My Future York website launched

My Future York is an open and collaborative inquiry seeking to develop a richer understanding of the York’s past and inspire new alternative visions for York’s future.

The My Future York project has been developed through a partnership between York Environment Forum, York Past and Present, York Explore Libraries and Archives and Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage at the University of Leeds. It is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities programme as part of the Connected Communities Festival 2016.

Leeds Migration Network site launched

mrnA new site was launched today for the Leeds Migration Network – an interdisciplinary research network of academics and practitioners in the area of migration research baesd out of University of Leeds.

The network has been set up to develop a community of researchers with an interest in migration, bringing together University researchers with government, practitioner, business and civil society groups. Its aims include:

  • developing research around migration with an agenda focused on social change and social inclusion.
  • providing a contact point and source of expertise for policy makers, practitioners, migrant support groups and community organisations with an interest in migration-related issues.
  • developing collaboration between university migration researchers and external organisations.
  • promoting migration research through the development of working papers, policy briefings, data summaries, case studies and other means.

New site launched for Education Research Centre

lcyrA new website was launched today for the Leeds Centre for Interdisciplinary Childhood and Youth Research, which serves as a focus for research and innovation in the fields of the ‘new social studies’ of childhood and critical youth studies.

The Centre’s primary goal is to deliver internationally leading and cutting edge research with and about children and young people by forging multi- and interdisciplinary research collaborations amongst the social and natural sciences, arts and humanities.

The Director of the Centre is Professor Pia Christensen from the School of Education, and the Deputy Director is Professor Tracy Shildrick from the School of Sociology and Social Policy

CSSME website launched

cssmeAfter a restructuring of Academic Groups within the School of Education, the Centre for Studies in Science and Mathematics Education (CSSME) has been incorporated into the Teaching and Learning Academic Group in the School of Education.

A new website containing the current and archived outputs of the CSSME has been launched here to ensure that the work of this long established group of Academics is preserved and can be built on into the future.

German Operetta site launched

golnyA new website was launched today for the German Operetta in London and New York project, led by Professor Derek Scott (University of Leeds) and Dr Anastasia Belina-Johnson (Royal College of Music, London).

The project investigates the changes made to twentieth-century operettas originating in both Austria and Germany for their London and New York productions, in the context of cultural and social issues of the period. It involves examining audience expectations, aspirations, and anxieties, and the social, cultural, and moral values of the times in which these works were created.

The site includes scans of Theatre Programmes and Music Scores as well as profiles of the Operetta Stars and the Theatres in which the productions took place.

Find out more about the project at

Making an Impact conference site launched

making-an-impactA new site was launched today to promote the Postgraduate Research Conference “Making an Impact” which will be held at the University of Leeds on Wednesday 15th June, 2016 in the Maurice Keyworth Building.

This free, one-day event will bring together postgraduate students from across all Faculties of the University in order to explore and articulate the impact of their research and how it relates to the concept of ‘cultural value’. Students will be able to connect with postgraduate research students from a large range of disciplines, and to think about how explicitly engaging with ‘impact’ can benefit their future careers in both academia and industry.

There is currently a Call for Papers and some initial information about the Keynote Speaker Professor John Holden and an SDDU workshop “Envisage your Impact”, available on the Conference Programme page.

The Error Network

the-error-networkThe Error Network explores how dance and human-computer interaction design can inform and interrogate each other through positive engagement with the generative possibilities of ambiguity and error.

The research project is led by Professor Sita Popat in the School of Design. Activities include workshop-laboratories for twelve participants from dance, human-computer interaction, and other disciplines relating to human-technology interfaces.  The Network culminates in a symposium at University of Leeds in December 2016.

The project includes researchers from dance and HCI, alongside those from archaeological computing, psychology, prosthetics, cultural theory, digital media sociology and mathematics, bringing a range of disciplinary understandings of human/computer interfaces to the debate.

Media and Governance in Latin America

media-governance-latin-americaA new site was launched to promote the third Media and Governance in Latin America conference in the School of Media and Communication. The convenors of the conference are Jairo Lugo-Ocando, Associate Professor of the School of Media and Communication, and PhD candidates Ximena Orchard (Sheffield University), Sara Garcia Santamaria (Sheffield University) and Antonio Brambila (University of Leeds).

This will be a pre-conference of IAMCR 2016 (in coordination with the International Association for Media and Communications Research), which takes place in Leicester between the 27th and 31st July. The conference will be held in the School of Media and Communication on the 25th and 26th July.

The conference will explore the connections between the media and models of governance in the region, from both a comparative and an interdisciplinary perspective, paying particular attention to changes in the communication patterns of governments, interest groups, journalists and news organizations, NGOs and civil society.

For further details, please send an email to


Graduate School website launched

pvac-graduate-schoolA new site was launched this week for the Graduate School in PVAC.

The Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications hosts Postgraduate Researchers involved in a range multidisciplinary research areas across five schools; Design, Fine Art History of Art & Cultural Studies, Media and Communication, Music, and Performance and Cultural Industries.

Current areas of research which span across the faculty include: digital humanities (especially in the fields of social media and archives); heritage and accessing the past; digital performance (across theatre, music and a range of live art contexts); citizenship and communication; critical humanities; cultural co-creation and user-centred design processes; medical humanities and critical cultural policy studies. These are underpinned by a broad, deep and rich portfolio of individual and group research interests.