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Cultural Studies & Humanities December Good News


The latest good news from the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities.

David Alcorn reading book in library

Talking about asbestos

Senior Lecturer Dr Jessica van Horssen has been on BBC Radio Leeds talking about the history of asbestos contamination in Leeds. This followed on from the Cultural Conversations lecture she gave in December 2017 on the topic, which generated great discussions with a variety of people representing Leeds City Council, asbestos litigation specialists, and community members.


Sheffield ‘66

Research by Dr Tosh Warwick, lecturer in History, about the cultural impact of the 1966 World Cup on Sheffield, was picked up by the Yorkshire Post and Sheffield Star. The article was a result of a 2016 Grim Up North conference organised by Andrew McTominey and Mike Reeve, postgraduate students at Leeds Beckett.


Keep Calm and Recycle

Dr Henry Irving, Senior Lecturer in Public History, has written an article for the Yorkshire Post on the lessons that can be learnt from his research on recycling in the Second World War. The opinion piece was based on research undertaken as part of an LBU Early Career Fellowship. It suggested that contemporary challenges could be overcome by greater collaboration between local authorities and their citizens.


New Carnival book launch

The Caribbean Carnival Cultures research strand at the Centre for Culture and the Arts will be launching the book Celebrate: 50 Years of Leeds West Indian Carnival on 7 February (17.30, Caygill’s Corner, 2nd floor Broadcasting Place). The book uses a combination of photos and text to map Leeds' 50 year Carnival journey and helps to illuminate the full story of Caribbean-led creativity and multicultural hospitality. In pursuit of the Caribbean Cultures research strand there will be a short seminar prior to the book launch, introduced by Dr Emily Zobel Marshall, with short talks by Guy Farrar, Tim Smith and Max Farrar and the founder of Leeds West Indian Carnival, Arthur France MBE.


Success for Dr Connor

Prize-winning writer and Course Director, Dr Rachel Connor celebrated the publication of her new short story at the launch in London of Exit Earth, an international anthology of speculative fiction published by Storgy Books. Rachel, the winner of the competition on which the anthology is based, headlined the event, reading an extract from ‘How To Curate a Life.’ A video trailer for the story can be found here. The book is available to order here. In addition to this, a piece by Rachel about digital death management has just been published in The Conversation.


Country House Conference

Professor Ruth Robbins and Heritage PhD student Catherine Goddard have arranged a one-day conference aiming to bridge the gap between academia and industry in country house interpretation. Entitled ‘Untold Stories of the Country House’ it will be held at the stately home of Doddington Hall on 22 March 2018. The conference programme and tickets can be found here.

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