Sadler Seminars 2017/18

Michael Sadler

Sir Michael Sadler (1861-1943) was a Leeds Vice Chancellor famed for his open mind, adventuresome tastes and commitment to research to the lasting benefit of the University’s art collection and much more. The idea behind the programme now bearing his name, is to support colleagues who wish to pursue research questions that, to be answered well, require collaboration across disciplinary lines. Supported  by the LHRI, Sadler Seminars will run for a year, will typically feature between 2 and 5 seminars per semester and will be linked with funding for workshops, outreach/impact activities, grant-writing and administrative support.

In the scheme's third year, the LHRI is delighted to be supporting the following 14 projects:

- What to Eat?  Values and Food Choice, Aaron Meskin (PRHS + Psychology & LUBS): on the empirical and conceptual analysis of the diverse and interacting values influencing food choice. 

- Adventures in Biolinguistic Diversity, Janet Watson (LCS + Sociology): on the diversity of ways in which nature is represented linguistically, and the links between linguistic and bio-diversity. 

- The Arts/Health Nexus, Sue Hayton (CI + Thackray etc.): an umbrella progamme for interconnected seminars on arts practice as cognitive activity, arts therapy, arts as a catalyst for new ideas, and aesthetic dimensions of creativity.

- Can Professional Institutions Save the World?  Climate Change, Ethical Transformation, and the Lessons of History, Rob Lawlor (PRHS/CETL + History, Engineering, Earth & Env./Priestley Centre & Sandbook Trust): on how new ethical standards become integrated into professional practice and the lessons to be learned for sustainable development in the age of climate change. 

- Leeds and the French Revolution, Valerie Mainz (FAHACS + LCS, Brotherton & Leeds Library): on what Leeds-area collections on the French Revolution have to teach us about the geographical conditioning of cultural memory.

- New Materialism in Artistic Practice, Scott McLaughlin (Music + PCI): a practice-based inquiry into the relationship between knowing and doing in the work of artists across a range of media.

- Performance and Music TV: 1960 and After, Tim Boon (Cheney Fellow + Music, SMC, Brotherton  &  Science Museum): looking at how the developing televisual form of “arts-on-TV” interacted with the development of musical genres, idea of “high” and “low” culture etc.

- Shh!  Encounters in the Unquiet Library, Bridget Bennett (English + History & Leeds Library): on libraries as overlooked sites of dissidence and activism.

- Signs Beyond Borders: Meaning-making Across Sign and Spoken Languages, Elisabetta Adami (LCS + Education): on the interaction of the sign-language using Deaf with the hearing as a novel window onto multilingual/multicultural communication.

- The Spirit and the Letter: Radical Practices of Community, Language and Design, Paul Wilson (Design + LCS & FAHACS): on the links between visual design, linguistic design, political radicalism, and experiments in utopian living.

- Thinking for Dark Times: The Significance of Zygmunt Bauman for the Arts & Humanities and the Relevance of the Arts & Humanities to the Analysis of the Legacy of Zygmunt Bauman, Griselda Pollock (FAHACS + LCS & SSP): new directions in the critical study and development of Bauman’s work as a timely arts & humanities resource.

- Touch: Sensing, Feeling, Knowing, Helen Steward (PRHS + English & Psychology): on this puzzling and neglected sense modality in wider perspective, philosophical especially, but also psychological, medical etc.

- Utopian Visions of the State in the Global South, Elisabeth Leake (History + Sociology): a re-examination of state development and national building in the non-Western world not as so much deviation from a Western model but as a new, different model.

- Visual Archiving: Enriching the Memorial Landscape, Claire Eldridge (History + LCS): on the use of new media by marginalized communities to create, manage and make use of their own archives.

Further information on the above seminars (including date and location) will be added in due course.

Details of the projects supported in the 2016/17 series can be found here