This publication marks the development of Cornish Studies as an area of academic activity. The emergence of a "new" Cornish Studies has sought to engage with major scholarly debates such as those surrounding "Britishness", "Celticity", identity, gender, the politics of the periphery, language revival, and ethnicity and emigration. These interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to studying Cornwall and the Cornish allow "Cornish Studies" to escape the narrow confines of "English local history" to embrace what have been termed the "new Cornish historiography" and the "new Cornish social science". "Cornish Studies" has becom a showcase for the best Cornish work as well as placing consideration of Cornwall and the Cornish very firmly within the wider context of the "Atlantic Archipelago".'
Philip Payton is Professor of Cornish and Australian Studies in the University of Exeter and Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies at the University's Cornwall campus. He is also the author of A.L. Rowse in Cornwall: A Paradoxical Patriot and numerous other books on Cornwall and the Cornish.