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Cultural Studies & Humanities Good News

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

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Construction Connect
Dr Jessica van Horssen was recently interviewed on the history of asbestos in the construction industry. Read the article in here. 

Virtual Reality 
Dr Melanie Chan has written an article about the body, movement and immersion in virtual reality is published in Refractory a journal of entertainment media, as part of a special volume about virtual reality. Read the article here.

Talking Histories Series 
Dr Henry Irving recently led 40 people on a walking tour of Woodhouse Moor as part of Left Bank Leeds ‘Talking Histories’ series. The tour explored the legacy of the Second World War by looking for clues from the home front. Henry explained that the moor – better known to Leeds Beckett students as Hyde Park – had a varied wartime history. Much of the park was dug over for allotments, metal railings were melted down, underground air raid shelters were built to protect civilians, and a marquee was put up for communal entertainment. The public tour included specific examples used in Henry’s second year history module ‘War, Welfare and Society’.

The representations of disability in poverty porn
Professor Jayne Raisborough together with Dr Cassie Ogden (Liverpool John Moores) and Vanessa Stone de Guzman (University of Brighton) have had their research on representations of disability in poverty porn accepted by journal Disability and Society. The paper entitled ‘When fat meets disability in poverty porn: exploring the cultural mechanisms of suspicion in Too Fat to Work' examines how representations of obesity serve to over determine disability welfare claimants as fraudulent.   

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship
Professor Jayne Raisborough and Professor Heather Shore have appointed as a member of the UK Research and Innovation Future Leadership Fellowships (UKRI FLF) programme Peer Review College (PRC). The FLF is a flagship cross-UKRI programme to support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils' institutes and laboratories. The FLF represents a major investment in research and innovation, with a £900 million investment being made to support fellowships of up to seven years. 

Virtual Worlds in Science Fiction 
On Neuromancer by Dr Melanie Chan is featured in The Terra Two online anthology. Terra Two is working with publishing company Valley Press, based in Scarborough, who will not only produce the printed anthology, but who will also make it available through its distributors, which will include book sellers such as Waterstones and Amazon.  On Neuromancer is about William Gibson’s novel and how this opens up a valuable perspective on retaining a sense of bodily presence, despite alluring visions of complete sensory immersion in virtual worlds in science fiction literature and film. More information.

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