The Butler Scholarly Journal


Editor-in-chief: April Howard
Deputy Editor: Maddie Hartland

Hello and welcome to the home of Josephine Butler’s scholarly journal committee. Butler is a bright, young and interesting college, built on an ethos that looks to stimulate innovative and exciting study and thought. The BSJ brings these notions to life, providing a platform for debate on pretty much anything that its writers find of interest. It gives a voice to the
fascinating set of people brought together at Butler, all of whom have something different to say.

The BSJ offers the opportunity for those at Butler both to write and edit, an experience that is only matched by one other college at Durham University. This year we are keen to set up a rotation of writing and editing, so those interested get a chance to experience what working for an academic journal is really like. Getting involved means earning vital skills that will not only look great on a CV, but will also help massively with getting to grips with essay-writing at Durham.

We are open to submissions all year round, whether these are pieces specifically written for the journal, or formatives that you are particularly keen to give recognition. For instance, do you think drugs should be legalised?  Are you patriotic? Do you have an academic opinion you’d like to voice? What about your degree subject have you found interesting (or indeed baffling)? Anything you want to talk about, and to debate, this is the place to do it.

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If you are interested in writing and/or editing for the BSJ, and would like to give either (or both!) a go, please email:


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