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Cultural Studies & Humanities Good News

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

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Winning Freedom
On 18 October Dr Simon Morgan gave a seminar paper at Portsmouth University on 'Winning Freedom: Black Anti-Slavery Lecturers in the UK, 1838-1860'.  The lecture examined the strategies adopted by such diverse activists as Moses Roper, Frederick Douglass, Ellen and William Craft, Henry 'Box' Brown and Charles and Sarah Remond to appeal to predominantly white British and Irish audiences.  The lecture was part of a series of seminars for Black History Month.

ITV’s Tonight programme ‘What’s in your Meat?’
Dr Rachel Rich appeared on the ITV news programme ‘Tonight’ on Thursday 25 October. ITV's tonight programme, is the UK's most watched current affairs series airing weekly on Thursdays at 19:30 and attracting around 2.5 -3m viewers per episode. The programme was called ‘What’s in your Meat?’ Rachel was interviewed at Leeds Kirkgate Market, and spoke about the cultural meanings of eating different kinds of meat, and how these can help us to understand the importance of proper labelling of foods.

Marvels and Tales
Dr Emily Zobel Marshall has had an article published in a special trickster edition of the international American journal Marvels and Tales: The Journal of Fairy-tale Studies. The article is entitled: “Nothing but Pleasant Memories of the Discipline of Slavery”: The Trickster and the Dynamics of Racial Representation and it examines and compares the cultural trajectory of the African trickster folk figures Brer Rabbit and Anansi in the Americas in the late 19th century. Emily’s article feeds directly into her forthcoming book American Trickster: Trauma Tradition and Brer Rabbit to be published by international publishers Rowman and Littlefield in 2019.

Sounds and the City
Volume 2 of the edited collection ‘Sounds and the City’ (Palgrave), is now available in e-format, including Dr Dave Robinson’s chapter 'Austin and Americana Music: Sites of Protest, Progress and Millennial Cool'.  The collection is edited by Leeds Beckett scholars Brett Lashua, Stephen Wagg, Karl Spracklen and M. Selim Yavuz.  Dave’s chapter forms the first research output from his PhD, awarded by Leeds Beckett in 2016, which was supervised by Dr Peter Mills and Dr Neil Washbourne.

Royal Historical Society's Research Expenses Fund
Andrew McTominey, one of the school’s Heritage Consortium PhD students, has received funding from the Royal Historical Society's Research Expenses Fund to support additional research into the history of the Association of Water Engineers. Andrew presented his provisional findings into this organization at the European Association of Urban History conference in Rome in August. 

The Conversation most read author at Leeds Beckett
Dr Rachel Connor has been named by The Conversation as the most-read author at Leeds Beckett to date. Her piece ‘Swedish death cleaning: how to declutter your life’ was published in January this year and has attracted 130,000 hits. Her work on death and digital data management grows out of her interests in narrative and dystopia. She is developing this work further in collaboration with Professor Susan Watkins (with whom she co-led a session for an AHRC funded event during the Being Human festival) and with Professor Jayne Raisborough (for the project ReportAge, also in conjunction with Professor Susan Watkins).

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