Media degree at Leeds Met launched at special event
The Media and Place conference, hosted by Leeds Met's Centre for Culture and the Arts, builds on current undergraduate provision in media and cultural studies and will span a broad range of topics including: urban arts and media responses to the economic crisis; drama, literature, cinema and television of 'the North'; the places and practices of sporting media; and new media and spaces of protest, conflict and subversion.
Dr Lynne Hibberd, Lecturer in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities at Leeds Met and one of the organisers of the event, commented: "The conference showcases current research into how media operates in places, contexts and environments. We're delighted to be welcoming delegates from all over the world to join us in Leeds in July - with le Grand Départ, the new Arena, and a host of festivals and exhibitions at our many cultural venues, there's never been a more exciting time to be in Yorkshire.
"The conference is taking place to celebrate the launch of Leeds Met's new Masters programme in Media. The course is an exciting opportunity to explore the spatial and cultural influences and uses of media. Our students love living in Leeds and we'll use northern England - between Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle - as a resource and space for investigation of media and place, enquiring into cultural spaces like the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and creative production spaces such as the BBC at Salford.
"Our teaching team is made up of renowned, research-active academics and media professionals who draw on their own huge variety of working backgrounds to offer a wealth of experience in this subject area. Our passion for media means that we're dedicated to providing an innovative and dynamic learning environment, and we welcome applications from all sorts of people - whether you're in the early stages of a media career, a teacher seeking inspiration, an adult learner, or finishing a degree.
"With 10% off our course fees for Leeds Met alumni, we're really hoping that many of our undergraduate students stay with us. Please join us for the conference and see what we have to offer!"
The conference will welcome keynote speakers, Professor Shaun Moores (University of Sunderland), Dr Tim Edensor (Manchester Metropolitan University), Dr Helen Wheatley (University of Warwick) and Professor Kevin Hetherington (The Open University), and more than 50 attendees who will present their research and exhibit their creative practice across a wide range of themes relating to Media and Place.