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Our research community includes internationally recognised academics in history, English, creative writing and media.

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Learn to do something you love.

Our school is for both thinkers and doers.
We celebrate students and staff with a true passion for the Arts and Humanities.

Through inspired teaching and intellectual debate, plus day to day interaction with award-winning authors and playwrights, a rolling programme of media industry professionals, published lecturers and world-renowned researchers, we will nurture your passion by developing your creative and critical thinking.

Then we will open your mind to the wide range of opportunities to pursue a career you love, be it anything from writing and teaching, through journalism and copywriting, business and marketing, to research and publishing.

Where? Leeds is the Northern heart of culture and the arts. Your campus sits in the very centre of the city, surrounded by over 18 museums, 10 art galleries, 17 theatres, 4 film production companies and 3 recording studios (plus the odd bar, restaurant and club!). We work directly with Leeds museums and galleries and many regional events, including the Ilkley Literature Festival and the Leeds West Indian Carnival.

What? Our courses cover English, Creative Writing, Media and History. All are informed by our internationally recognised research, giving you outstanding access to learn from, and discuss with, leaders in their field.

How? Our research and teaching explore a diversity of topics, from South Africa under Apartheid to the cultural impact of the LGBTQ community and from on-line racism in football to 21st century genres. We're also very hands-on: from regular conferences, seminars and events organised by our Centre for Culture and the Arts, to collaborations with institutes and cultural organisations.

Sound good? Then please read on...

Being Human Festival

Putting academic thinking into practice is at the heart of everything we do in the School, whether it be for English, Creative Writing, History or Media. As part of the Being Human Festival, staff and students from the School worked together to deliver the event Urban Dreams and Nightmares. The event included a range of different activities and explored people’s understanding of cities.

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Transforming our environment - "I use the historical trail of plastic issues to work towards an environmental solution" - Dr Jessica van Horssen, School of Cultural Studies and Humanities
Transforming the power of language - "Words are the raw material of culture." - Dr Nasser Hussain, School of Cultural Studies and Humanities
Transforming our perspective on autism - "Autism isn't an illness, it's simply a difference" - Dr James McGrath, School of Cultural Studies and Humanities
Transforming diversity in football: “People from ethnic minorities are excluded from football, on and off the field. I want a game that is more equal, inclusive, and diverse and representative of our society.” - Dr Dan Kilvington
Transforming our self image: "We must stop thinking 'thin' equals good." - Professor Jayne Raisborough - School of cultural Studies & Humanities

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

 

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

Cultural Studies & Humanities Good News

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

School Events

Apr 30

Beyond Creative Arts Festival

Leeds Beckett’s creative arts festival, Beyond, showcases the amazing creative talent of our students across our university in an exciting festival taking place in locations throughout the city.

Jun 8

Wondrous Fabric at York Festival of Ideas 2019

Dr Katherine Harrison from the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities is joined by Dr Cassie Ogden from Liverpool John Moores and Dr Helen Pleasance from York St John University for this event as part of York Festival of Ideas.

Jun 19

Rethinking the Death Penalty: Mitigation, Abolition and After

2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the permanent abolition of the death penalty for murder in Great Britain.

Jun 27

Humanitarian Handicrafts - Materiality, Development and Fair Trade. A Re-evaluation

Dr Helen Dampier from the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities will be participating in this event as part of her research in to Emily Hobhouse Letters.

Sep 12

The Hero and Heroism: Then, There, Now

Two-day conference brought to you by the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities.

Nov 4

Emily Hobhouse's Peace Activism: War Without Glamour Exhibition

The War Without Glamour exhibition is part of a project being undertaken by Dr Dampier from the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities together with academics from the University of Huddersfield and University of the Free State.

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