Category Archives: Events

Upcoming 21st Century Research Group meetings

Wednesday 10th February, 4.15-5.30pm, MC0024
Dr Marie Thompson, School of Film and Media, ‘Everyday sonic warfare: affect and the weaponised use of classical music’

24 Wednesday 2nd March, 4.15-5.30pm, MC0024
Dr Sarah Dillon, University of Cambridge, ‘The Horror of the Anthropocene’

Wednesday 13th April, 4.15-5.30pm, MC2201
Professor Jason Lee, Head of Leicester Media School, De Montfort University, ‘The Economics of Perversion: child sexual abuse and contemporary culture’

Wednesday 27th April, 4.15-5.30pm, MC0024
Adam O’Meara, School of Film and Media, The Anatomy of Objects

Martin Eve (English) and Caroline Edwards (English)

‘Floats Like a Butterfly, Stings Like a Finch: Adorno, Utopia and Open Access Publishing’

This paper addresses the specific threats faced by the recent Finch Report and will be a practical introduction to the future problems that will occur from the way in which Open Access is being implemented. It will also, however, be a show of optimism; power structures are dispersed and it is my strong contention that, through action (ironically, given the Adornion frame through which this will be viewed), we will prevail in the time that remains by building our own alternatives.

Weds 27th Feb 4.15-5.30, MC0024

Professor Steven King, University of Leicester

Professor King will talk about the Centre for the Medical Humanities at Leicester

Weds 15th May 4.15-5.30, MC0024

Book launch of Siân Adiseshiah and Rupert Hildyard (eds), Twenty-First Century Fiction: What Happens Now, Palgrave, 2013

English Research Seminar, 21 November 2012, Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln


Dr Arin Keeble

Katrina Time: An Aggregation of Political Rhetoric in the Cultural Response to Hurricane Katrina”

This paper argues that the cultural response to Hurricane Katrina is often characterized by an aggregation of political discourse and rhetoric, which, in addition to expressing anger at the government’s handling of the post-Katrina flooding of New Orleans, also responds to the social and political realities of the aftermath of 9/11 and the War on Terror. Hurricane Katrina, therefore, becomes a moment when the politics of 9/11, which have been buried in narratives of trauma, mourning and commemoration, rise explicitly to the surface. This paper will focus specifically on  Dave Egger’s work of narrative non-fiction, Zeitoun (2009), and the way it revises the conservative rhetoric of disaster, apocalypse and regeneration in Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road (2006), offering an alternative vision of pluralism and tolerance. It will examine the way Zeitoun comments on the way The Road’’s response to catastrophe is retrograde, relying on Manichean tropes of good and evil and a clearly Christian image of apocalypse and regeneration.  The comparison leaves us with a peculiar inversion: an act of extreme political violence is depoliticized by its cultural response, while a natural disaster is overtly politicized.

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Arin Keeble is a Visiting Tutor at Bishop Grosseteste and a Teaching Assistant at Newcastle University where he was recently awarded his doctorate.  He has published three major peer-reviewed articles on the cultural representation of 9/11 and is currently preparing the manuscript for his first monograph.  Arin is also developing a new programme of research centred on the cultural response to Hurricane Katrina and is co-editing a new collection of essays on David Simon’s The Wire.

Dr Keeble’s talk will begin at 2pm. The event takes place in 217 in the Skinner Building (13.45 – 15.00) and starts light refreshments. All are welcome.  

21C Group Meeting

Wednesday 28th November, 4-6.00, MC0024

1) 4-5pm:  Dr Dean Lockwood and Rob Coley introducing their recently published book Cloud Time

2) 5-6pm: Catherine Redpath and Dr Mary O’Neill talking about the Medical Humanities.