Lecturer features on docu-series

Dan Kilvington featured in the ‘Coming in From the Cold’ docu-series from Talk Sport. The series explores the history of black footballers in the ‘beautiful game’, from Arthur Wharton through to Raheem Sterling. Across 6 episodes it moves from early beginnings and overt racism, right through to the present day and systemic and online racism. Dan featured in episode 5 and discussed players’ use of social media in challenging racism and abuse.

Dan also featured on the Times Radio breakfast show with Jenny Kleeman and Luke Jones. He was asked to respond to former FA Chairman Greg Clarke’s stereotypical comments relating to British South Asians and football. Dan outlined why Clarke’s views were damaging, summarised his research findings and illustrated a number of ways in which inclusion in football can be achieved. The interview can be accessed here, at 2:46:16: The Radio Interview.

In addition, Dan appeared on the  ‘Our Game Too’ podcast which examines the exclusion of British Asians in football. Dan spoke about his research, highlighted the main barriers to inclusion, and offered recommendations for reform. In light of (former) FA chief Greg Clarke’s comments, it is evident that football MUST do more to be an inclusive space. ‘Coming in From the Cold’ and ‘Our Game Too’ can be found on streaming platforms such as, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, etc. 

And, on 18 November, Dan published his thoughts on British South Asians in football with The Conversation. To read the article, ‘Football Must Stop Blaming British South Asian Communities for Under-representations’, click here: https://theconversation.com/football-must-stop-blaming-british-south-asian-communities-for-under-representation-150225.


Lecturer invited to write a blog and deliver online presentation externally

Emily Zobel Marshall was invited to write a blog post on Caribbean Carnival Cultures and social justice for the Arts Council. You can read ‘There is More to Carnival Than Meets the Eye: Carnival, Resistance and Social Justice’ here.

Emily was also invited to deliver an online presentation followed by a Q & A on the history of colonialism for Touchstone, the charity supporting vulnerable people, and the mental health charity Leeds Mind:

‘This year, Touchstone and Leeds Mind have come together to honour the achievements and sacrifices of people who came to our shores to build a better, more tolerant Britain but also to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.'


Academics Involvement in the Leeds City Council Statues Review

During the summer of 2020 Dr Emily Zobel Marshall and Dr Simon Morgan, along with Leeds Beckett alumnus Dr Stephen Basdeo, were members of the voluntary panel of experts supporting Alderwoman Alison Lowe’s review of statues in Leeds.  This was instituted by Leeds City Council in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol. The review was published as part of the Council minutes for 21 October, and can be read here.
The review did not suggest that any of Leeds’s statues required removal.  However, it was apparent that some statues need further contextualisation to address the more controversial parts of their subjects’ reputations and legacies, as well as their achievements.  The report therefore recommended that short biographies of Queen Victoria, Sir Robert Peel, Edward the Black Prince and the Duke of Wellington prepared by Simon Morgan and Stephen Basdeo should be used as the basis of new information boards for their respective effigies. The consultation exercise also brought numerous requests for commemoration of individuals already memorialised in various ways throughout the city.  A further recommendation was therefore  ‘To address the lack of knowledge of who is already commemorated - and where - across the city by engaging Leeds Beckett students (via their Public History Project module) and the Leeds Civic Trust to map sites and communicate this as part of Leeds tourism strategy and the use of QR codes.’  
The review recommended that future commemoration needed to focus on public art which celebrates the diverse cultures and communities of the city, for example the recommendation to ‘Continue to offer the Council’s support for the development of a commemorative artwork in City Park honouring David Oluwale, and for the installation of Pippa Hale’s artwork Ribbons.'


Lecturer produces podcast with Booker Prize-winning author

Michael Lee produced a podcast with Booker Prize-winning author George Saunders for his level-5 module, Writing Fictions. The podcast contributes to a session on Voice and Point of View; in it, George Saunders discusses his creative process and use of those techniques in his story 'Victory Lap', which is being studied in the session.


Lecturer co-author of a chapter on the recruitment of volunteers into Second Wold War

Dr Henry Irving is the co-author of a chapter on the recruitment of volunteers into Second World War civil defence services in a new edited collection. 

The chapter was written with Jessica Hammett (University of Bristol) and combined his knowledge on wartime publicity with Jessica’s expertise of civil defence communities.
The chapter explores the various motives of the almost 2 million people who joined 

Britain’s civil defence services, considering the formal and informal mechanisms that shaped their decision.
The book was published on 20 November, but the chapter’s findings have already informed Henry’s Public History Project module, which explores those caught up in the ‘Leeds Blitz’ of March 1941.
In a Blitz-filled fortnight, Henry also featured in the first ‘Covid-19 in Historical Perspective’ panel discussion organised by the Raphael Samuel History Centre, where he spoke about the parallels between 1940-41 and today. 

Journal article success

On 23 November, Dan Kilvington published a journal article, ‘The Virtual Stages of Hate: Using Goffman’s Work to Conceptualise the Motivations for Online Hate’. This open access article, published in Media, Culture & Society, can be read here: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0163443720972318 This article accompanies his TEDx Talk and further develops his theoretical model regarding the motivational factors encouraging online hate-speech. 


MA Social History Student Conference success

Henry Irving hosted a truly impressive MA Social History Student Conference on Nov. 25th. The conference – on the theme of ‘War and Social History’ – is a core component of the module Researching Cultures. Usually taking place in person, this year’s conference shifted to an online format, with a mixture of pre-recorded and live research papers delivered over Teams. The event was well attended by both staff and research students.

The 11 student presenters all did a wonderful job with papers on topics including morale on the Home Front, gay relationships among soldiers, and the segregation of African American troops in the Second World War, among many others. It was impressive to see how well the MA students have adapted to working online this year.
The conference was supported by research students who attended, asked excellent questions, and chaired sessions. Heritage Consortium funded PhD student Greg Judges delivered a keynote address on the use of big data as evidence of the public's relationship with war museums. The organisers would like to thank all of the speakers, chairs and members of the audience for making the event such a success.


Lecturer's book subject to ten part review

Dr James McGrath’s book Naming Adult Autism: Culture, Science, Identity is the subject of a new ten-part review on YouTube by podcaster Autism’s Individual: Naming Adult Autism review, James McGrath - YouTube


Journal success

Lisa Taylor, Jayne Raisborough and Katherine Harrison with their research assistant Shelly Dulson, have had their empirical research on online exercise classes published in International Journal for the Sociology of Leisure.

The project was a rapid response to Lockdown and involved an evaluation of the shift from studio classes to online for the business owner of an exercise studio in North Yorks. We generated recommendations for post-lockdown delivery and pricing models, which were taken up, leading to a testimonial of impact for our impact case study. Thanks to Adele Jackson for helping design the survey monkey questionnaire and to the School, particularly Ruth, in supporting us with QR funds. Without this help it would have been impossible to start an empirical project in June and have it published in December! 


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