Sites of Culture
Unit(s) of assessment: History
School: School of Arts and Humanities
How we make sense of the world, how we interact with it, and the forms of display, consumption, symbolism and ritual involved, form the core elements of these projects. As Geertz notes, cultures are man-made webs of significance; our constructions in which we remain suspended. Cultures can also be both unexpected sites of opposition and of collaboration: witness that slaves in the American south enjoyed boxing for their white masters.
Addressing the Challenge
This project explores the conflicting and cooperative aspects of expressive cultures and their symbolic forms. This project also pursues both internal and external approaches to the cultural turn in historical studies in that they seek explore the nature of past cultures and the work of past and present historians in that field – they are, therefore, endeavours in both cultural history and the history of cultural history.
Professor Graham Black's responsibilities incorporate teaching, research and consultancy (in a private capacity). He is currently exploring the issue of how best to evaluate history museums in the 21st century.
Professor Black also teaches on the MA Museum and Heritage Management course, and is responsible for the year-long module on Presentation Management, covering visitor studies, marketing and audience development, visitor services, learning and interpretation. He also supervises and marks MA theses and acts as Admissions Tutor for the course.
- Graham Black, 'Museums, memory and history', Cultural and Social History, 8 (2011), . 415-427.
- Amy Fuller, 'Rebel With A Cause? From Traitor Prince To Exemplary Martyr: Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz's Representation Of San Hermenegildo', European Review Of History: Revue Europeenne D'histoire, , 16 (2009), 893-910.
- Amy Fuller, 'Sor Juana's El Divino Narciso: The Gospel According To Ovid?' Fuller A, Latin And The Vernacular', In B. Taylor B and A. Coroleu Lletget (eds.), Renaissance Iberia III, Ovid From The Middle Ages To The Baroque, (Manchester University Press, 2008).
- Ian Inkster, 'Anthropologies of enthusiasm: Charlotte Salwey, Shinji Ishii, and Japanese colonialism in Formosa circa 1913-1917', Taiwan Journal of Anthropology, 9 (2011), 1-32
- Ian Inkster, 'Education, attitudes and the armed forces: a cultural-technological and comparative historical analysis. Languages', Literary Studies and International Studies, 7 (2010), 23-44.
- Ian Inkster, 'Oriental enlightenment: the problematic military experiences and cultural claims of Count Maurice Auguste comte de Benyowsky in Formosa during 1771', Taiwan Historical Research 17 (2010), 27-70.
- Ian Inkster (with J. Morrell), (eds.), Metropolis and province: science in British culture, 1780-1850 (Routledge, 2006).
- Ian Inkster, 'Technology and culture during the first climacteric', International History Review, XXXI (2009), 356-364.
- Sergio Lussana (with Lydia Plath) (eds.), Black and White Masculinity in the American South, 1800-2000 (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009).
- Sergio Lussana, '"No Band of Brothers Could Be More Loving": Enslaved Male Homosociality, Friendship, and Resistance in the Antebellum American South', Journal of Social History, 46:4 (Summer, 2013), pp. 872-895.
- Sergio Lussana, 'To See who was Best on the Plantation: Enslaved Fighting Contests and Masculinity in the Antebellum Plantation South', Journal of Southern History, 76:4 (November, 2010), pp. 901-22.
- Sergio Lussana, 'Slave Fighting in the Old South', Alabama Heritage, 107 (Winter 2013), pp. 16-23.
- John McCallum, 'Poverty or Prosperity: The Economic Fortunes of Ministers in Post-Reformation Fife, 1560-1640', Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 62:3 (2011), 472-490.
- Gary Moses 'Reshaping Rural Culture? The Church of England and Hiring Fairs in the East Riding of Yorkshire c. 1850-80', Rural History, Vol. 13, 1, 2002.
- Gary Moses, 'Passive and Impoverished? A Discussion of Rural Popular Culture in the Mid-Victorian Years, Rural History, 22, 2 (2011).
- Bill Niven, 'On a supposed taboo: flight and refuges from the east in GDR film and television', German Life and Letters, 65 (2012), 216-36.
- Bill Niven, 'War memorials at the intersection of politics, culture and memory', Journal of War and Culture Studies, 1 (2009), 39-45.
- Jenny Woodley, The "Art Approach" to Civil Rights: Culture and the NAACP (University of Kentucky Press, 2014).