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Cultural Studies & Humanities May Good News

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

Dr Dan Kilvington

The British Sociological Association & Inclusion in Football

Dr Dan Kilvington, a Course Director for Cultural Studies & Humanities, recently presented at the annual British Sociological Association (BSA) conference at Northumbria University on the topic of 'British Asians, Exclusion and Football'. He was then featured on the following stations: BBC West Midlands; BBC Stoke; BBC Derby; BBC Leicester; BBC Sheffield; BBC West; BBC Manchester. Within these interviews he discussed British Asian barriers in football, how certain barriers can be overcome, and his own inclusion initiative which he formed in 2016. 

Dan then facilitated an event at Burnley FC, Turf Moor Stadium (pictured left), and the week after hosted an event at Manchester City, Etihad Stadium (pictured right). Following the event, a number of coaches from under-represented communities are now linked up with their local club and local County FA.

Dr Daniel Kilvington

He was also interviewed by Show Racism the Red Card Wales for their podcast series. The hour long feature interview explores Dan’s decade long research into anti-racism in football.

The Matthew Caygill Memorial Lecture

Prof Will Kaufmann

The 2018 Matthew Caygill Memorial Lecture was delivered by Professor Will Kaufmann (University of Central Lancashire) on 'Woody Guthrie and 'Old Man Trump' '. Will explored the relationship between American folk singer Woody Guthrie and Fred Trump (Donald's father), who was Guthrie's landlord at the Beach Haven apartments near Coney Island in the early 1950s.

Preceding the lecture, we organised a teach-out session, with talks, poetry readings and music from staff and students in the School. This was held in Caygill's Corner, and is hopefully the first of many similar events involving our students.

The Chartered Institution of Waste Management 

Dr Henry Irving, a Senior Lecturer for Cultural Studies & Humanities, was a guest speaker at the Chartered Institution of Waste Management’s (CIWM) North East annual general meeting. The CIWM is the leading body for waste professionals in the UK and is committed to the sustainable management of resources and waste. Henry was invited to address the meeting about his research into the history of household recycling during the Second World War. You can read more about Henry’s research here

The Economic and Social Research Council 

Heather Shore, a Professor for Cultural Studies & Humanities, will be a Co-Investigator in a new interdisciplinary research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, titled ‘Victims’ Access to Justice through English Criminal Courts, 1675 to the Present’. The two-year project will be led by Professor Pam Cox from the University of Essex and will be supported by Heather, as well as Professor Barry Godfrey (Liverpool), Professor Sandra Walklate (Liverpool), Professor Bob Shoemaker (Sheffield), and Dr Ruth Lamont (Manchester).

Our Criminal Ancestors 

Heather and Dr Helen Johnston (University of Hull) successfully held the launch of the Our Criminal Ancestors project at the Hull History Centre on the 21st April. Members of the public were present at the soft launch of the project website. The project also held two public events in April. On the 18th April, the Bradford Police Museum organised a talk at the Bradford Local Studies Library, and on the 25th April, a talk was given at the Workhouse Museum, Yorkshire Law and Order Museums in Ripon. 

Historic England Pride of Place

Prof Alison Oram with Tom Freshwater

Alison Oram, a Professor for Cultural Studies & Humanities, gave a talk on 27th February about the Historic England Pride of Place: ‘England’s LGBTQ Heritage’ project to Cabinet Office staff in Whitehall, as part of their LGBT History Month programme.

Alison was also a panel member on 23rd February, discussing the reception and success of the project at the Queering Britain’s National Heritage event at Pembroke College Cambridge, with Tom Freshwater from the National Trust and Chris Smith, Master of Pembroke and former Culture Secretary. 

Read more about lecture here.

Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award

Dr Margaret Hung, a Leeds Beckett PhD graduate, was announced as the recipient of the 2017 Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award for her dissertation, “English Public Libraries, 1919-1975: Vocation and Popularisation” (Leeds Metropolitan University, 2015). Margaret's scholarship, presented in a lively and engaging narrative, challenges traditional assumptions about librarians during the inter-war period by effectively arguing that librarians were, in the main, not middle class paternalists seeking to improve the public but working class autodidacts seeking to share their hard-won cultural privilege with people similar to themselves.

Professor Peter Mandler

Prof Peter Mandler Lecture

The History Team of Cultural Studies & Humanities hosted a visit from Professor Peter Mandler (Professor of Modern Cultural History at the University of Cambridge) on 18th April. His visit included a workshop with postgraduate students and culminated with a well-received public lecture on the history of British Higher Education.

Professor Mandler is a vocal advocate for the value of the humanities. He drew on his experiences as president of the Royal Historical Society during the postgraduate workshop, which considered the value of humanities research alongside practical advice about careers in academia.

Professor Mandler’s public lecture – entitled ‘Not the age of STEM: What students’ choices tell us about British Education since 1945’ – argued that student subject choices prove that the humanities are as relevant in the twenty first century as they have ever been.


Difficult Heritage: Making Sense of Uncomfortable Histories

Difficult Heritage: Making Sense of Uncomfortable Histories

Rhiannon Pickin and Lucie Wade, PhD students of Cultural Studies & Humanities, organised The Difficult Heritage Conference, with the AHRC Heritage Consortium and IPUP (University of York) PhD student Dan Johnson. The conference featured a range of papers and ‘lightning talks’ given by academics, ECR’s, PhD and MA Students, and heritage professionals, with panels on dark tourism, representations of disability, oral history and co-production, dead bodies, hidden histories, medieval Jewry, slavery and conflict. 

BBC Radio 3

Dr James McGrath

Dr James McGrath, a Senior Lecturer for Cultural Studies & Humanities, appeared on ‘The Verb’ on Radio 3 on 4th May. The broadcast includes James reading from his poems and book and is available on iPlayer and as a podcast here

Cultural Conversation at Leeds Town Hall

Dr Simon Morgan, a Subject Head for Cultural Studies & Humanities, took part in a Cultural Conversation on 'Civic Pride in Victorian Leeds: the Heaton family and their legacy' at Leeds Town Hall on 9th May. The event coincided with the 160th anniversary of the opening of Leeds Town Hall by Queen Victoria.      

Stitch and Bitch

Dr Katherine Harrison, a Course Director for Cultural Studies & Humanities, was invited to speak at the University of Huddersfield's Centre for Citizenship, Conflict, Identity and Diversity on 15th May about her knitting research project. Along with her co-investigator, Dr Cassie Ogden (Liverpool John Moores University), she presented a seminar paper entitled '"Stitch and Bitch": Knitting Together Women’s Everyday Creativity and Postfeminism – Findings from Focus Groups with Knitters in North-West England and North Wales'. The paper discussed domesticity in feminist thought and postfeminist culture and presented original data generated in focus groups.

School Away Day: Book Launch

At our School Away Day on 8th March, we were delighted to celebrate some of the achievements of our colleagues (and indeed former colleagues) via a book launch event.

Heather Shore’s Young Criminal Lives was published by Oxford University Press and is based on a funded research project into the care of juvenile criminals during and after their encounters with the criminal justice system. Sue Chaplin’s work on the Post-Millennial Vampire takes an anthropological lens to the works of contemporary gothic. Susan Watkins’ edited collection on the History of British Women’s Writing, 1945-75 brings together a fascinating mix of different histories of women’s writing, including her own chapter on the forgotten works of female science fiction from the mid twentieth century. And former colleague Mary Eagleton’s Clever Girls and the Literature of Upward Mobility charts the narrative history of women writing about the grammar-school generation of the mid-century.

Dr Jessica Van Horssen

Senior Lecturer, Dr Jessica Van Horssen was involved in an interview with The Guardian last week for a podcast episode on asbestors as part of the Guardian's Science Weekly podcast. Click here to listen. 

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