Cultural Studies & Humanities October Good News
7 November 2017
The latest good news from the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities.
Senior Lecturer, Dr Jessica Van Horssen was part of an all-female crew this August, sailing around the UK testing coastal waters for plastic contamination, and meeting with communities and governments to discuss the real problem of plastic waste and pollution. One of the jobs for this (aside from learning to sail and being a full crew member) was to historicise the issue of plastic in western society, marine contamination, and citizen science. Jessica was on the Scotland leg, sailing from the Isle of Arran to Edinburgh, going through the Caledonian Canal. Loch Ness was one of the worst polluted test sites visited and Jessica wrote a blog piece about the experience here. Jessica also coordinated a time-travel event at Edinburgh Fringe, a blog piece on that great experience can be seen here.
Sky Ocean Rescue Team followed the journey and have made a documentary about it, which was just released this month.
Senior Lecturer, Dr Rob Burroughs presented research at the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, 18 October 2017. This was as part of the third and final event of the EU funded initiative, 'The Congo Free State across the Languages, Media & Cultures of Europe'. It is hoped that research presented as part of this network will inform the refurbishment of the museum's permanent historical exhibitions, due to reopen in 2018.
Senior Lecturers, Dr Lucy Burnett and Dr Nasser Hussain attended the awards ceremony for the Leeds Museum Growing Older Poetry Competition, for which they had judged the adult and young people's categories respectively. Prize winners read their work, in what will hopefully be the first of many collaborations between the creative writing team at Leeds Beckett and Leeds City Museum.
For National Burns Awareness Day, on 18 October, Dr Shane Ewen blogged for the Welcome Trust on the history of using children in visual burns prevention campaigns. This is based on research for the Forged by Fire project.
Catherine Bertola and Course Director Dr Rachel Rich led a workshop at the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, University of Leeds in October. The workshop, ‘Badly Cooked Dinners and Untidy Ways’ was part of the COOKS AND THEIR BOOKS: COLLECTING COOKERY BOOKS IN LEEDS exhibition. Participants were invited to handle several rare cookbooks from the Victorian era, and to discuss the history of these books, as well as being introduced to works of art created in response to the way women’s work has been defined in these publications.
Dr Zoë Tew-Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Media & Cultural Studies, was invited to be Plenary Speaker at the Spaces & Flows: Eighth International Conference on Urban and Extra Urban Studies in October. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Enculturing the City’ and was held at the University of Hull. The conference formed part of the Hull 2017: UK City of Culture bid. Zoe’s talk entitled: ‘Enculturation: Ordinary Cultures on Foot’ drew together her work on British urban cultural regeneration and walking methods, including a discussion of how public walks might enable ordinary citizens’ agency to change and transform their cities.
Zoë also co-hosted a public walk in September with colleague Dr Lynne Hibberd and local artist and printmaker Ann Barrass in Leeds’ Millennium Square as part of the DisrUPt!: Protest, Creativity & the City Research Cluster. Entitled ‘Making Your Mark: Rubbing Up Against the City’, the walk encouraged participants to use everyday materials to produce art work from the city’s built environment.