Monday, September 22, 2014

Canny Culture

The Department of Culture is teaming up with the ‘Canny Space’ at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Sunderland to launch 'Canny Culture' - a series of events organized by academics and students in the department. The inaugural event, which will take place on Friday 26th September 2014 between 6-10 pm., sees the launch of Spectral Visions: The Collection (ed. Colin Younger), an anthology of short stories and poetry written by our own students, staff, academics from other institutions and local (and not so local) writers. There will also be talks by Professor John Strachan (Bath Spa University) and Dr Mike Pearce (Sunderland University) on aspects of the history and dialect of the region.

The evening also includes live music, a light buffet and a wine reception.

Limited copies of the book will be available at the event but it can also be purchased on Amazon here

All are welcome and admission is free. RSVP to

The Canny Space
Church of the Holy Trinity
Church Street East

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Adoption in England

Dr Peter Hayes has co-authored an article which appears in September's edition of Family Law. He and John Hayes QC examine a recent change in the law: the repeal of the requirement in the Adoption and Children Act 2002 to give 'due consideration' to the racial and ethnic background of the child. They argue that the new 'colour-blind' law, properly construed and applied, should bring about a fundamental change to decision-making in adoption which is firmly rooted in securing the welfare of the child.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Angela Smith in Budapest

Dr Angela Smith has given a paper at the Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD) conference in Budapest. In a paper entitled '@EverdaySexism, backlash feminism and the Twittersphere', Angela looked at the Twitter account set up by Laura Bates in 2012 to share women’s stories of sexist treatment. She focused on an unexpected consequence of the work of the EverydaySexism Project - the backlash against Bates herself, who has been targeted by ‘trolls’ and threatened with sexual violence. Angela contends that if we are to see Web 2.0 as being the means by which ‘Fourth Wave’ feminists are renewing their mothers’ and grandmothers’ calls for social equality, we can also see it as a place where the backlash against such arguments draws on a rehashing of age-old claims to male domination.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The North in the eighteenth century

Dr David Fallon is co-organising The North in the Long Eighteenth Century. This one-day conference to be held at the Literary & Philosophical Society in Newcastle on 19th September celebrates the ten-year anniversary of the North East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies and is organized by staff from the Universities of Newcastle, Northumbria, Durham, and Sunderland. Further information and details about how to book your place (which costs £10, or £5 for students) can be found here.  


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