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Cultural Studies & Humanities Good News

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

Students in front of School of Cultural Studies & Humanities sign

On Neuromancer
Media Senior Lecturer, Dr Melanie Chan’s article On Neuromancer has been published as part of an anthology Science Fiction for Survival: An Archive for Mars (Valley Press 2019). Terra Two is a multi-media project developed by Dr Liesl King. The project explores is centred around producing a resource ‘An Ark for Off-World Survival’ that weaves together science, creative writing and various wisdom traditions. Dr Chan attended the launch event of the anthology on Saturday 16 March at York St John University. 

Science Fiction for survival

Travel Writing and Rivers
Head of English, Dr Rob Burroughs has contributed a chapter titled Travel Writing and Rivers to The Cambridge History of Travel Writing (Cambridge UP, eds. Nandini Das and Tim Youngs), which was published in early 2019. And to the imminent Keywords for Travel Writing Studies: A Critical Glossary (Anthem Press, eds. Charles Forsdick, Zoë Kinsley and Kate Walchester), Rob has contributed three entries, on 'Extreme travel', 'Memory', and 'Psychoanalysis'.

Travel Writing

Prose Studies 
School Dean, Professor Andrew Cooper has had an article accepted for publication in Prose Studies entitled: ‘A “living, cloven, apostolic tongue” and “philanthropic philology” – Exploring the Possibility of Working-class Writings on Language Theory in the 1840s’. The article will appear later this year, and looks at two essays by John Goodwyn Barmby published in the New Moral World and Howitt’s Journal to assess how they extend a tradition of ‘alternative’ politically radical language theory. Professor Cooper concludes that Barmby’s essays are best understood as instances of working-class labour on language theory in the 1840s, and that as such they provide an important critical perspective on the work being done by others to appropriate social, cultural and political discourses to define English language in terms of the emergent paradigm of the New Philology.

Herman’s Hermits Interview
History dissertation student, Ethan Crabtree, recently interviewed Barry Whitwam the drummer from Herman's Hermits, for his dissertation on the British Invasion to America in the 1960s. 

Debut Crime Novels 
Media Senior Lecturer, Dr Dan Laughey’s debut crime novels, Chloe: Lost Girl and Chloe: Never Forget, were published earlier this month by Creativia. They’re available on Kindle and in Paperback. A feature about the books has appeared in Yorkshire Post.

Dan Laughey

Politicising our wrinkles
Media Professor Jayne Raisborough was invited to deliver a paper at the Grand Challenges Lecture Series at Keele University on the 13 March. Her paper ‘Politicising our wrinkles: using optimism to challenge anti-ageing culture’ discussed empirical work from her Independent Social Research Fund (ISRF) Fellowship.

Golden Robe Awards Nominations
The Golden Robes have returned for 2019 to celebrate colleagues, nominated by peers and students, for outstanding contributions within the Leeds Beckett Community. We are pleased that colleagues from our school have been nominated.

Best Lecturer:
Dr James McGrath
Dr Steve Nash
Dr Tom Herron

Best Course Director:
Dr Rachel Connor
Dr Rachel Rich

Best Dissertation Supervisor:
Dr Melanie Chan
Dr Nasser Hussain

Best Academic Advisor:
Dr Jessica Van Horssen

Unsung Hero:
Dr James McGrath
Dr Steve Nash
Dr Katherine Harrison

Outstanding Contribution to Enterprise and Innovation:
Dr Daniel Kilvington

Leader of the Year:
Dr Katherine Harrison

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