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Cultural Studies & Humanities November Good News


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

English Students

New Statesman

Director of Research, Professor Ruth Robbins, was interviewed by the New Statesman magazine for her views on ghost stories, especially the kind that now appear on Twitter. The article can be found here.

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Tackling Racism in Football

Course Director, Dr. Dan Kilvington, was invited to deliver a talk at Manchester Football Association in recognition of Black History Month. Dan discussed Creating & Developing Coaches, an inclusion initiative formed in partnership with the Football Association (FA). Creating & Developing Coaches works with BAME football coaches and attempts to encourage networks within the game, at all levels. Dan spoke alongside former professional footballer, Tony Whelan, who had played for both Manchester clubs and against the likes of Pele and Carlos Alberto. 

Over the last 18 months, Creating & Developing Coaches has worked with over 200 football coaches across Yorkshire and events have been held at Bradford City, Leeds United, Sheffield United and Huddersfield Town. In the first instance, the events held at football stadiums focus on networking. Subsequent events focus on a different theme and on 24 October, West Riding County FA hosted the next Creating & Developing Coaches event which focused on the practical element of coaching. Dan Kilvington kicked off the evening and FA Coach Mentor, Asad Qureshi, delivered the practical masterclass. The third event in the series is lined up in February 2018 and will focus on gaining employment in football.

On Dan’s ‘Race’, Culture and Media year 3 module, he invited along a couple of his industry contacts to help deliver the class. Dan founded the Creating & Developing Coaches initiative in partnership with West Riding County FA in April 2016. Asad Qureshi and Steve Dorey have been key supporters of the initiative and they attended the class in week nine on British Asians, exclusion and football to offer their industry perspectives. This class received high praise from the students. Including industry professionals within classes can be a positive addition to the learning experience and helps showcase how learning can be applied within industry settings (it also highlights job roles and careers for students).

Dan Kilvington presenting at DEI

Finally, Dan had a new co-authored journal article published, 4 December, with Communication & Sport. The title is: “Tackling Social Media Abuse? Assessing English Football’s Response to Online Racism.” It features interviews with key stakeholders of football including the PFA, Kick It Out and a number of professional clubs. It attempts to illustrate what football is doing to challenge football related racism online. The work puts forward recommendations for reform and it is hoped to instigate positive change within the game. The work has been personally passed on to Kick It Out’s Chief Executive while representatives from the FA have also been in contact and will be reading. 

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PhD Awarded Prize

Margaret Hung, whose PhD thesis 'The Popularisation of Public Libraries, 1920-1975’ was supervised through its final stages by Dr Simon Morgan, has just been awarded the Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Prize.  The award is given for an outstanding dissertation in English that embodies original research on a significant topic relating to the history of libraries during any period, in any region of the world.

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Ledbury Emerging Critics of poetry

Senior Lecturer, Dr Nasser Hussain has been selected as one of eight Ledbury Emerging Critics of poetry in a nationwide competition.

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Goldsmiths Lecture Series

Professor Alison Oram gave a public lecture at Goldsmiths, University of London on 2 November, titled “Outing Octavia: Transforming Queer Heritage in Britain”. The lecture was attended by academics, students, heritage and archives professionals.

This was the inaugural lecture of a new public lecture series at Goldsmiths to celebrate and complement their new MA in Queer History, which started this autumn and is the first course on queer history in the UK. The course leader at Goldsmiths is Dr Justin Bengry, who previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Leeds Beckett with Alison, on the Historic England “Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage” consultancy.

Alison also, gave a talk on “Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage”, with Dr Claire Hayward, one of the researchers on the project, on 9 November to staff at the Cabinet Office, Whitehall.

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100 Years of Finnish Independence

Senior Lecturer, Dr Henry Irving, was invited by the British Council to take part in an international conference in Helsinki marking 100 years of Finnish independence. The conference was organised by the National Archives of Finland in collaboration with the Finnish Historical Society, the Swedish Historical Society of Finland, and the organisation Historians without Borders. The conference was focused on changes in European international relations since 1917. Henry’s contribution explored the way that Britain sought to project itself after the First World War by examining the history of the 1924-5 Empire Exhibition at Wembley.

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Book Release

Professor Heather Shore’s co-authored book (with Godfrey, Cox and Alker), Young Criminal Lives is now out. More information here.