‘We must act like [a] wartime government’ explained Boris Johnson in his second daily Covid-19 press conference.
The wartime analogy was woven throughout the Prime Minister’s address. Covid-19 was described as a deadly enemy, there was a direct parallel with the Second World War, and Johnson assured his listeners that ‘we have the resolve and the resources to win this fight’.
Leeds Beckett University Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Aaron Andrews, talks with passion about how events in history can help shape the people we become, and how in some cases, can even help save lives.
For the second event in the 2019/20 Leeds Cultural Conversations series, Dr Helen Dampier and Dr Rebecca Gill reflected on the challenges they have faced in curating an exhibition on Emily Hobhouse's life and legacy in contemporary South Africa. They considered their attempts to grapple with Hobhouse's place in the racial politics of South Africa at a highly charged moment in the politics of commemoration.
Course Director for English Literature and Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature at the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, Dr Emily Zobel Marshall, reflects on the of role of their latest Writer in Residence, award-winning British-Caribbean author Jacob Ross.