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Cultural Studies & Humanities March Good News

A round-up of the latest news from the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities.

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Lecturer in our School, Emily Zobel Marshall, and her mother Jenny Zobel, have had a French language article published on Emily’s Grandfather, Caribbean author Joseph Zobel and his first year in Paris. The article examines the letters Joseph sent home to his wife, who was still in Martinique with their three children, from 1946-47. The letters chart Joseph’s feelings of both disillusionment and infatuation with Paris, his homesickness and his determination to make his mark as an author.  

After a successful research trip to Trinidad, Emily interviewed traditional masquerade players at a Trinidad carnival.  Emily was invited to the Centre for Integrated Caribbean Research, at the University of London, to present her research findings. Her presentation was entitled, 'My Tongue is the Blast of a Gun: The Midnight Robber and the Carnival Trickster Tradition'. More information on the event is available hereBookings are open for the Leeds Beckett International Caribbean Carnival Conference.

From Novels, to writing for TV, opera and musical theatre, Joanne Harris’ work has been published in over 50 countries, and last month the acclaimed Yorkshire-born writer delivered a lecture to our students. Joanne is known for her activity on Twitter, where her live storytelling has become a popular phenomenon. From these stories, written from scratch in front of a Twitter audience, and sent out into the Twitter-sphere in segments of 140 characters, a whole book of stories has emerged – thought-provoking, funny, sad and completely original.

The History Team hosted a public lecture by Professor Pamela Cox from the University of Essex, and chair of the Social History Society, on 15 March 2017. The lecture – ‘Servants, Shop Girls and Sex Work’ – considered the difficulties faced when researching the lives of female workers, and role of the historian in the creation of public history. The lecture was supported by the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities and chaired by Heather Shore.

The Letters of Richard Cobden
Four volumes of The Letters of Richard Cobden, co-edited by Dr Simon Morgan of the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities at Leeds Beckett University and Professor Anthony Howe of UEA, are now available digitally via Oxford Scholarly Editions Online.

The Letters of Richard Cobden, Vol. 1: 1815–1847

The Letters of Richard Cobden, Vol. 2: 1848–1853

The Letters of Richard Cobden, Vol. 3: 1854–1859

The Letters of Richard Cobden, Vol. 4: 1860–1865

The Fire Brigades Union has recently published Senior Lecturer Dr Shane Ewen talk on the history of the fire service, which was given at a centenary seminar in 2016. The executive committee will be using the talk in national education programmes with new members and union representatives – the talk will be used to give a fuller historical overview on the professionalisation of the fire service.

Last month, Senior Lecturer, Dr Lucy Burnett was invited to 19 creative portfolio presentations by final year undergraduate students completing the Experimental Writing module with Dr Harriet Tarlo at Sheffield Hallam University. Lucy enjoyed the range of experiments students were undertaking, and took the opportunity to consider how Leeds Beckett might introduce a comparable option module in years to come.

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