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Cultural Studies & Humanities Good News - January 2020


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

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PhD student awarded bursary for her paper.

Final year PhD student Fern Pullan has been accepted to present her paper, named, ‘[Un]natural Selection: The Evolution of Gothic ‘Pernicious Trash’ at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies’ (BSECS) annual conference at St. Hugh’s College in Oxford. She has been awarded a bursary from the BSECS committee and some assistance from the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities to help fund her attendance, this is also an opportunity for Fern to present research based on one of her final thesis chapters.

Course Director published in the Independent Newspaper.

Dr Dan Kilvington, Course Director in Media, Communication and Cultures, was part of a keynote panel discussing Diversity and Inclusion at the Football Collective Conference at Bramall Lane Stadium, Sheffield in November. Dan spoke of his research in football and covered stakeholder investment, affirmative action, and impact research. He also presented a paper called: ‘Investigating the Exclusion of British Asian Football Coaches: Advocating Action and Showcasing Impact Research’ drawing on empirical work with British Asian football coaches, and offers suggestions for impact, based on his ongoing impact work.

Football collective 2019 coaches poster

Dan has also had an article published in the independent Newspaper, which highlighted how Football Racism is on the rise again. The article examined the recent increase in racially motivated hate speech at football grounds and illustrated that recent social, cultural and political shifts provide an explanation for this.

Dan Kilvington talking

Finally, Dan has published a new textbook called ‘Online Research Methods for Sport Studies’. This book has been written in collaboration with Dr Jamie Cleland (University of South Australia) and Dr Kevin Dixon (Teesside University). Although the book uses sporting examples and case studies, it is of use to undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and practitioners working outside the field of sport, but may have a desire to conduct research using the internet. The book covers how to design online research questions, online research ethics, online interviews, online surveys, online ethnography, and online data analysis. The published with Routledge in hardback, paperback and e-book.Poster about sport studies

Professor edits special issue

Professor Jayne Raisborough has edited the ‘Psychology for Clinical Settings on Weight Bias’ section in a special issue of Frontiers in Psychology, alongside other colleagues at Leeds and Swansea University. The collection of papers is fronted by the Editorial written by Flint, Raisborough and Hudson (2020) titled 'The implications of weight bias internalisation'.

Part of Jayne's work forms sections of the Stigma research cluster in the Centre for Culture and Arts. The collaboration was forged at a Weight Stigma conference in Cardiff last year: Jayne's attendance at which was supported by the School's research fund.

Celebrity Histories

Head of History Dr Simon Morgan and Senior Lecturer Dr Neil Washbourne have had work published in a special edition of Historical Social Research, called, ‘Celebrity’s Histories: Case Studies & Critical Perspectives’ in December.   

Simon's article, 'Heroes in the age of celebrity: Lafayette, Kossuth and John Bright in 19th-Century America', explores the relationship between the ‘hero’ and the celebrity culture of the 19th-century in the United States through a comparison of the receptions of three foreign heroes, the Marquis de Lafayette, Lajos Kossuth, and John Bright. 

Dr Washbourne’s article, 'W.G.Grace: Sporting Superstar, Cultural Celebrity, and Hero (to Oscar Wilde's Villain) of the great Public Drama of 1895' explores the sporting superstardom and cultural celebrity of the Victorian English cricketer Dr. W.G. Grace. It focuses on the social and cultural organisation of fame and a close analysis of Grace’s recognition and masculine social status to explore how Grace’s three-decade (1865-1895) superstardom and celebrity allied to a resurgence in his cricket form made Grace the masculine robust hero of 1895 to Oscar Wilde’s scandalous villain. Wilde was reported as systematically removed from masculine social status and Grace approvingly confirmed in its secure embodiment and possession.

Fred Barber’s War

The School of Cultural Studies and Humanities recently welcomed five members of a local family to an end of term celebration event for the module ‘Community History Workshop’. The visitors were the family of Fred Barber: a Bradford wool sorter, who was conscripted into the British army during the Second World War and kept a diary to record his experiences.

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This diary – and a selection of his letters home – have formed the backbone of a mapping project led by Dr Henry Irving and the ‘Community History Workshop’ students. They have used the sources to create digital maps tracing Barber’s journey through North Africa and Italy. Each map acts as a micro history, exploring Barber’s relationship with his wife, the food that he ate, the way that he travelled, his leisure time, and his connection to Allied military campaign.

The project was commissioned by the Barber family, who wanted to better understand what Fred would have experienced during his time in uniform. For the students, the project was an opportunity to explore the links between family and academic history, using their research skills to place Fred Barber’s war in context.

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The maps will be made publicly available in early 2020.

Caribbean Carnival Culture

English Literature Course Director, Dr Emily Zobel Marshall is the guest editor for the latest issue of the international journal, the Caribbean Quarterly (Vol. 65, 2019), which focuses on the Caribbean Carnival Culture. Emily developed this special edition from the Conference she hosted at Leeds Beckett with Professor Max Farrar in 2017. Each contributor is a part of the Caribbean Carnival Cultures network Emily leads from Leeds Beckett.

The issue is focused on continuing the vital dialogue between carnival artists, practitioners and academics to reach a more profound understanding of this incredible cultural phenomenon. Featuring work by carnival academics, activists, playwrights and artists from both sides of the Atlantic including Emily, Eintou Springer, Milla Riggio, Max Farrar, Michael La Rose, Tola Dabiri-Hughes and Christian Høgsbjerg. The issue is available here.

Caribbean Quarterly book

Heroism Stories on the Bradford Fire in 1985.

Urban historians Shane Ewen and Aaron Andrews have been working alongside pupils at Beckfoot Thornton School in Bradford and other partners to create graphic novel stories about the unsung Heroism during the fire at Bradford City's Valley Parade in May 1985. The story featured in the Telegraph & Argus and you can read more about it here.

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