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 Universitys 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 two and five 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 13 projects:
- Language and Nature: Bio-linguistic diversity across the continents, Janet Watson (LCS & Sociology): on the diversity of ways in which nature is represented linguistically, and the links between linguistic and bio-diversity.
- Signs Beyond Borders: Meaning-making Across Sign and Spoken Languages, Elisabetta Adami (LCS & Education): looking at new interpretative frames of communication and language through hands-on video-data analysis of deaf/hearing interactions in multilingual/multicultural contexts.
- 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.
- Cinemas Past, Present and Future: A Changing Medium in an Uncertain Global Landscape, Angelos Koutsourakis (CWCDC): a discussion on cinemas past, present and futures.
- 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.
- Music 625: 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, and the idea of 'high' and 'low' culture.
- 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.
- Utopian Visions of the State in the Global South, Bobby Sayyid (SSP): 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.
- Shh! Encounters in the Unquiet Library, Bridget Bennett (English & History & Leeds Library): on libraries as overlooked sites of dissidence and activism.
- Can Professional Institutions Save the World? Climate Change, Ethical Transformation, and the Lessons of History, Rob Lawlor (IDEA/PRHS & History, Engineering, Earth & Environment/Priestley Centre): 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.
- 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: Exploring the Legacies of Zygmunt Bauman for the Arts and Humanities, Griselda Pollock (FAHACS & LCS & SSP): new directions in the critical study and development of Baumans work as a timely arts & humanities resource.
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.