Arab mother tongue is not Arabic and it from extinction (BBC Arabic, 29/11/2018) Professor Janet Watson (LCS) discusses endangered Arabic languages. Translated from Arabic.
Roma: Mexican film industry blooms with Oscar nominations a century after its origins in the Chihuahua desert (The Conversation, 30/1/2019) Professor Duncan Wheeler and Dr Rebecca Jarman (both Languages, Cultures and Societies) have written an article concerning how Mexico's booming film industry is revisiting its roots in the same desert in which it has its origins way back in 1914.
Fluorochemicals should be phased out of waterproof clothing, study argues (Environment JournalOnline, 30/1/2019) Further coverage: Rain-repelling fluorochemicals used in waterproof clothing can and should be phased out as unnecessary and environmentally harmful, textile researchers argue. Dr Richard Blackburn and PhD researcher Philippa Hill (both Design) are quoted.
Also in: Consumer Affairs, Ecotextile News & Chem Europe
Research shows how waterproofs using fluorochemicals are over-engineered for consumers (News-Medical.Net, 30/1/2019) Rain-repelling fluorochemicals used in waterproof clothing can and should be phased out as unnecessary and environmentally harmful, textile researchers argue. Dr Richard Blackburn and PhD researcher Philippa Hill (both Design) are quoted.
Also in: Phys.org, Science Daily & University news story
The untold story of museums and the art market (Apollo Magazine, 28/1/2019) An article by Dr Mark Westgarth (FAHACS) about curating ‘SOLD!’, a new exhibition which takes visitors on a journey through the history of antique dealing.
Back to black: Is monochrome, whether in fashion, design or photography, cooler and more sophisticated than colour? (Esquire Singapore, 28/1/2019) Over the centuries colour has gained a reputation for being cheap and tawdry. Monochromatic black, white and grey, on the other hand, are still associated with sophistication and cool. But why? Professor Regina Lee Blaszczyk (History) comments.
Giving voice to forgotten women who made history (Yorkshire Post, 24/1/2019) PhD alumna and stand-up poet Kate Fox (Performance and Cultural Industries) is profiled ahead of her new show celebrating forgotten women from the north.
(PDF available on request)
Can blue light reduce train suicides?(BBC Future, 22/1/2019) Professor Stephen Westland (Design) is quoted in an article concerning how some train stations are installing blue lamps above train station platforms to attempt to deter people from committing suicide in those places.
Radio: Free Thinking (BBC Radio 3, 22/1/2019) As Oscar nominations are announced, Dr John Gallagher (History) discusses language in period dramas such as The Favourite and Mary Queen of Scots.
Leeds leads the way in fashion research (Fashion United.uk, 18/1/2019) The School of Design is conducting research to support innovation and improve sustainability in the fashion industry. Professor Stephen Russell (Design) is quoted.
Colette: writer, feminist, performer and #MeToo trail blazer (The Conversation, 16/1/2019) Professor Diana Holmes (Languages, Cultures and Society) writes about how the French writer Colette's work, and the way she lived her life, represent a vibrant and radical feminism in tune with the #MeToo spirit of today.
Was Kim’s China visit an economic lifeline for border development? (South China Morning Post, 17/1/2019) Dr Adam Cathcart (History) wrote an article which argues that Chinese hopes for development of northeastern provinces through North Korean cooperation were once too ambitious, but aren’t necessarily dead now.
Exam time 100 years ago for PoWs in Skipton's Raikeswood Camp (Telegraph & Argus, 16/1/2019)
A further insight into life for German officers as they were held in Skipton's Raikeswood First World War prisoner of war camp has been revealed through the translation of diaries secretly written by inmates and smuggled out following their release. The translation project is led by Anne Buckley (Languages, Cultures and Societies). Also in Craven Herald.
Beyond Rosa Luxemburg: five more women of the German revolution you need to know about (The Conversatio, 14/1/2019) Professor Ingrid Sharp and Dr Corinne Painter (both Languages, Cultures and Societies) have co-written an article concerning female revolutionaries in the German revolution.
Woman's Hour (BBC Radio, 14/1/2019) An exhibition of photographs, These Four Walls: A Secret History of Women Homeworkers, opens tomorrow at the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery. This interview features its historian and photographer creators. From 16m39s.
Radio: Richard Stead Breakfast Show (BBC Radio Leeds, 10/1/2019) Music by Jewish operetta composer Joseph Beer will be performed for the first time in the UK tonight by his daughter, as part of a conference organised by Professor Derek Scott (Music). His music was suppressed by the Nazis. Soprano Beatrice Beer discusses his life. (from about 50m)
Asian Network's Big Debate (BBC Asian Network, 9/1/2019) Dr Jasjit Singh (PRHS) discusses the recently imposed ban on inappropriate selfies at the Golden Temple. From 2:08:01.
Kim Jong Un meets Xi, tours a Chinese medicine plant, then goes home (Washington Post, 9/1/2019) Adam Cathcart (History) comments on the relationship between Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping
New Year, New Podcast Episodes (Post-Traditional Buddhism, 9.1.2019) A podcast features Dr Mickel Burley (PRHS) and gets his thoughts about spirituality, Buddhism, rebirth and more.
Franchir la Manche (dna.fr 4/1/2019) Music composed by Professor Martin Iddon (Music) is mentioned in Dernières Nouvelles Alsace. In French. Paywall on article, PDF available upon request.
Can the Fashion Industry Ever Really Be Sustainable? (The Fashion Law 4/1/2019) Dr Mark Sumner (Design) authors this article discussing the difficulties fashion has in becoming sustainable and argues that brands need to refocus their aims.
Originally written for The Conversation
The Topping Tooters of the Town (BBC Radio 4 Extra, 2/1/2019) Emeritus Professor Richard Rastall (Music) contributes to this celebration of the music of the Waits - a professional band of musicians who played for civic and ceremonial occasions in major towns across the country until 1835.