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Cultural Studies & Humanities Good News - October 2019

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

Poetry Publication

Senior Lecturer, Dr Emily Zobel Marshall will have a poem published in the next issue of the poetry magazine Magma which focuses on ‘Loss’ (issue 75).

The poem was selected out of 8,000 entries and is entitled ‘He Returned (Remembering David Oluwale)’ and is about the Nigerian migrant David Oluwale who was hounded to his death by two West Yorkshire police officers in 1969.

Students on the History course at Leeds Beckett have been studying the history of David Oluwale with Dr Henry Irving and have produced a project and digital map based on his story. You can find out more their work here: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/school-of-cultural-studies-and-humanities/history-of-david-oluwale/ and more about David’s about his life and death here: https://www.rememberoluwale.org/

Emily will also be running a session on poetry and literature inspired by David’s story on the new MA English Literature course.

In addition to this Dr Zobel Marshall has had four poems accepted for publication in the journal The Caribbean Writer (Volume 34, Spring 2020). The poems are entitled “Filigree Routes,” “Bath of Herbs,” “Cousin Remembered” and “Running Lost”. The Caribbean Writer is an international, refereed, literary journal with a Caribbean focus, founded in 1986 and published annually in the Caribbean.

Emily also provided commentary for BBC radio on an Afro Caribbean culture programme about the debate around reparations for slavery and Glasgow University’s move to pay out 20 million in ‘reparations’. You can listen to the short piece here, 22 minutes in: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07kdrlj

Kicking out Racism

Dr Dan Kilvington featured on the Sky Sports News’ Tackling Racism show, Monday 3 September. The programme focused on the exclusion of British Asians in football and used his research to kick off the show and help frame the debate. 

The programme can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk2DwQjuPUM

Dr Kilvington also co-organised and hosted the fourth annual Sport and Discrimination conference in partnership with the University of Sunderland and Southampton Solent University. The one-day event took place Wednesday 4 September at Southampton Solent and included keynotes from Durham University, BBC Sport, the Football Association and Kick It Out. The organisers are currently in talks with several academics about a 2020 venue while an edited collection is likely to be in store later next year.

Ted Hughes Poetry Festival

Lecturer Steve Nash was invited to read at the Ted Hughes Poetry Festival in Mexborough on the 12 September at an event with Hollie McNish.

More details can be found on the Ted Hughes Project website: http://tedhughesproject.com/event/hollie-mcnish-and-steve-nash/

Digital Research in the Humanities & Arts

Dr Melanie Chan recently gave a paper at the Digital Arts and Humanities conference in London about virtual reality. Her paper combined literary non-fiction with theories about immersion in virtual reality. The paper used the work of academic researchers but turned them into characters and dialogue to explore multiple viewpoints. Similarly, the character’s dialogue conveyed theoretical perspectives about virtual reality. In this way the paper intertwined various layers of meaning and raise questions about reality and representation, since some aspects of the paper were based on actual academic researchers and events, whilst other elements were fictional. The paper was well-received and the feedback during the question and answer session provoked new ways of thinking about sensory experience and immersion.

The conference was live-streamed via Periscope and further details can be found at the following link: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1ynKOwgyqnEKR

The Testaments

Professor Susan Watkins published a review of Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments in The Conversation (with a warning it contains spoilers...): http://theconversation.com/review-the-testaments-margaret-atwoods-sequel-to-the-handmaids-tale-123465

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