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.


Join Creative Manchester on International Women’s Day (Monday 8 March) for an in conversation event with Maxine Peake, Honorary Professor of Literature and Performance at The University of Manchester


Music from University alumni and staff recently featured in BBC Radio’s New Music Show, introduced by radio presenter, Tom Service.

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.

Also bringing music to wider audiences is Rob Guy, Principal Conductor of The University of Manchester Chorus, who has been working alongside Manchester Camerata to bring music to more people using the power of the web.

Also, the recent Music, Health and Wellbeing Workshop featuring BBC 6 Music and Manchester alumnus Mark Radcliffe is now available to watch back. 

Challenging perceptions

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.

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', which is available to revisit.

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. 


László Nemes, Oscar-Winning Director of Son of Saul (2015) in Conversation' with Cathy Gelbin, Professor of Film and German Studies at Manchester University, Department of Drama in this year’s Bogdanow Lecture. Watch the recording.

The University has launched a new literary series, Novel Voices. Taking place between February and April 2021, Novel Voices will feature five online events, each showcasing two exceptional debut authors in conversation with Ellah. P. Wakatama. The first event is taking place on 22 February.

Sexuality Summer School 2021: Sexuality Summer School returns online between Monday 24 and Friday 28 May 2021.

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. 

You can also revisit Creative Manchester and Aspect Network's Business Engagement Workshop with Aspect Network.

Finally, led by the Institute for Cultural Practices and Creative Manchester, exciting new 3D scanning technology is being used to offer students, staff and the wider public virtual tours of museums, galleries and heritage sites in Greater Manchester.

Written word

The Centre for New Writing was proud to officially partner with the Manchester Literature Festival which took place virtually this year and highlights can be revisited online, while MANY, the anthology created by last year's cohort of Creative Writing MA students is now online for all to peruse.

Furthermore, 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. 

Podcasts and broadcasts

The Centre for New Writing presents two podcast series. The Podcast for new writing - which is now in its second 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.

History lovers can tune into Time's Tall Tales, a podcast series created in 2020 by Laura Thompson and Jordan Perris, Archaeology and Ancient History students from The University of Manchester's Department of Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Egyptology.

Finally, academics in Digital Humanities Jo Taylor and Luca Scholz have produced the New Work in Digital Humanities podcast for New Books Network. 


To celebrate the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris, the Department of American Studies has launched an exciting competition inviting school pupils to write in about what the new administration means for the rest of the world.

The Manchester China Institute and Creative Manchester are running their third International Photography Competition. This year themed around the question, ‘What does caring mean to you?’


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