centre for culture and the arts

A hub for collaborative research across our university, promoting participation in culture and the arts.

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Founded in 2013, the Centre for Culture and the Arts is the public face of the research and public engagement work taking place in the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities.

The Centre for Culture and the Arts aims to:

  • Conduct interdisciplinary and collaborative research in culture and the arts
  • Facilitate students and the public to engage with our research in an inclusive and accessible way
  • Conduct research projects with arts and cultural organisations locally and further afield

Ageing and Gender in Culture

In repsonse to the invisibility of older women performers in the UK and evidence of women performers’ careers stalling when they reach their 40s and 50s, this work challenges the workings of ageism in the cultural industries.

In repsonse to the invisibility of older women performers in the UK and evidence of women performers’ careers stalling when they reach their 40s and 50s, this work challenges the workings of ageism in the cultural industries.

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1970 Leeds Carnival Queens at Mecca Ballroom © Photographed by PepperPhoto

caribbean carnival cultures

Bridging the perceived gap between academic research and artistic practice in carnival and creating strong, lasting and meaningful connections between communities and organisations.

visiting SCHOLARS

We are delighted to invite scholars from around the world to participate in our Visiting Scholars Programme. We can provide research mentoring, shared office and desk space, and access to local library facilities, which include (as well as Leeds Beckett University library), access to the Brotherton Library (University of Leeds), Leeds City Library, the Leeds Library (the oldest surviving proprietary subscription library in the UK), and the Boston Spa Reading Room of the British Library.

For more information about visiting scholar opportunities, please contact Dr Susan Watkins.

Our Team

DirectorProfessor Susan Watkins

Deputy Director - Professor Jayne Raisborough

Cultures of the Body, Gender and SexualityDr Melanie Chan and Professor Ruth Robbins

Colonial and Postcolonial CulturesDr Emily Marshall and Dr Rob Burroughs

Cultures of Environment, Space and PlaceDr Shane Ewen and Dr Caroline Herbert

Practices of Writing - Dr Rachel Connor and Dr Helen Dampier

Cultures of Stigma, Crime and DevianceDr Kelly Hignett and Professor Jayne Raisborough

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