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School of 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

Leeds Library 250th Anniversary 
As part of the Leeds Library 250th Anniversary, academic staff and PhD students from the school were actively in the conference which took place in central Leeds between 19 - 21 September. The conference was a collaboration between the library and three Leeds Universities. PhD students Andrew McTominey and Annisa Suliman and colleagues Dr Henry Irving, Dr Andrew Lawson, Professor Ruth Robbins and Professor Susan Watkins all delivered papers, and Ruth and Susan were both members of the steering committee.

The Library is the oldest surviving subscription library in the UK and the oldest cultural organisation in the city of Leeds. The conference was also an opportunity to launch a book celebrating its history, its present and its hopes for its future, Through the Pages – edited by Professor Ruth Robbins and Christopher Webster, also containing essays by Ruth on the library’s Victorian history and on the question of readership and genre. The events that made up the programme and our prominent place on it are testament to a will to be a major part of our city’s cultural life through the Centre for Culture & the Arts.

Leeds Library Symposium ‘On Creativity’
On 19 October the Leeds Library Salon: On Creativity symposium took place. This is a quarterly event of talks, live art and performances, mini-lectures, and conviviality presented by The Leeds Library. The event is curated and co-produced by Renaissance One, supported by Arts@Leeds and Leeds City Council. The panel comprised of Shivanee Ramlochan, Kevin Le Gendre and was chaired on behalf of the Geraldine Connor Foundation by our very own Dr Emily Zobel Marshall.

Contemporary Women’s Writing Association (CWWA)
Professor Susan Watkins gave a paper at the Writing Wrongs conference organised by the CWWA on 'Time, Narrative and History in Contemporary Women’s Post-Apocalyptic Fiction'. The conference also included a book launch for The History of British Women’s Writing 1945-1975, edited by Professor Clare Hanson (University of Southampton) and Susan, as well as Mary Eagleton’s book Clever Girls and the Literature of Women’s Upward Mobility. Mary is also giving the Matthew Caygill memorial lecture in the school in March next year.

Victims’ access to Justice Research
Professor Heather Shore is exploring the history of victims’ access to justice in England over the course of three centuries in a new research collaboration.The new project aims to create a profile of victims who engaged in criminal trials in England between 1675 to the present. It will also track changing combinations of the rights, resources and services available to these victims and recommend ways of understanding and reducing 'justice gaps' today and in the future. Heather is a co-investigator on this £593,000 project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and led by Professor Pamela Cox at the University of Essex. The team are also working with researchers at the universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield. The project will analyse the socio-economic profiles of, resources available to, and outcomes for, around 200,000 diverse people named as victims of a wide range of crimes prosecuted since 1675 in one of the nation's most important courts: the Old Bailey (London's Central Criminal Court). The project will be completed in August 2020.

British Library: Sound of the Caribbean Voice
BBC radio show Caribbean Voices (1943 to 1958) kick-started a new West Indian literary tradition in the UK. Poets, playwrights, and prose writers, amateur and professional, were given a platform to contribute and be part of an international writing community linking the UK and Caribbean. Radio producer Colin Grant shared the sounds of the show and celebrated the Caribbean voice with a night of poetry, audio and discussions with our very own Dr Emily Zobel Marshal together with Raymond Antrobus, Khadijah Ibrahiim and Philip Nanton. More information on the event.

Benefit stigma in TV documentaries
Academic colleagues from the school working in media have won funding from the British Academy to research benefit stigma in TV documentaries. The 24-month project is led by Professor Jayne Raisborough, Dr Lisa Taylor and Dr Katherine Harrison who will be working with Hugo Smith from the School of Computing, Creative Technologies & Engineering, independent graphic artist Eva Jew and school secretary Adele Jackson who is administrating the project.  The research starts with the recognition that reality TV plays a key role in the stigmatization of the poor yet there is little known about the role media representations of impoverished urban and domestic spaces play in the creation of that stigma.The project will end in October 2020 and will directly inform our teaching on inequalities, method, representations and reality TV.

Hyde Park Picture House: Panel discussion following the screening of ‘Salute’ with the Racial Justice Network and Leeds Black Film Club.
In the summer of 1968, civil rights protests were happening everywhere in the USA, following the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr in April. At the medal ceremony at October’s Mexico Olympics, two black American athletes chose their moment to stage this protest in front of the whole world. On 21 October, following the screening of the film ‘Salute’ Leeds Black Film Club and the Racial Justice Network hosted a panel discussion, which included Dr Emily Zobel Marshall from our school, exploring how themes in the film relate to events in the world today.

From backstage to front stage: exploring football and the growing problem of online abuse
Dr Dan Kilvington had a co-authored book chapter entitled 'From backstage to front stage: exploring football and the growing problem of online abuse published by Routledge in Digital Football Cultures (2018)'. This work draws on his 2014 monograph 'Sport, Racism and Social Media, and his recent journal article Tackling Social Media Abuse?' Critically Assessing English Football’s Response to Online Racism. On the same day Dan also had a book review published in Soccer & Society reviewing The English Premier League: a socio-cultural analysis.

African Testimony in the Movement for Congo Reform
Dr Rob Burroughs will discuss his new book African Testimony in the Movement for Congo Reform at a series of events in Europe this November. On 25 November Rob will attend a conference titled Africa in Global Intellectual History at the Free University of Berlin to give a paper titled 'African contributions to humanitarian debate: The Congo reform movement'. Later that week, on 29 November, Rob is giving an invited lecture for the Brussels Free Universities as part of their series on Congo history, before travelling to the University of Amsterdam on 30 November to give a keynote address to the Postcolonial Readings Workshop at Nica, the Netherlands institute for Cultural Analysis.

John Deakin Heaton
Dr Simon Morgan’s article John Deakin Heaton and the "elusive civic pride of the Victorian Middle Class has been published in Urban History, 45:4 (November 2018), 595-615.  This article explores the lasting contribution of this unassuming Leeds doctor to the civic life of his native town. The electronic pdf version of the article is interactive with the online walking tour that Simon set up using details from Heaton's diaries, which is sponsored by the Centre for Culture & the Arts at Leeds Beckett.

British Library: Translating Cultures: French Caribbean History, Literature and Migration
Dr Emily Zobel Marshal recently delivered a paper on Joseph Zobel and French Caribbean migration at a Francophone Caribbean study day at the British Library. Further information on the event and the programme for the day.

Emily Hobhouse
Dr Helen Dampier from our school together with Dr Rebecca Gill from the University of Huddersfield, presented a paper entitled 'Shared Suffering? Emily Hobhouse and the translation of Tant' Alie of Transvaal: Her Diary 1880-1902' at the Long Nineteenth-Century Seminar, Oriel College, University of Oxford in October. The paper drew on their joint AHRC-funded project on the letters of Emily Hobhouse.

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