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Cultural Studies & Humanities August Good News

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

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A selection of conference proceedings from the Caribbean carnival conference, hosted at the University in May, will be published in a special edition of Caribbean Quarterly, one the longest-running academic journals in the English-speaking Caribbean.

The special edition, Power, Performance and Play: Caribbean Carnival and the Cultural Politics of Emancipation, will be edited by Course Director, Dr Emily Zobel Marshall and will include her research on traditional Caribbean carnival masquerade. It will also feature articles by world-leading carnival scholar Milla Riggio, Trinidadian theatre-carnival practitioner Tony Hall, School of Cultural Studies PhD student Tola Dabiri and conference co-organiser Professor Max Farrar.

You can read Emily’s blog post about the conference here.

Senior Lecturer, Dr Shane Ewen has been involved with researching and contributing to a recent episode of BBC Radio 4’s, ‘The Long View’ programme, hosted by Jonathan Freedland. This episode took a longer-term perspective on the Grenfell tragedy through comparison with a similar tragic fire in Watson Street, Glasgow, in 1905. The episode is available here.

In July, Dr Rachel Rich and Dr Melanie Chan co-organised a workshop, ‘From Mrs Beeton to Deliciously Ella: Food in Books, Blogs, Apps and Vlogs.’ The HEIF (Higher Education Innovation Funding) funded workshop included talks by artist Catherine Bertola and Matt Dix from Leeds Indi Food festival.

Dr Daniel Kilvington co-hosted an inclusion event at West Ham United Foundation with the FA. The event, ‘Creating & Developing Coaches’ which took place in July, was a networking event aimed at Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities or those working with under-represented groups.

Professor Ruth Robbins delivered a keynote: ‘A Lost Decade: Explaining and Filling the Gaps in Women’s Literary History, 1900-1910)’, at the International Centre for Women’s writing Conference at Canterbury Christ Church University on 10 July. Ruth’s talk concerned the under-read women writers, Lucas Malet – a best seller in her time but now more or less forgotten – and Elizabeth Von Arnim – famous for two novels, but with a much larger back catalogue that has almost disappeared from critical view.


Dr Rachel Connor has recently achieved success with her short fiction. She has been longlisted for the Bristol Prize, an international short story competition, where so far the book has reached the final 40 from over 2,000 entries worldwide.

Rachel has also reached the shortlist of the Storgy short fiction competition. Her story will be published in the Storgy anthology Exit Earth, and is being considered from a shortlist of seven by acclaimed writer Diane Cook.


Staff from our BA (Hons) English and Media course made a strong contribution to this year’s Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference, which was hosted by the University in July. Dr Daniel Kilvington spoke to the conference’s theme of social justice and exclusion by launching his book, ‘Sport and Discrimination’, co-edited with John Price for Routledge, and presenting his paper, ‘Where are the British Asian football players? Investigating the barriers and calling for action.’

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