Thursday, October 12, 2017

Reflecting on 150 years since the abolition of public execution




PhD student Patrick Low is organizing a one-day conference to mark 150 years since the end of public execution. It takes place on June 6th 2018 at the Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle. The event will encourage interdisciplinary insights as well as welcoming scholars from any stage in their career. Subjects for papers may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • The legislative build up to the 1868 Act
  • The effect of the 1868 Act and its aftermath
  • The broader changing nature of punishment
  • Media representations of executions
  • Individual cases and crimes
  • The role of the execution crowd
  • The wider impact and awareness of public executions
  • Capital Punishment in the arts – including visual, design, performance, media, music and literary genres
  • The science of punishment
  • Global and provincial perspectives on capital punishment 

The website has more details, including a call for papers.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Kazuo Ishiguro

The award of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2017 to Kazuo Ishiguro, prompted Tencent - China's largest social media site - to contact Dr Barry Lewis, who has published widely on the Anglo-Japanese novelist. Read the interview here.

Kazuo Ishiguro

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Re-reading Spare Rib


Professor Angela Smith has edited a collection of essays about Spare Rib, one of the most iconic symbols of Second Wave Feminism, whose influence has far out-lived the span of its publication (1972-1993).  Re-Reading Spare Rib (Palgrave Macmillan 2017) examines various aspects of the magazine - based on the digitised publication by the British Library in 2015 - in order to explore the ways in which it has influenced society in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as well as the lives of individual readers. By analysing several articles from a modern, post-feminist perspective, and using cross-generational interviews of Spare Rib readers and reflective accounts of reading the publication, the significance and endurance of the publication is demonstrated. Written by academics, experienced researchers and independent scholars alike, the inter-disciplinary nature of the text results in a multi-dimensional reading of Spare Rib suitable for both an academic and general readership interested in cultural and media studies.

In addition to Angela, two other members of the School of Culture have contributed chapters: Dr Kath Kerr-Koch, and PhD student Maria Fotiadou. Other Sunderland contributions come from Professor Catherine Donovan, Professor Donna Chambers, Professor Bridget Cooper, Dr Sheila QuaidDr Rob Worrall, Dr Paul-Alan Armstrong, Trish Bryans, and Helen Fraser.

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