The Centre for Culture and the Arts was founded in 2013 and brings together researchers from across Leeds Beckett University working in the Arts, Humanities and Culture.
The Leeds Cultural Conversations series is a series of monthly lunchtime talks organised by the Centre for Culture & the Arts at Leeds Beckett University in partnership with Leeds City Council.
The aim of the Leeds Cultural Conversations series is to involve people in the centre's research: Dr Susan Watkins, Director of the Centre commented: “We want to get away from the idea of a separation between town and gown. Leeds Beckett University has a long history of public engagement work and we want as many people as possible to know about the fascinating range of research that our Centre academics are doing. We are delighted to be working with Leeds City Council and Palgrave on this series - working with the council allows us to reach a bigger audience and the publisher Palgrave's ‘Campaign for the Humanities’ is something we are closely involved with.”
The talks from the series are being filmed so we'll be adding the video from each talk to this page - keep an eye on this page for the latest content.
‘Doing Urban History in an Urban World’
December 9th, Sullivan Room, Leeds Town Hall
In an urban world, urban history is more important than ever, especially in explaining the huge social, economic and environmental challenges facing us all today, but also in understanding our increasingly recognisable global urban culture.
‘Retaking the Commons: Culture, Politics, and the Public Realm’
November 11th, Sullivan Room, Leeds Town Hall
In this event Dr Andrew Lawson and Dr Katy Shaw will discuss how the left can find new ways of challenging the neoliberal discourse of 'public bad/private good,' and ask how literary and cultural texts can reframe ideas of collective agency and the common good.
October 7th 2015, Leeds City Museum
The Midnight Robber, in his black sombrero adorned with skulls and coffin-shaped shoes, is a mysterious masquerade character from the Trinidad carnival. He exemplifies many of the practices which were central to Caribbean carnival culture - resistance to officialdom, linguistic innovation and the disruptive nature of play, parody and humour..
‘What is the European Capital of Culture and What it can do for a City’
September 9th 2015, Leeds Beckett University
The European Capital of Culture has been much in the news following Leeds City Council's decision to bid for the title for 2023. This talk provided a brief history of the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) event since its launch in 1985, and discussed its aims, and gave some examples of how it has been used by different European cities to produce cultural, economic and social change...