Autumn Term Research Bulletin from SOTA!

This Autumn term we have enjoyed some great news and research events in the Centre for Contemporary Narrative and Cultural Theory and the Centre for Practice Led Research in the Arts.

We have had lectures and research seminars by our Visiting Fellows Dr Victor Ukaegbu (The University of Bedfordshire), Professor John Drew (The University of Buckingham) and Associate Professor Tabish Khair (Aarhus University, Denmark). Victor spoke at our annual SOTA Postgraduate Conference (click here to listen back to his talk); John discussed the digitization of Charles Dickens’ journalism and Tabish provided a fantastic introduction to Postcolonialism and the Gothic, which thrilled both staff and second year English students on Dr Gerri Kimber’s Literature and Empire module (follow this link to see a photo of Khair in conversation with SOTA staff and students). Next week, on Wednesday 12th November, the fourth of our Visiting Professors, the Modernist biographer, Peter Parker will be speaking about the lives and works of Christopher Isherwood and J.R Ackerly.

Encouraging external bidding in the School, we also welcomed Karen Lewis and Helen Backhouse from the Research and Strategic Bidding Office to run sessions on ‘Personalizing Grantfinder’ and ‘Bid Writing’ in October.  We look forward to continuing these collaborative events with the RSBO in the spring term.  In the meantime, congratulations to Dr Sonya Andermahr and Dr David Simmons, Dr Ross Prior and Gemma Boaden, Dr Kartini Leet and Kelly Preece for their success this autumn in winning Learning Enhancement and Innovation Awards (supported by the Institute for Learning and Teaching).

Helen Oxley, Drip

Avenue Gallery has also curated some wonderful art exhibitions including Helen Oxley’s, ‘Drip’ (23 September -17 October 2014), a showcase of her colourful abstract paintings and constructions.  More recently, PhD candidate John Sunderland has presented his final year show on photography and the environment, ‘Continuum’.  Catch it now before it closes on 7 November.

Film, TV and Literature scholars Dr David Simmons, Dr Mike Starr and Dr Lorna Jowett have presented a sold-out Cult Film Club at the Errol Flynn Film-house with a Halloween themed classic, ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ (29 October 2014).  Their next film will be a showing of Todd Hayne’s, ‘Safe’ (26 November 2014) which will feature an introductory talk by Professor Richard Canning.

I have been to a Holocaust Memorial Day Trust Workshop at Nottingham’s New Art Exchange, where I caught up with former colleague and HMDT Trust Education Officer, Dr Rachel Century.  I also got to liaise with fellow Holocaust Memorial Day organizers at the Holocaust Centre, Nottingham, Leicester University and St. Andrew’s Hospital, Northampton.

We have also welcomed a number of international visiting scholars to SOTA. Maria Ferrandez from the University of Zaragoza, Spain joined us in September and will be with us until December.  Dr Emmanouel Aretoulakis from the University of Athens visited SOTA in October and gave a seminar on ‘Romanticism and Posthumanist Ecology’.    Professor Abbas Al Duleimi (The University of Babylon) is joining us for a year to continue his research on linguistic translation.  Additionally, Annika Merk from WWU Muenster will be joining Professor Janet Wilson and myself for three days in November to discuss editorial decisions on the CoHaB Diaspora Studies Reader, which is being published by Routledge.

We also need to celebrate a number of conference appearances and publications.  Lecturer in Popular Music, Jasmine Shadrack will be presenting her PhD research at the ‘Metal and Cultural Impact’ conference at the University of Dayton, Ohio (4th-6th November 2014) and Senior Lecturer in Fashion, Emmeline Child will be communicating her research to The University of Huddersfield conference, ‘Transition: Rethinking Textiles and Surfaces’ (26-27 November 2014).  Finally, click on the links to see brand new published works this Autumn term by Dr Gerri Kimber, Associate Professor Nathan Wiseman-Trowse and Dr Renate Braeuninger.

What’s more we have further events coming up this November and December!

Our research seminar series continues, with talks by new lecturers to SOTA, Roy Wallace (Media), Hayley Linthwaite (Drama) and Dr James McLaughlin (Drama).  Don’t miss the ‘Rethinking the Twentieth Century Canon’ event with special guests, Professor Gina Wisker (The University of Brighton) and Dr Martyn Colebrook (The University of Hull). Use this link to access the full programme of SOTA Research Seminars (Autumn 2014).

Lecturers in Dance, Kelly Preece and Matthew Gough will be holding a SOTA event, ‘Instigating, creating and responding’ on 8th November 2014 at 2pm.  The event will feature contributions from choreographer, Julia Gleich (London Studio Centre) and Lecturers in Dance at the University of Bedford, Rachel Farrer and Dr Tamara Ashley.  For more details contact:

From 13th November, Emmeline Child will have a piece of work featured in the online exhibition, Textile Toolbox.

On 14th November, there will be a drama performance of, ‘You the Man’, a play exploring domestic violence, followed by a panel discussion with actor Glenn Maynard (Australia), the playwright Cathy Plourde (USA), and Australian project co-ordinator Ann Taket (Deakin University, Australia).  For more information, contact:

The English Division will be taking BA, MA and PhD students to Professor John Drew’s Digital Humanities Away Day at the University of Buckingham (19 November 2014). For more information, contact:

On 25 November, Dr Lorna Jowett will participate in a panel, ‘Gays of Fear and Wonder: Queer Sci-Fi TV’ at the British Film Institute in London.

University of Zaragoza Lecturer, Dr Silvia Pellicer-Ortin will be in conversation with Dr Sonya Andermahr about contemporary women’s writing on Thursday 11th December at 3pm (Avenue Campus, Room MY120).

Finally, to get us in the festive mood, the English Division’s Inaugural John Clare Memorial Lecture will be held on Friday 12th December (5pm for drinks, 6pm for lecture). Professor Nick Groom (University of Exeter) will be discussing ‘John Clare at Christmas, the Seasons and the English Calendar.’  To book a place at this public lecture email:


Northamptonshire Poet John Clare (Wikimedia Commons)

About Dr Larissa Allwork

Dr Larissa Allwork worked at the University of Northampton School of the Arts (May 2012 - August 2015). She also participated in Professor Janet Wilson's EU-Marie Curie funded Constructions of Home and Belonging ITN. She continues to be affiliated to Dr Sonya Andermahr's Working Group for Interdisciplinary Research in Trauma, Narrative and Performance.

Posted on November 5, 2014, in Conferences, Events, Research Institutes and Centres, School of Education, School of Health, School of Science and Technology, School of Social Sciences, School of the Arts. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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