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Research Assembly: ‘Is it bigger than the bread bin?’ Parallax, Parapraxis and the Multicultural Representation of British Media Events

Drawing upon examples from the 2012 London Olympic Games, this presentation by Dr Jack Black will critically consider the effects of ‘comedy’ in British multiculturalism. In particular, while taking aim at ‘inclusivity’ narratives, two new terms to the study of multiculturalism will be introduced: ‘parallax’ and ‘parapraxis’. Together, these terms will serve to realign our perceptions of multiculturalism as grounded in examples of comedy and failure.

Jack completed his PhD in 2015 at Loughborough University, where he also studied for his BSc and MSc, in Sociology of Sport. While completing his doctoral studies, Jack was a part-time lecturer at the University of Leicester and Nottingham Trent University, before joining the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity at Sheffield Hallam University in 2014. Jack’s research examines the relationship between the media, nationalism and collective memory, developing upon his PhD thesis, which explored media constructions of Britishness during the 2012 Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic Games. Jack’s work has primarily focused on nationalism and national identity, with particular attention given to the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, the media and post-imperial relations. Outside of these areas, Jack has also published research relating gender, celebrity, terrorism and multiculturalism.

The International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality (ICRETH) Assemblies are a series of seminars and research meetings organised around one main theme. The theme for the academic year 2018/2019 is Diversity within Events, Tourism and Hospitality. This is a theme left broad by design so that guest speakers will be able to tackle it from their preferred standpoint. We are committed to generating further discussion and raising awareness to the importance of diversity, internationalisation, inclusion, gender and intersectionality in our research, and more generally through-out academia.

Assemblies Format
Combining seminars by guest-speakers, with research meetings, academic colleagues can discuss current developments in their field. The guest-speakers are invited to present for 30 – 45 minutes, with time afterwards for questions and debate. A working lunch will be provided, where we encourage discussions to continue.

For guests outside of the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management please contact icreth@leedsbeckett.ac.uk two weeks in advance of the event to register your attendance. 

Event Details

5 December 2018 -
5 December 2018
12:00 – 13:30
Macaulay Hall, room G03, Headingley Campus
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