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Reviewed by Christine Oka, Research & Instruction, Northeastern University Libraries, Boston, MA
SAH: Studies in Arts and Humanities is “an interdisciplinary academic collaboration whose enduring concern is with social, political and cultural practices, in the context of mapping transformation in contemporary society. . . The main objective of SAH is to facilitate a challenging yet accessible intellectual platform for a diverse range and lively mix of critical analysis and informed opinion. Although academic content will form a significant and important part, the journal aims to reach out to a wider audience in a broader manner.”
A recent issue demonstrates the range of subjects, with “A Review of Behavioural Gerontology and Dementia Related Interventions,” which includes a discussion about techniques to manage the behavior of aging individuals and the additional work needed to maintain and improve the quality of life for aging individuals with dementia. In the same issue was a look at “Irish Intercultural Cinema: Memory, Identity and Subjectivity” and “the development of a cinematic genre which focuses on issues of Irish migrancy but is produced outside of Ireland.” In this article, the focus is on the Irish in Australia. The essay uses ethnographic and documentary theory as well as analysis of film and written text to examine “the place of the Irish diaspora within the creation of Irish identity globally.” Articles are directed to a scholarly audience, but are accessible to general adult readers as well.
The latest issue is a special thematic one, with articles and poems reflecting on the impact of the Easter Rising of 1916. The editors acknowledge SAH is international in scope, but also note, “Like most everything else, though, SAH has a root and it happens to be in Ireland. This year in Ireland the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising has been dominating the intellectual, and informing the popular, discourse. Many of the people who have thus far contributed to the SAH initiative have been engaged, both as scholars and as citizens, in what has been a grand conversation about Irish history.”
The journal follows the open-access policy established by the BOAI (Budapest Open Access Initiative), providing “immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.” There are no barriers to access: no subscription fees for readers, no article publishing charges for authors, and librarians are encouraged ”to list this journal among their library’s electronic journals holdings.” The peer-review and publication process are explained in the journal’s web pages. SAH issues are published twice annually by SAHkartell, identified as the DBS (Dublin Business School) Library and the Editorial Team. In between issues, readers may also stay in touch via social media, such as Facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc.