At Soundings we believe that the left’s main task is to put together a strong counter-hegemonic challenge to the powerful forces ranged against it – and that serious thinking is an important part of activism.
The journal was established in 1995 by Stuart Hall, Doreen Massey and Michael Rustin. Its aim, then as now, was to offer ideas that could assist the left in thinking strategically about the dilemmas and challenges it faces. Today this means supportive, but sometimes critical, engagement with the Corbyn project.
The journal’s theoretical framework is broadly based on the traditions of the New Left, but it also draws on emerging ideas from contemporary movements and cultural politics. The Gramscian tradition also plays a central role, particularly in its focus on seeking to comprehend and unpick all the intertwined and complex forces that are at play in any given political moment (often referred to as ‘the conjuncture’). This approach was pioneered by Stuart Hall in his analysis of Thatcherism and, later, neoliberalism.
Main editor: Sally Davison
Founding editors: Stuart Hall, Doreen Massey and Michael Rustin
Editorial collective: Sally Davison, David Featherstone, Kirsten Forkert, Deborah Grayson, Ben Little, Jo Littler, Michael Rustin, Alison Winch, Roshi Naidoo
Reviews editor: Deborah Grayson
Poetry editor: Alison Winch
Editorial advisory board: Beatrix Campbell, Sirio Canos Donnay, John Clarke, Madeleine Davies, Natalie Fenton, Alan Finlayson, Kirsten Forkert, Paolo Gerbaudo, Jeremy Gilbert, Eliane Glaser, Priya Gopal, Jamie Hakim, Hannah Hamad, Scarlett Harris, Gerry Hassan, Richard Hawkins, Tony Jefferson, Lazaros Karaliotas, Neal Lawson, James Marriot, Angela McRobbie, Chantal Mouffe, Janet Newman, Alan O’Shea, Marina Prentoulis, Adam Ramsay, Ash Sharma, Imogen Tyler, David Wearing, Barry Winter, Gary Younge, Nira Yuval-Davis, Antje Scharenberg
‘I think of Soundings as a laboratory:one of the few places which academics, acticists, policy makers and practitioners can speak to each other as equals and forge the stories that we need to apprehend and shape the world we are living through’ Rachel Thomson
‘willing to ask the biggest questions, but always rooted in the here and now: it’s a vital link between the tradition of progressive thought in Britain and the futures which all of us are working for’ Jeremy Gilbert
‘constantly drawing on new ideas for a new democratic politics without the baggage of canonic restriction’ Ash Amin
‘that rare forum which brings together critical thought and transformative action - always in informed and stimulating ways’ Priya Gopal
‘helps to keep my faith in an intellectual left alive’ Lawrence Grossberg
‘nourishes public intellectual space - without it our public culture would be diminished’ Tariq Modood
‘a cherished space where the challenging analytical combines with the political’ Nira Yuval-Davis
Soundings is now freely available online to all subscribers at: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/lwish/sou
ISSN: 1362 6620