Cultural Studies and Humanities Good News - January 2021
The latest good news from the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities in January 2021.
Lecturer discusses barriers and racism in football
Dr Daniel Kilvington featured on BBC Asian Network’s Group Chat show alongside guests including Humayun Islam (Bangla Bantams Founder) and Dinesh Gillela (AFC Bournemouth). The show explored British South Asian experiences in football and covered matters such as barriers, institutional racism and solutions. To listen, click here.
In addition to this, Daniel also featured on talkSPORT’s Gameday show alongside Anton Ferdinand and Lianne Sanderson. This time, the topic was online racism in football. Daniel drew on his own research as the discussion covered causal factors and solutions. To listen, click here.
His other recent interviews include ITV (online racism in football), BBC Radio Leeds (on what racial terminology is outdated and offensive, and why), BBC Radio Scotland (Black Lives Matter and the significance of taking the knee in sport), and the Telegraph & Argus (online racism in football and implicit racial bias in sports commentary), link here.
Blog publish success
Postgraduate Research student, Julie Brumby had a blog piece included on the website Our Criminal Ancestors, a project headed by Heather Shore (formerly Leeds Beckett now Manchester Met) and Helen Johnston (Hull Uni).
Her piece about the Reformatory and Industrial training ships includes a brief history of the ships. Details below:
Dr. Jessica van Horssen spoke at Leeds Beckett’s annual Winter Forum, which focussed on decolonising the curriculum. This is a growing priority of the University and something that will inform future DEAP programming. Attendees were very impressed with the work colleagues have been undertaking as part of this effort, and CLT have a toolkit to assist anyone interested in support when starting this process: https://teachlearn.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/teaching-and-learning/inclusive-practice/Decolonising-the-curriculum
A significant section of DEAP 2021 will also be dedicated to the decolonisation process.
Postgraduate Research student, Galina Yakova successfully passed her viva (subject to some very minor corrections) on 27th January. Galina's PhD was titled "Dissidence in Socialist Bulgaria (1956-1989): Between the Systems of Repression and Privileges". It traced the inter-play between external and internal factors in shaping the process of development of dissidence in this under-researched country. The thesis makes an important contribution to Bulgarian and Western historiography with its inter-disciplinary approach, sources and the application of a social sciences methodology (Soft Systems) as a complementary analysis and visualisation tool.
Her PhD research was funded in part by a bursary from our Centre for Culture and the Arts.
Dr Katherine Harrison’s book chapter, ‘Crafting’, co-authored with Dr Cassie Ogden (Liverpool John Moores University), was published this month in the textbook Creative Methods for Human Geographers (Sage), edited by Nadia Von Benzon, Mark Holton, Catherine Wilkinson and Samantha Wilkinson.
Designed as an accessible ‘how-to’ guide for researchers at all levels, the volume includes useful background, tips and project suggestions for a wide variety of creative research methods, including moodboards, mobile interviews, graffiti, psychogeography, poetic methods, social media and apps. Katherine’s and Cassie’s chapter draws on their experience of research with knitters and covers practical information on using skilled activities in research, working with special interest groups, gendered spaces and yarn-bombing. A useful textbook, not only for human geographers.
Modern Language Association Conference
3 Days after the storming of the Capitol building, Professor Susan Watkins gave a paper at the MLA (Modern Language Association) conference (which took place virtually this year) at a panel organised by the Doris Lessing Society titled ‘Through the Hard Times: Outlasting Tyranny in Speculative Fiction’. Her paper was titled ‘Writing as Re-vision and Resistance: Speculative Fiction and the Word in Lessing, Atwood, Butler and St John Mandel.’
Good PhD news
Professor Jayne Raisborough’s PhD student at the University of Brighton has been successful at his viva. Congratulations to Dr Jones and his supervisory team. 'HOW ARE CARBON-LIGHT HOLIDAYS POSSIBLE? A SOCIAL PRACTICE ANALYSIS OF NO-FLIGHT HOLIDAYS'. Research shows that travelling by plane is the most polluting method of transport per passenger kilometre travelled, as well as the fastest-growing source of anthropogenic greenhouse gas. This thesis makes an important contribution to understanding people who make the ethical choice not to fly on holiday.
Head of subject good news
Professor Robert Burroughs has been accredited as a Senior Fellow of the HEA, and joins the DEAP Network of Fellows of the HEA.
Student delivers 10 minute talk on her placement
History student Sophia Lambert gave a great 10 minute YouTube talk on the History of Quarry Hill as part of her voluntary placement at Leeds Museums. She did a great job and has had some fantastic feedback from the museum and the Leeds Civic Trust.
The recording is here A Brief History of the Quarry Hill Area - YouTube
Dr Emily Zobel Marshall was invited to record a podcast for Ilkley Literature Festival’s ‘Settee Seminars’ series in which academics and specialists share their work with the general public
You can hear her episode on the history of African Trickster Stories (‘Longing for Freedom, The Story of The African Trickster’) here.
Research article published
Dr Andrew Lawson’s research article, “Improving the Self: Francis Bacon’s Essays and the Cultural Logic of Agrarian Capitalism,” has been published in the international, peer-reviewed journal College Literature.
Bacon’s Essays, first published in 1597, identify a set of capacities in every individual that can be expanded by a process of self-improvement. The article shows how the successive editions of the book make an initial investment in maxims and aphorisms which are then subjected to a process of revision and expansion with the addition of new ideas and material. We are now encouraged to invest in our own human capital and develop flexible portfolios of skills, but this cultural imperative has a long history. The ethical foundations for the self-improving subjects of our contemporary moment were laid in early modern England.