SALC: Connect, Engage, Inspire

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.


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.

And Professor Olusoga's Black History Month 2019 lecture is also available to watch in full online

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.

Finally, biblical studies and gender studies catalyse in an engaging weekend course jointly delivered by Dr Holly Morse of The University of Manchester's Religions and Theology department, and Dr Kirsi Cobb of Cliff College. Register here.


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.


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 Dr Erica Baffelli, senior lecturer in Japanese Studies, calls attention to the anniversary of the 1995 Tokyo Sarin Gas Attack and its 25th anniversary in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic. Listen to the podcast here.

Written word

A new 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. The state of the world has also inspired poetry, with students from The Centre for New Writing responding to Covid-19 with words, while the winners of the Centre for New Writing and Creative Manchester Schools Poetry Competition 2020 have been revealed.


Discover some of the courses the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures is offering online for all levels of study, including a new online master's available from the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, online pre-sessional English courses, and 'Life on the breadline: Christianity, Poverty and Politics in the 21st Century City', a half-day online conference featuring Professor Peter Scott from the Department of Religions and Theology.

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