Interdisciplinary Seminars 2014 - 2016 Interdisciplinary Seminars 2014 - 2016

Previous Interdisciplinary Seminars

2016: Where are the Humanities in the Digital Age? - Learning, Teaching and Research

Digital technologies have the power to enable new ways of working in the humanities, allowing new questions, facilitating access to research materials, creating synergies across humanities fields, and providing new forms of output and dissemination that span the humanities.  This seminar series will provide UEA researchers (both staff and students) with a forum to explore these issues through ten seminars delivered by a range of experts from academia and beyond.

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20 January          ‘Introducing Digital Humanities and Digital Resources’ - Paul Gooding (UEA) & Richard Deswarte (UEA)

27 January          ‘Old Material, New Media:  Examining Archival Objects via the Internet’ - Matthew Sillence (UEA)

03 February         'Physical Actor Training – an online A-Z' - Paul Allain (Kent)

10 February        ‘Analysing the Historical Landscape through GIS’ - Tom Williamson (UEA) & Jon Gregory (UEA)

17 February        ‘Massive open online learning - challenges and opportunities' - Helena Gillespie (UEA)

24 February        ‘Cultural Mapping:  Creating Online Communities’ - Karen Smyth (UEA)

02 March             'Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future' - Martin Eve (Birkbeck)

09 March             'Innovation, Experimentation, Collaboration: Exploring Digital Collections and Data at the British Library' - BL Labs (British Library) (special event 12:00-15:00)

Easter Break

13 April                Dr Jamie Hakim: “Chemsex and the city: queering intimacy in neoliberal London’ and Dr Tom Phillips: "When the Force is Not With You: Identifying the Uncommitted Star Wars Audience”

20 April                 'From Digital Forensics to Library Carpentry: software tools for humanists' - James Baker (Sussex)

27 April                'Crowdsourcing in cultural heritage' - Mia Ridge (British Library)

04 May                  ‘Round table discussion:  The current state and future of Digital Humanities’ - Jon Draper (Norfolk Record Office), Alicia McConnell (UEA), & Ulrich Tiedau (UCL).

Reading Group

The interdisciplinary seminar reading group that accompanies this series runs each week following the speaker's session. Links for the reading for each week can be found below:

27 January 2016


2015: On Sport

Sport is a global phenomenon. It generates billions of dollars for economies across the world, often dominates media schedules, creates global celebrities with increasing political power and patterns the lives of millions of ‘ordinary' participants and fans. In short, sport is a key feature of contemporary culture that provides fertile ground for studying how social organisations and relations interact and are shifting in contemporary society. The ways in which sport is communicated in society, and the ways in which athletes communicate, provide fertile ground for investigation.

This series is run by the members of UEA's Sport and Communication group drawn from American Studies, Behavioural Social Science, Education, Environmental Studies, Film and Media, History, Linguistics, Sociology, and Translation Studies. The aim of the series is to develop and build on existing debates around the study of sport, in particular from an interdisciplinary perspective, as a platform for collaborative projects involving postgraduate students and academics at UEA and beyond. 


04 February 2015 - Chris Stone (Football Unites, Racism Divides) and Michael Skey (Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies) - Sport, identity and performativity: spectacularly insignificant or unspectacularly significant?
11 February 2015 - Emma Poulton (University of Durham) - 'Yid' as an Epithet and Term of Endearment in English Football: The Curious Case of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Sanna Inthorn (Art, Media and American Studies) Playing the nation and gender card? Media coverage of women’s football
18 February 2015 - Peter Dawson (School of Economics) The Legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Paul Downward (University of Loughborough) Tensions between the social and health value of sport
25 February 2015 - John Hughson (University of Central Lancashire)  - 'Za dom!': The Croatian identity of the footballer Josip Šimunić and its Australian context, Football and Nationalism in the former Yugoslavia: Historical and Ethnographic Approaches and

Richard Mills (School of History) ‘Red Star Serbia, Never Yugoslavia!’ – Evolving National Identities within ‘Serbian’ Football Supporters’ Groups

11 March 2015 - Sarah Godfrey and Oliver Brooks (both School of Art, Media and American Studies) Sports fan experience and its representation
18 March 2015 - Alex Brown (School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies) Principles of Stakes Fairness in Sport, Richard Hauxwell-Baldwin (Tyndall Centre) Football and climate change
29 April 2015 - Beth Fielding-Lloyd (Sheffield Hallam University) Demanding a more inclusive BBC: Building narratives of gender and Great Britain in sports news
06 May 2015 - Roger Baines (School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies) Translation and power in interpreted interviews and press conferences in the English Premier League, Luna Filipovic (School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies) Language power play: Communication in non-native English in the world of professional tennis
13 May 2015 - Roundtable: What does interdisciplinarity bring to the study of sport?

Series organizer: Dr Roger Baines (PPL),

PPD aims:

Develop an understanding of methodological and conceptual issues across the humanities and the ability to positions one's own research topic among them
Develop skills in debate, analysis, group work and develop contacts with researchers on other disciplines


2014: On Death

Death as the ultimate interdisciplinary object, has been studied from anthropological, historical, sociological, psychological, philosophical, political and artistic perspectives, yet it is never exhausted in the discussions of any of these disciplines. All these interconnected disciplines face new challenges in advanced modernity. New theoretical paradigms try to address the relationship with death in a global world marked by the triumph of Western capitalism, technological advancements and increased insecurity in contemporary ‘risk' marked societies. The importance of death in understanding our contemporary condition is reflected not only in the increase of academic and popular publishing on the subject but also in the prominence of entertainment TV shows, public events and exhibitions on the topic. This interdisciplinary seminar aims to bring into discussion different disciplinary perspectives and theoretical approaches in humanities in order to reflect on the changing nature of practices and meanings of death in a global environment. Sessions will be led by experts from within the Faculty, with a guest speaker, Professor Renata Salecl (School of Law, Birkbeck College). - Dr Marina Prentoulis (PSI)

January 22: Marina Prentoulis (PSI) Introductory session.
January 29: Matthew Sillence (HUM) The Dead Incorporated: Episcopal Burial and Commemoration 1200-1300.
February 5: Rupert Read (PHI) The logic of grief.
February 12: Cathie Carmichael (HIS) Remembering the First World War in Bosnia and Serbia?
February 19: Lee Marsden (PSI) & Lee Jarvis (PSI) Political Violence, Legitimacy and Death.
February 26: Carole Rawcliffe (HIS) Death and commemoration in the medieval hospital.
March 5: Alan Finlayson (PSI) Political Life after Death: Contemporary Theory and the Critique of Mortalist Humanism.
March 12: Phillip Smith (FTM) and Mohamed Elsheemy (MED): Preparing for Death
March 19: Sanna Inthorn (FTM) Dead Popular - The role of death in popular culture.
March 26: External Speaker - Renata Salecl, Professor of Psychology/Psychoanalysis (Birkbeck) Death and Ignorance (please note that this session will take place in Arts 3.02.
April 9 (rescheduled): Brett Mills (FTM) Dead Animals