Journal History

Brief Encounters was founded in April 2016 by Emily Bartlett and Nicole Mennell, with the support of the Consortium for the Humanities and Arts in South-East England (CHASE). The founding Editorial Board was composed of postgraduate researchers from across all nine CHASE institutions.

Taking inspiration from CHASE’s biannual conference ‘Encounters’, and the 1945 film, Brief Encounter, the journal hopes to inspire intellectual relationships between individuals separated by geographical distances. In these brief, but still meaningful, academic encounters, the journal aims to start conversations which will lead to unexpected journeys.

Brief Encounters invites short, but still academically rigorous, pieces of 500 to 4,000 words. The journal provides Masters and PhD students with the opportunity to publish in alternative and creative formats. Read our Focus and Scope for more information.


The Founding Editorial Team at Encounters, the CHASE biannual conference (University of Kent, Friday 6th May 2016)

As of 2019, the journal has released three issues and is preparing for its fourth. The journal continues to be run by students from CHASE-affiliated institutions. Issues two and three were edited by Jade Lee (SOAS) and Masuda Qureshi (Birkbeck) respectively. James Broun (Sussex) was appointed senior editor for issue 4 in March 2019.