Bob Dylan, All Along the Watchtower (1967)
We go back a long time! We first met during our undergraduate years in Athens, where we studied for our Bachelor’s degree in History and Archaeology. We frequented seminars on Hellenistic History and other, more popular extra-curricular venues. Then we met again in the UK, where we both moved to study for our PhD and pursue careers in Higher Education. Continuing our Parallel Lives from our new bases (Leicester and Nottingham) 30 miles apart in the Midlands, we worked together on projects, panels, papers, courses and exchanged views on our discipline. While we never agreed on which side of the Midlands is the best, we share a passion for Classical Studies and our commitment to fundamental values in (scholarly research and) life. We believe in fairness, justice, equality, inclusivity, and diversity.
Plans to enter the publishing sector date back ages ago, yet the turn to all things digital precipitated by the pandemic, together with the march of Open Access publishing, turned the wheel of microhistory. Almost a year after our first substantial talk and agreement in February 2021, here we are, daring the logical step forward from our previous roles as researchers, classicists, professional editors, reviewers, and authors. We combine experience in most aspects of the sector with the conviction to help colleagues publish their research, the commitment to provide a free service to the community, and the mission to support free, unrestricted dissemination of knowledge without barriers and biases.
Isegoria (the right to express one’s view freely and equally) is based in downtown Nottingham (and I guess this settles the discussion of East vs West Midlands once and for all between us – let us call this Middle Earth!), opposite St Mary’s church, in what used to be the English Quarter in medieval times and the Lace Market afterwards. Working from home, Nottingham and Groningen, until the pandemic allows otherwise, we connect to friends, colleagues, and authors across the world, from Japan to Chile, and from Norway to South Africa.
As dedicated editors and publishers, our purpose is to provide full editorial services. By removing language barriers, we relieve authors from tedious tasks and underlying concerns so that they remain focused on what they do best (researching, thinking, and writing) and can take pleasure in their work. Our service is professional, comprehensive, free, and based on collaborative work, constructive feedback, fairness, and genuine support for our authors.
We invite you to be part of a truly global community of scholars who work together, support one another, exit their comfort zones and communicate ideas both to domestic and global audiences, in English (the current lingua franca of research) and their preferred language. If you like what you are reading, please get in touch and find out more about how you can participate in this endeavour we proudly call Isegoria.
Welcome to our family, welcome to Isegoria!