Music and Sport come together in perfect harmony
On the 26 June the school and the Leeds Arts Research Centre, hosted ‘Knowing the Score’, a conference which saw papers presented on the intersecting research fields of Music and Sport presented in partnership with Headingly Literature Festival, Fields of Vision, and Music in Leeds.
Leeds Beckett Emeritus Professor Jonathan Long presided over the day which saw papers on many interesting research projects from both international delegates, and home-grown presenters like Northern Film School’s resident Reader of Film Dr Steven Gerrard’s paper on the anthem of celebration in John Huston’s Escape to Victory (1981). The conference was also supported by doctoral candidate Natasha Parcei and new Dean of the Leeds School of the Arts Lisa Stansbie, who both chaired panels. This celebration of music in film was closed with a scratch band performance specially commissioned by Peter Spafford about Roller Derby.
Natasha Parcei is the recipient of the first fully funded PhD Research Studentship at the Northern Film School awarded by Leeds Beckett University. Natasha has previously completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the discipline of English Literature at the University of Huddersfield. Her current research investigates the representation of older women in recent British Cinema. This inter-disciplinary project combines the academic fields of critical film theory, cultural studies, and social gerontology to enable a study which acknowledges the numerous different aspects of such a topic. This will create an authoritative account of the images of this demographic appearing on our cinema screens. Alongside her doctoral studies she teaches undergraduate film theory at The Northern Film School, and is involved in the organisation of a number of academic conferences.