wandering and the shifting relation between form and content.
Muradiye Kiyak is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature in the School of European Culture and Languages at the University of Kent. The title of her project is ‘Turkish-Latin American Literary Relations: Magical Realism, Politics, and Solidarity.’ Her project focuses on the Turkish-Latin American cultural relations, covering issues related to politics, social inequality, literary techniques (the fantastic, magical realism), and feminist concerns.