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Cultural Studies and Humanities Good News - March 2021

The latest good news from the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities in March 2021.

Published on 23 Mar 2021
Students in library

Women in Leadership Programme

19 students from CSH have been successful in gaining a place on the Women in Leadership Programme this year. There’s a really good representation from across all 3 subject areas and CSH has the most students on the programme in comparison to other Schools. Colleagues involved in shortlisting students commented: “I must say the quality of CSH students in ones I read in terms of communication skills was really noticeable.

Two academics work together on published article

Susan Watkins and Jayne Raisborough brought together interest in ageing (JR) and dystopian fiction (SW) to challenge the emerging shape of critical future studies with their recently published article ‘Critical Future Studies and Age: attending to future imaginings of age and ageing’ They aimed the article at the journal housing CFS developments Culture Unbound, so were thrilled to have this paper in this journal. 

Academics joint article published reporting on the 1985 Bradford City stadium fire

Shane Ewen and Aaron Andrews published ‘The media, affect, and community in a decade of disasters: reporting the 1985 Bradford City stadium fire’ on Contemporary British History Online funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council for the Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, c. 1800-2000 project. The above photo shows the aftermath of the fire. Link here.

Student's blog post published online

Postgraduate Research student Annisa Suliman has had a blog post published on The Victorianist, British Association of Victorian Studies Postgraduate Blog site. Read the blog here.

Academic's paperback book published

Emily Zobel Marshall’s book has just been published as a (much more affordable!) paperback and has received several positive reviews in the Ancillary Review of Books (Matthew Teutsch, 2021) and Choice (Humanities Reviews, 2020) and the journals Folklore (March 2020), Marvels and Tales (2020) and Papers in Literatures and Language (2020)

‘In her engaging and well-researched book American Trickster, Emily Zobel Marshall traces the history of Brer Rabbit and his representation in folklore, literature, and popular culture in the United States and beyond. Her compelling study demonstrates how Brer Rabbit tales have been used to further sometimes diametrically opposed political ends, from reinforcing racist caricatures such as the “happy plantation darkie” to celebrating the resilience of African Americans in the face of oppression’ [Papers in Literatures and Language, 2020]

‘American Trickster is, ultimately, a book about trauma, and storytelling’s ability to help us overcome the scars and wounds of our past’ [Folklore, March 2020]

PhD graduates success

Recent PhD graduate from the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, Dr Muhammad Dahiru, has just published ‘the book of the thesis’ in his home country of Nigeria. This is testament not only to his hard work, but to the support of his supervisors here, Dr Emily Zobel Marshall and Dr Caroline Herbert. Our congratulations to Muhammad on his great success.

The book considers the position of the woman writer (and women readers) in a variety of local contexts in Nigeria, and discusses the ways in which those writers evade some of the social conventions of their time and place in fictions which range from experimental modes to those which draw on ‘acceptable’ feminine genres. As such it’s a real contribution to broader knowledge about Nigeria’s literary culture. 

Also, Phd student Simon Spawforth-Jones has a publication in Sociological Research Online.  His 'Utilising Mood Boards as an Image Elicitation Tool in Qualitative Research' draws on part of his methods chapter in his thesis on reflexivity and masculinity.  

Current students get involved with International Women's Day 

Lots of our final year History students have spent time this term doing research for, and writing blogs about, inspiring women, for International Women’s Day. Here are some of the results

Academic has been selected for a Scholar Award

Dr Katherine Harrison has been selected for the Fulbright-Smithsonian Scholar Award for 2021-22. She has been awarded funding to conduct research in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in Washington, DC, for three months in 2022. Her project, entitled ‘Leaving Earth Behind’, investigates the emergence of images of the Planet Earth taken from the perspective of space during the twentieth century, and how these functioned to produce influential narratives of ‘returning’ to a better Earth that (she argues) have recently been displaced by discourses of departure. NASM holds the photographic images from NASA’s Apollo missions in the 1960s-70s as well as over 200,000 other prints and transparencies of Earth produced by space shuttles, space stations and observation satellites. This period of research will provide the historical background for Katherine’s wider visual culture project that investigates new imagery generated in and of space by twenty-first century commercial spaceflight operators, such as SpaceX, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic. The research will also inform a new Level 6 option module, ‘Space Media’. 

Dr Katherine Harrison is also co-editing a special issue of the journal Leisure Studies on the theme of ‘Lockdown Leisure’ with colleagues from Liverpool John Moores University: Dr Cassie Ogden, Professor Peter Millward and Jan Ludvigsen. The recently released call for papers is here. Papers will be due in February 2022 with publication of the special issue scheduled for January 2023. If you are interested in contributing an article to the special issue and would like a chat, please do get in touch with Katherine.

Two academics are speaking at the University's DEAP Spring Forum

Jess van Horssen and Gaspard Pelurson are both speaking at the University’s DEAP Spring Forum on ‘gameful approaches in HE.’ This will be a fun and engaging morning on 29th April, 10:00-12:00, and to register, just follow this link: 

Two academics interview actor Nathaniel Hall as part of LGBT+ History Month

Jessica van Horssen and Rachel Rich successful hosted the “De-Stigmatising Narratives of HIV, Past and Present” with Nathaniel Hall event as part of the University’s LGBT+ History Month programme of activities. Nathanial spoke about his experience of living with HIV, and of coming out to his family; he also answered questions about his acting career, and about his activism. The event was attended by over 200 people, with over 100 more signed up to view the recording after the event, highlighting the real reach and impact the School has within the university and beyond. 
To view the recording, simply follow this link.

Leeds Libraries have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding with CSH

Led by Dr Shane Ewen, they have agreed the following aims:
1. The provision of assured high-quality education through joint initiatives in curriculum development; 
2. Improving the services the University and Leeds Libraries offer to local communities, business and industry; 
3. Joint initiatives in research; 
4. Building a network of education opportunities accessible to all; 
5. Enhancing staff development opportunities by fully exploiting the strengths of both parties, to the benefit of all concerned; 
6. Opportunities for further developments to ensure the academic portfolio continues to support the needs and demands of students. 

If colleagues are keen to get involved, please do get in touch with Shane.


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