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Explore the latest music, lectures, podcasts, writing and online learning made available to the world by the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at The University of Manchester.


Black History Month in review

Throughout October, the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures and the wider University of Manchester community celebrated Black History Month with a number of online events and features. 

Our history staff and postgraduate students led a Researching Black British History workshop, which is now available to watch back in full. The recording of David Olusoga in Conversation is also available to watch again above.

Finally, you can look back on Professor David Olusoga's Black History Month 2019 lecture online in the Star Lecture archive and read our Black History Month must-reads list. 

Challenging perceptions

Over 50 years ago, 14 Black football players from the University of Wyoming took a principled stand against racial injustice at great personal cost. We were honoured to be joined by original members of ‘The Black 14’, exploring sport, student protest and social justice in the age of #BlackLivesMatter on 23 November. Missed the event? You can watch it here.

Settle in for some synapse-kindling, world view-challenging content courtesy of The University of Manchester's Lockdown Lectures, featuring insights from the Faculty of Humanities' David Olusoga, Gary Younge and Michael Wood. Watch now

Want to know how leading minds in the Humanities are learning from lockdown and the impact of COVID-19? Our Doing Things Differently series puts some of the unique challenges society has faced in 2020 on the table for debate. 

Dr Sheena Kalayil from the University Language Centre spoke at an event at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in relation to their Decolonising Global Health series of conversations, ‘Don’t Call Me Bame.’ Watch here. 

Watch the UK premiere of Israeli documentary Transkids sponsored by the Centre for Jewish Studies. Part of the UK Jewish Film Festival from 5 – 19 November 2020. 

Finally, the International Photography Competition 2020 hosted by the Manchester China Institute in partnership with Creative Manchester has been selected as part of the British Council's #ConnectedByCreativity festival celebrating creative collaborations between the British and Chinese cultures. 


Interested in finding out more about Art History? There are a number of events taking place in the Department this month including Architecture for the Majority World on 18 November and Humour and the Commodification of Suffering: Strategies of Cultural Resilience in Contemporary Art on 25 November. View all events here.

If you can venture to Salford, The HCRI has partnered with Imperial War Museum North on a new exhibition Ethics Under Fire, which deep dives into the lives of humanitarian aid workers. 

And a new exhibition at Imperial War Museum London Refugees: Forced to Flee features two Manchester researchers' work and explores what makes people flee their homes and what they take with them. Well worth a visit if you are in the capital. 

Join Creative Manchester on 2 December for a free Business Engagement Workshop with Aspect Network. Find out more and register here.

Written word

The Centre for New Writing was proud to officially partner with the Manchester Literature Festival which took place virtually this year. Read more  

An online publication produced by the Institute for Cultural Practices aims to share news on arts practice and policy, as well as updates on our research and the work our students, alumni, academics and partners are carrying out. 

MANY, the anthology created by last year's cohort of Creative Writing MA students is now online for all to read. Take a look at the anthology.


The Martin Harris Centre and The University of Manchester's Department of Music have brought the joy of live performance to a new universal audience online. Music Online is available via YouTube and is sharing new musical performances from across the genres regularly.

The recent Music, Health and Wellbeing Workshop featuring BBC 6 Music and Manchester alumnus Mark Radcliffe is also now available to watch back. 150 people attended an online event hosted by the University as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

Podcasts and broadcasts

The Centre for New Writing presents two podcast series. The Podcast for new writing series shares the wisdom of emerging writers, while The Rylands Brief marks 50 years of Carcanet Press and its celebratory, yet unseen, exhibition at the John Rylands Library and includes interviews with poets, writers, artists and friends of Carcanet.

Religions and Theology has been on air too, with Dr Scott Midson joining in on the subject of technology and religion on the BBC World Service's Heart and Soul programme 'The Discussion', while we revisit David Olusoga's inaugural lecture upon becoming Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester’s School of Arts, Languages and Cultures in January 2019.

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