Our Journal

Common Ground Journal is a student-run, peer-reviewed journal based in the University of Oxford. We publish insightful and innovative non-fiction pieces and scholarly research that expose and challenge legacies of empire in universities, classist structures and institutionalised forms of discrimination. We are part of the wider ‘Common Ground’ movement that sets out to examine Oxford’s colonial past in the context of its present-day inequalities.

In Trinity term 2017, Myah Popat and Joe Higton Durrant, along with their editorial, written and creative team published the first issue of Common Ground Journal.Today, we are committed to making issues of race, class, and colonialism a central part of the discourse, discussion and action within the University of Oxford and the wider city.

Current editors-in-chief:

Neetu Singh, BA student in English.
Isabel Morris, BA student in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Read our first issue here.
Read our second issue here.

Our third issue, CG3 was published in June 2019 and can be found in the article posts below:

  • A Language on the Tip of my Tongue

    February 15, 2020 by

    By Ming Zee Tee After my grandmother’s funeral, we flood into the best restaurant within the vicinity of the crematorium – an old colonial building gutted out and refurbished, located in the historic Georgetown area of Penang. I sit next to Grand-auntie Foong, watching the Lazy Susan turn round with the peanuts and tea. “An… Read more

  • Plying the ‘Billingsgate Trade’

    August 13, 2019 by

    By Ushashi Dasgupta. In Charles Dickens’s Little Dorrit (1855-7), Amy Dorrit despairs for her brother, Tip. Tip is a gambler, perennially in debt and unable to settle to anything; he’s always drawn back to the Marshalsea Prison, where the Dorrits have lived with their father since early childhood. We’re told that Amy, the ‘brave little… Read more

  • This Organism We Call Hɪst(ə)ri

    August 8, 2019 by

    By Sophia Staffiero. this organism we call hɪst(ə)ri is lived on people’s skins is the burden that forced the spine to curl inwards taught the face to masquerade the ears to burn quietly polluted eyes to sting discreetly it is the stories locked in the folds of my ancestors’ backs the dull ache of a… Read more

  • Feminism Today: How Neoliberalism Is Failing Us

    August 2, 2019 by

    By Lola Dickinson. Feminism in 2019 can at once seem both real and tangible while also remaining elusive, and hard to define.  We have seen the recent successes of the International Women’s Strike and the admirable triumphs of the unionisation of strippers in London. Yet, alongside this, we are increasingly surrounded by the mainstreaming of… Read more

  • Shifting Focus to the Future: The Afrofuturist Shapeshifter as (Unmenacing) Radical

    August 2, 2019 by

    By Khadeeja Khalid. The genre of speculative fiction has always been fertile ground for evaluating and deconstructing boundaries of gender, race, sexuality, capitalism and systematic forms of oppression. Having only been legitimised in recent years as having the potential for academic relevance, many sub-genres of fantasy and science fiction have flourished. The figure of the… Read more

  • Capitalism and Community: The Decline of Tanzeemat

    August 2, 2019 by

    By Zehra Munir. I conducted this research while part of the Laajverd Visiting School in 2017. The names of all interviewees have been anonymised, in line with their requests. Many have made the argument that capitalism and community are not the best of bedfellows. Joseph Stiglitz put it most succinctly when he wrote that “rugged… Read more

  • Laughing in Difference: Revisiting Charlie Hebdo

    August 2, 2019 by

    By Brian Klug. “How can people live together in difference?” asked Stuart Hall, the late cultural theorist. Hall, who was born in Jamaica but lived in the UK all his adult life, was well-versed in the diversity about which he wrote. He was a distinguished academic, but when he posed this question, he was not… Read more

  • Music’s Role at the Frontline of Liberation Struggles

    August 2, 2019 by

    By Ben Jacob. We rarely consider sound as a fundamental medium of anticolonial liberation. Brazilian educator Paolo Freire suggests that liberation, as the human demand for full material, cultural and social autonomy, is achieved through “the action and reflection of men and women upon their world in order to transform it”. In articulating this demand,… Read more

  • A City Divided

    August 2, 2019 by

    By Zoë Johnson and Paula von Krosigk. The city of Oxford is a city divided. Wandering through the alleys of this ‘city of dreaming spires’ one cannot help but notice that, despite its beauty, the city’s streetscapes are dominated by boundaries — high stone walls, unsurpassable by those who do not hold University identification. These… Read more

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