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Cultural Studies & Humanities July Good News


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

David Alcorn reading book in library
Independent Social Research Foundation
Professor Jayne Raisborough has been invited to join the Advisory Board of the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF). The ISRF is a public benefit foundation dedicated to the promotion of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences. It offers a number of awards from Fellowships to small group working. 
 
Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD)
Dr Helen Dampier along with Dr Rebecca Gill from the University of Huddersfield presented a short work in progress paper, The Invention of a Boer Home Industries: Emily Hobhouse and the Creation and Preservation of a South African 'Textiles from Below', at the CHORD workshop on 'Textiles and Dress from Below: Ordinary and Everyday Textiles and Dress in Museums and Historic Houses' at the University of Wolverhampton, on 7 June 2018.
 
Social History Society
Dr Henry Irving has been elected as Communications Officer for the Social History Society. Since its formation in 1976, the Social History Society has promoted the study of social and cultural history inside and outside academia. It is now one of the largest membership societies for historians in the UK, with over 500members and 10,000 followers. Henry is responsible for building this community and communicating their work to a wider audience.
 
War on Waste
Dr Henry Irving has worked with a group of Graphic Arts and Design students from the School of Art, Architecture & Design to develop a project based on his research into the history of recycling during the Second World War. The ‘War on Waste’ project uses Henry’s research as inspiration for a campaign to reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill and incineration. The research project was funded by the Centre for Culture & the Arts and was a collaboration between Leeds Beckett University and a group of social enterprises working under the banner ‘Zero Waste Leeds’. The students responded to Henry’s findings by producing a series of posters inspired by those used during the Second World War. In keeping with the theme, their posters are displayed on a wooden frame based on a design from the Second World War. The ‘War on Waste’ project was unveiled at the Urban History Beyond the Academy event held at Leeds Beckett University on 25 May 2018. Image copyright: Soul Studio 2018.
 

Engaging with Gendered Perspectives of the Past Conference
Dr Kelly Hignett delivered the keynote at this conference held at the University of Huddersfield on 8 June. Kelly’s lecture was titled: ‘“We Were There Too”: Women’s Experiences of Incarceration in Communist Czechoslovakia’, drawing on research from her recently published book about Women’s Experiences of Repression in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2017). Two of our Heritage Consortium PhD Students, Andrew McTominey and Mark Butterfield, also presented papers at the conference.
 

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 
The recent update to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography included Dr Simon Morgan’s entry on Scottish journalist Murdo Young.  Young became the editor of the Sun (no relation to the modern publication of that name), and was notable for introducing pioneering methods to speed up the processes of newsgathering, production and distribution.  Young boasted that this allowed speeches delivered in parliament one the evening to be read over breakfast the following morning in cities as far away as Liverpool: an incredible feat in the days before the spread of railways or the invention of the telegraph.  Young’s famous ‘Golden Sun’, published for Queen Victoria’s coronation and featuring an ink portrait of the young monarch, is widely considered to be the earliest example of a colour supplement.  The entry includes short biographies of two of Young’s daughters, Catherine and Ann, who also became journalists.
 
International Weight Stigma Conference
Professor Jayne Raisborough delivered a paper on representations of obesity and disability at the International Weight Stigma Conference in June. She was a member of the organising committee that brought this conference to Leeds Beckett for the first time in its six year history. The conference drew activists and academics together to critically examine the processes and experiences of weight stigma in bodies of all sizes and to critically reflect on problems caused when health is reduced to weight.
 

New Monograph Published
Dr Robert Burroughs new monograph, African Testimony in the Movement for Congo Reform: The Burden of Proof, was published by Routledge on 6 July 2018. In this new publication Robert Burroughs makes a major intervention by identifying African agency and input as a key factor in the Congo atrocities debate. This is an important and unique book in African history, imperial and colonial history, and humanitarian history.
 
War Museum in Bloemfontein, South Africa
Dr Helen Dampier, along with the rest of the Emily Hobson Letters project team, recently hosted a workshop at the War Museum in Bloemfontein, South Africa, on the theme of History, Heritage and Public Engagement. Participants at the workshop helped the project team to think through what public engagement means in today's South Africa. The last decade has seen challenges and controversy regarding how the past is represented, preserved and commemorated in post-apartheid South Africa. In preparation for the project exhibition in 2019, the workshop explored the challenges of democratising the study of the past and discussed how historical reputations and legacies have been made, sustained and memorialised - and at what cost.
 
Voice and Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament
On 27 June it was the official opening of the exhibition ‘Voice and Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament’ exhibition at Westminster Hall in London and the launch of an accompanying book. Dr Simon Morgan contributed a section to the book exploring women’s involvement in public life in early Victorian Britain, drawing on the research for his monograph A Victorian Woman’s Place: Public Culture in the Nineteenth Century (IB Tauris, 2007).
 
Food and Embodied Identities Conference
Dr Rachel Rich was an invited speaker at the Food and Embodied Identities conference at Cambridge University on 29 June. Rachel presented a paper on Cooking for pleasure?: Victorian Women’s domesticity and the recipes of Georgiana Hill. She has also written a roundup of the conference for the Recipes Project.
 
Underground tales, overground lives
Professor Jayne Raisborough has a jointly authored article accepted in Applied Mobilities: Murray, L., Raisborough, J. and Monson, K. (in press) Underground tales, overground lives: mobile work identities through to post-retirement Applied Mobilities. This paper is an outcome of a European funded empirical project (ACT 2016). The project examined the relationship between work and retired identities of two London Underground workers.  The project used walk and talk methods around Euston station and London’s Hidden Underground tour.  The project used a graphic artist, Eva Jew, to capture aspects of the mobile interviews. 

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