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The study of culture is fundamental to understanding how societies work. We examine popular and intellectual cultures in a range of geographical and historical contexts. We are interested in how ideas, practices and structures interact and shape our lives, especially via media, film, art, religion, the academy and the professions. Looking at cultural formations of nationhood, ethnicity and gender we explore important transnational processes of mobility (travel, tourism, migration) and difference (inequality, exclusion, diversity). Researchers in our academic area also explore cultures of the body, health and disability, focusing in particular on the technologies that shape how we think of and approach illness, impairment, diagnosis and treatment.
Featured publications are shown below. For more information about individual staff members including journal entries please visit the People tab and review their staff page.
Gender, Metal and the Media
Kitsch! Cultural Politics and Taste
Immersion: Marathon Swimming, Embodiment and Identity
Thanatourism and Cinematic Representations of Risk: Screening the End of Tourism
Here are some of the key projects for the Academic Area of Culture:
This is a five-year research programme (2015-2020), funded by a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award in Society and Ethics. It is a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds and Edinburgh to examine the transformations in cancer patienthood in the post-genomics era.
Other current and recent research projects include:
- Persuasive Data: Making sense of data visualisations. (Rosemary Hill) Find out more.
- "Who/What is a Good/Bad Migrant?" This Sadler Seminar Series (2016-17) brings together scholars from across the university and beyond to interrogate the contemporary conceptualisation and image of the “Migrant”. It has been developed by the School of Media and Communication and School of Sociology and Social Policy, in collaboration with the Leeds Migration Research Network (LMRN). (Adrian Favell and Chris Paterson) Find out more.
- "Britain and the EU: Is Britain really a European society?" A pre-EU referendum debate, you can watch the videos here.
- RC21 – Research Committee on Urban and Regional Development. Established to promote theory and research in the sociology of urban and regional development, and – in so doing – create an international community of scholars who will advance the field. Leeds is hosting the 2017 conference, "Rethinking Urban Global Justice: An international academic conference for critical urban studies" Find out more about RC21.
- Sun, Sea, Sand and Silicone. This interdisciplinary project looks at Britons, Australians and Chinese who participate in cosmetic surgery tourism, and at the countries and people that provide this service. (Ruth Holliday). Find out more about Sun, Sea, Sand and Silicone. Or watch Ruth talking about the project.