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Cultural Studies & Humanities October Good News

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

emily marshall

Professor Jayne Raisborough, from the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, featured in the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post talking about life over 50. She was also interviewed by BBC Radio Leeds about her seminar, part of the Leeds Cultural Conversations series, ‘Is there life after 50? You better believe it!’

Course Director Dr Rachel Rich recently gave a talk at Temple Newsam House. The talk was on ‘Telling the Time in Eighteenth-Century England’ and was accompanied by a demonstration of the extremely rare George Pyke Clock, view the clock here.

The Our Criminal Ancestors project, supported by Professor Heather Shore, held a second successful event at the Hull History Centre. During the day, members of the public shared their stories about policing history with a number of expert speakers. In the afternoon, volunteers from Ripon Museum brought along a number of artefacts relating to crime, policing and punishment history; assisted by Leeds Beckett Ph.D student Rhiannon Pickin, who has worked closely with the Museum as part of her AHRC/Heritage Consortium PhD.

As an affiliate of the Baines Research Group for the Comparative Study of Unfree Labour (University of Leeds/Harvard University/BA Leverhulme Trust), Dr Robert Burroughs, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, gave a conference paper at the Comparative Abolition in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans conference at the University of Leeds in September.

Dr Robert Burroughs was interviewed on the Johnny I'Anson show on BBC Radio Leeds in September to discuss his public talk on Black History Month and Slavery. The interview is available here, around 1 hour 49 minutes into the broadcast. The talk, part of the Centre for Culture & the Arts Leeds Cultural Conversations series, was then given in Leeds Central Library in October.

Senior Lecturer, Dr Henry Irving was invited to talk about his research as part of the Home Office’s ‘Learning from Experience’ programme. The programme, which is co-organised by History & Policy and Shane Ewen, exists to help policy-makers develop an understanding of the historical context of their work. The talk considered the lessons of post-Blitz welfare in the context of contemporary disasters like the Grenfell Tower fire.

Course Director, Dr Emily Zobel Marshall has had the following chapters and articles accepted for publication.

  • (2017) 'It's not all Sequins and Bikini's? Power, Performance and Play in the Leeds and Trinidad Carnival'. Book Chapter. Riggio, M (ed.). (Ian Randle Publishers).
  • (2017) [Interview] ‘Writing the Woman’s Voice: On the Verandah with Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze.’ Contemporary Women’s Writing. (Oxford University Press).
  • (2017) “‘Nothing but Pleasant Memories of the Discipline of Slavery”:  The Trickster and the Dynamics of Racial Representation.’ Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies. (Wayne State University Press).
  • (2017) ‘This is Not a Fairytale: Anansi and the Web of Narrative Power’ in Teverson, A (ed.) The Fairy Tale World (Routledge).

Emily has also been involved in the following events:

  • Speaker and organizer at Caribbean Carnival Cultures day conference, hosted in partnership with Center for Culture and the Arts Chapletown Arts.  More info here (9 September)
  • Invited speaker at the Victoria and Albert museum, Out of Many One – Caribbean Carnival festival. More info here (8 October)
  • Chair at Ilkey Literature festival literary events. In conversation with novelists Abdulrazak Gurnah and Qaisra Shahraz (14 October) and discussing the ‘Secret Sisterhood’ with Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney (14 October)
  • Introduction and Q and A at Hyde Park Picture house screenings of ‘Sugar Cane Alley’ and ‘A Dry White Season’.

This month, the Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett is supporting a series of screenings at the Hyde Park Picture House for Black History Month. Emily has been working with Laura Ager, Film Programmer for the Hyde Park Picture House, to organise the screening of two ground breaking films by award-winning, Martinican-born, director Euzhan Palcy. Palcy is notably the first black female director to have had a film produced by a major Hollywood studio (MGM). Alongside Palcy’s, A Dry White Season, based in apartheid South Africa, Sugar Cane Alley is a film that reminds us of the injustices suffered by people of African descent as a result of slavery, colonialism and racial prejudice and a fitting choice for Black History Month. Emily will be introducing both films and running a Q and A after the filming.

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