Cultural Studies & Humanities Good News
7 June 2019
The latest good news from the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities.
British Psychological Association Annual Conference
Professor Jayne Raisborough's keynote for the Psychology of Women and Equalities (British Psychological Association) Annual conference in 2018 has been published in their journal. This article draws on interview data to develop a novel ‘critical optimism' as a means to combat anti-ageing culture. This work provides part of the backdrop and justification for two interdisciplinary projects in the School with Dr Rachel Connor and Professor Susan Watkins. These projects will examine (i) cultural industries/creative activism in the theatre (all) and (ii) the representations, production and circulation of ageing in sci fi (Jayne Raisborough and Susan Watkins).
Professor Alison Oram gave an invited keynote paper "‘Materiality and Memorialisation in LGBTQ Heritage: The Experience of ‘Pride of Place’ at an international Colloquium "Queer Memorial Culture" at the University of Leeds on 17 May 2019. The event was organised by Dr Martin Zebracki and Professor Robert Vanderbeck as part of the AHRC-funded research project Queer Memorials: International Comparative Perspectives on Sexual Diversity and Social Inclusivity.
PhD student activity
Zoe joined us in February as a research student and is supervised by Professor Jayne Raisborough and Dr Katherine Harrison. She successfully debuted her work on the cyborg and the maternal at this year's LeBeMe Research Festival.
Lucy has successfully defended her PhD, ‘Representations of Disability in the British Press.’ She began her PhD back in 2006 under the watchful eye of the late Professor Valerie Alia, and now she’s finally made the grade, with only minor amendments to boot. Her thesis explores pre-existing stereotypes and stigmas about disability and disabled people, why these stigmas still exist, and how journalists – often unwittingly – reinforce rather than challenge them. An alternative representation of disability and disabled people would help to counter the prevailing, patronising tone in which discourses of disability are framed, Lucy argues.
Although officially under the auspices of the School of Health & Community Studies, Lucy’s PhD has received significant input from the School Cultural Studies and Humanities over the years.
Pictured: Lucy with co-supervisor, Dan Laughey, internal examiner, James McGrath (both from the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities) along with her other supervisor, Professor Nick Frost and external examiner Professor Mark Priestley.