• Delivering drama: drama in education practitioner Ava Hunt on what it's like to work in a war-torn region

      Hunt, Ava (Arts Industry, 2008-10-24)
      An account of the challenges of introducing drama skills to English teachers in Sri Lanka, against complex social issues of a war torn country.
    • The democratic development potential of a cultural ecosystem approach

      Barker, Victoria; University of Derby (University of Warwick, 2020-01-20)
      Culture is increasingly being deployed as a tool to deliver development policy, with ‘development’ seen as a process rather than as an outcome, in the same way that culture can be seen (and has a long history of such) as a “noun of process” (Williams 1976: 87). This has been usefully summed up by Duxbury, Kangas & De Beukelaer referencing Sen (1999) as the underlying idea that “development should not be considered as a finality (generally expressed in a monetary value derived from work) but the extent to which people are able to participate in political, social and economic life” (2017: 216). Development policy encompasses a broad range of focus from the industrial and economic to sustainable and human development agendas. Cultural policy itself is now predominantly framed within a model of economic growth, which limits opportunities to discuss more inclusive, accessible and participatory aspects that form this paper’s approach to democratic development. The following discussion explores the potential for cultural policy activity to develop inclusive and rich relationships from local to international scales, and to broaden the discussion of growth beyond the economic, through the device of the cultural ecosystem.
    • Developing local narratives for objects in national collections: Lessons learned from the “Number Please? Working with the Enfield Exchange” project.

      Geoghegan, Hilary; McIlvenna, Kathleen; van der Vaart, Merel; Institute of Historical Research (Wiley, 2017-06-19)
      Museums of science, technology, and engineering are developing new ways of interpreting and displaying their collections. Increasingly objects are being placed within narratives of everyday use; the human side of technology. The focus of this article is a section of one of the last UK manual telephone switchboards, which was acquired by the Science Museum, London, following its decommissioning in 1960. This artifact offers a unique insight into a communication technology that relied extensively on female telephonists, a distinct way of understanding gender roles in the twentieth century. The authors explore strategies for developing local narratives for objects from national collections and reflect on lessons learned from a cross-institutional collaboration. This article highlights: the value of local historians, community events and oral histories to developing local narratives; how these activities informed understandings of the telephone switchboard; work life in the communications industry; the relationship between women and technology; and practical strategies that can enhance collections and museum practice through collaboration.
    • Digitally-social genre fiction: Citizen authors and the changing power dynamics of writing in digital, social spaces.

      Johnson, Miriam J.; University of Derby; College of Arts, Humanities and Education, University of Derby, Derby, UK (Taylor and Francis, 2018-08-09)
      The growth of digitally social media has given rise to the citizen author, as an author who actively chooses to forgo the traditional publishing model and seeks instead to share their works among communities on social platforms. Taking into account the nature of the medium on which they write, they use genre fiction as a means to push the boundaries of what is expected of a ‘book’ or narrative structure. This article shows that, by pushing back against the structure of the author-agent-publisher model, these authors engender communities around their writing and develop relationships directly with readers. These digital villages proliferate around genre writing in online spaces, creating a shifting power dynamic between the publishing industry and the writers who choose to work in these digital spaces, blurring the differential between ‘high’ and ‘low’ art and addressing the issues of gender in genre fiction.
    • Diversity and opportunity in the UK media industries

      Marsden, Stevie; University of Leicester (2019-01-14)
    • ‘Don’t Talk into my Talk’:oral narratives, cultural identity & popular performance in Colonial Uganda

      Kasule, Samuel; University of Derby (James Currey, 2010-11-18)
      Performance in colonial Uganda was dominated by dance and song, although individual technical mastery of dance, song, and instrumentation was a prerogative of the professional performers and court musicians who played at the royal courts, beer parties, and market places. There are limited written materials available on indigenous performances of the colonial period in Buganda. However, the existence of a corpus of archival Luganda musical recordings, going back to the 1930s, and oral narratives of aged people, gives us an insight into performance activities of this period. Old musical recordings help us to understand various forms of performance about which we know little, and contribute to aspects of performance that have shaped contemporary Ugandan theatre. The essay identifies popular performances a form existing before colonisation, how these were ‘documented’ and what has survived. It examines how the texts, impacted on by complex colonial and missionary systems reveal syncretised popular performance infrastructures. Finally, it explores the notion of the body as a “memory” reflecting on selected Ugandan indigenous aesthetics of performance.
    • Downshifting.

      Buckner, Adrian; University of Derby (Five Leaves Publications, 2017-04)
    • Dragging the corpse: Landscape and memory.

      Cashdan, Liz; McCrory, Moy; University of Derby (Multilingual Matters, 2015-04-01)
      Writers have always used the land to represent what it is to be human and have used landscape as a vehicle for emotion and identity. In probing the question does a nation write the people, or do the people write the nation, the writer confronts their own sense of belonging , their adherence and divergence. No longer figures in a landscape, we become the frame through which landscape must pass on its way to a re-consideration and a re-inscription. Exploring the inner lands in response to environment.
    • Drama in coalfields and paddyfields

      Hunt, Ava (2008-09)
      Drawing on a range of different drama practitioners Ava Hunt reflects on her experience and challenges of delivering drama in Sri Lanka
    • Druids Hill

      Tighe, Carl; University of Derby (Five Leaves, 2008)
      A novel
    • ‘Eating, sleeping, breathing, reading’: the zoella book club and the young woman reader in the 21st Century

      Branagh-Miscampbell, Maxine; Marsden, Stevie; University of Stirling; University of Leicester (Participations, 2019-05-01)
      This article considers the development and promotion of WH Smith’s Zoella Book Club and its success in developing an online community who share a reading experience through their engagement with the club. The Zoella Book Club is considered in relation to contemporary celebrity book club culture, as well as within an historical context that appraises the Zoella Book Club in terms of the construction and promotion of ideal(ised) notions of the young woman reader. Through its aesthetic, choice of books and rhetoric, the Zoella Book Club propagated, commodified, and ultimately perpetuated, highly feminised and domestic imagery to construct an image of the ideal woman reader in the twenty-first century.
    • The echo of Tlatelolco in contemporary Mexican protest poetry

      Carpenter, Victoria; University of Derby (2005)
      The shooting of a student demonstration in La Plaza de las Tres Culturas in the Tlatelolco district of Mexico City on 2 October 1968 has been the subject of many literary works, among which the Tlatelolco poetry addresses not only the event itself but also the aftermath of the massacre. Both approaches examine the relationship between the ‘yo’/‘nosotros’ and ‘ellos’ constructs, focusing on the ‘nosotros’ construct as the result of this interaction. The following analysis of this process is based on the theory of self and Other, especially René Girard's theory of the mimetics of violence and the process of scapegoating as a basis for the relationship between the individual and society within the context of a violent conflict.
    • An Ecology of Values: critically interpreting John Newling's art

      Crouch, David; University of Derby (2014)
      In this article I articulate the cultural geographies of performing potential spaces of a gallery exhibition. I offer my participative, affective relations with the artwork, exploring the fluidity and openness of the spaces in which I found objects that were mutual, commingling and dissonant. In doing so, it is necessary to let the work speak, but not to leave it there. Nor is it to appraise, close-up the arrangement or individual elements of the show in an objective aesthetic. Rather it is to acknowledge circling atmospheres emerging in my cultural geography of practice. New spaces emerge in the practice, through my play with the spaces of the objects as set out, and through my own responses in an affective and productive relational engagement with them, singly and severally.
    • Edens: A 360 degree digital poem

      Bishton, Joanne; Higson, Rob; Buckner, Adrian; McNally Mary; University of Derby (University of Derby, 2015)
      Edens is a 360 degree digital poem exploring the idea of the self in the landscape.
    • Eggheads.

      Cheeseman, Matthew; University of Derby (Disqus, 2015-12-14)
    • Emil Schlagintweit und die Tibet-Forschung im 19. Jahrhundert

      Neuhaus, Tom; University of Derby (Boehlau, 2015)
      Die Geografen Hermann und Robert Schlagintweit sowie der Geologe Adolph Schlagintweit zahlen zu den ersten deutschen Wissenschaftlern, die den Himalaja und das Karakorum-Gebirge erforschten. Einige Gebiete dieser damals weithin noch unerschlossenen Gebirgsregionen betraten sie als erste Europaer uberhaupt. Die Expedition war von Alexander v. Humboldt angeregt und durch die britische Ostindien-Kompanie sowie den preussischen Konig Friedrich Wilhelm IV. finanziert worden. Diese Konstellation erwies sich als konfliktreich. Die Entdeckungsreisenden sahen sich der universalwissenschaftlichen Naturforschung Humboldts verpflichtet – aber auch den politischen und wirtschaftlichen Interessen ihrer britischen Auftraggeber. Dies und der unterschiedliche Wissensstand uber Asien in Grossbritannien und dem restlichen Europa sorgten fur kontroverse Bewertungen der Expedition, die zwischen einer Glorifizierung der Buder als herausragender Entdecker und ihrer kompletten Ablehnung schwankten. Die Autoren dieses reichbebilderten Katalogs stellen die Expedition und ihre Ergebnisse erneut auf den Prufstand, geben Aufschluss uber die Organisation einer solch grossen Unternehmung und vermitteln einen Einblick in die umfangreichen Sammlungen, welche fur heutige Forschungsfragen weiterhin von grosser Relevanz sind. ENGLISH: The geographers Hermann and Robert Schlagintweit and the geologist Adolph Schlagintweit are among the first German scientists to explore the Himalayas and the Karakorum Mountains. Some of these regions, which were still largely untapped, were the first Europeans to enter. The expedition had been stimulated by Alexander von Humboldt and had been financed by the British East India Company and the Prussian King Frederick William IV. This constellation proved to be conflicting. The explorers were committed to Humboldt's universal scientific research, but also to the political and economic interests of their British clients. This and the differing knowledge about Asia in the UK and the rest of Europe caused controversial assessments of the expedition, which oscillated between a glorification of the brothers as an outstanding discoverer and their complete refusal. The authors of this richly illustrated catalog re-examine the expedition and its results, provide information on the organization of such a large enterprise, and provide an insight into the extensive collections, which are still of great relevance for today's research questions.
    • Enlightenment science, technology and the industrial revolution: a case study of the Derby philosophers c1750-1820

      Elliott, Paul; University of Derby (Arkwright Society, Cromford, 2020-08-30)
      After briefly reviewing the historiography of Enlightenment science, industry and the Derby philosophers, this essay examines industry and science in eighteenth-century Derby and the industrial orientation of the philosophical societies. It then explores the relationship between the leading entrepreneurs and manufacturers Jedediah Strutt and Richard Arkwright and the ‘Derby Philosophers’, demonstrating how much they gained from their association with the Derby Philosophical Society. This is especially evident, as it demonstrates when we consider the case of Erasmus Darwin, first president of the Society, and how as a physician, avid mechanic and experimenter, he helped meld the worlds of Enlightenment science and industry. Likewise, whilst the struggles that Arkwright experienced over his patents during the 1780s has been often described, viewing these from the perspective of the Derby Philosophers adds a new dimension to our understanding of the relationship between scientific associations, industrial innovation and entrepreneurialism. The article concludes with a critical investigation of the role of the sciences in agriculture and domestic economy and the part played by the Derby Philosophers in promoting scientific education for what they believed to be the benefit of industry and manufactures.
    • Etherotopia or a country in the mind: bridging the gap between utopias and nirvanas

      Callow, Christos Jr; Birkbeck, University of London (Routledge, 2015-02-28)
      Joyce Hertzler concludes his History of Utopian Thought with the phrase ‘Utopia is not a social state it is a state of mind’. Other utopian scholars would argue that the truth is exactly the opposite, that utopia is a purely social matter. There seems to be a false dilemma here where one must choose between two, seemingly conflicting, schools of utopian thinking: social utopias and private ones. In John Carey’s words, ‘Whereas most utopias reform the world, some reform the self’. He says of the later that these ‘solitary utopians are Robinson Crusoes of the mind, inventing islands for themselves to inhabit’ and that they are very unlike ‘normal, public-spirited utopians’. In this essay Christos Callow Jr explores the potential of a utopia that reforms both world and self and proposes Etherotopia as its name.
    • 'fancys or feelings': John Clare's hypochondriac poetics

      Lafford, Erin; University of Derby (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020-09-18)
      Clare’s mental and physical health has long been a source of interest and contention in his critical reception. Approaches to his ‘madness’ have ranged from retroactive diagnoses of bipolar disorder, to interrogations of insanity as a discourse of clinical power. If the result of these debates is that critics are more willing to read pathology as performance, or even to suggest that Clare’s disorder might not have been straightforwardly ‘real’, then this essay asks what can be gained from returning to some fleeting claims about the poet’s mental and physical health that express a struggle between reality and imagination, but have not yet received sufficient attention. I refer here to suggestions, both from his contemporary moment and from his subsequent critical reception, that Clare was a hypochondriac. Clare has been overlooked in critical conversations that discuss the significance of hypochondria as a facet of the Romantic medical imagination and cultivation of ‘fashionable disease’ but, as I hope to show, hypochondria should be taken seriously as a conceptual lens through which to read his poetic imagination in relation to illness and disorder. Hypochondria occupies a distinct interpretative space of uncertainty and of literary associations that, this essay argues, is better able to approach Clare on his own terms. I consider hypochondria in two interrelated ways: as a social and literary culture that Clare wanted to participate in and that also framed some of his writing, and as a form of poetic imagination and attention that emerged from Clare’s anxious scrutiny of his own body and mind. I also explore, through a final reading of a sonnet Clare published in the London Magazine in 1821, how hypochondria can become an important lens through which to consider his lyric subjectivity, uncovering as it does the ambiguously pathological experiences or registers that might disrupt his observation of the natural world.
    • The first rule of judging club…: inside the saltire society literary awards

      Marsden, Stevie; Squires, Claire; University of Leicester; University of Stirling (Lectito BV, 2019-12-11)
      Book awards are a pervasive aspect of contemporary book culture, attracting both substantial media and scholarly attention. They confer prestige, create marketing opportunities, push sales, and contribute to the early stages of canon formation. Yet, beyond occasional media splashes when judges break ranks and disagree, there is little insight into the administrative and decision-making processes inside book awards. This article draws on the autoethnographic experiences of two academic researchers, who were simultaneously participants (as administrator and judge) for the Saltire Society Literary Awards. In so doing, the article gives insight into particular moments within the administration and judging of the awards, such as changes instigated by research findings and debates surrounding gender imbalance in Scottish literary award culture. It also examines some of the challenges of operating as embedded researchers. The article analyses what autoethnographic methods can bring to an understanding of the Saltire Society’s Literary Awards and other cultural awards, and the implications of embedded research and collaborative autoethnography for 21st century book culture scholarship more widely. It reflects upon modes of embedded research by making evident the challenges and dilemmas of researching from the ‘inside’. The ethical framework for such research is far from simple, but in exploring particular moments with perspectives from both inside and outside the judging processes, and in interrogating the practices of literary consecration, the article casts light upon this particular ‘judging club’ and its practices, and illuminates ways in which researchers might consider, orientate, and carry out further research into processes of cultural consecration.